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Well...at least it's an improvement.
The original 1975 movie was just plain awful except for some memorable action scenes. This remake was at least watchable. Oddly, the actual rollerball action scenes were probably the weakest part of this movie.
The Contender (2000)
A profoundly dishonest movie.
The period from 1992 to 2000 must have traumatized even Hollywood's inflated egos, and Hollywood has responded in its accustomed way. It has concocted a tale based on a very crude need to invert reality and retell the 90's upside down and inside out.
In THE CONTENDER, the vice-presidential slot has become open and a female Democrat nominee is assailed by the Republicans, mostly on the basis of sexual charges. The Republicans are not patriots or believers in good government and individual rights. No, in Lurie's version their motivation is just nasty meanness. The Democrats are saintly and do not respond to the charges because of their high principles.
In short, It is the pure opposite of the reality in which the Republicans were motivated by real concerns about the corruption of the country's leadership and the Democrats responded to all charges with smear campaigns against anyone who dared to speak the truth in public.
The movie climaxes (pun intended) with a triumphant Democrat president humiliating his Republican opponent by asking if he "has no shame".
The crudity of this exercise in psychological masturbation is really amazing. I feel embarrassed for the people who made it and the people who affect to find it praiseworthy.
A Beautiful And Engrossing Movie
This is one of the movies I never tire of seeing again. Beautiful sailing scenes, but you don't have to know anything about sailing to appreciate it. The cast did an earnest and excellent job. It must have been a labor of love to make. Don't miss it.
The Opposite of Sex (1997)
Original, imaginative and entertaining
OPPOSITE OF SEX is a daring sex comedy that penetrates deep into the heart of the subject matter. The presentation was original and effective. The movie punctures everyone's balloons and show little respect for typical Hollywood political correctness. But it has a lot to say and says it loud. The performances were all excellent and the writing was highly imaginative and smoothly delivered. One of the best movies of the year.
Species II (1998)
A Disgrace To Moviemaking
Everyone involved in the making of SPECIES II should be ashamed. The plot, script and acting were all disgraces to their respective professions. And I actually liked the original SPECIES movie.