March 23rd, 2008


Moving into MOVIE Criticism -- O

IMDb user comments for
O (2002)

Befuddled Hugo's Jealousy (Spoiler), 22 March 2008

Author: pandemo.geo from Promise City, Iowa, United States

We like to think that racial acceptance as demonstrated by marriage between members of disparate groups as modern, but here's a modern reworking of a hundreds of years old tale on that topic, with a plot fueled by prejudice and jealousy, using the juxtaposition of stark white skin next to exceedingly black in a sex scene that really drives the societal and parental shock of the Othello/Desdemona-esque union home in a visceral fashion.

I loved the ending, where Hugo's (the Iago character) jealous plotting comes to fruition, leaving him totally befuddled by his pending future. He was so delightfully evil earlier. The use of sex as a reward for pleasing him was juicily despicable and unloving.

(Of course, with Shakespeare doing your plotting, coupled with modernized dialog and setting, it's hard to go wrong.)

Movie Critique for Mozart and the Whale

IMDb user comments for
Mozart and the Whale (2005)

Director's Cut Of Interest, 22 March 2008

Author: pandemo-geo from Promise City, Iowa, United States

Before I knew of the dissatisfaction of some of the actors associated with this movie, I loved JDH's portrayal of Donald Morton. I've ordered the book, Mozart and the Whale, An Asperger's Love Story, co-written by the real-life man and wife who inspired the story, Jerry and Mary Newport with Johnny Dodd.

When I heard of the controversy over making the story comical vs realistic, I knew I'd love to see a director's cut made. If just plain folks can express an opinion about what movie makers think we want compared to what we REALLY want, I say, "TRUST US TO RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE TRUTH." Even though I already own a DVD of this movie, should one appear labeled DIRECTOR'S CUT, I'd shell out for it.

Maybe THAT one would rate a 20, or even a 50!