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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: 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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