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#1 Movie of All-Time
#1 Romantic Comedy
#1 Movie Character
KING Of All Schmoes
|Directed by:||George Armitage|
|Written by:||Tom Jankiewicz, DV DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack|
|Cast:||John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Hank Azaria, Barbara Harris, Mitchell Ryan, K. Todd Freeman, Michael Cudlitz|
This comedy works on most levels. The witty dialogue and direction go hand in hand. It also has a great soundtrack and even a few action set pieces.
John Cusack is charming in this but he's always been charming. His character Martin Blank is relate-able despite having a body count of Agent 47. He has issues with love, competition, and his mom.
Minnie Driver is cute and Jeremy Piven provides a lot of laughs. Dan Aykroyd as a rival assassin provides laughs too and Alan Arkin as Martin's psychiatrist is amusing in that Alan Arkin way.
With laughs, character, and decent action, Grosse Pointe Blank is certainly a classic.
|Directed by:||Jay Roach|
|Written by:||Mike Myers|
|Cast:||Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner|
|Studio:||New Line Cinema|
If James Bond were ugly, a jerk, and stupid yet attracted gorgeous women, he'd be Austin Powers.
Thawed out to defeat a nemesis from the past, Austin must adjust to life in 1997 with comical results. His new partner isn't having any of his sex hungry ways, and can still keep the British end up. It mainly parodies Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.
What makes it work is Mike Myers. Granted, some jokes go on to long but his energy in two roles keeps it lively. I honestly think the crew was laughing hard between takes. Plus a script by him and directed by Jay Roach hits mostly comic beats. I liked the supporting cast as much if not more then Myers. Not enough Michael York in the role. Fabiana Udenio, please be in more.
So behave and watch.
|Directed by:||Luis Llosa|
|Written by:||Hans Baue, Jim Cash|
|Cast:||Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Johnathan Hyde, Kari Wuhrer, Owen Wilson, Vincent Castellanos, Danny Trejo|
Certainly a guilty pleasure. Surprisingly gruesome for a PG-13 (back when the MPAA wasn't ran by overly conservative people).
I can get past the 2D characters aside from Jon Voight who has an unconvincing Paraguayan accent. He steals the show as a creepy person and is over the top in everything. Voight is the main reason to watch this. Jennifer Lopez looks awfully cute (it's the curly hair) and is a decent lead but for a B-level horror movie it doesn't take much. Ice Cube makes for decent support but Owen Wilson and Kari Wuhrer look lost. John Hyde goes over the top English person and Eric Stoltz takes a nap.
The FX are OK. The CGI is noticeable and the animatronics are good. Bill Butler shows off nature shots and good nighttime photography. Randy Edelman provides a decent soundtrack.
Nice Friday night watch with friends or a lover.