(Unrated Extended Cut) (✩✩✩✩½) - Blu-ray
- I saw this movie in the theatre, but I'm reviewing it now because I have the unrated extended cut on blu-ray. I'm told that there are several additions here and there, but the only thing that stood out was an extra sex scene that I don't believe was in the theatrical cut. There was also an alternate ending. Anyway, as someone who's always been fascinated with the development of the mind, I loved this movie. And what I especially loved was that it's not a cliched story about the pitfalls of gaining power. If you haven't seen it, do so.
(✩✩✩✩½) - Download
- A 1968 movie based on the novel Flowers for Algernon
about a mentally and emotionally arrested man who volunteers to undergo an experimental treatment that makes him smarter. Stars Cliff Robertson. After watching the movie, I read that Robertson got an academy award for best actor for this part and I think he deserved it. His progression from slow child-like man to genius was well performed. Another thing I liked about the movie was how it presented sexuality. With a lead actress (Claire Bloom) who was attractive, the right shots and some creative montage work, it got its point across in a wink-wink, nudge, nidge manner quite well. Apparently Robertson wrote a sequel, but that never got made. As for the title, I wonder if it's supposed to be a misspelling of "Charlie". The character's name in the credits does read "Charly", but I still wonder.
141. Flowers for Algernon
(✩✩✩½) - Download
- A 2000 TV movie remake of Charly
starring Matthew Modine. A great job by Modine, but as a TV movie, it's pretty sentimental and sanitized. Still, it's a nice compliment to Charly
. If you're wondering who Algernon is, it's the experimental mouse that became Charlie's friend.
What did I learn from these three movies? That getting smarter also gets you laid.
Also, here's a fun fact… Matthew Modine and Cliff Robertson were in a movie together called Wind
(✩✩✩½) - Netflix
- The epic 1992 Matthew Modine vehicle about sailing. Also starred Jennifer Grey. It tried to be grand and intense and it showed. Not great, but not bad either. I don't have much else to say about it, I just felt like watching it after Charly
and Flowers for Algernon
143. Kick-Ass 2
(✩✩✩½) - Theatre
- My review is here
. Chloe Moretz stole the show and Christopher Mintz-Plasse was fantastic. Those two are reasons to watch the movie.
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