Indecent Proposal (1993)

indiDirector: Adrian Lyne

Writer: Amy Holden Jones (Screenplay) Jack Engelhard (Novel)

Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Seymour Cassel, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, Rup Taylor, Billy Connolly

 

Plot: A millionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for a night with the wife.

 

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Verdict: Good Little Drama

 

Story: Indecent Proposal starts as we meet young newlyweds Diana Murphy (Moore) and David Murphy (Harrelson) who have been high school sweethearts who believed everything was going to go their way but once the recession hits they find all their dreams shattered with money becoming the serious problem after they both lose their jobs.

Wanting to make the money quickly they head to Vegas where they learn the good and bad side of gambling industry where they lose their remaining money after making it big. Their fortunes change when they bump into high roller billionaire John Gage (Redford) who shows them the life of luxury.

Gage offers the young couple $1 Million for one night with Diana, this gives the couple an almost impossible choice but we are left wondering just whether they could come to a deal or not. Making the deal we get to see how David and Diana deal with the night and the consequences of this decision.

 

Thoughts on Indecent Proposal

 

StoryThe story does give us one of the ultimate moral questions that any married couple could face to solve their monetary problems. We also get to see how they could become broken once the night is done. We get to see how the love between two people can be tested to the extremes as they need to solve their problems. The major issue I have with this story is that this couple have set an unrealistic dream in the first place putting themselves in the mess they find themselves in which a normal person wouldn’t end up finding themselves in.

Drama/RomanceWhen you look at the romance side of this story you get to see how a married couple with all the love in the world can be led astray by someone catching their eye even if it is the money that draws them apart. We get to see how undying love with always prevail whatever you have been through.

Characters/PerformancesDiana and David are the typical Hollywood couple with their unrealistic attempts to make their life the dream even though their love is all they need. John Gage is a man who believes he can buy anything but must learn that he can’t buy the one thing he wants. When you look to the performances everyone is great here with Woody Harrelson has the broken man, Demi as the naïve women dreaming of more and Robert Redford as the business man who can get all.

SettingsThe settings show us the difference in the lifestyles of the married couple and the billionaire which are used brilliantly as we see how Diana gets to look at a different life.

Final ThoughtsI see this film as one of the interesting films from the past that could be done on so many other levels with new technology but can be enjoyed by all.

 

Overall: Good drama about love, money and decision making.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Weekend – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

whatsDirector: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Peter Hedges (Screenplay) Peter Hedges (Novel)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, John C Reilly, Crispin Glover

 

Plot: After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

 

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Verdict: Brilliant

 

Story: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape starts by taking us to the small American town of Endora where we meet the Grape family oldest brother Gilbert (Depp) mentally challenged Arnie (DiCaprio) sisters Amy (Harrington) and Ellen (Schellhardt) and mother Bonnie (Cates).

With Gilbert needing to spend every day looking after his family and most Arnie he finds himself only dreaming of leaving this small town but when he meets traveller Becky (Lewis) he starts with something he never saw coming but is left with the dilemma of can he leave his family.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gives us a story of a struggling family in America with all of their own problems but the leader of the household is very reluctant but knows he has to stay to hold everything together. The film shows how you need to love the ones closest to you however difficult it could be and it also shows how you can’t let your life be controlled or ever held back.

 

Actor Review

 

Johnny Depp: Gilbert Grape has to look after his family after his father’s suicide, he finds himself stuck in this small town facing a life where he could spend his whole life there. He is well respected through the town but his good nature is what is holding him back because his love for his mentally ill brother shines through his character. Johnny gives us a great performance where he has to keep everything subtle without stealing anyone else spotlight.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Arnie Grape is the mentally ill teenager on the verge of turning 18, he can’t handle the simple day interactions and is always needed to be watched over by Gilbert. The older he is getting the harder he is getting to control but Arnie just doesn’t understand the problems he is causing. Leonardo gives a performance which puts his name firmly on the map and one that gave him his first Oscar nomination.

Juliette Lewis: Becky is a traveller who is passing through only to breakdown in this small town. She shows Gilbert he could have if he didn’t have Arnie in his life giving him the glimpse into the life he could on dream off. Juliette is good in this role coming off like a natural character in this movie.

