This one is everything they've said it is. The hype is well-deserved.… MoreThis one is everything they've said it is. The hype is well-deserved. The most entertaining film I've seen in a good long while. Maybe it should have done better with The Academy??? And coming form me, that's high praise for a Tarantino movie.
The most stunning dramatic moment is when Waltz confronts DiCaprio with the fact that Alexandre Dumas is, in fact, of African descent, followed by his shooting of DiCaprio. That sequence truly stands out for me.
A great cast all around, and very well directed. Waltz truly deserved his Oscar.
When I rented the Les Miserables DVD, I thought that was the title of… MoreWhen I rented the Les Miserables DVD, I thought that was the title of the movie. Turns out it was a description of the audience. I want to be entertained when I see a movie. I don't mean it has to be funny. I mean I want it to be engrossing. I want to feel like I've been absorbed into the film. Like time has stood still, place evaporates, and space has collapsed into the movie and me. Chinatown comes to mind. Another one is Casablanca. And The Sting is a classic example. For me, Russell Crowe is the star of the show. A great singing villain. He is the only one, for me, whose singing almost mirrored a stream of consciousness -- not just singing, but thinking his singing, if that makes sense.
I'm a big fan of the original. Arnold's humor is my favorite part.… MoreI'm a big fan of the original. Arnold's humor is my favorite part. This new one takes itself very seriously. That's not good.
The film, after a good start and middle, falls apart at the end. From the moment Bryan Cranston arrives on the scene, the deterioration begins -- and I love Cranston. But the story has no convincing finish.
Not a must see for everyone, but an almost-must see for fans of the original. It's nice to see the way they've integrated their references to the original.
I don't want to say that this is a must-see, but I do want to suggest… MoreI don't want to say that this is a must-see, but I do want to suggest that you might want to see it if you thought, say from the trailers, that this is some kind of updated Airport-type action movie.
The "flight" that has to do with action is only a very small part of the movie. The real "flight" has to do with Washington's flight from reality via drugs and alcohol, and what his addiction may or may not have to do with the plane accident.
A good job by Washington in a fairly simplistically reduced portrayal of an addict -- compared, say, to Jack Lemon in The Days of Wine and Roses, or Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend.
I'm a big baseball fan . . . I can't understand how they could make… MoreI'm a big baseball fan . . . I can't understand how they could make such a great story so boring. And adding in the family nonsense only detracted from the real importance of the story being told. It's a new system jockeying for position with the old tried and "true" -- sometimes -- method of nose to the ground scouting. And you know what? Mathematical percentages about a player's and his team's success has a rightful position in the mix. Not that it will ever replace good old fashion scouting, but it is at least as valid a tool. And this should be exciting, albeit for rabid baseball fans. But in this movie it's almost a non-event.
A beautiful story beautifully told. Actually, I think it was even… MoreA beautiful story beautifully told. Actually, I think it was even worse for African Americans of the time. So it's a little Hollywoody, but still a powerfull statement about the plight of African Americans in the 60s redneck South.
Pretty mediocre, I must say. I was looking forward to this, but more… MorePretty mediocre, I must say. I was looking forward to this, but more for action than for psychology. Why do they feel that we have to go touchy feely deep on Bond's character? I do appreciate that they are trying to recapture some of the tongue-in-cheek humor though.
Too much M, and Q is obnoxious, but Moneypenny I'm looking forward to seeing more of. And Fiennes.
Argh. Much as I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this is not his best move.… MoreArgh. Much as I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this is not his best move. The idea has some potential, but . . . . Well, to each his/her own. Can't recommend this. Really takes the fun out of time travel. And, as you may know from my previous comments, I'm partial to time travel movies, so I really wanted to like this one : (
No dead horse should be continually beaten (not to mention that anyone… MoreNo dead horse should be continually beaten (not to mention that anyone who beats a live horse should be shot). I believe this. But, EVERY time I see this movie I remember that Kilmer is probably most celebrated for his Doc Holliday performance in Tombstone, and I do agree that his performance is stunning, there. But I tell you true, Kilmer's BEST acting job is right here. I never get tired of watching him grow in this role.
Previously: I've been on Flixster for a good little while, so what with my age and all, I'm sometimes very unsure about whether I've commented on a particular movie. I just watched this one for probably at least the tenth time -- although my gut tells me it's more like twenty times -- and I just had to check Flixster to see if I'd actually ever said anything about it.
Amazing! I have never said a word about it. I'm sincerely surprised.
Even with a favorite movie, you probably understand well that it's sometimes hard to watch it TOO many times, right? I mean it is very interesting, even with some of my very favorite movies, that I'll sometimes start watching them and say to myself something along the lines of, "Ah, maybe not tonight."
With Thunderheart, it is never that way for me. I can watch it, and watch it, and then even put up with commercial interruptions, like tonight, to watch it again.
I'm not sure how well I can explain all the reasons why I love this movie, but you know me -- I'll give it a shot : )
Val Kilmer is superior as Doc Holliiday in Tombstone, I think some of you might agree. But the beauty of that work, for me, takes a second seat to his performance in this movie. There is something about his difficulty with delivering some of the lines here with conviction -- "I'm sorry I dragged your family into this," for instance -- that is never a problem he has with his world-weary Doc Holliday.
You are, I'm sure, very familiar with the hackneyed term "coming of age." Doc Holliday, thanks to Kilmer's performance, you know darn well came of age looong before the events chronicled in Tombstone. That performance of a man who has lived life to the fullest, seen it all, done it all, is perfection.
Ray Levoi, on the other hand, is coming of age right before your very eyes. I love the less polished performance here because it lends itself -- almost as if he intended it to be that way -- to the way he is discovering himself, who he is, how he should live, how he should act.
Okay, I was going to go into a whole list of reasons why I love this movie, but I'm sure very few people have even read this far.
Bottom line: This movie is so good that I'm adding it to my Top 100 list right now, and I'm going to be curious to see what movie I decide to drop from that list in order to make place for Thunderheart. If you've not watched this before, please give it a try. Me? I don't think I will ever get tired of watching it.