After reading Ebert's glowing review, I decided to check out "Frailty" Friday night. Although it doesn't live up to Ebert's hype, it's a pretty interesting flick. It's about a widower with two young kids. In the middle of the night, he has a vision from God who tells him that demons walk the earth in human form and it's his job to slay them. Dad becomes an axe murderer and enlists his two sons to help. The story is told as a flashback by one of the sons as a confession to an FBI agent ( a la "The Usual Suspects")
It's definitely not the type of movie Hollywood usually foists upon us. There's a twist ending, which you'll probably figure out about halfway in, but then it twists again in a way that really makes you think.
Originally posted by odessasteps Stephen Hunter actually trashed the movie and said it was watching child abuse for 2 hours. <
I just read Hunter's review and I think he was a little too harsh. I mean, it's not a cinematic landmark, but it was certainly interesting enough. Hunter does bring up some valid points, but I wouldn't liken it to watching child abuse for two hours.
Ebert gave it four stars, but Ebert seems pretty easy to please sometimes.
I agree. I don't know who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar the years that Weird Science and Aliens came out, but Bill Paxton wuz robbed in both of them. The man was the ultimate second bannana for a few years there. He's not the best leading man out there, but he's not bad either.
That being said, I thought the trailers for the movie looked awful, but I've heard so many good reviews about it, I am curious. I still need to see Panic Room tho, so that would be first, and then Changing Lanes looked good too . . .
Originally posted by DrewDewceThat being said, I thought the trailers for the movie looked awful, but I've heard so many good reviews about it, I am curious. I still need to see Panic Room tho, so that would be first, and then Changing Lanes looked good too . . .
I saw Changing Lanes last weekend also. It's a lot better than I thought it would be. It's not nearly as action-packed as the trailers would have you believe. It's more of a character study type film. I thought it was good. You should choose it ahead of Frailty.
I haven't seen Panic Room yet, but I've heard some pretty good things about it. I'll probably check it out this weekend. Also, I hate to admit it, but Murder By Numbers looks pretty decent too.
The new incarnation of ESPN's The Sports Reporters is awful. John Saunders is a decent host, but isn't a newspaperman, he's a talking head. This show should be moderated by a journalist of Schapp's stature like Frank Deford.