Your headline doesn't do the movie justice. It could be you don't understand the current political climate in which doctors operate, and how any individual that is not part of the big pharma/insuarnce/nazi medical board system is shunned, attacked and persecuted. The current system is set up by the entitities listed above and if you don't kiss their ass at every turn and have the guts and audacity to do research on your own as an individual then you are in for a big fight. Any Ayn Rand Objectivists will exactly understand what I mean by this. I am not an objectivist myself, but I admire the fact that this group stands up for the rights of individuals vs the group mentality. Dr. Burzynski to me is a modern day hero who stood up for his right as an American under the constitution to do and carry out his research for the benefit of mankind. It may be that the movie needed some background info at the beginning on the political climate of medicine, how it operates and how it is controlled by corporate america. If you already know these facts and see the movie then I think the movie is perfect, inspiring and great. However if you don't know how the industry operates and are either nieve or innocent you many not understand the point of the movie. Example: If you don't know that only 20% of Europeans got the swine flu vaccine, and that regular flu killed more people than swine flu; and that the whole swine flu thing was a giant marketing tool for pharma to get rich........ Then maybe you should study these things before going to see the movie.
I can't believe this waste is 2.5 hours. That's just unbelievable.
Yes "hot-blooded" indeed. It's really nicely shot too. I imagine it would have looked much better up on a big screen. Thanks a lot, Kevin Costner.
Thanks for bringing the 1991 version to my attention. Streamed it last night, found it to be a very nicely scaled, hot-blooded B-movie, with good headstrong work by the very young Uma Thurman as Maid Marion.
"I awoke this morning with a tumescent glow." TMI, DUDE.
Love you forever, Poop Cage
first time reading L online, great writing, i'll definitely be back...but is L magazine seriously still using google text ads...ouch
As always, D'Agostino gives a rich rendering of the multi-layered work...his perspective is all the more compelling because of his deep knowledge and access to film, literature and Italian and Italian American cultures...a pleasure to read.
Hey David- Great review. You spared me 2 hours of my life by not going to see this film. David Duchovny has the same curse as the cast of "FRIENDS" who seem to star in movies that bomb. Demi Moore has the same affliction. Her career stalled years ago. Striptease, GI JANE, and About last night. God awful.
No one seems to be talking about MESKADA. The film opens tonight at the Festival, but I had a chance to see a producers screening a couple months back. Kellan does a great job, the film is impressive. Rachel Nichols from Gi Joe has an impressive turn as a detective. But I think Jonathan Tucker brings the real emotional depth to the story.Check out the showtimes here:http://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide/meskada-film31136.html or follow Meskada on twitter/meskada for more updates on screenings.
Can someone really be described as "Oscar-winning" if he won his Oscar for Dances with Wolves?
Ticket-buyers under 30 thank you for your wisdom.
I wrote that Kurosawa was "pitiable" so far as he was a "suicidal commercial failure". You can disagree, but it makes you seem mean. Also, needing money to finish a film isn't anything to feel bad about, but needing money and not being able to get any because financial backers don't believe in you surely is? For a director already feeling bad enough about himself to cut himself a dozen times or more? I also fail to see how 75 words out of more than 800 constitute a "big point".
Your criticism sounds rather overconfident for someone with such poor reading comprehension.
Why make a big point of Kurosawa's need for additional money to finish Kagemusha? I hardly think that makes him "pitiable", or the film. On the whole,your criticism sounds rather overconfident. How young are you, I wonder.
Dear friend, regarding one of the most important novelists of the 20th century: I guarantee Philip K. Dick speculated that there might be a parallel universe in which a science fiction author named Phillip K. Dick is wondering if there's a parallel universe in which there's a science fiction author named Philip K. Dick.
Really marvelous work —thanks for pointing the way to the Rosenbaum review, which I hadn't read. I think Sal's complexity has as much to do with Danny Aiello as Spike Lee; from the DVD commentary it sounds like Lee was fighting Aiello to make Sal less sympathetic. I guess Aiello likes playing basically nice guys. (Turturro, on the other hand...)
Regarding "hinky," credit where it's due: There's a pretty funny conversation about the word "hinky" in 1993's "The Fugitive." It officially entered my vocabulary after that -- though I can never pronounce it with quite the same flair as Tommy Lee Jones.
...also, I think this is the first time I've ever heard the word "hinky" used!
Matt: This is an entertaining and succinct analysis of The Prowler. I enjoy what might as well be a pullquote: "It's not just a classy thriller. It's a thriller about class." You've nailed Losey's thematic obsession and rendered it articulate through the lens of envy. Thanks!--Michael Guillen.
The only offense, is that 9-11 happened in the first place. I happen to think it's a damn good thing to help younger kids get emotional about 9-11, because it is a totally different experience to remember firsthand vs. reading about it in a history book or Wikipedia entry.
One day, there will be people who deny 9-11 ever happened (like they do with the Holocaust) and anything we can do to force people to remember is a good thing.
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