Mary Steenburgen: Betty Carver is a local lady who has been using Gilbert for an affair, she always asks for him to do deliveries but becomes increasingly jealous when Becky turns up in town. Mary is good in this role but is the only one that has moments where she could look out of place.

Support Cast: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has a supporting cast which includes the rest of the Grape family with all their flaws and the locals who all have a built in friendship with Gilbert. Each member of the supporting cast shows us how this film all comes off feeling like a natural story.

Director Review: Lasse HallstromLasse is a director you can always trust to give you a touching story and handle all of the characters so well.

 

Drama: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gives us the drama where we get to see the struggles in a small town America and a family with their own problems.

Romance: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape keeps the romance very simple as we see Gilbert learn that he will need to leave this town to every understand true love.

Settings: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has the whole film set in the small town in America which helps the story shine through.
Suggestion
: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is one I do think everyone should have watched at least once because the story is so powerful. (Watch)

 

Best Part: DiCaprio and Depp show their star quality in simple roles.

Worst Part: It is hard to find one.

 

Believability: The problems the characters go through could all be considered real problems but this story is fictional.

Chances of Tears: Maybe.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar.

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: Arnie knows a secret. His big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet.

 

Overall: One of the simplest and charming movies you will ever see.

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Schindler’s List (1993)

schnidersDirector: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Steven Zaillian (Screenplay) Thomas Keneally (Book)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz

 

Plot: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

 

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Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Schindler’s List starts as we see the early stages of World War II in Poland where German Oskar Schindler (Neeson) uses this to his advantage by moving to Poland to start his own business with a Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern (Kingsley) where he gives the Jewish people jobs during their exile by the Germans.

Oscar’s business is challenge when the German concentration camps start taking his workers with Amon Goeth (Fiennes) merciless leading the execution of the Jews in Krakow. Oscar has to conduct himself like a business man through this horrific time as he tries all he can to keep as many Jews alive against near impossible odds.

Schindler’s List is always going to go down as one of the hardest films to watch because of the subject matter, but it is also one of the most important films to watch. The film shows the brutality of holocaust during World War II. The fact that this is a true story shows us just how incredible the risk Oscar took to save as many as he could. The direction is flawless the acting is flawless it is hard to say a single bad thing about this movie.

 

Overall: One of history’s most incredible stories shown in full emotional impact.

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Franchise Weekend – Robocop 3 (1993)

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Plot: Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on “their” land.

 

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Verdict: Tidy Finish

 

Story: Robocop 3 starts as we see the city being redeveloped at the hands of Kanemitsu (Mako) and the CEO (Torn) who are rehoming all of the residents. We meet a resistance led by Bertha (Pounder) trying to take the company down from the inside and their newest partners in this are Robocop (Burke) and Lewis (Allen).

When Paul McDaggett (Castle) is leading the rehoming procedure kills Anne this drives Robocop on yet another one of his missions against the authority trying to clean up the streets.

Robocop 3 is a good finish to the series not on the Robocop himself side of the but on the battle for the city side. I did like how that if you were to watch all three the revolution we see happening brews up between the stories without it being just happening. When you watch this side of the story I did like the conclusion but on the Robocop side everything just puts him against a bigger enemy without really being tested. This is easy to watch like all three but never reaches the levels of the first.

 

Actor Review

 

Robert John Burke: Robocop is still loyal to Lewis and now he has started to make his own decisions going against orders, this leads him into joining the resistance against the CEO trying to take over the city. Robert does a solid job to fill in the for the exiting Peter Weller.

Nancy Allen: Anne Lewis is the partner of Robocop that will always stay by his side but this time it will be the end of her. Nancy is used for motivation this time around which is good but we don’t see enough of her.

Rip Torn: The CEO is trying to redevelop the city which means moving everyone out of their homes. He is answering to Kanemitsu which means you do anything wrong he will fire you. Rip becomes the solid villain in this film which works well enough.

John Castle: McDaggett is the man cleaning the streets one building at a time and not taking any prisoners in his hunt for anyone in the resistance. John is good in this role where we get to see a villain in a revolution.

