Sam Raimi

The Hudsucker Proxy

Year: 1994
Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Sam Raimi

RYAN’S REVIEW

I am a huge fan of the Coen brothers and typically like everything they do.  I actually went out of my way to specifically buy this movie for the blog a year ago.  Having finally reached it at the end of the “H” section on our DVD rack I am disappointed in my decision to make the purchase.  This is a really great movie with all the Coen brothers’ talent on hand, but I just don’t like it.  I don’t know if it’s the time period of the setting, the gloomy look of the movie, or the stars on hand but I just can’t get on board with this one.

I can clearly see how good the movie is, but nothing about it appeals to me.  The fast talking style of most of the characters really displays the talent of the actors playing the parts but I don’t care for it.  Specifically Jennifer Jason Leigh does a wonderful job, and Paul Newman is every bit as talented as he always was.  I have never been a big Tim Robbins fan though, and I loathe that stupid expression he has on his face throughout the whole film.

This movie offers many classic scenes and a story that I’m sure would appeal to many people.  Don’t take my word on this one because it’s a Coen brothers film and they are always worth your time.  On this one anyway I will tell you that my not liking it says nothing about the quality of the film itself.  Despite my opinion of the film I’m going to tell you that it is still worth your time to see it and maybe you will enjoy it more than I did.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I love this movie. I think it is hilarious and true to its makers. The Coen Brothers are known for their very unique style and shtick. You can usually tell you are watching a Coen Brothers movie when the characters are very exaggerated. Think about Marge in Fargo. “O ya, ya say!” This movie stretches it even further. The accents are out there and the actions are out there. Everything is very much Coen Brothers, but stretched out a little further to really tell this story. I love them all, and this one is a great one too. You should see all the Coen Brothers movies. They are definitely two of the greatest movie makers out there today.

And the poster. It feels the theme and time period of the movie. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I really wish they would have just let Tim Robbins take on the poster alone. I think if they would have simplified the poster a little bit, it would feel cleaner and easier to bring people in.

NEXT MOVIE: Hustle & Flow (2005)

Darkman

Year: 1990
Directed By: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi

RYAN’S REVIEW

When I was about seven or eight years old I saw the first ten minutes of this film on HBO before my mom came in and caught me watching the R rated film and turned it off.  It was too late though; the damage was done. The opening of this film had already set an impression on me.  It immediately became a very popular scenario that played out among my G.I. Joes as they battled on my bedroom floor.  Watching it now the opening seems kind of corny, but it still has its moments.  I like the disarming of Durant and his henchmen, especially the fact that one of them is actually carrying nun-chuks.  I also like how Durant uses his cigar cutter in manors of persuasion. I think Durant was a really well written and crafted villain but I think the part could have been cast better.  Larry Drake isn’t bad, I just think the part could have been played better by someone else. For example, I think Christopher Walken or Al Pacino cast as Durant takes this movie to the next level.  You can say that about nearly any role in any film though.

I’m not really a fan of Sam Raimi but I do like some of his films.  Specifically this and the Spiderman films, which actually share many similarities.  Including an oddly similar scores both done by Danny Elfman, the score for this film is also reminiscent of the Tim Burton Batman films, also done by Elfman. Liam Neeson does a really good job with this part, but I think we all benefit from the fact that his face is covered in bandages for most of the film.  Neeson tends to get really crazy with this character at times but that’s what I like about his performance.  Francis McDormand plays the female lead and while I think she is great I don’t think this was her best role. Her significant other and his brother (the Coen bros) also make a cameo in one brief shot in the movie driving a Oldsmobile. They are good friends with Raimi apparently and even did a little work on the script for this film.

This is not the greatest movie and if truth be told we wouldn’t even own it if it hadn’t been so cheap.  It was an impulse buy because it reminded me of that time when I was seven or eight.  That does not mean it isn’t worth your time though.  In fact I think it is a really good movie that will catch you off guard if you aren’t paying attention.  It has a campy feel to it but Raimi wrote it to be a comic-book-like story so it is supposed to be that way.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I have been looking forward to this movie for a while now because it is the first movie with Liam Neeson in it.  I do not know why, but for some stupid ass reason Ryan goes around telling everyone that I am in love with him.  This is not true, I don’t even like him.  I think it has something to do with his role in Love Actually and when I made Ryan watch that a long time ago.  So let me make it 100% clear: I AM NOT IN LOVE WITH LIAM NEESON.  If you hear Ryan ever mention it call him out as a liar! I don’t really have anything to say about this movie actually.  It clearly wasn’t made for the female audience.

NEXT MOVIE: The Da Vinci Code (2006)