Still very good IMO. I just don't think it's "profound" anymore, which I would have mistaken it for when I was 21 and it came out. It's just a good quiet movie with some shoegazer feel to it. Later Sofia Coppola would make Somewhere, a terrible quiet movie.
Dreck both on the intentional serious level because it's hamfisted melodramatic barf, and the semi-intentional subtextual ironic level because the irony isn't clever. Has anyone ever mentioned to me why the angst-ridden daughter played by Thora Birch would simultaneously be that angst-ridden AND a total beta female to the blonde American Pie chick who looks like David Lee Roth?
It's got its moments. It's okay. Not great. Critics tried to sniff Tarantino out right away in 1997 for making a third film that wasn't as violent as his first two, which was partially bullshit because those films aren't actually that violent. I like how unbelievably stupid the De Niro character is, and that it's De Niro playing him. The film's best performance is Robert Forster.
Only good for the jump scare with the body in the bag, and the girl making those creepy "kee keeree kee" noises when she's torturing the dude. Otherwise this thing is hideously long and boring as hell.
Hated this. I don't hate Aronofsky as a director by default but this was like a Lisa Simpson freakout directed by Brian De Palma at his worst.
Decent. Not great. And only decent if you don't "think" about it, and just take it as entertainment. People who said it has no emotional resonance were dead on, IMO. It's not poorly directed though and I did like the moment with the spinning room. I know that the IMDb list is stupid but how this is topping TDK is baffling to me.
The famous jump scare is classic and the movie did actually explore some territory. Obviously it's better than the worthless second film but I remain a fan of the first film, so I don't quite get people saying this one is better unless they flat out hate the first film. However, I like the original 1973 film nowadays more as a statement about the cynical mindset of the early 70s than as a shock show.
Only Haneke I've seen is Cache, which had its points of interest. Didn't see either version of this.
Who are the haters? People bored with its #1 status? Screw 'em. It's a fine choice. I'd rather watch Touch of Evil and I don't like how a few people out there act like you can watch this movie three hundred times without fully understanding it, but it's still a fine choice.
Decent latter day Allen doing his own American Tragedy sort of thing. Wait, maybe that's a bad analogy--didn't the protagonist get away with everything in this movie? Ebert might've overrated this. At least it didn't have a bunch of scenes of people who have been cheated on screaming "YOU LIED TO ME HOW COULD YOU DO THIS YOU BASTARD" at each other, right? That's the part of Allen movies that I can stand the least.
I thought this was okay when I saw it but it's been a long time. Videodrome remains Cronenberg's high point.