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48. Domino (2005)


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I love Tony Scott’s True Romance, and I’m a big fan of both Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken- throw in a story about bounty hunters and Keira Knightley – it looks like this movie can’t miss – but it did. Just the dialogue in the first five minutes told me this was going to be a long two hours.
The movie is based on the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Lawrence Harvey, fashion model turned bounty hunter : it should have been good.
But voiceovers, the quick jump cuts, flashy special effects, the ridiculous rap lyrics -none of it worked for me.  Short on plot, and even shorter on writing and acting. Roger compared Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang unfavorably to this movie, which is really hard to believe. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was sharp, witty and funny; this movie was just sad.
When Domino gives a guy a lap dance to get out of a tight spot I thought the movie must have hit bottom, but unfortunately we were only thirty minutes in.
If you read Roger’s review you can see he thinks it’s a mess but he still gives it 3 stars. He says “But the damned thing has its qualities, and one of them is a headlong, twisting energy, a vitality that finds comedy in carnage.” I somehow missed the comedy.
In his At The Movies review Roger said “This movie will either drive you mad or you will like it.” It didn’t drive me mad, but I didn’t like it either. It has a 5.9 rating on IMDB and 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. I thought both ratings were too high.


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Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Roger Ebert Review

 

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45. Full Metal Jacket (1987)


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In some ways I admire Roger for having the nerve to give the great Stanley Kubrick a thumbs down, but I think he made a big mistake here. He said in his At The Movies review “This isn’t a bad film but it’s not a great film and in the recent history of movies about Viet Nam Full Metal Jacket is too little and too late. It invites comparison with Platoon and I’m afraid it suffers by that comparison.” He feels Platoon is a “stronger and more confident movie.”
In his written review he says “Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is more like a book of short stories than a novel. Many of the passages seem self-contained, some of them are masterful and others look like they came out of the bottom drawer. This is a strangely shapeless film from the man whose work usually imposes a ferociously consistent vision on his material.” Again Roger is having a problem with a movie because he doesn’t think the narrative is strong enough. He finishes his review saying ” But Full Metal Jacket is uncertain where to go, and the movie’s climax, which Kubrick obviously intends to be a mighty moral revelation, seems phoned in from earlier war pictures. After what has already been said about “Vietnam” in the movies, Full Metal Jacket is too little and too late.”
I totally disagree with Roger here. There were some great earlier Viet Nam pictures, but it’s never too late to make another statement. The movie is divided in to two halves. The first part contains the great training scenes where the army tries to take away your humanity and the second half are the battle scenes where the movie explores how the training worked. A great movie that takes its place with Platoon, Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now as the great Viet Nam movies.
This great movie has a 8.4 rating on IMDB and a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too shabby.
 
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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Roger Ebert Review

 

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