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August 05, 2008

Kramer vs Kramer


It's been a while since I've had a chance to watch the movies on my list of movies I need to watch. Now that doesn't mean I haven't been watching movies. For instance, I saw the new Mummy movie on Sunday. Despite some fun moments and the always likable Brendan Fraser, it was pretty bad... It made me realize just how hard it is to write a good film. So many things can go wrong.

And I saw Mommie Dearest, which was a vicious, painful (if a little over the top) portrayal of an abusive mother. Once again, it only solidified my view that Faye Dunaway is an acting genius. Then there was Single White Female (scary!), If Lucy Fell (cute), Jesus Camp (disturbing), Team America: World Police (genius).

And of course, there is this little film called The Dark Night.

But I got back into the swing of the "Films I should watch" watching with a real winner. Kramer vs. Kramer was amazingly well written, well acted (wow I love Dustin Hoffman at the top of his game), and heart breaking. It was especially gripping if you're a father. Meryl Streep is surprisingly attractive, and delivers a very believable performance (quite a feat considering she has to play a woman who abandons her 7 year old son, which is something 99% of women would not do).

I would highly recommend this film, one that examined a very difficult social phenomena which was just becoming widespread - the custody battle.

4 out of 4

Posted by jason on August 5, 2008 10:52 PM


Kramer vs Kramer is a great, albeit sad, movie. Hoffman and Streep were very good, as you said, Jase, and so was the little boy who played their son.

Posted by: kathiek on August 6, 2008 12:12 AM


Everyone's been getting that wrong... Batman's The Dark Knight; I'm surprised at you ;)

Posted by: Jason Chu on August 6, 2008 12:13 AM

wow I don't know how I got that wrong! I know the difference. I was about to make a joke about Shane calling it the Black Knight and I distracted myself.

Posted by: jason on August 6, 2008 12:17 AM

i attended a robert mckee screenwriting seminar in NYC a couple years ago. i found out after the fact that his seminar is almost a word for word retelling of his book (or vice versa), but he's an excellent and engaging public speaker and in the end, i was glad i went. then again, someone else paid my way...

but anyway, one of the movies he referred to as an example of good writing was kramer vs. kramer. i still have yet to watch it though.

Posted by: snakeman on August 6, 2008 03:47 AM

what a relief to hear you liked K vs. K. If you hadn't liked it, I don't think I could have brought myself to read your blog anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous on August 6, 2008 09:16 PM

i know someone has pointed this out but still...the dark night?
do you enjoy the christmas carol Silent Knight?
Do you say Good Knight?
The Freaks Come out at Knight?

Posted by: joshy on August 7, 2008 07:56 AM

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