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oh yeah moviezzz [Aug. 16th, 2004|12:28 am]
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"The Manchurian Candidate" was kinda crap. Great acting, sometimes kinda good script, great production values, photography and editing, but an action movie without very much actions. It seemed kinda boring. And good ol Jonathan Demme in full on Hollywood Liberal mode, filling the soundtrack with news reports that are oh so topical in This Election Year.

Note to Demme: If you're going to make a political thriller, make it thrilling, or at least have a bunch of loud noises and blinking lights or something. If you want to make a political film, don't shoehorn it into a remake of a classic.

Denzel Washington is such a great actor, though. There's never a moment in any film he's in where he's not completely convincing and fascinating to watch. Because I was addicted to "St. Elsewhere" back in the day I got in on the ground floor. On that show his foil was Alfre Woodard, who is every bit as good as Denzel.

And since I'm mentioning black actors: CCH Pounder. She's really good on The Shield, but she needs to star in another movie. No one does Pissed-Off like CCH Pounder. You could use her to strip furniture -- just get her mad at it and the finish will spontaneously combust.

From: thekevinator
2004-08-16 07:04 pm (UTC)


Demme was terribly transparent about his politics in his remake, though I really liked the similarities between Manchurian Global and the Carlyle Group.

CCH Pounder is fantastic on The Shield, few can express the stress of a job like that better than she can. She is currently filming Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks, but I have no clue through which medium it will be published.
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2004-08-17 06:08 pm (UTC)
We watched the original on DVD last night. Still devastating.
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