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The Natural Review


OK
Robert Redford is beloved for his roles in numerous films, but his work in The Natural has to rank as one of the few on top, despite the fact that, with a $48 million box office, it hardly ranks as one of his bigger hits.

The film remains, next to Field of Dreams, one of the world's oddest baseball movies. Roy Hobbs (Redford) is a child wunderkind at the game. After playing some ball at a carnival, he's summarily shot in the chest by a femme fatale (Barbara Hershey), who is clearly working for agents that want him not to be the greatest player of all time, which Hobbs says he aims to be.

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The Straight Story Review


Grim
With opening shots of a setting sun and a quaint small town, followed by a sequence involving a man being injured, very slow dialogue, and a woman being unbelievably stupid, and an Angelo Badalmenti rustic score on in the background, one would think that we were in the David Lynch world that we are used to... that this time we would get a cross between "Twin Peaks" and Blue Velvet. But, because we have seen the Disney logo in front of this film, we know that we're in store for something a little more watered down. We know that this film will raise no controversy, will anger no feminists, and that is highly doubtful that David Lynch will have an affair with Sissy Spacek (the fact that he would have to get remarried to his wife in order to do that notwithstanding).

We are not in Lynch's world, and, despite several pieces of stylistic evidence to the contrary, there is no way we're going to enter Lynch's world in The Straight Story.

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Misery Review


Excellent
Not only is Misery the best adaptation of a Stephen King book ever made, it's the only good one ever made! (Though this may change with this year's The Green Mile.) The story of a rabid fan who imprisons her favorite writer in her remote cabin, and makes him write stuff he doesn't want to... sounds just like my day job.

The Straight Story Review


Good

Once you get past the fact that you're watching a G-rated David Lynch movie, "The Straight Story" is a wonderfully simple, impossible to dislike slice of warm, eccentric Americana.

A based-on-fact account of a 73-year-old retired Iowa farmer who drove a 1966 John Deere riding mower 320 miles to visit his ailing estranged brother, it's a ready-made classic allegory about regret, determination and family ties told with heart and completely unassuming honesty by one of the world's most complex filmmakers.

Lynch is known for his complicated, blunt and graphic fare ("Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks," "Lost Highway") featuring rich visuals and deeply disturbed characters. But here he puts many of his familiar techniques to use illustrating a unique and leisurely story with his engrossing and detailed style.

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