Support Cast: Robocop 3 has the biggest supporting cast with members of the resistance, cops as well as the businessmen trying to bring the city down.

Director Review: Fred DekkerFred gives us a solid finish to the series where we get to see just how the city has got to the position is has with the Robocop side of the story almost just being a side part.

 

Action: Robocop 3 has standard action you would expect to see in this style of film.

Crime: Robocop 3 puts us in the middle of the crime world where all of the story is taking part in.

Sci-Fi: Robocop 3 has the robotic cops with this time adding in the robotic ninjas.

Settings: Robocop 3 keeps us in the same city that is now on a revolution.
Special Effects
: Robocop 3 doesn’t have the best special effects but they work enough for the film.

Suggestion: Robocop 3 is one you could watch to finish the series off nicely. (Finish the Franchise)

 

Best Part: Final showdown.

Worst Part: Killing off Anne seems cheap.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $23.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: He’s back to lay down the law.

Trivia: Was filmed in 1991, but was not released until end of 1993 due to production company Orion going bankrupt.

 

Overall: Easy to watch finish to the series.

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Rising Sun (1993)

sunDirector: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman, Michael Crichton, Michael Backes (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Ray Wise, Tia Carrere, Steve Buscemi

 

Plot: At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who’s evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive their Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there’s a lot more going on.

 

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Verdict: Traditional Crime Story

 

Story: Rising Sun starts as we watch a potential deal being handled between the Japanese and Americans to deal with the weapons, when a party is thrown in this event there is a murder of a woman during a sex act. Webster Smith (Snipes) is called into investigate being he is the liaisons officers at the White House, along the way he has to pick up seasoned Captain John Connor (Connery) who is on leave and is an expert on Japanese culture.

The unlikely pair have to work together to solve the crime where the prime suspect Eddie Sakamura (Tagawa) has a personal connection to Connor and not everything is as it seems, leaving them to unwrap the web of conspiracy.

Rising Sun is what you would have to put down as a traditional crime story that goes in the direction you would expect. We get the twists and the odd pairing having to work together leading everything back to where you would expect it to go. The crime has elements of conspiracy even though it is only about one murder. The story is filled with racial tension which is disappointing for the way the film is set.

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Connery: Captain John Connor is the expert on Japan who gets bought into the case because of his connections with the people involved. He has to guide Webster through the case helping him understand the way of thinking of the Japanese involved. Sean is good in this role very much against the type of character we have seen in the past with Bond.

Wesley Snipes: LT Webster Smith is a liaison to the White House and former cop who gets called into investigate the murder where he has to work with Connor. He has a shady past after being accused of a bride case even though it got thrown out. He has to put his problems aside and his differences with Connor to uncover the truth. Wesley is good in this role playing the role we expect to see from him.

Harvey Keitel: LT Tom Graham is the old partner of Webster who was also involved in the bribery case. He tries to just treat his cop work as a job and doesn’t seem to play sides. Harvey does good job in supporting role but considering he is important to the story we don’t see him enough.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa: Eddie Sakamura is the prime suspect that is even the easy suspect, he must work with the two to prove his innocence for the crime he never committed. Cary-Hiroyuki is good in this role filled with mystery throughout.

Support Cast: Rising Sun has a supporting that you would expect to see in this type of film that all do good job.

Director Review: Philip KaufmanPhilip gives us a good action mystery thriller that does keep you guessing throughout.

 

Action: Rising Sun has the standard action you would expect to see without being too memorable.

Crime: Rising Sun brings us a crime story which on paper is just a murder but the conspiracy is what keeps us guessing.

Mystery: Rising Sun creates the mystery about who committed the murder which we have to witness who it could have been.

Thriller: Rising Sun keeps us guessing to what will happen next.

Settings: Rising Sun uses the settings well but nothing that is really stand out.

Suggestion: Rising Sun is one for the action fans to enjoy just switch off and enjoy. (Switch Off & Enjoy)

 

Best Part: Off chemistry between Connery and Snipes.

Worst Part: No subtitles.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Trivia: Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.

 

Overall: Standard action mystery thriller

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