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In this column we will feature thumbnail reviews by Wayne Case, a veteran of Hollywood's Big Machine who currently works for an independent film company in Los Angeles. Wayne ranks the films on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (good). The following are Wayne’s rankings of films for 1999.
ANNA AND THE KING Rated: 6 I wanted to like it but never became engaged. It is well produced and well cast, but I missed the music that accompanied this story in THE KING AND I. Too long by half an hour at 2 1/2 hours, doesn’t anyone remember how to say “cut”?!
MAGNOLIA Rated: 7 …(a major disappointment after the great BOOGIE NIGHTS from the same writer/director, Paul Thomas Anderson) The first half is
THE BICENTENNIAL MAN Rated: 8 I realize that many will disagree with me
THE STRAIGHT STORY Rated: 3 (I expect mine to be the minority
I give THE INSIDER 8 1/2. Probably in my top ten (or close), but I found it a bit DRY for my personal taste. I felt that the Russell Crowe part was a little too unemotional considering what was happening, and yet I wouldn’t begrudge RC a supporting actor nomination. Also nomination consideration for photography, editing, Pacino, writing and possible others. (By the way…what was that scene in the snow near the end doing in there??? Someone told me that it had to do with another 60 MINUTES case that they were working on at the same time…
ANYWHERE BUT HERE gets a 5. Well, I wanted to like it, but was never engaged! No fault of the two actresses and I LOVE the 40-something year old HART BOCHNER. Shawn Hatosy as Benny was wonderful and it was great to hear the song previously used in THE BROTHERS MACMULLAN called I WILL REMEMBER YOU. Major problem: at least half an hour TOO LONG at about 130 minutes…
DOGMA—a 7. (A generous 7…considering.) Again, 20 minutes TOO LONG at 125 minutes or more…I did laugh…but some of the speeches were totally unnecessary. This film is wildly uneven. Liked Matt Daemon, loved Ben Affleck, thought the director (KevinSmith) and his sidekick in the film were very funny. Couldn’t anyone say”CUT!!!”???
THE BONE COLLECTOR is a 7. Riveting, but the ending is a bit of a let-down. Also, a couple of the supporting characters are far too familiar. All-in-all, worth seeing. Denzel Washington is better than in his other recent efforts (excluding THE HURRICANE for which he deserves an Oscar nomination), and Angelina Jolie is excellent in a part that reminded me of recent (KISS THE GIRLS & DOUBLE JEOPARDY) Ashley Judd parts/performances/appearance.
THE BACHELOR ranks a 4. Pass…Nice cast, some great visuals of all the brides on the streets of San Francisco, but simply NOT funny.
AMERICAN BEAUTY—9 1/2. Outstanding in every way and in every category. Sure to be a major contender or winner for the OSCARS.
I hated BRINGING OUT THE DEAD…Rate it a 2 (out of a possible 10).Dark,
Best/Worst Films of 1999
This is Wayne’s list of the Best and Worst films of 1999. Enjoy.
1. The Cider House Rules
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical)
The End Of The Affair
Best Foreign Language
1. All About My Mother
Guilty Pleasures (Alphabetical)
Best Laid Plans
...more to come!
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