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Not sure what to expect, I went along to see Mr & Mrs Smith based
largely on the cast ... particularly Angelina Jolie :) I was very
pleasantly surprised by what was often silly, but harmless fun
throughout as contract killers Pitt and Jolie get pitted against each
other as their supposedly final hits.
Jolie was fantastic, Pitt was very good and this is very cleverly written, directed and acted. It's not Oscar winning material, but it's thoroughly enjoyable if you're looking for a non serious film to while an evening away.
Definitely one to see.
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Tom Hanks in a Coen brothers film sounds like it should be an excellent
watch. However, I came away from seeing the Ladkillers occasionally
bored, sometimes annoyed but always bemused with its weirdness.
As masterful as you would expect him to be as a casino robbing professor, Hanks is also baffling on occasion - is he I wonder trying too hard to fit into his role and get the accent, look and phraseology correct?
The Coen brothers have made some fantastic films in the past, but to be honest I would give this one a miss unless you are a complete devotee and fan of the highest magnitude.
Either way this is definitely one for the DVD market and not one I'd fork out to see at the cinema.
Some might say that it's not the greatest of accolades to call a film
Stallone's best cinematic effort.
Actually, I think over the years he has been under-rated and has done some good material, but there is no doubt that Rocky is his masterpiece.
As journeyman boxer Rocky Balboa, Stallone impresses throughout with both his physique and his character acting, in the ultimate story of David vs Goliath - his bout with undisputed heavyweight champion Apollo Creed not exactly something that seems realistic in these heady days of Don King dominated 'show' boxing.
Immensely enjoyable and excellent throughout, even 25 years on this is still an excellent film and good entertainment.
Often I've not been the world's biggest Johnny Depp fan, and any film
made by Disney is usually by default corny rubbish targeted at raking
in as much cash as possible with no merit whatsoever.
This is very different.
Depp plays a wonderfully camp pirate captain helping the sickeningly annoying (as usual) Orlando Bloom get the girl while battling against the new pirate captain Geoffrey Rush, who mutineered Depp when he was his captain.
Swashbucklingly funny frequently, the highlight is definitely Depp's performance is what is a very enjoyable ride.
The latest effort in cinema from Parker and Stone is nowhere near as
offensive as the South Park movie, but also only mildly less funny.
As a mickey take nobody is spared in this tale of America dominating the world ("America, f*** yeah") and saving everyone from the terrorist threat co-ordinated by the North Korean president.
Particularly commendable is the music as ever, and the characterisations of some of the Politically Correct Hollywood brigade such as Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Helen Hunt are amusingly accurate.
The funniest part though is definitely the puppet sex scene - this is how the Thunderbirds film should have been made!
Despite featuring the wonderful Chjristopher Walken in another
excellent performance, catch me if you can is a decidedly average
Hollywood portrayal of the life of a playboy conman.
Matt Damon (cue silly voice from Team America: World Police) is his usual wooden self as he continues his quest to become the new Keanu Reeves of his day.
Tom Hanks is annoying as usual and only some good performances from peripheral cast members and a half decent story hold together and make it watchable.
I'd watch it again, but only if it involved much beer!
Lewis and Harrelson are both brilliant in Oliver Stone's Natural Born
Killers, with this being the role that really threw off the shackles of
Harrelson's dopey character in Cheers and showing that he can act after
Tarantino's genius is probably at its pinnacle at this time in history, with his fantastic script and sardonic wit making this a great film of its time.
While not feted as much as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, where he combined scriptwriting with his directorial skills, this lacks the pretentiousness of Tarantino's recent scripts in the mid 2000's, and is a fantastically fun roller-coaster ride.
One interesting aside is Robert Downey Jr's accent - he does sound positively Australian!
Is it a chick flick? Undoubtedly, yes.
Is it rubbish therefore? Actually no.
Despite having read many bad reviews on this, as it being more of the same from the first film, I actually enjoyed it generally in a light hearted way.
Yes, there was plenty that was also seen in the original, but there were also some very amusing parts such as Jones' singing performance when locked up in a Thai prison.
The interplay between Firth, Grant and Zellweger is good as previously, and there is definitely some chemistry present.
Not the greatest film of all time, but also by no means anywhere near the worst. Worth a look and generally rather fun.
Geoffrey Rush has got all the plaudits for his performance as Peter
Sellers in Steven Hopkins' portrayal, and all of the praise he has
gotten is widely deserved. Rush puts in a truly remarkable performance
as Sellers, particularly in his portrayal as the character Dr
Hopkins has done a masterful piece of directing, with the autobiographical asides being particularly well done, if a little unusual with Rush becoming each of the main characters (not that Sellers didn't do similar of course in Dr Strangelove!).
There is no doubt that Sellers was a flawed individual - I mean, what kind of person would really treat Britt Ekland like that? - but he was also a comic genius, and this comes across as an honest and accurate portrayal of the man.
It's criminal that this film isn't eligible for the academy awards as it's not getting a cinema release in the USA, as Rush and Hopkins would both be strong contenders.
Rush is backed up by a number of strong backup performances by Charlize Theron, John Lithgow (superb as Blake Edwards, and would also deserve an Oscar nomination), Stephen Fry and Sonia Aquino as Sophia Loren (although her double, newcomer Kate Burrell was actually better in my opinion!). And does Emily Watson ever get sick of being typecast as the long suffering woman in such films? She doesn't seem to, and I find that curious!
Would definitely recommend seeing, as I found it quirkily good.
As documentaries go, this is one of the most powerful I've seen. It
definitely overshadows any efforts by "documentary" maker Michael
Moore, with his legendary "facts".
Seeing the effects on the body of a month of eating at McDonald's 3 meals a day and as an analysis of their mass marketing techniques, this was thoughtful, insightful and well structured.
Definitely a must see, and the only disconcerting thing was how much his GP looked like Saddam Hussein ! I must admit though, I found his vegan girlfriend annoying, and that would be enough to drive me to McDonald's just to annoy her ...
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