Hidden gem

Discussion in 'Apt Pupil' started by HMW, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. HMW
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    For some reason this one seems to fly under the radar when discussing ”best Stephen King movies”. I don't see why though. Ian McKellen is great, as is the Ethan Hawke look-alike Brad Renfro* (who plays Todd). Last but not least, it is directed by Bryan Singer, who - according to Wikipedia - ”petitioned the author for an opportunity to film the novella”.

    In 1995 Singer directed one of the most compelling movies ever made (yes, I do believe so) The Ususal Suspects. He could probably have done whatever he wanted after that, apparently he wanted to do Apt Pupil, and it shows.

    If you haven't yet seen it, please do. It is not a ”horror movie”, it is a movie about the potential for evil in each and every one of us, and the ending is terrific.

    *When I wrote this I wondered what the hell happened to that kid (Renfro). Apparently he died at 25 from an overdose. When will we as a species get that Heroin = Death?
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  2. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Someone ought to start a thread and paperclip it...coming soon on television near you. Maybe it would not work as channels and providers vary from location to location, country to country. Never have seen this one. Would like to. But I'm not much of a TV/movie person. Channel surf if the weather is right. Like last week...I noticed one of the channels was showing Shawshank Redemption. This one must show from time to time on television, right?
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  3. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I thought this movie was very good. I watched it with my son and his girlfriend and they actually enjoyed it too. I liked the part where he makes him put on the Nazi uniform and he goes a bit berserk there for a few seconds!

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    too bad about that actor Renfro - such a shame to die so young
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  4. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...excellent flick...
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  5. OldDarth
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    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    We will be reviewing this in our next podcast. It is the forgotten child and is worth watching just for McKellen's performance alone.
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  6. HMW
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    Cool!
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  7. FireGurl26
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    Very much a "Sleeper"! Excellent movie! Absolutely loved it. I don't believe it will ever be televised. Very politically incorrect in our times now. I don't believe they want to bring that history all back up. Kind of movie that sends shivers down your spine, but not In a scared type of way, but in a historical reality type of way. If that makes any sense.

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