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The Wire is probably one of the most ambitious shows to ever have been
produced for American TV.
Lost, 24 and even the X-files have all been called ambitious, but the Wire succeeds because it is unrelenting, uncompromising and a hell of a television series.
I am about to start the penultimate episode and then the FINAL episode of this emotional, intellectual, challenging and of course ambitious series.
I don't think we will ever see another show like this one. It was ignored by audiences (although it is very successful on DVD), ignored by the awards circuit (who needs em anyway) and of course lauded by critics.
It is one of the greatest TV series that strives to be more than entertainment.
I've always been impressed by Micheal Mann's films. Starting with The
Insider, I was intrigued by his camera-work and the use of music to
compliment a scene.
With Thief, his directorial debut, he shows what movie fans will be in store for over the 30 years. Of course some of the techniques to steal are dated, but I loved the glossy, yet gritty atmosphere of the film. Tuesday Weld, was also quite good as Caan's love interest. It has an amazing ending as well.
The film is Waaaaaaay ahead of its time. And I was genuinely impressed with James Caans performance. This film is an underrated gem and should be viewed by Mann fans who liked Heat and Collateral.
I was given a recommendation by a friend to view this film as he found
it to be a great dramedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the film as I could
really relate to the lead character and trials and tribulations post
graduation from University/College.
His disillusionment and ultimate sacrifice of going to Europe by getting a low paying job at Adventureland probably echoes with a lot of lost souls who graduate without a real direction in life or career.
But at the same time the movie also illustrates the fact that we all have ups and downs in life and we will eventually overcome many of the challenges we face.
Also, the fact that the movie is set in the late 80's allows the director to add a great soundtrack to many of scenes in the background.
The film is more of a drama with some comedic relief thrown in by way of a few quirky characters (Freego anyone?).
I good film without the usual teen garbage of gross out, overtly sexual humor which seems to permeate most comedies today.
I found this film to be quite a strong political/action thriller. The
story/script was a bit weak but Ridley Scotts direction and execution
of said script was quite good.
It was obvious that Leonardo carried the entire movie. And his performance as also very strong, along the lines of maybe Blood Diamond, which is another of his films I immensely enjoyed.
Russel Crowe was simply lost in the movie, and has very few scenes which have an impact on the viewer. He could have been played by any second or third tier actor. I could even see Chris Cooper in the role.
The action scenes were intense and spaced out thru out the film. I hate when movies are just one long action scene and would rather watch an intelligent thriller with some character development.
Overall a very good film to watch.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
SM is a genuinely rousing film about the plight of a young boy who
lives in poverty and rises to become a millionaire on a game show. His
use of street smarts as opposed to book smarts should a reminder to the
many that are uneducated that hopes and dreams can come true. Dev Patel
was excellent in his role along with all of the younger actors.
I found the film to be immensely enjoyable, with the performances of all involved to be quite three dimensional and believable. The soundtrack to the film by AR Rahman is amazing and he will surely win the Oscar.
I read the book prior to watching the film, and it has a lot more details and subplots which were left out of the movie. Although I enjoyed the book, the movie has an emotional punch which leaves you with a smile at the end.
A great recommend for those movie lovers who enjoy location filming as well. Danny Boyle did a phenomenal job surreptitiously filming in Mumbai and getting such an authentic film.
POST Oscars WIN COMMENTS- Wow it won...amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of the few sequels that joins that rare pantheon of film
which surpasses the original. Terminator 2, Aliens and The Godfather II
come to mind. TDK joins that illustrious rank.
Christian Bale IS Batman. No other actor before him has been able to portray the character as he has been able to. Not to mention he does an excellent job with the playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Gary Oldman has a great supporting role as Batman's only ally. Aron Eckhart is also good as Dent, but I felt the FX for Two-Face did not fit in with the realistic vision Nolan created. But only a minor complaint.
Finally, Heath Ledger. HE IS THE JOKER!!!! The mannerisms, the inflections in his face, his walk, his talk, his look, his dialogs. Everything is perfect. Every detail has been studied by Ledger to create one of the most terrifying villains to ever grace the screen. Without a doubt, Heath will posthumously win the Oscar for best supporting actor. Without him this movie cannot be elevated to the great sequels of all time.
I just hope that the inevitable third film can live up to this amazing sequel. Nolan will have to work extremely hard to top this magnificent film.
Orignally David Fincher was set to tackle this intriguing topic of the
Black Dhalia murders....he would have done a phenomenal job....
I could not finish this movie...i stopped halfway thru...thankfully i only paid nothing for the rental...free....there is no plot, horrible acting, and no discernible storyline....
Brian De Palma has lost his touch and should just retire....Sorry.
Avoid at all costs.
do not rent.
do not buy
don not watch on TV....
just stay away
I did not know much about this film before watching it a few days ago.
I try to watch SRK films mainly because they are usually well made and
I grew up watching his flicks thru the 90's.
So this film performance by SRK is on par with one of his best performances from Swades. It is an understated performance and shows that the man can be a very good "actor" when the role is suitable. Another first for SRK was there was no heroine in the film for him to sing songs to. I was quite surprised that the producers decided to put artistic merit over sticking out of place songs thru out the film.
The performances by all of the girls playing on the team were effective. Although the outcome is predictable, it is still an exciting finish to the movie and should stand as one of the best sports movies to come out of India since Lagaan.
Here is hoping that the Indian film industry begins to take notice that unique cinema can still reap huge financial benefits while enlightening the audience.
And SRK should continue to strive for more demanding roles that test his skills as an actor. I am sure he still has a few surprises left in terms of his acting that we will witness over the coming years.
Chak De India!!!
I've been hooked on this show for the past 2 months. I've watched the
first 3 seasons on DVD (im writing this review right before watching
the season 3 finale).
Season 1 and 2 are great with some interesting story arcs. But season 3 is the darkest thus far and the one I've enjoyed immensely. The Carver storyline is just phenomenal.
Plus, Christian Troy is the heart of this show. He is such a complex character with impeccable taste in wardrobe.
I cannot wait to find out who the Carver is and look forward to viewing Season 4 on DVD.
Jagshamesh!!! I wish i could give this movie a 1,000,000 rating on
IMDb. This movie is FUNNY, OFFENSIVE, SATIRICAL, Poignant, ABSURD, &
Hilarious!!!! Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G fame has gone out and made
"reality movie". I don't want to give out any spoilers, as I stayed
away from them for many months before this epic comedy came out in
theaters, but suffice to say you will be SHOCKED by Borat.
At the screening I attended, parents (you idiots) brought their 8-9 year olds to the the flick. This is not a movie for kids, nor is it a movie for those who don't understand satire. Sure, there were a few chuckles during the toilet humor (mostly by the dunderheads who did not really understand Borat) but the real gut-inducing laughter came when Borat did or said something politically insensitive/incorrect. I noticed, the people who did not laugh during these parts, were most probably at the screening due to the all the hype the flick generated pre-release. Sacha thanks them for filling his pockets with $$$$ though.
I'll have to re-watch this comedic gem again (multiple times) because at times the laughter was too much and I could not hear all the subtle jokes by Borat.
The two major highlights of the movie are the wrestling match with Azamat and the dinner with the southern socialite. Get ready to have aching stomachs after those two scenes.
I cannot wait until Sacha Baron Cohen makes the follow up the Borat, Bruno. Another one of his creations, that tests the morality of Americans and their so called democratic and freedom of speech values. I'm certain the Bruno movie will have less toilet humor and the Dunderheads will keep their kids at home.
Only watch this movie if you value intellectual satirical comedy. Otherwise stick with garbage like Wedding Crashers.
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