Posts Tagged ‘Rain Man’

Rain Man – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 1st, 2010


Not exactly successful car dealer Tom Cruise isn’t very sad when his father dies. But when he hears that he left all his money to a formerly unknown brother, who is severely autistic, Cruise more or less kidnaps his brother to get at the money. But naturally, things don’t quite work out this way in this classic drama about brothers, life, autism and Dustin Hoffman’s acting abilities. Though not quite as brilliant as I remembered, the film still holds up reasonably well more than twenty years after its release.

Random Observations:

Rain Man at the IMDb

In the farm house scene, where they go to watch “People’s Court”, Beth Grant plays the mother. I honestly did not recognize her. How embarrassing.

Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance, the starting point for the famous “full retard” speech from the solid comedy Tropic Thunder.

I was inspired to watch this film again by the casino/card-counting scene from The Hangover, that was a clear homage to this film.

It’s funny what you remember from films that you haven’t seen in many years. I completely forgot about Cruise’s girlfriend and I could have sworn that the last scene was different – but the scene in my mind was only alluded to throughout the film. “Dad let’s my drive slow in the driveway. I’m an excellent driver.”

Snow Cake – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juni 30th, 2010


Recently released from prison after killing a man, an Englishman drives across Canada and picks up a young hitch-hiker. When the car is hit by a truck and the girl dies, he feels both guilty and lost and thus decides to visit her mother, who turns out to be autistic. Help- and directionless, he decides to stay for a few days, getting to know the mother and falling for her neighbour. The film is a slow drama told with humour and a human touch. There is no happy ending here, but a lot of chances for all characters to grow. Lead Alan Rickman perfectly underplays the depression, guilt and aimlessness of the lead, while Sigourney Weaver makes the autistic woman come to life.

Random Observations:

Snow Cake at the IMDb

Sigourney Weaver is no Dustin Hoffman (who played an autistic man in the incredible Rain Man), but she truly shows her acting chops her, delivering a realistic and engaging performance.

The film was written by Angela Pell, who based many of the mother’s idiosyncrasies on the behaviour of her autistic son. Weaver also spend time with an autistic woman to learn about their behaviour.

One of the best scenes of the film comes at the wake after the funeral, where Rickman convinced Weaver to have people come to her house, only for her to despair at the situation and start to dance. Her mother then stops a social worker from interfering, thus bluntly spelling out the message of the film.