WATCHER, THE (7 1/2)
I'm giving a hand to Keanu Reeves for this movie. He plays it icy-cold, chillingly serial. James Spader is excellent as the narcotics cop. (a little hidden meaning there) Marissa Tomei has a bitty role and several young women have short lived roles. But they are all excellent in them. A subplot that lacks, but overall an entertaining flick. The filming is a bit annoying done in fast speed a lot of the time, and blurred--AND hard rock music that I could have done without...just give me The Animals or Mick Jagger. I relate better to that. Some night time footage...which I never like. Language at times. No sex. No visual violence to speak of. Mostly innuendo and after the fact stuff. Good movie.
WAY of the GUN, THE (9 1/2)
James Caan comes out the winner in this flick pitting wits against Benicio del Toro & Ryan Phillippe--I'd stand Caan up against any young hoodlum anyday--he'd come out on top--who ARE these young punks in the movies these days? And Juliette Lewis, in another WEIRD WEIRD role. I have never in my life seen a pregnant woman walk like that! If you threw Natural Born Killers (hers), Kalifornia (hers), & Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid into a bottle, shook them all up, then poured them onto celluloid...you would get The Way of the Gun. Lots of subplots. Twists and turns. Lots of WEIRD blood. A fellows' shoot em out sort of movie. Lots of F word. Lots of cigarettes! A nasty film--in the sense that everyone needs a bath and in the sense that it is just plain nasty. Still it has merit. In a weird sort of way, I think it might be kinda good.
WHAT LIES BENEATH (9)
If you liked Psycho, then get ready for a head stumping, heart thumping thriller, bumping with twists and turns to entertain you up right--in a beautiful coastal setting. Ever waifish, Michelle Pfeiffer delivers. Harrison Ford much better looking without that spikey do and diamond earring stud! I, however, found NO chemistry between them. And I REALLY like them both! And they had some GREAT lines and some potentially playful sexy scenes for an old married couple. Still, not too much to offend in this movie--Worth the time and money! Critics are too picky on this one.
WHAT WOMEN WANT (8 1/2)
Mel Gibson & Helen Hunt: oh ok, with a softer side showing, she won me over in this movie...Gibson, in his usual cocky male role, also shows his feminine side, with some VERY funny moments. A Gibson dance scene a la Gene Kelly, worth the trip to the movie. Great Sinatra music! A fun movie.
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