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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Report Card----"99 Homes"

"99 Homes" is a totally absorbing, tragic story about the recently burst housing bubble---the victims and the victimizers.
It's a very literate film, totally geared for adults.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Constantly.
A+.

Compelling even?

Constantly.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Extremely.
A+

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

It is a model of good storytelling.
A+.

Is it well written?

Very.
A.

Is it well cast? Well played?

It's got Laura Dern, having an adult son, and a young grandson. I don't like to think of Laura Dern in those terms.
but she was very good.
B.

Well shot?

Very.
A..

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

I don't think so. All that's needed is to follow the script.
C.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

It's established early on as Orlando Florida.
A.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.
A.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Slightly predictable, but it surprises in its execution..
B.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Yes. It's subject matter is mesmerizing, and I learned a great deal about it.
A+

Is it funny?

Occasionally, in a deadpan way.
A.


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If you're so inclined.
A.

Is it impressive?

One of the most impressive.
A+.

Overall grade: A+.

There should be more like this one.

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4 comments:

  1. Mark: Your D- grade on predictability seems inconsistent with your comment.

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  2. 'Twas a mistake. It should have been a B. I changed it, and I'm glad somebody paid enough attention to catch it.

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  3. You might be qualified to get a free Apple iPhone 7.

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  4. There is a chance you're qualified to get a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."