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Liberty Stand Still No. 2 of 3 in the Oliver Platt Tribute

Liberty Stand Still is not too well known, but I like it.  I always think that  Linda Fiorentino is great no matter what role she plays and although Oliver Platt does not have a major part in this film it’s enough.  Platt plays Fiorentino’s husband–she is an heir to a gun manufacturer that has questionable business practices–but he runs the company.  Wesley Snipes plays a sniper (no joke) who lost a child in a gun related death manufactured by Platt’s & Fiorentino’s company.

Snipes takes Linda Fiorentino, who ‘s family founded a fire-arms company, hostage threatening to either kill her with a sniper rifle or by detonating a bomb located in a hot dog cart she is cuffed to.  The movie never definitely tells us Snipes true motives, but as the hostage situation unfolds he hints at political corruption, avenging the death of his daughter, even trying to kill Oliver Platt.  You are never really told.  Snipes, who actually acts in this movie instead playing the monosyllabic action hero, ultimately kills himself as the authorities are closing in but not before broadcasting his long dialog with Liberty exposing the corruption et cetera.

Yes the movie went directly to video and yes the movie is openly preachy in anti-gun anti-corporation/business attitude, but if you seriously think that Hollywood will ever in our lifetimes have an open unbiased discussion of these issues then I have a bridge to sell you–No really you can even set up toll booths to make money.

I had never seen snipes act before but he clearly can and of course so can Linda.  This film gave both of these underrated actors a chance do their jobs.

It certainly is not crap.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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Lake Placid–Oh Oliver I am sure this looked good on paper but . . .

Lake Placid–I am sure this looked like a good flick on paper: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman (Zero Effect & Space Balls et cetera) and of course Oliver Platt (who usually has better taste in his roles than this) all contending with big, almost prehistoric, creatures.  What happened?  Billing itself as a Horror/Comedy it is neither, instead it is one cliché after another and something that really gets my goat: it is 100% predictable.  After a mediocre start at best, this film fatally lost both pace and excitement.

The movie has a story that is truly paper thin.  Bridget Fonda played the all too annoying “fish out of water” scientist from the big city—wow that’s original—Pullman the strong silent type in charge of the guiding the fish out of water using predictable humor along the way and Oliver Platt appearing as the independently wealthy party-boy professor who is obsessed with crocodiles.  It is unfortunate that his antics are the highlight of the movie and the exchanges with the local sheriff was about the only thing that kept me in my seat from leaving.

Now in addition to the totally predictable ending, once again Hollywood feels the need to preach to us.  At the end, the viewer apparently is supposed to feel sympathy for the remaining crocodile which will be cared for and we should be delighted that the movie ended the way it did.  I don’t know, but it seems to me that if a giant creature was eating people alive, I don’t have a need to feel too sorry for it.

Unfortunately this movie has become (or will be) a cult classic.  But it is crap.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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Guest Reviewer Dr. H Takes A Hard Look at Shutter Island.

Whenever a director goes to make a classical movie that he holds dear to his heart the results are always abysmal.  Shutter Island had all the makings of a masterpiece, a strong performance by Di Caprio and competent (if a bit unspectacular) support by Mark Ruffallo and Ben Kinsley.  In the back drop of an eerie island sufficiently scary to provide an emotional landscape. The only thing that went awry was that the director, in all of his genius took himself and the story just too seriously.  What emerges is a self indulgent and almost psychedelic story of a man’s battle against his inner demons.  The Movie drags on for more than two hours and you got to watch it to believe me—and I don’t suggest you do.  If the ghosts untimely and not so scary entrance and exit of spirits and really ugly creatures make you wish you were dead or worse; the monotones of  Di Caprio’s deceased wife repeatedly making unwarranted, uninvited and unnecessary addition will defiantly bring out the worst in you.

It is unfortunate that Martin Scorsese failed to realize that sometimes less is more.  Every single derivative has to be bludgeoned into the innocent unsuspecting audience.  Like an extremely B grade action movie, when a fight scene will not end with one kick to the groin unless the poor victim is smashed to a pulp after he had stood up braving to fight the initial vicious assault, the films mini climaxes keep on piling up to a fairly timid climax.

Scorsese needs to reflect (and probably repent) for this abomination.  It would a pity if he is remembered by Shutter Island and Gangs of New York rather than Taxi and Good Fellas.

It was crap and I wanted my two hours back.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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I know what the third Oliver Platt movie tribute will be: Frost/Nixon.

I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner the third movie in the tribute trilogy to Oliver Platt is: Frost-Nixon. O.K. Now we have our winners–Diggstown, Liberty Stand Still and Frost-Nixon.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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