Jan. 27, 2005, 4:21 p.m. CST
Jan. 27, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
this one really underwhelmed me. maybe it's just the nature of the film, but reading this review just left me with a "bleh" kind of feeling. no way in hell will i be seeing this film.
Jan. 27, 2005, 4:37 p.m. CST
I thought it was a funny, well put together trailer. Looking forward to the film.
Jan. 27, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST
i was actually inclined to think: 'hey, this might be very decent'. so i'm looking forward to seeing it. if it gets somewhat decent reviews and i hear its good, i might even invest the time to watch it in theater.
Jan. 27, 2005, 5:04 p.m. CST
It's official. Cursed is rated PG-13. Not only have they done a terrible job of advertising the film but now they are going to ruin (what is supposedly) the only reason to see it (the gore). I found this out from http://chud.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75722)
Jan. 27, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST
Harry, you human colostomy bag, I'll never, ever get tired of giving you grief about that. You raved about that movie like Jesus Christ Himself had a cameo appearance in it. And it sucked sour frog balls. Tool. But this one I'll give a try. Unless you burned me, Mori, in which case look forward to hearing about it 5 years from now. I carry a grudge like nobody's business.
Jan. 27, 2005, 6:21 p.m. CST
I read the script. Liked it a lot. Not much of a plot but a strong character piece -- a nice mix of humor and emotional moments. To correct what Moriarty wrote, the script has NOT AT ALL been "kicking around [Hollywood] for a while". The script sold (5/03), about three months later Nic Cage was attached, Gore Verbinski was attached, and five months later is was in production (9 months after the script first sold). It's not too often a project moves so quickly! It was scheduled for release during the 2004 holiday season, but the release date was pushed back to May 2005. Not a good sign. I think I know why: I saw the movie at a test screening last fall (at the Grove) and had high hopes. It disappointed me on almost every level. Granted, it was an early cut so they've surely done a lot of work on it since then, but the problems I saw are not the type that can be fixed with post-production work. The script is very, very quirky, but the movie is shot in a way that seems to remove all the quirkiness. The stark and drab look gives it a realistic feel, so that it makes the over-the-top, quirky moments feel completely unrealistic. There are some great comedic moments in the film, moments that got a strong response from the test audience (though most of those moments are in the trailer), but sadly, having read the script, many of the script's biggest laughs fall flat when delivered on screen. The biggest problem of all is that none, I repeat, none of the emotional scenes carry any weight in the movie. We should care so much more about the scenes between Cage and Caine, or Cage and his kids, but I couldn't bring myself to care at all about them, and I can't put my finger on the exact reason why. My feelings were echoed by the three people I attended the screening with. Not to say this movie is horrible, I'd recommend renting it whenever it comes out, but don't expect too much.
Jan. 27, 2005, 6:51 p.m. CST
by santos kauffman
These two things alone should irreducibly vitiate my esteem for a person....and yet I can't help but really respect dude. Good review Mori, as usual. The way you incorporate personal/anecdotal detail organically and coherently always enhances your reviews, in contrast to the inanity of a few of your peers. Congratulations on your success so far.
Jan. 27, 2005, 10:44 p.m. CST
"It packs a punch," I think, says all I need to hear. Like 'Ordinary People,' this sounds like a family movie built on pathos and not wish-fulfillment (or transplanted Shakespearean tragedy), and as I'm a fan of that, of Nic Cage, and especially of Gore Verbinski, I'll check this one out.
Jan. 28, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST
by Jon E Cin
Jan. 28, 2005, 1:42 a.m. CST
Shit, just when I thought there'd be something involving aliens, memory implants, or hell, even alien memory implants.