VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Dune (1984)
We’d seen SOME of this movie in 1994 or so, but we didn’t watch this properly until 2012.
Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Clint: 3/5 stars, 6.6/10, and I think I’m being extremely charitable by rounding up to a 7 here. But I was also in the most foul mood of any movie I’ve watched all year, so it may not be as bad as I thought.
Netflix gussed 3.4/5 stars for us (though it’s average is 3.6/5 stars), and IMDB rates it 6.5/10, so it seems the general public likes this ever-so-slightly more than we do.
Less confusing than a typical David Lynch movie, due to it not being a David Lynch story. But overall, I thought the story was flawed with confusion. I couldn’t even name the two opposing factions, because there was so little exposition.
But then again, I was distracted by some unnecessary drama that walked into my home prior to watching this.
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087182/
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Re-watched. Upgraded 9/10 to 10/10 (5/5 stars of course). Charlie Kaufman writes amazing movies.
“A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.”
Sounds like a romantic comedy, right? Definitely not. It’s a dramatic romance. It’s the 69th highest rating on IMDB, and it deserves it.
Any couple having problems or fighting with each other could actually get some therapeutic value from watching this, too! It teaches us something about ourselves, via watching the characters go through their travails.
As a bonus, you get to see Frodo as a total creeper, and Kirsten Dunst jumping around in her underwear and swooning over an older man.
Another amazing cerebral movie that we just had to watch again!
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Adaptation (2002)
Clint: 5/5 stars, 9/10.
Carolyn: 4.6/5 stars, 10/10.
(She tried to say 8/10, then saw that she previously rated it 10/10, but felt that she liked it better this time, so she embarassedly changed her 8/10 back to 10/10. Not sure how I feel about that rating process.).
Re-watched because Clint got too drunk when we watched it back in ~2003, remembering nothing but “green lines”.
Plus it’s Charlie Kauffman (Being John Malkovitch, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), who is possibly the most amazing writer in Hollywood.
And NIC CAGE!! Playing… Charlie Kauffman, who is writing the movie that we are watching, which is about adapting a book-within-the-movie into a movie-within-the-movie.
Yes: 4 levels here.
Our reality, our reality’s characters in the movie, the movie-within-the-movie, and the book that is based on.
And all 4 levels are tied to each other by causality.
They said a movie about flowers (rare orchids) couldn’t be interesting. They were wrong.
WITNESS THE SNORTING OF GREEN LINES.
See Nic Cage as IDENTICAL TWINS.
Good, good stuff. Very cerebral. This movie is a brain-buzz.
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268126/