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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!


[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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