Perfume, a review by KinkyCyborg
Director: Michael Rymer
Length: 106 Min.
Video: Widescreen :1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
New York City is the epicenter of the global fashion industry, a high-stakes world as powerful as the superstars it celebrates and as tenuous as the trends it exploits. Perfume is the story of two women who are partners in an up-and-coming design firm. Overnight, one will find herself stripped of all dignity. The other will betray her very essence for fashion's ultimate deal. Through it all, we meet the myriad of movers, shakers, players, and lovers that power this cutthroat life of hype, image and artifice.
It's been a long time that a movie made me want to stop watching... and while I did finish it (morbid fool that I am) I fingered the eject button to the very end.
Meant to be a raw, blunt testimonial to the fashion industry, this film is one of those 'artistic' attempts at film making. In reality this is just a convoluted mess of one shitty improvised scene after another. A decent cast, all of whom demonstrate just what piss poor actors they are without a script, manage to embarrass themselves for nearly 2 hours.
Paul Sorvino was the only one who gave a halfway decent performance as a Versace-esque fashion icon. Jeff Goldblum, who constantly jibbers and stammers even with script in hand surely landed himself the role of Special Olympics spokesperson after this debacle.
I bet you a good 1/5 of this movie was lost to dramatic pauses between lines as the actors minds raced trying to improvise their lines. Brutal!
This movie is a classic example of what happens when a group of actors and celebrities all get wasted and stoned at one of their Hollywood parties and one of them declares 'Hey, lets whip up a movie and just make it up as we go along!'
(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on October 29th, 2010)
The Dark Knight, a review by goodguy
Disappointing mess whose only saving grace is Ledger's performance as the Joker. There is no dramatic structure, no characterization, no mood or atmosphere - nothing what could make a movie compelling. Nolan can neither establish nor develop a scene, so this is just a lot of stuff happening, mostly boring, with a few unexpected but inconsequential twists (e.g. Gordon). I've read a lot about how dark and complex TDK supposedly is, but I can see only very few glimpses of that (Dent/Joker). And after the ferry scene, I thought it couldn't get any more embarassing, but the cheesy voice over at the end easily topped that.
BTW, I liked Batman Begins. While it was flawed, it took a maybe less "complex" theme and managed to do something with it that (at least to me) was fresh and original. TDK on the other hand is all pseudo-edginess without depth.
(From goodguy's Watch Log on February 11th, 2009)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Buckle up and hang on - you're about to enter a garage filled with laughs in Taxi: The Complete First Season. Here's the premiere season of the popular TV sitcom that zeroes in on a ragtag collection of New York City cab drivers who ply the streets of The Big Apple - while waiting for the day when they will find a better way to make a living. And lording over Alex (Judd Hirsch), Bobby (Jeff Conaway), Elaine (Marilu Henner), Tony (Tony Danza), John (Randall Carver), and Latka (Andy Kaufman) is the one-and-only Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito) - the snide and surly taxi dispatcher who, from the safety of his dispatcher's cage, barks orders, hurls insults and mercilessly bullies the diverse and eccentric characters who drive for him. Enjoy all 22 first season episodes of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Taxi in this dazzling three-disc collection.
Season 1.01 Like Father, Like Daughter
Writer: James L. Brooks (Created By), Stan Daniels (Created By), David Davis (Created By), Ed. Weinberger (Created By), James L. Brooks (Writer), Stan Daniels (Writer), David Davis (Writer), Ed. Weinberger (Writer)
Director: James Burrows
Cast: Judd Hirsch (Alex Reiger), Jeff Conaway (Bobby Wheeler), Danny DeVito (Louie De Palma), Marilu Henner (Elaine Nardo), Tony Danza (Tony Banta), Randall Carver (John Burns), Andy Kaufman (Latka Gravas), Talia Balsam (Cathy Consuelos), Jill Jaress (Airline Attendant)
When I bought this series, I was mainly because my curiosity was peaked by the movie "Man on the Moon" which tells the life story of Andy Kaufman. Though I heard of it before that.
It's a fun series. Especially Danny DeVito is really funny. Andy Kaufman though doesn't really fit here. Always when a scene with him comes up, it feels like the story stops just to give him time to give a performance.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on November 10th, 2012)