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High Crimes (2002)


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Commentary 1: Director Carl Franklin Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 17th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
An "above-average" thriller is given another sensational solo commentary from Director Carl Franklin. An underrated commentator, Franklin manages to breezily fill his entire track with anecdotes, production insight, and personal testimonial. He veers often away from the on-screen action to commenting on his other films. A bonus to those listeners who haven't enjoyed his "One False Move" commentary, or wanted to know more about "One True Thing." (Apparently, Meryl Streep is one fine "dubber.") As it is, "High Crimes" was a novel that Franklin's wife introduced to him, and as the adaptation progressed, the characters underwent some pretty drastic changes. Insert Morgan Freeman as the "Grimes" character, add in some alcoholism, and you get a sense of the handiwork a Director like Franklin can perform. Speaking of Freeman, he demonstrates for other actors out there the illusion of "eat acting," in which a seasoned veteran only looks like they're chowing down on-screen. As for other "tricks," just listen as Carl describes the best way to "fool" a lie-detector. Now there's some real world applicable knowledge, gleamed from a commentary track nearly 15 years old. Carl is one cool cat, exemplified in his music choices. Anyone alive in 2001-02 knew that the only thing more ubiquitous than a Ashley Judd "potboiler," was Christina Aquilera. Franklin's musical taste bumped "Lady Marmalade" for the more funky "Ohio Players." A great track, with loads of value to aspiring actors, (sure, you nailed the audition, now what can you show me) fans of Military judicial proceedings, and to those who wondered which hairstyle was popular with the "wino" set. 9/10