In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_9gm3ll8jmttmc3w4bmnmcurldl8

Guardians of the Galaxy

In many respects, “Guardians,” directed and co-written by indie wit James Gunn, and starring buffed-up former schlub Chris Pratt and Really Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster vet…

Thumb_5tzuowodx4f3ngozwzozwmdy9ze

War Story

Director Mark Jackson’s drama is a chilly study in grief starring Catherine Keener as a war-zone photographer shattered by her experiences in Libya.

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb_xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Thumb_jrluxpegcv11ostmz1fqha1bkxq

Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives

Acting badly and kicking butt

From: Martha Woodworth, Las Vegas, NV

I was disappointed that you didn't have the courage of your convictions (or your basic instincts) to give "Basic Instinct 2" four stars. We just saw it and thought it riveting, slick, and something of an erotic cartoon. It manipulated the audience's emotions deftly; there were many "ooh's" and "ahh's" and lots of laughs. I heard one elderly woman in front of us gasp at a pivotal, orgasmic moment and cry, "How can they allow this movie to be shown?"

But I didn't notice her -- or anyone else in the theater -- getting up and leaving. We all lapped it up like a big bowl of sweet cream. Sharon Stone
(as you correctly observed) acted badly, in more ways than one. Her cheesy
American accent hit all the flat notes compared to the dulcet tones of the Brit leads, especially the exquisitely subtle Charlotte Rampling. But who cares? Her clothes were fabulous (and draped on her, beyond fabulous). The sets and the photography were stunning. The story (and the sensuality) was breathless and kept happily squirming in our seats.

What more do the critics want? This movie was entertaining to the max. It's a travesty that it is getting such poor reviews.

"Basic Instinct 2" is not unlike "Showgirls," another movie I loved but which was trounced by the critics. Media critics seem threatened by hard-as-nails, unrepentant women. In "Showgirls" the women were (or became) street-wise, and beat the crude show-biz moguls at their own game. In "Basic Instinct 2" the Sharon Stone character is as mean and evil as any male villain. And she gets away with it. And the men she victimizes love her for it in the end. You see, it's a total mythology that men are the only ones capable of cold-blooded murder and mayhem. We need more really, really bad women in the movies. I tell you, it's exhilarating for a woman to see a female character who can really kick some ass, and smile while doing it.

Popular Blog Posts

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Exploring Israel-Palestine through Movies: Part 1

The first part in a four-part series on what film can teach us about the relationship between Israel and Palestine.

Able-Bodied Actors and Disability Drag: Why Disabled Roles are Only for Disabled Performers

Scott Jordan Harris argues that disabled characters should not be played by able-bodied actors.

Comic-Con 2014: Star Trek Kickstarter Film "Prelude to Axanar"

A report from SDCC on the Kickstarter "Star Trek" film, "Prelude to Axanar."

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus