9/10 Roger Cardinal Canada.
9/10 Roger Cardinal Canada.
The Illusionist is one of the rare films this year which is not an action pack, a thriller, an horror slick or a comedy. The Illusionist is much more than that. This movie is the essence of cinema. Like cinema nothing you see is real!!! It's all a big illusion.
In this movie fellow actors teamed up with Norton to give the audience a real troubling romantic story rarely seen on the silver screen. I'd like to mention the excellent Paul Giametti ( Lady in the Water, Sideways) along with distinguished beautiful Jessica Biel and the subtle Rufus Sewell in the revolting Prince Leopold.
The cinematography takes, here, a serious option for best in the next Oscar race. Dick Pope pictured Vienna at the turn of the century like we never seen before.
If you haven't seen this movie run to see it. Not only you'll spend a good time but you will also see a superb performance by an actor names ED NORTON who is not an illusion.
10 out 10 The movie of the year.
Roger Cardinal 30-08-06
She knows that the Holy Grail is still missing and Jesus is still a bachelor. Even though Don Brown and Ron Howard have tried very hard to bring to their own conclusion both mysteries.
Although most of the French press at the Cannes Film Festival laugh at Don Brown theory of Jesus being married to Mary Magdalene and have a progeny still living today. Also the Vatican threw a warning to all Catholics, that Jesus was not 'a married man of divine inspiration'. Of course all that controversy suited the movie into bankable publicity.
In my book, the movie is a prime rate political and historical thriller. The acting performances throughout the film are the best seen in this decade. Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon is equal to his talent and credibility Audrey Tautou (Sophie Neveu) is perhaps the talent revelation of this movie with Paul Bettany, as Silas an albinos monk who wears a bloody silica on top of flogging himself to expire his sins. Only Ian Mc Lelland ( Sir Leigh Teabing ) doesn't seem to belong to this story.
Ron Howard is a skilled movie maker. He knew how to weave this very complicated story concocted by Don Brow, a prolific writer who sold over 60 millions of his book THE DA VINCI CODE which became the most sold novel in the world at all time.
The locations are breathtaking and rarely have we never seen such of powerful locations on the silver screen. The photography and the editing are Oscar material.
I haven't read the book and I found easy to follow the complicated and fast story line. But if you pay attention and get involved in Sophie Neveu and Robert Langdom chase you grab the spiritual force behind this great picture. I give it a ten out of ten and I wish Ron Howard and his crew the best of luck at the Oscar night, next spring.
Mona Lisa will keep smiling knowing that was all fiction just like the Priory of Sion secret organization that Leonardo Da Vinci would have been a member. Despite bad and controversial publicity Brian Grazer (producer) will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Roger Cardinal Boucherville Canada
A crime of being a boring movie from a stupid and fastidious script, a cast of two juvenile actors and finally a very bad work of direction from Ang Lee etc.
I don't understand the craze for such a phony movie. Almost everything in this movie sounds and looks false. The story itself is pure baloney where two cowboys in need of affection (sex) decide to do it like any dog would copulate, with an other one, on the spur of the moment. What a ridiculous and bad taste start for a 'romantic movie' Jack ( Jake Gyllenhaal ) invites his partner Ennis ( Heath Ledger) to join him in the tent to get some warmth And then bingo 'we're in love' for worse or better. But, there no 'better' in this story. Everything goes from bareback seduction to a rotten divorce leaving confused and dazzled kids and wides.
The ending is more pathetic than anything else I've ever seen in movies in recent years. Jack is killed for being gay and Ennis goes on living with a soil shirt and jeans jacket. Wow!!! A 12 years kid would have though of this.
Brokeback Mountain is a forbidden movie and I urge the public not to see it. Because it's extremely disturbing in bad taste, in lack of excitement and in stupidity.
2 out of 10 The 2 points are for the beauty of the locations in the Canadian Rockies that emerge magnificently in this mishmash film.
Roger Cardinal (Sputtosi) 08/01/06
Arcand is like a good yogurt; he has culture and it shows through the film.
