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The Gift [Nov. 12th, 2005|11:31 am]
Tony Grist

The Gift is the movie Sam Raimi made before he was handed the Spiderman franchise.

I like Raimi's style. His films have nice clean lines.

And I adore him for creating Xena.

And for the Evil Dead (especially part II)

The Gift is a whodunnit with added spooks. Ever since I started writing fiction myself, I find I watch this kind of thing with a technician's eye, analysing plot-lines, anticipating twists.  This ain't bad, but Agatha Christe would have done it better.

Cate Blanchett is wonderful. That goes without saying.

She's a psychic. She's tormented by her ironically named "gift". Beat-up, decomposing, drowned people turn up in her bathroom and she doesn't like it one little bit. Psychics in filmland are always tormented by their gift- as opposed to real life psychics (like Derek Acorah) who are sleek and flourishing.

Is Derek Acorah ever bothered by beat-up, decomposing, drowned people manifesting themselves in his bath-tub? I doubt it.

The beat-up, decomposing, drowned person is played by Katie Holmes- Tom Cruise's latest squeeze. I was wondering what she looked like.

(This paragraph has been suppressed out of respect for the Church of Scientology.)

Keanu Reeves plays racist, wife-beating, redneck scum. I applaud him for wanting to broaden his range. I don't understand the popular prejudice against Keanu. OK, his facial muscles don't work, but he fills the screen; What more do you want from a film star?

I guess the writers (one of whom is Billy Bob Thornton) had seen The Sixth Sense and thought, "We'll have a slice of that."

Formulaic.   I wasn't going to say it, but now I have and I'm not going to take it back.

I had fun. But not as much fun as I had with The Evil Dead. Those films are demented!

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-11-12 04:42 am (UTC)
We all appreciate your respect for the Church of Scientology.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-12 05:16 am (UTC)
I understand they employ the finest lawyers money can buy.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-11-12 05:29 am (UTC)
The Hawaiian Canadian is a terrible actor, in my opinion. I've never understood his popularity. Still, I have to admit that this movie sounds interesting. Billy Bob Thornton plays at being an aw shucks kind of guy, but that look in his eyes betrays him every time. He's brilliant, but he scares the life out of me. Being one of those who aren't too far from the edge myself, I sense that it wouldn't take much more than the proverbial straw to send him off on a destructive spree.

If I ever have any time, I'm going to watch this movie.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-12 06:43 am (UTC)
It's good and scary- with a pretty decent ghost. That makes it eminently watchable in my opinion.

But, you see, I admire Keanu (my friend Judy calls him Canoe)(a) because he's beautiful and (b) because he's got presence. I thought he was exactly right for the Matrix.

Another thing about him is he's got good professional judgement. He's been in a lot of above average films- something that doesn't happen by accident.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2005-11-12 11:40 am (UTC)
My wife has a never-ending crush on the man. His dubious acting only makes him more endearing in her eyes, I suspect. But I have to agree, I don't find him as objectionable as some seem to, and I think he did an admirable job in The Matrix.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-12 12:44 pm (UTC)
He was perfect for the Matrix. Geeky, soulful. That role could have been written for him. (Perhaps it was.)

OK, I haven't seen all that many of his movies, but I've never seen him in anything where I didn't like what he did.
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[User Picture]From: darkchild37
2005-11-13 12:39 am (UTC)
hey, I've just stumbled upon you while searching for people interested in de la mare. I think you're mighty rad and have added you as a friend. Hope that's alright...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-13 03:48 am (UTC)
Of course it is.

Pleased to meet you.

I'm adding you back.

(de la Mare rules.)
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-11-13 04:43 am (UTC)
I went to see a psychic twice, and he was good.

His hair was down to his waist, and he had little, bright blue eyes.

During the readings he didn't look at me directly at first, because he was reading my aura.

In fact, he was amazing, but afterwards I wondered what I'd learned about myself, and found it was nothing new--I just learned that he had a way of knowing all about me, which was interesting enough.

He was untormented, that's for sure. He charged $160 an hour (I stayed only 30 minutes) and was booked up for three years in advance.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-13 05:21 am (UTC)
I had dealings once with a woman who believed she was really a space alien.

But she seemed to have a genuine ability to see into other people's minds.

We attended one of her public seances and she channelled Ailz's grandfather- getting everything right- tone of voice, body language, plus a pret name for Ailz that only her grandfather ever used.
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