His Dark Materials
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Normally not a fan of indie films. They're slow, ponderous, self-indulgent and artsy with really annoying piano or guitar scores. But every now and then a masterful one shows up. Night Owls is one of them. The director, Charles Hood is clearly a student of the classic "well made" films of the old masters. In this case, that old master is Billy Wilder and Night Owls is an updated tribute to one of Wilder's best ones, "The Apartment." Funny, poignant with absolutely terrific acting, this little indie is a definite must-see.
If only there was a way to smack a film upside its head UFO would be first in line. Take an intriguing premise and literally turn it into a really boring math exercise and that's this turkey. Some math teacher somewhere got a boner watching this turd but that would be it.
The reviews of this film are a complete mystery to me. "Pitch Black," "Chronicles of Riddick" and the final installment "Riddick" is one of the best sci fi films ever trilogies ever made. Great action, good acting and, for its time, really good special effects. Further proof that most critics are idiots.
I echo all the negative reviews of this terrible remake, the bad acting, the glacial pace, the stripping away of all the interesting backstory etc... with one other major criticism. This was the worst lit film I have seen in recent history. It's as if Coppola was determined to imitate Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and light her entire movie only with candle light. Forcing your viewers to struggle to just see is an arrogant self indulgence which shows contempt for your audience. A better title for this waste of time would have been "The Bedarked."
This film turned out to be a genuine surprise. Terrific and smart script combined with some really top notch performances kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Highly recommend.