Bart, a young film student slowly loses his mind while studying at the film academy. Based on a true story.
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AW C (es) wrote: For every good actor and plot point, there's a bad character arc and a laughable editing choice.
Patrick L (mx) wrote: A timely, unique film about Brooks' character as he is given a government assignment to find out what makes Muslims laugh. It's touching, discomforting and ultimately worth seeing. 10/10 Why on earth did Ebert hire on Roeper? He seems like a flat and undiscerning critic.
Robert B (ca) wrote: Manderlay (Lars von Trier, 2005)The big problem with von Trier's United States trilogy is that... well, it's a trilogy. Dogville, the first film, is mind-bending and brilliant and has so very, very much to say about America (though one could argue that many of the criticisms he levels at American culture, both in Dogville and the rest of the trilogy, are hardly peculiar to the United States). Manderlay, the follow-up, wants to be as pointed and angry, but it's... not. Part of that, I think, stems from the fact that racism in the Depression-era American south is just too easy a target. Part of it stems from the fact that of all the criticisms one can level at America, racism is probably the least peculiar to American culture. And as much as I hate to say it, part of it-the majority of it, perhaps-is that the Our Town-style single-stage setting, which was a big part of why Dogville was so mind-blowing, now seems as if von Trier is simply saying "hey, it worked in the last movie, let's try it again and see if it plays in Skokie a second time." Well, it don't.The Help's Bryce Dallas Howard-and in hindsight, perhaps the best thing about this movie is watching Howard, who in The Help plays a staunch racist, digging into this role-takes over as Grace Margaret Mulligan here, the gangster's daughter portrayed in Dogville by Nicole Kidman. The gangster himself, played by James Cann in the earlier film, is also replaced, this time by Willem Dafoe. As we open, it is some short time after the events of the first film; the family are still in the same car with the same gangsters. They pass a plantation, still in the throes of slavery, despite it being decades after the end of the Civil War. Grace is horrified by this, and demands to be left there to try and fix the problem. Her father eventually agrees, leaving behind a few gangsters as bodyguards/muscle, and promising to return after the harvest. Grace eventually finds out that the plantation runs under a written code aimed at the continuing subjugation of the slaves, who are led by Wilhelm (Danny Glover), a wise old chap who treads uncomfortably close to the Magical Negro line throughout most of the film. Acting as a foil to Wilhelm is Timothy (The Diving Bell and the Buterfly's Issach de Bankol), headstrong and independent as possible under the plantation's laws. And thus we have all the main players arrayed. Grace does her darnedest to educate the slaves and teach them what freedom (and the American way, natch) is all about given the time constraint. But there's always something not quite right about what's going on...I think on many levels this movie would have worked were it not for its overreliance on a Big Twist(TM) ending that you can see coming for most of the film. (I should clarify: the twist itself is surprising, but you know SOMETHING is coming.) This is the largest of the factors that undercuts the movie, and when we finally get there, the twist itself is something of a disappointment. Then there's the fact that in Dogville, the criticism worked in service to the story; at no point, with the arguable exception of the film's climax, did the movie exist for the sole purpose of moralizing to the audience. That is certainly not the case with Manderlay, which almost seems to turn the dynamic on its head; there are few times when the movie doesn't seem to exist for the sole purpose of moralizing to the audience, which makes it annoying. Still, there are a lot of very good actors here doing what actors do best, which makes it worth watching if you can get past the annoyance.Washington, the third film, was originally conceived for a 2009 release. To the best of my knowledge, pre-production has not yet begun on it as I write this in early 2012. Perhaps the string of successes von Trier has had since Manderlay will get him back on track? Unknown. But I still have some sort of morbid desire to actually see the thing that Manderlay, as hard as it tried, did nothing to kill. ** 1/2
Caleb L (us) wrote: An incredibly underrated film, Storytelling features 2 stories (Fiction & Nonfiction) and shows us how Todd Solondz can make poke fun at his own characters while still being funny, sad and honest.
Nathan O (mx) wrote: This is a good movie. Good Action. Good Direction by Dolph Lundgren. Only problem i had was the audio music and sound effects was drowning out the dialog.
Cynthia K (us) wrote: one of the better Christmas movies
Lauren G (ag) wrote: mr. schulz really knew how to tug at your heart strings and this peanuts movie is no expection. you'll need the kleenex for this one and i will admit, i almost lost it at the part where snoopy says good-bye to woodstock and then woodstock running after snoopy and they both hug. not the first time an animated movie got me all teary eyed, although i will say this, i've been known to go through a box of kleenex nearing the end of the fox and the hound.
Kyle B (es) wrote: Danny Kaye is awesome in this one. Full of great songs and comedic moments. Sure, the ballet scene is utterly useless, but what ballet scene isn't?
Aidan B (br) wrote: I kept getting mad at Yuzo, which only shows that the film was doing something right, for a reaction. By the end he was much better, and I loved the shot of the swinging. A nice little story with a nice little message.
Kong L (br) wrote: GRIPPING | INTENSE | REALISTIC (85-out-of-100)