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The Flock (2007)
Suspenseful and very well acted
Richard Gere really has come a long way since An Officer and A Gentleman and Pretty Woman. His last couple of movies have really shown his acting talent. This movie is no exception.
Gere plays an agent checking up on sex-offenders living among the general population. The lead-in to the movie and his first couple of scenes show him to be VERY engaged in his job.
A teenager goes missing and Geres character thinks it might be one from his "flock" that has taken her. There is a fine balance between the movies different subplots (checking up on the flock, his imminent "retirement", the new trainee and of course the abduction) and the acting is great all around.
The camera-work is another thing, though. Fast clips and shaky camera ... does nothing good for any movie.
Well ... I liked it!
Not being a big fan of either Rasmus Bjerg or Casper Christensen in the acting department, the parts they play are executed very well. In this movie, it seems, they are asked to play characters not far from their real life personas.
Rasmus Bjerg plays Helge, an attorney, who despite being extremely professional and well-prepared is about to screw things up and begin a journey of self-discovery.
Casper Christensen plays Theo his old, odd friend from boarding school (Herlufsholm) who helps Helge set things right and possibly get into contact with an attractive lady. Theo is not without his faults and here Helge has the opportunity to help his old friend get on the straight and narrow.
There are plenty of funny moments, character development and good acting all around. This movie shouldn't be compared to similar movies made with Hollywood budgets. It should be viewed for what it is: a Danish movie with a danish cast and a danish budget.
Belyy tigr (2012)
It it always interesting to see other countries views of how past wars have transpired. I don't remember seeing any other Russian movie about WW2, so this was a welcome treat. And I must say that they went all out in regards to uniforms and weapons and of course tanks. The acting is also superb. That's what makes the first half of the movie really good.
An invincible German Tiger tank crushes any opponents it meets and then just disappears. A ninja tank, if you will. The Russians build their own super-tank and go hunting for the White Tiger with some really good tank v. tank scenes! But is the White Tiger ultimately destroyed? Who knows? We never find out because then the movie changes its direction, pace and plot.
A long arduous scene of a German field commander and is officers signing an unconditional surrender (I get the whole setup - the ultimate humiliation of the German officers by taking lots of pictures of them like animals in a zoo and insisting they sign the surrender at a certain table), a long scene of the same officers eating a five-star meal (I get it - they're treated with much better food than they got from their own country and ironically much better than the Russian soldiers) and then another long scene of German POWs walking through the city (another "humiliation" scene). To end the movie we see Hitler (I guess) lamenting about war, the history of war, the future of war and the role of the Jews. Which I suppose is very interesting, if you're into documentaries. But if you were expecting the WHOLE movie to be about the White Tiger and tank battles, like I was, you'll be pretty disappointed with the ending. But the first half was good!
Brings nothing new to the screen
Mickey Rourke plays Canadian Indian Armand, who is a hit-man. He loses both his brothers in the movies opening scene, where they're supposed to kill a patient in a hospital. Years later, Armand gets a little too trigger-happy and the mob boss wants him dead. Through a series of more or less likely events, Armand teams up with Joseph Gordon Levitts character, because he reminds him of his youngest brother. This only gets him into more trouble and soon they have to kill more people to cover their tracks, namely Wayne (Thomas Jane) and Carmen (Diane Lane), who are going through a rough marriage.
Apparently the book works well. Despite good acting all around, the movie just isn't very interesting and doesn't work well. If you don't watch the movie you're not missing anything.
Not bad but not a winner in the long run
Paul R and Jennifer A play a couple who think they'll make it big in the big city. When things go sour and they have to give up their "luxurious" apartment, they end up in a commune and have their relationship tested.
This is a typical "fish-out-of-water" comedy, where Paul and Jennifer must try to change their previous capitalist ways to live in a "sharing" community. It's not without smiles, but the big laughs are few and far between. Oh, there IS character development. Both Paul and Jennifers characters grow from their experiences and Pauls sister-in-law makes an (un?)espected decision.
There are better ways to spend an evening, but if you just want to relax on the couch and not think too much - there you go.
The Way Way Back (2013)
Coming of age done right
I rarely give out 10s, but this movie truly deserves it.
The script and dialogue is believable and very well executed. All the actors played their parts to perfection. Who would've guessed that Steve Carrel could play such a douche? Toni Colette is great as the insecure mom who loves her son, but is torn between him and "Trent". (Toni has a knack for these roles requiring depth - see "Muriels Wedding") Sam Rockwell is perfect as the not-yet completely grown-up mentor.
The plot and pacing is just perfect. This gives the movie a feeling of believability, while being funny and captivating. There are no unnecessary jokes or violence. No silly special effects. And Owens "Don't follow a pattern on my quarter. You pave your own way" is what it's all about.
This hit a home-run with me. 10/10
Android Apocalypse (2006)
Pretty bad ......
After the first five minutes, I could tell this movie was going to be bad. The acting was poor, the writing was poor, the musical score was terrible and the special effects were poor. But to give it a fair review, I had to watch the whole thing. It didn't get much better, although the three main characters were somewhat believable.
Set in the future, where mankind is living in a shielded city, (SPOILERS) a man loses his job to an android and later "kills" an android. He has to set aside his hatred when he is shackled to another android and they escape a prison transport. To make it across the desert, they have to work together. The plot advances without surprises....
Give this movie a miss, unless you really have a thing for unknown actors trying to act like androids.
Sover Dolly på ryggen? (2012)
Lene Maria Christensen plays Anne, the late-aged TV-hostess, who has concentrated much of her time on her career and less time on finding a husband and having children. If she is to have children, she needs to have them now, even if it's with an anonymous donor. This recipe has been done before by Hollywood, but to me this version is a little more realistic.
Annes sister has three children with one more on the way. It's easy to tell that Anne thinks she'll make a much better mom than her sister, but she's visibly jealous of her sisters many children. Her brother in laws behavior raises the question of whether environment or genetics plays the major part in how children will turn out. A midwife tells her it's ALL genetics. Anne feels obliged to begin the quest of finding out who her donor is. This is where the movie really takes off and is quite enjoyable.
The casting is well-done and each character plays their role with pathos. There are many memorable moments, especially in Nikolaj Lie Kaas' lines and gimmicks.
Spies & Glistrup (2013)
Really well done!
Very few Danes don't know the two main characters, Mogens Glistrup and Simon Spies, so a movie with these two and their friendship was inevitable. That Nicolas Bro and Pilou Asbæk played these characters was a great decision! They are both great actors and captured a lot of the mannerisms of both characters, although Nicolas probably downplayed Mogens' accent.
Although Spies and Glistrup are very different, Spies being the extravagant playboy and Glistrup being the overweight nerd, they have a deep friendship that is finally tested when Glistrups creative bookkeeping threatens not only to put him in jail, but also to destroy Spies' travel-agency.
More of this movie is true than anyone not familiar with this side to danish history would believe. It should make a worthwhile watch even for people with no knowledge of danish history. Beware (or enjoy) the abundant nudity, however!
In Good Company (2004)
Very real to life movie, believable acting and characters you can care about - depending on where you are in life. The movie gives mainly two views of the working world - the young up-and-comer and the "dinosaur", both parts played very well by Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace. Both have reasons to be insecure about their place in the working environment and although their battles are different, they have many similarities. At no point was I left wishing for a car chase, gunfire, plot-twists and absurd cameos. The movie is straightforward and thoroughly enjoyable. The movie should give anyone with a steady job - or the hope of a steady job - a few laughs and something to think about.