"Kung Fu Hustle-whoever the target audience is for this, it doesn't include me."
The target audience is people who enjoy fun. Though I'm sure it also helps if you smoke lotsa weed
Air Force One
Dumb action flick masquerading as "political thriller" with President Indiana Jones kicking much ass and delivering one-liners like "Get off my plane!". Oldman is predictably quite effective as the villain and it's relatively entertaining but don't fool yourself into thinking it's more than just popcorn fluff.
Road to Perdition
Understated gangster flick with Hanks effectively playing against type. The rest of the cast is good as well and it works pretty well in the atmosphere department as well, even if the story itself is a bit of a slow-burner.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
This was pretty huge when I was growing up and though I always liked it, it was never one of my favorites. Rewatching it as an adult, it's pretty clear why- though the concept is admittedly pretty inspired in that bashit crazy 80's teen comic fantasy kinda way, the execution is actually kinda lame. They don't really do anything interesting with the historical figures (or settings, for that matter) and the jokes, for the most part, are pretty cringe-worthy. Still a relatively entertaining time but definitely not as good as its reputation would have you believe.
Seems as if this film's popularity has resulted in some serious backlash, which is understandable but still a shame. Look, I was as sick of seeing "Vote For Pedro" shirts and hearing half-assed Napoleon impressions as anyone. But this is still a uniquely bizarre and often quite amusing film. It reminds me of Mike Judge's sensibility- I half expected live action versions of Beavis and Butthead to turn up. Napoleon's portrait of the girl in his class never fails to crack me up. Ditto with the sequence where Napoleon puts in a hard day's work on the chicken farm only to count the change he's been paid with to discover he's made "like a dollar an hour!" Not a *great* film by any means but still- #### the haters.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
One of those films that barely seems to have a real script but this is actually part of its appeal. This is wild n' woolly Jim Carrey, fresh from "In Living Color", basically just being goofy for an hour and a half. Sure, there's a plot involving a kidnapped dolphin and a deranged NFL kicker but really, these story elements are just an excuse to watch Jim run amok. Dumb fun that is probably more enjoyable if you grew up with it like I did.
Killing Them Softly
Attempts to be a more political and introspective gangster flick but winds up being very by-numbers, despite the talented cast and some nice stylistic touches. The shots of various politicians which time-stamps this movie as taking place during the recession are about as subtle as Pitt's hairdo.
Kung Fu Hustle
The most cartoony live action film you'll ever see. OTT action and genuine laugh out loud moments. Chow has made other films in a similar style but none would be as fun or successful as this one.
Cape Fear '91
Scorsese's worst film and De Niro's worst performance. Shockingly awful, like direct to video-level bad. I mean, it's a pretty trashy story in general but I'm sure the original version with Robert Mitchum (who has a cameo in this) was far more tasteful (never seen it so I can't comment).
Pretentious? Maybe. Navel-gazing? Undoubtedly. But still one of Woody's better films, though you may get a different opinion if you ask a casual fan rather than a fanatic like myself. This is probably the film that divides those 2 camps the most. Watch it on its own terms and you may just fall under its spell.