As great a movie as Misery is, it’s overall quality seems to flow from two things:
- William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel; and,
- The performances.
The one thing it’s overall quality doesn’t flow from:
- Rob Reiner’s completely bland and uninteresting direction.
I mourn the loss of the movie this would have made had somebody with a flair for the material – i.e. Brian Depalma – directed it instead of wasting his time on crap like The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Well, it’s pretty clichéd to put out a list of the greatest Christmas Movies at Christmas Time. It’s also pretty clichéd what winds up on the list. Never one to miss a bandwagon I’m jumping right up on it to present my ten favorite Christmas Movies, mostly in no real order, even if I’ve numbered them in order. However, just because I’m doing the clichéd thing doesn’t mean I won’t try to tweak it a little so, here it is: The Ten Best Christmas Movies and What’s Wrong With Them. Continue reading
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Coppola and Mario Puzo
Adapted from the Puzo novel of the same name
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire and John Cazale
I like The Godfather. I don’t love it, I like it. It seems reasonable to me that it’s routinely hailed as one of the best films ever made, because I can see how it’s loved, it’s just not a film I’m all that passionate about. For all the good things said about it the thing that keeps me from loving it is the incongruity of a pulp novel adapted as opera. Perhaps if The Godfather had followed the lead of Psycho – pulp novel becomes pulp film – I might have had a bigger thing for it. Still, just because I don’t love it, doesn’t meant it’s bad either, because it’s not. Continue reading