The cast is pertinent, except for Sophie Lorain who thinks that you just have to shout to show anger and some kind of irritation She demonstrates here, the one dimension actress she is.Talent wise, some are better than others. We all know how good Remy Girard is, so it's no surprise to have him here delivering a top performance. In an American movie Girard would end up with an Oscar nomination for best actor I think Dorothée Berryman is also exploding with fire but the true revelation is Stéphane Rousseau. For a stand up comic,he plays like a real pro. Furthermore, he has a multi level of emotion in his cold heart capitalist spoiled wiz kid who becomes a son, not only caring for his sister, but finally shows love for his father on his death bed. Other actors deserve a very praiseworthy mention like Yves Jacques, Marie-Josée Croze, Roy Dupuis, Jean Marc Parent and even the tall Bulgarian masseuse. There some great scenes in this movie but one is simply dazzling; when they all come and give their touching farewell to the dying king (Remy) This scene will remain an anthology of brilliant film making for the hundred years to come. For us Canadians, Denys Arcand is our Costa Gavras, our Martin Scorsese, our Henry Ford, our Elia Kasan. Denys Arcand is defenitely our number one director
I don't think that ``Les Invasions Barbares`` will become a popular commercial hit like Seraphin or Les Boys, but this Canadian movie could cause some serious up sets at Cannes, specially this year when the American are almost absent.
Merci Monsieur Arcand
Roger Cardinal Director
It's a very captivating sad story based on actual facts that happened in Switzerland, in France and in Canada a few years ago. This compelling drama is starring RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN (Torn Birds) along with the best crop of the German talent: Helmut Griem (Cabaret) Chistoph.M.Orth (Eden) Michael Mendl( Amen) Susanna Simon as a first timer.
The story relates the hopeless journey of a rich Westerner (Chamberlain) through his journey to find his daughter who disappeared between Montréal and Zurich to a mysterious sect called the Order of the Solar Temple ( inspired by the Medieval Templars) . This very peculiar sect recruits his followers on the basis of wealth, high education and physical beauty for the women. The father's itinerary takes him to a wild chase, where everybody remains silent, from Montréal to Zurich. One day, by a twist of fate someone takes him on the lead of his missing daughter. But what he discovered about his daughter is devastating.
The story is well directed by Roger Cardinal who gave the movie a sense of urgency by keeping the audience on their toes at all time. Add to this, the magistral music of composer Philippe Leduc and you have a powerful drama that everybody should see to make sure that the errors of the past never happen again.
I recommend this movie and I gave it 8/10.
Too bad we don't see Rob Lowe more often on the silver screen. Lowe is at its best in this riveting thriller . No wonder he went from DEAD SILENT straight to the TV mega hit The West Wing .
DEAD SILENT 8 out of 10
Erika Eleniak and Michael Ironside are very convincing in their roles. but it's an unknown actor Noël Burton that steals the show as Dr.Haggar. I wish we see more of this actor in other movies.
Out of 10, I give it 6/
Tom Shaydyac directed this movie with great skill and boldness. Although he had one of the best screenplay of the year in his hands. But the force behind all of this is Kevin Costner.Not only he is deeply credible in the part of Dr.Jos Darrow but he takes the character to a level of a great performance.Kevin Costner has not been too lucky in his roles since Water World but at least he's is honest and dedicated in his choices, good or bad.
Kathy Bates in her supporting role is not only intriguing but she brings an other dimension to the story. Dragonfly is subtle and will charm more than one heart. Dragonfly's ending will fill anyone, who choose to see this movie, with happiness for a long time.
A must see movie. 8/10
Halle Berry is good and credible in her part. But, by all means she do not deliver a "performance".Therefore it seems odd that she got nominated as best actress. But I'm afraid that's all she will get: a nomination.
The most serious flaw makes the story not too credible. Since Hank and Leticia live in the same small city, not very far from the penitentiary, and Hank knows her last name which is the same then her husband jailed and Leticia never asks what Hank does in life. Odd, very odd!!! Even after Leticia shows Hank drawings done by her jailed husband Hank still doesn't click. That's highly improbable. They will eventually find out about each other but for those who haven't see the movie yet I don't want to be a spoiler.
Now Marc Forster, second time director, shows his lack of experience so much, that he tries to create some visual of his own by using erratic and non interesting angles and uses too often the split focus technique when two persons talk. It really takes the focus away from the dialogue.
For all these reasons and more I give a 4/10. Like I said, this movie was sitting on a great script too bad Forster did not deliver.