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From Hell (2001)
The movie rendering of Alan Moore's graphic novel should have offer something more than the stunning writing Moore had achieved and indeed it is so.
London was painted in red and black. with stunning shoots and nice montage and editing. The story a bit loose compared with the comics (which adaptation doesn't?), but still the Hughes bros able to keep us edged yo our seat. The intense and the story goes hand in hand, and they're able to put the visual elements fine.
The only loss is: the cast. All is good, Johnny Depp performance is standard, not as intense as Ed Wood, but still within our grip. All other casts able to overshape his character, except Heather Graham.
Sorry to say, she's more like a lady turn to whore. She tries to act like one, but her appearance is indeed too stunning. Makes you wonder why she rarely have any customer.
The whole pictures puts us in our trapmind. we rarely know about this serial killer rather than a myth or a documentary or a fiction. But more than that, the whole society over there was potraited in a dark way which indeed makes us realise they're actually indeed trapped in their own cells...
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
hopes and dreams
It goes beyond limits and expectations. Fast and the Furious
deliver fast cars and racing scenes the way Smokie and the
Bandits does. Highly unexpected and enjoyable.
Interesting enough, the story itself offer nothing more than a
standard plot. But what makes this movie worth watching is how
the usual casts become unusual by presenting them in the simple
plots and relationships.
The cars are incredible, the action scenes is gripping, and you get
more than what you have expected in this movie, rather than a
B-movie standard, this movie presents you a A-movie actions.
A gripping-no-thinking-movie, Just enjoy the action and mind the
Training Day (2001)
What Denzel Washington does in this movie is similar with what
Sean Connery did in the Hunt for Red October, or Al Pacino did in
the Scent of a Woman; he simply outnumbered other casts.
From the beginning, like Ethan Hawke, we look at him with a full
awe, such charisma and control and logical reasons towards all
the violence and crimes he does. And sitting on the third seat with
these two characters later proven to be a joyride between realism
and idealism flick, similar like what Gene Hackman and Willem
Dafoe fighting in Mississippi Burning.
The mean streets of Los Angeles are well presented, we simply
look at the violence and somehow, with Denzel Washington
charm, suddenly we're wondering what kind of life Ethan Hawke
live in, which puts him in such idealism... he's a pure hero
schoolboy plunged into a pond of hell which he supposed to know
all the time.
Apart from that, the sympathy and charms which supposed to be
drawn into our growing pains towards Denzel character remains
there. That's the beauty of it, we are so deep with this character
and we can see his madness and his end with some understanding and acceptance.
Indeed this is one of Denzel Washington's excellent-steady
performance. His stare, his goove, his move, indeed casting him
in this movie is the best thing the producer have done. And for Ethan Hawke, okay, he's there the way he's suppose to be,
the usual boyish purity and idealism. I just hope he can deliver
more developing characters as he have done in Alive.
As for the storyline, the basic frame is nice, and blend nicely in
everyday's violence, but the pure luck of the rookie somehow blew
it up... followed with somehow-a forceful ending.
Training Day starts with a realistic starts, but later ends with
idealistic standard scripts... but still it's an incredible movie to
Highly recommended for evening movie.
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
Mix a fairy tale and a cynical story, and you find a total disaster... not before Steven Spielberg decided to do Stanley Kubrick's unfinished work.
As the story unveil, we are introduced to the absolute modernism against traditional living. A professor trying to justify the reason to play with humanism. A solid concept, continued with creating David, an artificial intelligent (just plain robot with a human heart, not a brand new concept), learning so hard to be human. After sometimes, comes a human bad seeds, envy, i prefer not to uncover the basic story here, but the result: David, the robot child is forced to flee by his mother. Leaving him with an obsession: an obsession to be human, an obsession to be a loving child. His path crossed with Gigolo Joe, an android also, which was being setup and hunted for murder he didn't commit. Both later gone through a journey of hate, of knowledge, and in the end the final path of David's obsession.
This modern pinocchio story should ends the moment David meet his creator or when he meets his fairy god-mother, even better Spielberg should end this story by his 'E.T.'-style home warming or family conflicts. but instead, he decided to extend the story into the somehow fulfilling of David's obsession. In the end, we see the storyline fools ourselves, just as the creator of the Mecca (Mechanics, Robots, Androids) fools with the humanity... such a waste of story.
The story itself falls very far from similar concepts such as blade runner or even short circuit, the conclusion falls ever worse, with a guest star from 'mission to mars', the finale of this story is definitely worth skipped. in the frame of creator-creations, we have seen many empathy being focused towards the creations, and how the creators just create and won't cherish those they have created. bladerunner, short circuit, space oddisey, up to frankenstein... compared to them, a.i. have nothing fresh to offer and furthermore have a tendency to surpress more with the cynical facts that those who can see how humanity heart is so beautiful come from those not human; the android and the characters in the last part of the movie.
Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law might have a memorable experience directed by Spielberg, but this definitely not their best picture, at least not compared to the sixth sense and enemy at the gates. But for Teddy, this definitely his best movie. He indeed steals the show. (the cute teddy bear with ewok style, c3po clumsiness and hannibal lechter's voice-so does mad wrote....) Not a recommended movie for fun, but an excellent movie to be criticized and discussed among moviegoers...
