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Probably only interesting for people who have at least some interest in
math, Pi is a refreshing departure from the stuff that clutters the rest of
the movie shelves. The story is a little bit unbelieveable, but that doesn't
detract from the account of an uncommon type of leading character, and some
interesting concepts like spirals and Hebrew letters corresponding to
I found that the commentary tracks on the DVD were vital for making more sense of the ending. Recommended for any open-minded movie watcher.
I was hooked when I sat down (only meaning to sit down for 5 mins), on the TV this girl lamely resorting to saying 'walking' when asked what one of her co-workers is good at. In the film, the main character, a man in his late thirties, not faring too well in life who's just waiting for something to happen, runs into the same woman several times and starts to take an interest in her. When he sees her leave a key in her mailbox while on the job he can't resist; this was the first in many instances that left me saying "what the hell is this guy doing?". Not only does he check out her apartment but he gets the key copied, and even gets trapped there on a return visit, resorting to hiding under the bed when the woman unexpectedly arrives. Like the other reviewers were saying, this film does make Oslo look a bit shabby (not that I've been there). It's is worth watching, just to see what this guy gets up to and it's a memorable viewing experience.
I say that because it's set in WW2 with authentic weapons and boot-camp
trained actors but they're fighting in the pacific region and the characters
mindset changes throughout the film like in The Thin Red Line.
I like John Woo's work and I wasn't disappointed with his effort this time around, the same for Nicholas Cage who put in his usual good performance.
'Windtalkers' is a quality war film, head and shoulders above 'We Were Soldiers' in my opinion, which I saw the next day.
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I was uncertain about renting this at first (due to Halle Berry's Oscar
acceptance speech) but the fact that Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger
were main characters persuaded me to go with it (plus a quote from Roger
Ebert saying "best movie of the year" on the cover). Monster's Ball is
original and tells an interesting enough story well, I thought maybe best
supporting actress would have been a more appropriate award for Halle
Berry's effort in this film.
It makes you think about the nature of a progressive western country like the Unites States sending people to their deaths, their lives ending in a series of holding cells and eventually a hospital-like room, containing an electric chair in this case. And about how people's lives go on no matter what's just recently happened, good or bad, who disappeared in their lives, or what they did for a living (death row guard in Hanks case).
It's interesting to see how the worlds of Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Leticia (Halle Berry) mix once they meet up and *possible spoiler* the ending, although inconclusive offers a positive outlook of letting bygones be bygones.
I must have been in the right frame of mind to watch this (which always
helps), I thought it was more polished than the original. Where I felt I was
let down toward the end of the first one (seemed to build up to something
but never really delivered) this one was straight out solve the current
crisis of the day and see what the MIB crowd are up to 5 years
With the abundant hype of the original absent I had no prior expectations and was able to better appreciate the Sonnenfeld humour and enjoy sequences like the dog singing part of "I will survive", or people on a train platform not even batting an eyelid when a huge worm whizzes by. It's good to see that MIIB is a proper sequel and not just one commissioned by a studio because the first one made a lot of money. Definately one to rent or buy on DVD.
This movie reminds me of one those games with really great graphics but not
much gameplay. You could pause this film at pretty much any part and frame
the resulting image on your bedroom wall, each individual frame looks that
good. But after seeing the film and the documentaries on the DVD it's
obvious they concentrated a lot more on the looks of the film than the story
The original trilogy was close to perfection because it had great special effects, characters you get to know and love and a really great story spanning three films. It looks like this trilogy will the king of special effects, but with characters you don't really care about and a story that doesn't have any real impact.
That said, Episode 2 is hard to beat for popcorn entertainment. The only thing that actually annoys me when watching either episode one or two is it's childishness. I've heard George Lucas say that Star Wars are kids films, and it seems like he wants to leave no doubt that these latest additions are kids films.
Episodes 1, 2 and 3 may not be remembered in the same light as 4, 5 and 6 in time, but they do the job (in a very visually appealing way) of showing the world and telling the events that led up to Star Wars: A New Hope.
When I sit down to watch this it's not as a viewer of quality sci-fi but as
a viewer of an entertaining TV show. The people involved in Enterprise don't
seem to have a science fiction bent (I wonder how many science fiction
novels Braga and Berman have read, if any), but they know how to put a
successful show together.
The premise seemed pretty good when I first heard about it, but unfortunately the writers haven't extended themselves and are just writing episodes the same as they would for Voyager. The show doesn't have that 'pioneer' feel to it that it really should have, which even the original series had even though it was set 100 years later. The creators of this show either aren't capable of the kind of futuristic vision that a good Star Trek show should have, or aren't particularly fussed about having one.
The experience of the (television) crew is evident, with the show looking very good, and the stories and character interplay are good for the most part. Even if it does seem like mankind's maiden voyage out into space in the first warp-5 capable vessel is a routine thing, on the whole Enterprise is good enough. I'll watch it if I have an hour to kill at 10:30pm on a Tuesday night, but it's not quite good enough that I'll make time for it. This isn't really Star Trek as I see it, but an interesting show based on Star Trek.
It seems to me that David Lynch's idea behind this film was one about
messing up with the universe, switching people around. Kind of like two
parallel universes intersecting through the work of some filth-covered
man-type creature who posesses a blue box of unknown powers. It reminds me
of a science fiction story with two parallel universes crossing over and
playing havoc with the characters.
The story is presented entirely on the surface and just presents the facts, not explaining why and how any of it is happening. There are only a few clues and key scenes to give an insight into the background that produces the events happening on screen. I'm not sure if David Lynch had definate ideas about the storyline, but this is what the story seemed to be about to me, and one that links all the clues about the box and key, the switching of identities, the dirty man and the body of Diane Selwyn in the bedroom.
Definately one to see just for the unusual viewing experience, or if you liked other David Lynch works.
If you're in Australia you're probably seeing 'The Contaminated Man' appear on video store shelves right about now. Even though it has Peter Weller and William Hurt in it, you can tell from even the title itself that this is going to be an average film at best. And having watched it, I can say that this is an okay film, the snow-covered scenery being reminiscent of Screamers (Peter Weller's last film of note), but with the story being coherent and making sense unlike Screamers. If I was Roger Ebert I'd have to give this a thumbs down but it's worth watching if you've got a couple of hours to kill or if you've seen all of this month's new releases.
I hired this film because it was a pan-and-scan DVD and from the cover it looked like a Japanese equivalent to a Hong Kong action film except shot in America. Overall the film was fine (with Omar Epps in fine form) but what made me have mixed feelings about this film that some things in some of the scenes made little sense, it may have been me but I had to backtrack on several occasions to make the best sense of what had happened. And the enemy (the Mafia) that ends up putting an end to the Yakuza presence in LA is faceless, they are not shown in a single frame, which seems a little odd. Kitano's facial tics and the low-budget blood splattering can be overlooked, but this definately seems like a movie that needs to be put in the context of Kitano's previous works to be appreciated by the general viewer.
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