Vote for My Next Reviews

To all my readers:
Yes, I am asking you to vote again. This time, I will give you much more time, though. EVERYONE who is reading this message, please cast your vote by commenting. (Please don’t comment via the iPod/iPhone app; I won’t see your vote.) Your vote must be in by 7 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 2/22 in order to count. Once again, I don’t care who you are, if you’re reading this message, leave a comment with a top 5 list of films you’d like me to review. 😀

Okay, here are your 16 choices:

Adaptation.
The Devil Wears Prada
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Far and Away
Freakonomics: The Movie
Fried Green Tomatoes
Interiors
La dolce vita
Les Miserables (’98)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Ordinary People
Out of Africa
The Producers (’68)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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Review: THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE

Father Moore: “There are forces surrounding this trial…dark, powerful forces.”
Starring Jennifer Carpenter as the title character, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is 25% courtroom drama, 25% psychological horror, 25% supernatural mystery, and 25% rip-off of THE SIXTH SENSE. It isn’t the most original film, as it seems like an homage to previous demonic, exorcism-related films (i.e. THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST); but that is made up for by the suspenseful cinematographic experience, the ingeniously-tackled camera angles, the solid performances by actors such as Tom Wilkinson and Campbell Scott, and the flummoxing plot of the entire feature. That said, this is not a film I would watch again; but it was not one of those cases when I’ve wanted to raise torches and pitchforks for “PG-13 horror”, because this proved that a PG-13 rating does not automatically make a horror movie dull and stupid.
Jason: “Emily?”
Emily Rose: “DON’T TOUCH ME!!!……Jason, please…don’t leave me!”
GRADE: B

Review: THE GREEN MILE

Paul Edgecomb: “Your name is John Coffey?”
John Coffey: “Yes sir boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same.”
Based on one of Stephen King’s few non-horror novels, THE GREEN MILE is a long, moving, poignant prison drama with an interesting fantasy twist. Starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan, it tells the story of Paul Edgecomb, a guard working at a prison where a man named John Coffey is brought into custody. Though he has been convicted of brutally murdering two girls, Paul soon enough discovers that John has a special healing power and really comes across as a kind man. Though clearly demented at some points in the plot, THE GREEN MILE was overall a great film. I plan on reading the serial novel on which it is based sometime soon, as it is sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust and waiting patiently to be read; but as for a recommendation for anyone who hasn’t seen this, see it. I can’t guarantee you’ll like it–there’s always a movie not to like, after all–and I can’t exactly guarantee you’ll make it through the entire three hours and eight minutes, but it is most certainly worth a try. Rent it on Netflix, find it broken up in segments on YouTube, find it on TV, get it On Demand, buy it–whatever. Just make sure you see this film.
Dean Stanton: “What did you do?”
John Coffey: “I helped Del’s mouse become a circus mouse. Gonna live in a mouse city down in…”
Brutus “Brutal” Howell: “Florida?”
John Coffey: [nods] “Boss Percy bad. He mean. He stepped on Del’s mouse. I took it back, though…”
GRADE: A