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Sounds of Silence
Remarkable... this movie standalone as a unimaginably story
about solitude, love, and obsession. A single mother live untouched in a fairy tale, surrounded with an
We are forced to see through his ears... she hears but she cannot
see, so she made up the world of her own. She dance in her own
darkness and the rest is just a string of rhythm while she was the
What strucks heavily on this movie, is the ability to capture every
moment into a musical stage. Not surprisingly, bjork role in the
musical score, a strong vivid sound of industrial machine, orderly
sounds and cries of sorrow. It leaves your mouth open wide as
one by one the music is presented in its pure message, simply to
Stick on the plot, and as the movie ends, the silence pierced
deeply into our ear, and suddenly we heard our own personal
sounds of silence.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Windmills of the Gods
The musical journey of love was never this colourful. Unique and
yet original, Moulin Rouge splash an episode of a writer (Ewan
Mac Gregor) who fall in love with a top-notch beauty Satine (Nicole
The satire and yet surrealis mode of the lavishing beauty of
everyday life in Bohemian style was carefully carved and decorated
with enormous collections of modern music adaptation. The
re-arrangement and restructuring of the musical compilations
proven to be relevant yet powerful to enhance the storyline and
It is a tragic fairy tale, so expect some unusual acts and turmoil,
the movie was made specifically to glorious love, and only death
which can separate it but won't destroy it. The mood, the acts, the
plots, expect not much from the casts, but the movie is still very
Take a close look towards the musical score, it is actually had a
biggest grip towards building the emotions throughout the movie,
and indeed it explodes in the credit title.
A must for fantasy musical romance movie goers... a highly
recommended movie to enjoy throughout the time.
Momentary Lapse of Reason
The movie tells more than any reviews can tell you. Believe me,
despite of what any critics or preview, or spoofs of blooper you
might read or encountered, nothing can explain better than
watching the movie yourself.
This is a true example of intelligent movie. A story which not only
blend with you, but integrated with you. Follow the story and
attached by it, and you definitely go identical with Guy Pearce's
Another playful aspects which can make us enjoy the movie in
different way, after Quentin Tarantino deconstruct the frame
sequence of the movie, Memento plays it tamed but even harder,
with effective impact but yet still comprehensible. An excessive
backwards mode of storytelling.
Soon enough you'll be strangled with what Lenny's fighting all over
this movie; the urge to know not what comes after every sequence,
but what comes before every sequence. It grips you with all
reversed reasons and momentary acts.
A must see for serious moviegoers, but a disaster for fun-action-usual-movie watcher.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
The idea to recruit Mike Mignola for this Disney's movie is indeed
brilliant, if not a risky one. Being famous for his Hellboy on going
series, Mike Mignola's vision towards cartoons and animated arts
is beyond doubts.
But same as the standard disney's movie, atlantis holds its hopes
and dreams to become reality towards the heroes. The story
somehow is predictable and flat, the plot arrangement is
somehow stands in it's basic form which cannot offer us more
than any Disney's pictures.
What helds strongly and adds much point to this movie is the
production design. Every elements is detailed and concepted and
indeed results a highly artistic movie.
The colours are solid and strong, as the line art is original and
A must for art reference in animated movie.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
From a team that gives you armageddon, come this (supposed to
be) epic romance of the world war II.
Do you think they come out with a new concept? Sorry no.
They simply changed Bruce Willis role (father of the heroine in
armageddon), to Ben Affleck's buddy (played by Josh Harnett) to
fight over Kate Beckinsale. The ending was designed to be the
same, the message is also exact. Towards the supremacy of
United States, and how people willing to sacrifice (or be killed) for
Michael Bay might be weak on picking up the story, but the
cinematography, picture-style and action sequence remains the
best amongst current directors. The war sequence is so intense
and realistic, the casts are framed nicely on the screen, and even
to the romance scene is beautifully drawn and carefully coloured
For all the aspects, it is indeed for these aspects which helps us
to sit throughout the show, not the love triangle main theme of this
movie. Despite the shallowness of this movie, it will be remembered as
one of the most remarkable movie ever made.
A perfect evening movie.
Don't Say a Word (2001)
What started to be an intense thriller later become a spin off
between Michael Douglas and Sean Bean.
Begins with a mysterious psycho patient, lead to a kidnapped
daughter, then the story looses its grips when Michael Douglas
started to unveil the mystery, and the classical shoots on the
kidnapper and constant attempt from Famke Jannsen to rescue
Brittany Murphy at first look very intens and impressive, like Ally
McBeal after constant reruns, she looked like a female-tamer
version of Hannibal Lechter, which later turns out to be a kitty cat
since the middle of the movie especially after constant-fast
theraphy by Michael Douglas. Probably she got the same
syndrome as Catherine Zeta Jones infected with.... they couldn't
get enough of their basic instinct.
And the story goes to a standard action movie, whilst easily
forgives the constant fear and agony which gratituosly exposed in
the beginning of the movie.
So, after all, you definitely don't (have to) say a word about this
movie. Just let it flow and expect less than what you had seen in
the beginning or the preview. Still though it's still an interesting movie to see, a darker puzzling
version of ron howard's ransom with a more satisfying ending.
A nice late evening movie to see.