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21 Grams (2003)
"21 Grams" is one of those films that really gets under the skin and won't let go. The performances are so compelling that it is hard to forget about this film, and the subject matter also has a big factor in this. This is a heavy film, and it deals with a lot of heavy subjects. There are 3 things that make this an unforgettable film. 1) The direction. It's grainy, dirty, and tough. But this all adds to the overall feeling of the film. 2) The performances. Naomi Watts gives one of the best performances by an actress I've ever seen. Here she really allows herself to let go, to strip herself bare and show her raw emotions. I truly felt that what she was going through in the film was something she had experienced. Penn and Del Toro are also great, but again, this film really showcases Watts as being a really talented and convincing actor. 3) The script is amazing. The actors talk like real people talk. There is none of that Hollywood script writing here, there are very little happy moments, just as real life can be.
Overall, see this film. You will leave the theatre in tears, and you won't be able to stop thinking about it for days. 9/10
I've been waiting to see "Spun" for about a year now and I finally got to see it last night and I was not disappointed at all. Other people's comments on here say that the characters are not developed enough, but this film is not about the characters, it's about drugs. The cast is perfect, direction is amazing, soundtrack is great. Everything about this film was perfect, it really allows the audience into the world of meth addicts and allows the audience to feel what it is like to be on meth. All in all, this is the ultimate drug movie, next to Requiem For A Dream.
*****/out of 5
A very interesting film
I must say that I've been interested in seeing "Crash" for many years, but everytime I went to rent a movie, I just didn't get it. Finally, I rented it and I'm still not sure if I liked it or not. "Crash" is interesting in the sense that is quite daring, somewhat shocking and disturbing. I thought the idea was great; people who find car crashes sexually arousing and stimulating. Maybe I missed something, but I never understood WHY these people found it so erotic. Cronenberg is one of the greatest directors around today, and I'm very happy to say he is one of my fellow Canadians. The direction of this film was fantastic, the acting was okay, but again it was the story that drew me in. All in all, a pretty good film. Not great, but not horrible ***/out of 5
Tori Amos Live from NY (1998)
I don't quite know how to put a Tori Amos concert into words. After watching this concert, I didn't think she could get any better, yet she proves us all wrong. She is quite possibly the best live act to ever live and I can say that after being to a concert and being a true fan of hers for years now. This concert just proves my point, here she performs with all her heart, allowing the audience to get inside and feel what she herself is feeling. This concert is very heartbreaking, she plays and sings so well that her audience can understand, with Me& A Gun, Tori allows us inside herself and her experiences and it is truly amazing. No matter how many times I listen to the songs, or watch this concert, I still cry. She is truly a gifted songwriter, singer and performer.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is magnificant!
Jennifer Jason Leigh is by far the best actress of our era. She has a great screen presence and always gives everything for her performances. Leigh was born to play the part of Dorothy Parker, she played her to a tee. There were no flaws in her performance at all and the rest of the cast does a great job as well. This film is very sad and depressing but watching Leigh made it a lot easier to watch. Alcohol becomes Parker's best friend and we watch as she becomes addicted to it throughout the entire film. This is a great film, especially the performance by Leigh.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
An excellent film
"Girl, Interrupted" is one of my all time favourite films. The acting is brilliant, direction great and the story is inspiring. I wanted to write a small review on it now because not many people have commented on the great Brittany Murphy. Yes, Angelina won the Oscar for this film and of course Ryder was great, but the greatest performance was by Murphy. Murphy plays Daisy, a chicken obsessed, laxitive junkie who's father likes her a little bit too much. Murphy brings such great depth and sympathy to her character, making the audience feel her pain. I was disapointed that she wasn't in the film very much because she shined, but the scenes she is in are amazing. Murphy is one actress with great talent that will be around for years and years to come.
"Secretary" was a movie that I was anticipating for months and months and tonight I finally got the chance to see it. And I was not disapointed at all. This movie is everything; funny, sad, hilarious, emotional, sexy, and goofy. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee, a woman who just got out of an institute for being a self-mutilator. We can see that Lee has many insecurity and self-concious issues right from the beginning. She comes back home and finds that there is a job oppertunity for a secretary and she does everything in her power to get this job. She does and her boss is very strange. To make it shorter, they end up in an S&M relationship.
This film is not explicitly sexual, but rather gives and understanding and sympathy to it's characters. Gyllenhaal is amazing in this role, I would love to see her win some kind of award for her performance. I can't even describe how great she was in this film. James Spader who plays Lee's boss is great as well. I can't say enough great things about this film. All i can say is that everyone should see this film. *****/out of 5
"Hell on Heels: The Battle Of Mary Kay" is hilarious! I was anticipating this tv movie because I'm a huge fan of Parker Posey and i was truly impressed. Shirly MacLaine plays Mary Kay, the woman behind the makeup company, we first meet her at a convention for all the sellers of her makeup. AT this convention, Mary Kay is basically worshiped, like she is Jesus himself. We then meet Jinger Heath (Parker Posey) who's husband owns another rival makeup company. For him to get more sales, he asks Jinger to come in and help sell his makeup, much like Mary Kay.
The story goes on from there, where the two rivals compete to get a bigger following. The performances are great. MacLaine can never do wrong, and she fits the part of Mary Kay to a tee. Parker Posey plays a bitch brillantly, the two of them together is a match made in Hollywood heaven. All in all, a great film! ***** (out of 5)
The Ring (2002)
"The Ring" is one scary movie. I don't agree with some of the comments on here saying that it wasn't scary at all. Obviously, if you didn't find this movie scary, then you didn't understand it. It is a very complex movie, with many twists and turns in it, hidden signs, and subtle disturbing moments. Naomi Watts is wonderful, after seeing "Mulholland Dr" i couldn't wait to see what she would do next and "The Ring" definitly fulfilled my wait.
All in all, this is a fantastic film, amazing direction, great performances and a very scary plot. *****(out of 5)
A beautiful coming of age story
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" is definitly a film that everyone must see. It is visually beautiful, emotional, funny and sad. The story is a great coming of age story, where the audience feels so involved that at the end, you don't want to move. The performances are great, Jena Malone espeically and Kieran Culkin. It was great to see Jodie Foster play such an unlikeable bitch but the audience still feels for her character. There is no faults with this film, the story is intersting with some great twists, the direction is amazing and the animated parts add humour and interest.
All in all, this is a great film! *****/out of 5