Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Million Dollar Baby & The Stepford Wives

Muh wife and I have been watching a ton of movies recently. The last two that we watched were Million Dollar Baby and The Stepford Wives.

They are an interesting study in contrast.

1. Million Dollar Baby is a well made movie that ends in a fashion that just hits you like a ton of bricks. As SZG said in his quip, we are not sure what we were expecting, but it was a lot different than we expected. It was a well made movie and I would certainly have voted for Hillary Swank to take the award this year if I was allowed to submit a ballot. She was incredible. I was also really impressed wiht the power of Clint Eastwood in this film. I don't want to give away too much, but the last 1/3 of movie is simply beyond explanation. The two of them put on the performances of their careers. That is saying a lot for Clint, but not as much for Hillary. I might even want to go on record as saying that she could very well be the single best actress out there right now. She is so understated and phenomenal.

2. On the other hand, there is the Stepford Wives, which might qualify as the single worst movie of the year. This movie features at least FOUR Oscar Winners (Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman, and Bette Midler (for music)), a TONY winner (Matthew Broderick) and TWO Grammy winners (Faith Hill and Bette Midler) and this is the crap that they came up with? Jesus... this movie was so bad that muh wife and I flipped around the special features to find something redeeming. We did... the first 30 seconds of the gag & blooper reel.



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