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One Hour Photo

Now, I dont think I was treated to the full movie, but from what I can tell and was told, I got a good 80-90% of the final cut in my memory banks. The basic gist is Williams plays Sy, an older man who develops photos at a type of Drug Emporium/Wal Mart store. The first hour of the movie is dedicated to strong and heavy character development. We see Sy during his everyday routine, developing pictures from other peoples’ lives…..and well, enjoying it a little too much. Sy loves pictures. He sees developing them as an art, and he just happens to be Michalangelo. The entire first half of “One Hour Photo” is ALL Robin. We deal with Sy, and nothing else. (its not as bad as it sounds). In the movies second half, we see Sy’s dark side, as he very creepily becomes obsessed with a family that regularly brings their photos to him. He buys their child presents, makes a shrine for them…stuff like that. You really wont know whether to feel sorry for Sy, or call the cops on him.

The thing that amazed me was that “One Hour Photo” didn’t sell out. As Sy slowly gets creepier and creepier, I said to myself, here we go, he’s gonna pull out a fucking semi automatic and start spraying…..typical. But it didn’t. I was relived to see that the film never loses its artsy feel, yet still manages to give you goose-bumps through Robin Williams successful sinister turn, and a rather unsettling climax.

If this sounds boring, its really not. Some of the people I spoke to after the screening had a serious problem with the films pacing, as did others in the countless reviews I’ve already read regarding the film. The reason I didn’t really get all pissy was because this is a character driven movie. time must be spent with a character in order to pull that type of film off, and Williams does an excellent job carrying the weight. I’m not worried about pacing. That kind of problem can be fixed with a cutting room.

What I am worried about is what people will make of it. This is by far Robin Williams most successful acting turn, and unfortunately, this will not be a mainstream film. I don’t see it breaking box office records, or even getting a very wide release.

If anything though, its an interesting film to say the least. One that will surely make some hairs stand up, and leave you will that freaked out feeling as you leave the theater. So come on, don’t be a fleghm wad….pony up 8 bucks and take it for what it is……at least its not “Patch Adams.”

This is Curmudgeon. Joel Schumacher sucks.

Rating: B
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Jurassic Park 3

“JP3” answers that question. Actually, “JP3” scares it into you. This film is scary. I shit you not, its frigging out and out SCARY. New director Joe Johnston has decided not to make this enjoyable, pop corn, kiddie summer fun, and thank Christ for small favors. Instead, he opts to pull out all the stops and jams the film with unrelenting action. ACTION. DINOSAURS. ATTACKS. This movie is not pussified. The camera does not cut away when a dino attacks, and we are left with only seeing water turning red. “JP3” does what “JP2” should have done. MAKE YOU AFRAID OF THE GODDAMN 8 TON DINOSAUR. I cannot stress it enough. I’m so pumped right now. The film is an utter rush. Its dark and gritty. It doesn’t stop. The effects are top notch…perhaps better than the previous 2 films for one reason… more dinosaurs. The new bad ass, Spinosaurus stands out… and when I say new bad ass, I mean it. Wait till you see this fucker… and his fight with a T Rex.

The stars of the film, I must say, go to the Ptredons… flying dinos. They kick ass. Nasty bastards. Best action sequences in the film belong to the birds… who were greatly ignored in the first two.

Of course, the raptors are back… and, well, they’re evolved. They’re smarter… bigger… more menacing. Very cool stuff is done with them. I’m sure by now, everyone has seen the previews and know what the premise is, so I wont waste time with plot details. What I will say is that once the group is OVER (Notice I didn’t say ON) the island, the action never stops. The group travels through JP, hoping to survive, all the while being stalked by the Spinosaurus (God, he is a BAD ASS).

The actors are top notch. Sam Neill is in top form as Dr. Grant, Bill Macy is terrific as always, playing a character your not sure to like… even Tea Leoni joins the fun and manages to out act her computer counterparts. I especially liked seeing Laura Dern return as Ellie Sattler… it kind of brought back alot of the first film… making “JP3” seem more like home. The thing I liked most though, was the tone. The first film, we got awe. Sure, we got intense suspense, but it mostly achieved by snagging our amazement. In “JP2,” we got mindless, summer movie shit. The tone of “JP3” is dark. The dinosaurs take on the role a dinosaur should… a nasty bastard. Big, nasty bastards. They’re unforgiving this time out.

Sure, “JP3” is a summer flick. But its a SMART summer flick. This is not mindless entertainment. I promise you, your eyes will be glued to the screen. Not because of what you see, but because of what your afraid to miss.

Rating: A
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