Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|In the Cut |
Unrated Director's Cut
Actors: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Micheal Nuccio, Allison Nega
Director: Jane Campion
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
An English teacher has a sordid affair with the detective investigating a series of brutal murders in her neighborhood. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: UN Release Date: 13-SEP-2005 Media Type: DVD
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Rhonda P. (rhonnie40) from CHARLES CITY, IA
Reviewed on 12/24/2012...
Interesting movie to say the least.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Elizabeth G. (MissEliza) from CLINTON, MA
Reviewed on 6/20/2009...
Mark Ruffalo... I love this man! I thought the movie was pointless and a little bit borderline porn. I didn't get the relationships between the characters and I felt like some points/ Kevin Bacon's whole character was added just to fill up the time.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
OMG: Meg Ryan as you've NEVER seen her before!
Victor Chen | Hacienda Hts., CA USA | 11/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just came back from watching this movie about an hour ago and wanted to write a review while it's still fresh in my mind. Before anything else, let me just say, Meg Ryan's performance is SPECTACULAR! It's nothing short of breathtaking. I think this is the performance of her career. Ryan boldly sheds her previously earned image as "Amercia's Sweetheart", and completely reinvents herself for this movie. This time, Ryan plays a quiet, sullen, reserved inner city schoolteacher; her character is a contradiciton, introverted and subdued yet at the same time just SEETHING with dark, delicious, pent-up sensuality. I mean, if you're a heterosexual male, you just GOTTA see her! Dayam! Ryan's character "Frannie" is complex and multifaceted, as is the film; it was a risk, but it works. As Eber said, Ryan's performance is utterly flawless. It by itself is completely worth the price of admission, and will direct all attention away from any inadequacies in the plot :-)Okay, Meg Ryan aside, the movie was a solid thriller that kept me guessing all the way to the end. The obligate murders are gruesomely described, but actual gore on screen is kept at a tasteful minimum. The plot at times border on derivative and uninspired for this genre, but by and large it was tight enough to serve as an adequate vehicle for Ms. Ryan to burn the screen with her presence. (I know, I promise to stop ranting about her). Director Jane Campion did an outstanding job with the cinematography and the general feel of the film. For example, the camera is deliberately out of focus around the edges during certain scenes, giving the film a surrealistic, dreamy yet visceral feel. Again, this was a risk that surprisingly worked for me. Symbolism in the film is rich and beautiful, especially the poetry written on the subway train walls, read by Ryan's sultry voice in her mind. And finally, I'd just like to mention that Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is also a dangerously skilled actress (just watch "Single White Female" or "Washington Square") was tragically underused in this film. At her best, Leigh is every bit as good an actress as Ryan, but she simply wasn't given the chance to shine in this movie. For the role of Frannie's sister Pauline, a lesser actress would have done the job, which could have been done instead of wasting Leigh's precious time :-) But I'm still always glad to see her on screen as well.In closing, if you're even remotely a fan of Meg Ryan, go see this film now! Don't wait, do it now! You WON'T be disappointed. Oh man, Meg Ryan will be in my dreams tonight... ;-)"
Excellent Thriller From an Acclaimed Director
ALET1984 | Brooklyn, NY United States | 10/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, I kind of thought the movie was going to be bad (I didn't like the book), but I went to see it anyway, since I learned that Jane Campion was the director. Having seen and loved her "Angel at my Table," "The Piano," and "Holy Smoke," I was interested in finding out why exactly this independent New Zealand director left Australia and went, so to speak, "Hollywood." Well, it turns out that Campion was only doing a favor for Nicole Kidman, who was going to play the lead role (Nic decided against it later on, and became one of the executive producers instead).The film itself is gorgeous to look at, although the camera work is a bit shaky, and there are like... hundreds of meaningless close-ups that can drive you totally crazy. And guess what, Meg Ryan DOES take her top off (if you're interested in that sort of thing). But this movie is also very violent and brutal; I heard it almost got an NC-17 rating (our censors cut out a seven-minute chunk of footage with most shocking sex and violence and rated the film R).Basically, the story is about a somewhat attractive English teacher named Franny (played by Ryan), who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation when a girl is found murdered near her house. The lead detective working on the case meets and talks to her, and she's instantly attracted. Then, to make things even more complicated (as if the sexually unruly relationship between her and the police officer wasn't enough), Franny remembers that she saw the dead girl somewhere before.The story is quite interesting, though the ending is fairly simple and predictable. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who loves "romantic thrillers," but don't expect much from it. The acting is excellent (especially Ryan's), the cinematography is beautiful, the music is good, and the plot won't make you wanna yawn, and that's the important thing."
In The Cut Doesn't Cut It
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 12/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Susanna Moore wrote an exquisite murder/suspense/erotic novel, "In the Cut". Jane Campion directed an erratic movie. Meg Ryan plays Frannie Avery, a 30 something, creative writing professor. She lives and works in bohemian Manhattan. Frannie has her own personal demons and emptiness. One evening she stops in at a bar with one of her students, and is witness to an erotic act between a woman and a man who has a striking arm tatoo. A few days later, Detective Mallory, the man with the tatoo, played by handsome and dark Mark Ruffalo, stops by to discuss a woman's murder in Frannie's neighborhood. This is the first step into the abyss of sexual intrigue and erotic vulnerability for Frannie. Her affair with Det. Mallory takes off and through this affair the movie takes on a powerful and harsh mystique. The movie itself is lurid and lifeless. Meg Ryan's performance is strong but doesn't fit this movie. The movie is not entertaining- the emptiness of the main character has spilled onto the screen and takes over the movie. The murder/suspense you expect is missing- the ending is sudden and corrupt. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Pauline, Frannie's sister and her performance is stilted at best. Nicole Kidman is a producer of the movie, a little revealed fact. The movie will sell well in DVD form if only for the nude Meg Ryan scene and the erotic acts portrayed. Susanna Moore deserved better.prisrob"