Let’s Go To Prison, Whose Life is it Anyway, Open Water
I’m back.Ã‚ Ã‚ I’ve been so busy lately trying to make a deadline for film festivals but I’ve been keeping up on my movie watching…Ã‚ Ã‚ just not my movie reviewing.Ã‚ Ã‚ Anyhows, I have three DVD’s to review.
Let’s Go to Prison.
Wow. Bob Odenkirk is just not cutting it with his features.Ã‚ Ã‚ I know he still has it.Ã‚ Ã‚ But both “Melvin Goes to Dinner” and this one are just horrible.Ã‚ Ã‚ I watched this a few weeks ago and it has pretty much faded by now…Ã‚ Ã‚ but I know I was bored, unamused and very disappointed.Ã‚ Ã‚ Prison rape jokes – fine, whatever… but to base an entire film on the joke needs a much stronger plot and wittier dialogue to keep it interesting and funny.Ã‚ Ã‚ Boring and anti-climactic.Ã‚ Ã‚ Not worth it.Ã‚ Ã‚ Don’t waste your time.
Whose Life is it Anyway?
Richard Dreyfuss is a sculptor who becomes quadriplegic after a car accident.Ã‚ Ã‚ He fights for his right to die.Ã‚ Ã‚
Why did I rent this?Ã‚ Ã‚ John Badham directed it for christ’s sake… what was I thinking? Ã‚ Well, I heard an interview with him on “The Treatment” and found something about the making of this piece of crap interesting enough to put it to the top of my Netflix queue.Ã‚ Ã‚ Cassavetes is in it so I thought at least there would be an interesting performance.Ã‚ Ã‚
This movie succeeded in making the viewer feel paralyzed.Ã‚ Ã‚ Yes, paralyzed with boredom.Ã‚ Ã‚ After realizing that this film was not worth my time, I watched it out of the corner of my eye, scanning it at 4X and doing more important work, like leaving photo comments on friends’ myspace pages.
Dreyfuss is annoying as all hell.Ã‚ Ã‚ I was rooting for him to win his case so they could pull the plug on this smug cripple.Ã‚ Ã‚ At least Badham shows Kaki Hunter (Porky’s) rolling around, displaying full frontal, in a pseudo-artistic B&W dream sequence, in order to gain an R rating.Ã‚ Ã‚ Couldn’t find a photo on the web.Ã‚ Ã‚ Sorry.
Fine little indie.Ã‚ Ã‚ I wasn’t really intrigued… however I already knew how this film would end.Ã‚ Ã‚ I believe most of the reviews that came out early on spoiled the ending.Ã‚ Ã‚ I’m very happy for the couple (director Chris Kentis and his wife, producer Laura Lau) who made the film.Ã‚ Ã‚ It shows that hard work and perseverance works.Ã‚ Ã‚ Think about it…Ã‚ Ã‚ they must be VERY well-off because of this film and the sequel it spawned.
But honestly, unless you are interested in diving or making a similar type of indie, this is the only reason to see this film:
Now please… don’t hate Bake Snaker because his reviews sometimes lean toward the male-view or sex-obsessed.Ã‚ Ã‚ I simply think that if a film is wasting my time… at least it can redeem itself with a lil T&A or at least a pretty girl… I mean, if a film has no depth to comment on, my comments will naturally be based on the superficial, right?