in 24 Hours to Live (2017) in 720p
Jane, Amanda Flowers and Elizabeth D'Ambrosio in
ReAgitator (2017) in 720p
Claudia Talancon in The Crime of Padre Amaro
(2002) in 1080hd
This movie had a good reputation, but I wasn't
that impressed. Had it been a Hollywood film, it would
have been dissed as an overly manufactured soap opera.
The film looks great, and the stars seem to hold their
weight, but I just don't see any real merit in the
script. The story is completely predictable, the
dialogue is either mundane or melodramatic, the
characters didn't impress me with the feeling that the
author had any special grasp of humanity, and the whole
project is just about totally totally lacking in humor
and insight. The one thing that distinguished it from a
Hollywood movie was the downbeat ending.
I believe it attracted as much attention as it did
because it is a Mexican movie with such a professional
look and feel to it, and because of its controversial
attitudes toward the Church. And the latter only matters
if you care one way or the other about attacking or
defending that particular institution.
I have liked and admired many films from Mexico, but I
felt that this one was just a slick film manufactured to
appeal to the emerging Mexican mass market, ala the soap
operas and telenovelas.
Eastwood, Claudia Schiffer in Suzanne Cryer in
Friends and Lovers (1999) in 1080hd
Imagine that you tune in for your weekly
installment of the sitcom "Friends". There are the usual
six friends in their late 20's or early 30's, three boys
and three girls. They also pair up as lovers
occasionally. Two of the six are brother and sister. You
notice something is wrong. But there are sex other
people playing the roles. What happened? Did they fire
the regular cast but keep the show going? Nah! You just
were watching a cable movie channel instead of the
network station. This isn't "Friends", but "Friends
Should you keep watching it?
I don't know, but probably not.
Roger Ebert and some people at IMDb thought it an
abomination which might portend the End of Days, but I
thought it was just an innocuous waste of time with the
- It is just like "Friends", except with a cast of
unfamiliar characters that you have built no
- It has just as many typical formulaic sitcom
laughs as a typical episode of "Friends", except
spread out thinner - thirty minutes of gags spread
over ninety minutes.
- Although the characters are supposed to be in
their 20's or 30's, they all have the sexual
knowledge and banter of 15 year olds.
- It is better than "Friends" in one way. Two of the
three women show their breasts and the other,
Claudia Schiffer, comes close.
The six friends spend a Christmas weekend at a ski cabin
owned by one of their dads. Dad is also there. Stephen
Baldwin plays an ignoramus desperate to get laid with
one of the three girls. He has the best shot with
Claudia Schiffer because she is extraordinarily dim. How
dim is she, Johnny? So dim that, although she is German,
she is fooled by a guy from New Jersey who is pretending
to be German by using a fake accent. When they retire to
the bedroom together, they continue to speak bad English
together instead of German. Baldwin is miffed that the
Jersey guy cut into his "dumb chick" action, so he takes
off his pants and joins them in their bedroom. Jersey
Guy takes him aside and tells him that he can have
Schiffer in a short while, for sloppy seconds. He
That gives you an idea of the level of humor involved,
as well as the realism and depth of the
characterizations. The behavior of the other characters
is equally implausible. The dad, for example, is a 50
year old man of apparently normal intelligence who
simply throws a large metal can of food into a microwave
to heat it up. Apart from the dubious humor involved, is
that a believable scenario?
Unfortunately, the film's recipe mixes plot and laughs
in the wrong proportion, at least for my taste. A
sitcom, after all, is just a soap opera wearing a mask
of comedy. If you strip away the gags and summarize the
plot to your friend, he would not be able to distinguish
a sitcom from a soap opera. Because Friends & Lovers
takes itself more seriously than a typical sitcom, it
lets too much of the soap opera sneak through. The
sentimentalized reconciliation between the estranged
father and son, for example, is embarrassing to watch,
and you may find yourself averting your eyes.
By the way, the screenwriter also plays a part in the
movie. He came up with the perfect role for himself. He
plays a guy with a really large penis, which is shown in
detailed close up.
Why didn't I think of that?
Vintage Demi Moore