"I'll give you a definite maybe."
FILMS SEEN ON THE SILVER SCREEN
by Richard Karsmakers
Welcome to another instalment of my personal opinion on some of
the few films I've had the chance to see in the cinema. Not a
lot, I'm afraid, but this is easily solved by sending me money or
other valuable objects that cinema staff might accept to get me
I shan't make this yet another article begging for money. I hate
The film with most suspense since Harrison Ford played in "The
Fugitive" is no doubt "Speed". Starring Keanu Reeves as The Hero,
Dennis Hopper as The Bad Guy and Sandra Bullock as The Girl, it's
a story of Reeves' attempts to rescue a bus filled with about a
dozen passengers from being blown to smithereens by a bomb
planted by a revengeful, ingenous and really disturbed Hopper.
The problem is that the bus can't slow down below 50 mph or else
it will blow up. Passengers can't be lifted from the bus or it'll
be blown up. The suspense comes with multiple relentless blows,
merciless as can be. And each time when you think they've won a
challenge there's a new one, none the less dangerous. Some of the
bits are truly sweat-provoking, so don't go and see this film if
you don't have someone's arm you can squeeze (or you can try the
arms of the cinema chairs provided your perfect stranger
neighbours aren't doing so already).
Sometimes the action gets too incredible to be real. The bus
jump is a sure impossibility, but somehow director Jan de Bont
gets away with it, at least sortof. "Speed" is a virtually non-
stop sequence of hair-raising stunts and excitement, filmed
effectively and supported by excellent, bombastic music scores. I
think Keanu Reeves has finally made many people forget his
appearance in the cult "Bill & Ted" films that were funny but
boasted lousy acting. He may very well be the Stallone or even
the Kostner of the second half of the nineties.
This is a film you'll like or you won't like. Some may call it
soppy or sentimental, or plain incredulous, and perhaps it's some
of all of this. I found it touching at times - especially the
love angle for which I am a real sucker right now - and the
special effects were quite amazing. I've never seen such
realistic Vietnam scenes, for example.
Wait. This review is going somewhere. It's far too unstructured.
Forrest Gump is a half dim-wit (IQ of 70) and the film is the
story of his box of chocolates. Despite his lack of intelligence
he meets loads of presidents and does all kinds of interesting
things no other (intelligent) individual would normally have done
in one life time. The film goes on a bit - it's over 2 hours long
I seem to recall - and actually isn't bad at all. I would be
tempted to tell you to go and see it in a cinema just to enjoy
the special effects to the max, but fact is that you could
probably just as well rent it.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
This is the first film I ever went to with Karin (and the last
one too, at least until in a few days after the release of this
issue of ST NEWS I hope), so the sheer mentioning of it - or
seeing Andie MacDowell or the leading male character in any other
films - already causes me to get swamped in the memories of
sweetness and beauty surrounding her.
Anyway, I will tear away my virtual hand from his imaginary knee
and tell you that this film is, surprisingly, about four weddings
and, indeed, a funeral. There's not too much of a story,
actually, other than that we follow a bunch of friends who go to
weddings often and find it surprising that none of them have got
married yet. It's a story of love, too (I guess), and is filled
to the gills with humour. Karin had seen it already and, despite
her being a rather critical person as far as films are concerned,
she insisted we'd see it together.
I liked it a lot, despite the fact that I was minding Karin's
contours rather a lot throughout the film, and envisioning things
that might happen afterwards, when we were to spend our first
night together. Nonetheless I actually saw most - probably all -
of the film. Definitely bogus nor sad.
It might be worth noting, finally, that the film starts off with
over five minutes in which the dialogs only contain the word
"fuck" (repeated at least one or two dozen times). Nonetheless I
wouldn't say it's a tasteless film at all. As a matter of fact
it's quite tasteful and enjoyable too. I wouldn't even hesitate
to take my grandparents to it (had they still been alive).
And the night was the greatest I've ever experienced.
Over two hours of Schwarzenegger directed by one of my all-time
favourites, James Cameron. The story line is not the thickest
I've seen - some Arabian terrorists want to steal nuclear weapons
to blackmail America and Arnie had to prevent that from happening
- but the film itself and the way it was shot makes up for
everything in abundance.
Apart from a bit in the middle, what you get is relentless
action that will very much keep you at the edge of your seat.
I've seen nothing like the closing scenes ever. It's just
fantastically shot, with stunts and special effects I'd never
seen used like this. Where the stunts in "Last Action Hero" were
sometimes totally over the top, "True Lies" has a lot of them
that are even absurdly more so.
There's a lot of humour in the film, too, though at times I'm
afraid it's not even intended (like where the two dogs get
beaten). Jamie Lee Curtis plays a fairly convincing wife but a
lot less convincing sudden co-spy.
"True Lies" is a must to see in the cinema - like with "Jurassic
Park", I suppose all the special effects will be lost on a home
screen and appear fake at times. Music and special effects are
superb, and the story line is not too flaky so as not to hold up.
It lacks the style of "Terminator 2", but otherwise this film is
recommendable for certain.
More in the next instalment, coming up in a next issue of ST
NEWS near you.
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