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The Stepford Wives . . . Better The First Time. [Jun. 12th, 2004|03:30 am]
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Man, Lay's Extra Hot! Flamin' Hot Brand chips are damn good.

They're actually almost as good as Better Made Red Hot chips from back home in Detroit.


Well, the Lay's chips are better than The Stepford Wives - 2004.

For all those wishing to spend money to see it yourself . . . seriously, go for the matinee discount showing.

For all you who went to see this one, well, maybe you'd like to read the commentary, with spoilers.

I just read the IMDB message board for the film.

Apparently, the movie test-screened with the ending almost exactly like the downbeat-ending of the original film.

The film opening featured a lighter version, with Kidman's Joanna Eberhart pretending to be a robot. Broderick, playing Walter Kresby, her husband, sabotages the machinery in control of the Wives. Then, a surprise-reversal happens, where it isn't Christopher Walken's Mike Wellington who is in control of the Wives . . . Mike's a robot. It's actually been the project of Glenn Close's Claire Wellington, who explains in a rather long and awkward monologue that she is the only decent woman left in the world, to that effect (read: she's crazy).

Well, I'd have liked the dark ending better. That was, from memory, the ending similar to the original version of the movie.

Frank Oz's The Stepford Wives started poor, had minor chuckles, mostly lukewarm humor . . . and ended horribly.

I went to watch it at The Grove's Pacific Theatre, and the packed house was laughing at the ending.

I wanted to leave before it ended.

Then, I get this surprise factoid from following the legacy of Frank Oz, the director of The Stepford Wives . . . I find this true for the person responsible for the adapted screenplay, Paul Rudnick . . .

These two did In & Out (1997).

I fucking despise that film.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0119360/ In & Out (1997)

For those not familiar, Kevin Kline plays Howard Brackett, a small-town English teacher who knew Matt Dillon's Cameron Drake, who at an Academy Award acceptance, "outs" Brackett.

Basically, it never dawned on Brackett that he was homosexual . . . which causes him to do much self-exploration, while defending the flack around him from the hometown . . . to which he finally figures out that he is homosexual.

Well, I know folks who didn't know that they were homosexual . . . but In & Out was a rather flat in the humor department. The ending was not very spectacular, from memory . . . overall, I despised the triviality surrounding Oz's work with regards to the homosexuality. To me, the comedic moments stemming from Brackett's self-exploration fell flat on me because of Oz's work. As a result, I didn't respect Oz's work on this film in the slightest.

Now that I know that Oz made that stinker, and now that I have watched his most recent stinker, I will say that you will have to pay for my ticket and probably drag me to see another film directed by Frank Oz. I do not like his work as a director, period.

He has some saving grace, as he supplies voices for Muppets and the voice for Yoda in the Star Wars series, but outside of that . . . I have had my fill of Frank Oz as director.

If you want a rather wonderful surprise, go see Saved! . . . I did last week, as it opened here earlier than it did everywhere.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0332375/ Saved! (2004)

This is a great film with a pretty wonderful message of tolerance. It makes fun and light of the Über-Pious, not Christianity.

On another note:

Lately, I've watched these films:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0289848/ Analyze That (2002)
http://imdb.com/title/tt0011237/ Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920)
http://imdb.com/title/tt0319262/ The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Lately, I have also not felt the motivation to post much on films. I have great difficulty in the act of being a movie critic.

I, however, see myself as a person, an amateur, with an opinion. I also welcome any opinions, differing or otherwise. I wouldn't dream of being a critic because everyone has a different opinion, and I like to hear all the opinions. I don't mind if folks disagree, and I sure don't mind if they agree. However, it's hard for me to post on films because I don't see myself as a critic. I don't want to trap myself into having a professional opinion. For whatever reason, I tend to think that the critics you read in the papers and online tend to think their opinion on a film is the last word on that film.

For my thoughts and opinions, I don't hold strong on everything I think or feel. My thoughts and opinions change.

Here's a great website to check the cumulative of the professional opinions on films:


I just suddenly feel really stupid for posting reviews of films I go to see. I do not completely understand why I feel this way.