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One of the great screwball comedies of all time. Incredibly funny! Starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal and the first appearance of Madeline Kahn. Brilliant car chase through the hills of San Francisco and lots of general mayhem. If you wanna good laugh, it's here.
I saw The Magdalene Sisters the other day on dvd. It's a very well done film in many aspects. But, I particularly like how it manages not to squash the viewer with the story's anger and oppression. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the director brings you into the story to care about the characters in a thoughtful manner. I'm too tired to provide social commentary about the story; suffice it to say, we need more honest stories about the varied negative aspects of organized religions, particularly their perceptions of the female.
I really think Mad would like this movie.

My honey and I went to see a Saturday matinee of The Girl Next Door. He only had a couple hours free this weekend so we checked the ratings the flicks opening this weekend and The Girl Next Door had the best rating. We were the only people in the theater (the main one in town), on a Saturday! It wasn't that bad, but it's bad. It's juvenile and has not a single positive female character - you get the bitch, airhead, or sexpot. But it was occasionally funny. I wasn't wishing it was over before it was over.

I wanted to rent What's Up Doc, with Barbara Streisand, but it's not carried near me! So depressing. I really like that movie, but I don't want to have to buy it to see it .

WHAT'S UP DOC?
(PETER BOGDANOVICH, 1972)
G
1 HOUR 34 MINUTES
I cannot recall the last time I laughed this much. Thank you, Peter Bogdanovich, for this hilarious film and the much-needed merriment it brings. If you haven't seen it yet, postpone whatever you were planning to do and find a way to do so - "What's Up, Doc?" is an absolute riot.
Howard Bannister (a very dorky Ryan O'Neal) is an avid Doctor of Musicology with a keen interest in winning a $20,000 grant (those are 1972 dollars) to study prehistoric musical expression using igneous rocks. His fianc
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This is a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s, where they meet an older woman, the film charts a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together?

A Home at the End of the World is a 2004 motion picture based on the book by Michael Cunningham, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. Michael Mayer directed the commercial and critical letdown, which has been criticized for leaving too much out of Cunningham's original material, among other things.

I couldn't help but feel how bogus A Home at the End of the World seemed throughout. There were moments where I could see its potential, but the feature falls far from it. Very rarely, did I want to invest time and sympathy into the picture's characters. Instead of layering and exploring these individuals, the filmmakers have produced something of a dreary and hurried product that substitutes frank emotions for cheap sentimentality. I believe the blame lies in the script and actors. Sissy Spacek is the only one that seized my full attention. Colin Farrell seems awkward as Bobby and, his character, downright unbelievable. The cinematography is even pretty slim-pickings here. There were a few decent music cues though.

Overall, A Home at the End of the World is a futile melodrama that doesn't assert anything fresh.
I still laugh when I watch it


This is an entertaining little comedy from Peter Bogdanovich, director of 2 of my favorite movies - The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon. What's Up Doc is NOTHING like these movies - it's straight up whacky comedy and not drama like the other 2. So it was a little unexpected that it was so zany, but nevertheless, it's certainly a fun time. Barbra Streisand is hysterical and plays her character with a ton of charm. Although the movie is a bit over the top, it's meant to be, and it certainly left me with a smile on my face throughout. I think a lot of you would like this - nothing but lighthearted fun!

(Is it wrong of me to think that Barbra Streisand was kind of...nice looking?...in this movie?)
*** (out of four)

Offbeat caper comedy with a radiant Barbra Streisand and a nerdy Ryan O'Neal. Director Peter Bogdanovich hits the right notes, highlighting in a fanstastic chase through the streets of San Francisco.


This is a really fun and usually hilarious movie that makes for a pretty good argument that Hollywood could still be making pretty damn good screwball comedies without their black and white cameras. It's almost unusual to see a more contemporary film pull off such snappy dialogue and manic slapstick. It has its misses, mainly due to Ryan O'Neal's intense commitment to the School of Cary Grant, which lets him hit most of the movie's deadpan high notes but also some of the clunkier, goofier mugging and "what the heck is happening?" hands-on-hips kind of stuff. Streisand similarly throttles back and forth from hilarious to mildly annoying, but both have enough moments of genius timing to make the longlist of great comedic performances, and they're pretty significantly aided by terrific supporting performances by Madeline Kahn and the underrated Austin Pendleton, plus a pointless but breezy and gleefully ridiculous script, and some pretty amazingly energetic directing by Bogdanovich. All in all, it's just covering old sacred ground, and it doesn't have anything resembling a dramatic point to make, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and has enough satsifying gut laughs in it to merit placement on any sort of All-Time Funniest list, in my opinion.