Concord, CA, USA
Pros: Pretty close match to the book. Strong performances by DiCaprio and Maguire.
Cons: Was it just me, or was every male in the movie wearing clothes that didn't fit (too small)? Didn't really like the music - too modern and didn't fit the rest of the movie. The movie was more about delusion than romance; not sure that matched the book.
Pros: A classic on gaining / keeping political power. Very enlightening about politics in the era of the city-state ruled by a handful of families.
Cons: My edition is a direct translation and so has all of the flowery language of the Renaissance Era. I'm not convinced of the books applicability in an age when you can't gather your opposition and just strangle them all. It's called murder now.
Pros: Lots of funny lines / banter; lots of action and great special effects. Much better than IM2, but not as original as IM1. RDJr still rocks the role.
Cons: A bit of a long movie, but I'm not sure what could have been dropped and still have it make sense; the final scene was too large a scale and the suits were too small to visually follow all of the action.
Pros: I don't think this was meant to be a "comedy", but it does have some tremendously funny moments. Eastwood transitioning from Dirty Harry to more generalized conservative bad-ass.
Cons: Not very realistic tactical action. The men were always bunched too close together. Good for movies, bad in combat. But what do I know, I wasn't a Marine.
Pros: Douglas makes an excellent robber baron. Sheen back when he was trying to be an actor instead of a personality.
Cons: Stealing vast sums of money probably isn't this easy. Daryl Hannah could have been any other attractive actress. She didn't really seem to add anything to the role / film.
Pros: Now I see what all the fuss with the movie was about. Longer than the movie, but with a great deal more texture. I was surprised how similar both leads were in this and the movie version (which I saw first). Cons: I have seen the movie version several times and now I feel I should watch this an equal number. And I really must read the book...
Pros: Moves much faster than the BBC series. Knightley is beautiful and Macfadyen is brilliant in emerging from his taciturn manner.
Cons: The wealth of the Bennett's is not well portrayed, and so Mrs Bennett's scheming seems over the top. It's developed better in the series.
I now feel I should read the book...
Pros: Craig makes 007 dark, brooding and older - but now seems to own the role. Vintage ride rocks! Continues to move Bond away from camp comedy (Moore) and back to action (Connery).
Cons: Long film and slows down in places. Another actor and re-boot seems inevitable. We can't have an "old" Bond.