Directed by Denzel Washington.
Written by Antwone Fisher.
Starring Derek Luke and Denzel Washington.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 1/20/03
those of you that might be wondering if a Golden Globes roundup
might be on the way this week, let me put it to you this way: as
far as I know, the ~100 people that vote on these awards as members
of the Foreign Press Association don’t know SHIT about movies, so
using these awards as a rough indicator of who will win Oscars is
essentially useless. The idea that the 97 people on the list
(available at www.goldenglobes.org) have watched about 300 domestic
movies each (oh, AND watched 130 TV series and dozens of
made-for-cable films) to pick out best-of-class nominees is so
preposterous to me that I haven’t even watched the broadcast since I
was in high school. Remember, these are working journalists...so,
imagine having an eight-hour day job, then coming home, and watching
one theatrical film, three different TV shows, and one cable
film...EVERY NIGHT! If you love movies and watch—or worse,
respect—the Golden Globes, please lose my phone number.
Here’s all I will say about “Antwone
Fisher”, the new Denzel Washington film that opened a couple of
Newcomer Derek Luke is amazing in the
The two lead women in “Antwone Fisher”
I shed many, many man-tears in the final
fifteen minutes of this film. I am almost prepared to say that
if you don’t cry during “Antwone Fisher”, you need to ask
yourself if you are in touch with your emotions at all. But, I
won’t do that...I will say that of the 30 or so people in my
theater, I looked around and found 28 of them to be crying.
Yes, I counted.
Absolutely amazing movie. End of story.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard