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"Unusual Serial-Killer Tale"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Went straight to home video, but it's not a movie anyone really needs to be ashamed over." (more)
"A Hit and a Miss"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "The former 4 stars, the latter just 1." (more)
"The Underrated Lester Delivers the Goods"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Good for rainy Saturday afternoons" (more)
"Gets Almost All the Notes Right"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Not a box-office success but good enough on its own charming terms." (more)
"An Honorable Nice Try from Robert Forster"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "One of those chance-taking endeavors that just misses the mark." (more)
"King of freedom."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Some artists — especially artists like Frank Zappa — must hear Thomas Carlyle in their heads from time to time." (more)
"F for Fake, or taking the mickey out of a true story"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "Days after watching producer Dan Friedkin’s directorial debut, “The Last Vermeer,” it dawned on me that there were some superficial similarities between this post World War II thriller and courtroom drama hybrid and “F for Fake,” Orson Welles’ splendid personal essay about fakes, forgeries, filmmaking and the art of illusion, particularly in its critique of how art is valued and by whom. Now, I AM giving “The Last Vermeer” far more credit than it deserves, but the film is at its best whenever one of its two leads, the legendary Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren, is on screen pontificating about art. Like Hungarian painter and forger Elmyr De Houry, one of Welles’ many subjects, van Meegeren, at least as portrayed by Guy Pearce, is a flamboyant, charming bon vivant who is sticking a middle finger at art critics and collectors and museum curators alike. Van Meegeren is, in Clifford Irving’s words when describing De Houry (and as recited by Welles in “F for Fake”) “a man of talent taking the mickey out of those who had rejected him, translating disappointment into a giant joke.” (It takes one to know one: Irving, after all, published a fake biography of Howard Hughes in the early 70s.) Welles’ questions also hang over “The Last Vermeer” as well: “Is it art? Well, how is it valued? The value depends upon opinion, opinion depends on the experts, and fakers like Elmyr makes fools of the experts…” Too bad that the script by James McGee, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby doesn’t trust its source material, “The Man Who Made Vermeers,” Jonathan Lopez’s biography of van Meegeren and an investigation of the network of illicit commerce that made his forgeries possible. I suspect Lopez digs deeper into some of these ideas explored by Welles and that a more faithful adaptation of the book would have made for a better, more ambitious film." (more)
"Far From a Great Ride"
1 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "So bo-hiss silly it should be made available only in novelty shops." (more)
"Fun parts of its two parents, but not the crazy mashup it could have been."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "This movie was almost certainly called "Freaky Friday the Thirteenth" at some point of it being pitched and developed, and I hope the producers reached out to Disney, Paramount, New Line, and/or the estate of Mary Rodgers in the hopes of possibly using that title, because it can't hurt to ask, right? It's fun to imagine what this would be like as a way-off-kilter entry in the franchise(s), rather than a mostly-fun riff that doesn't quite live up to its insane potential." (more)
"Some of Christopher Walken's Best Work"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Barely released at the time, it's worth seeking out." (more)

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