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The Secrets of Emily Blair (2016)
Potentially a good idea of an exorcism movie but flawed by poor acting
The first half of the movie wasn't too bad but after that it just spiraled into oblivion and you just wanted the film to finish quickly. I got the impression that they may have run out of budget and hence the choppy dialogues and scenes at the end.
Ellen Hollman was the better actor but Will Kemp's acting (her fiancé) was sub par. It's a shame that Ellen Hollman couldn't lift up the whole film with just her acting alone which I thought was good. It was weighed down by the bad scripting and acting from the other cast.
I would watch the first half of the movie with some interest but the second half, just let it run it's course while you are having dinner or chatting with friends.
He Never Died (2015)
A film that leaves you with a chilling feeling...
This film left a rather uncomfortable feeling for me at the end, although by no means a criticism of the movie. Most horror films that I have watched in the past that contain blood and gore only have a marginal effect on me at the end because I can pass them off as too 'fantastic' and just pure entertainment. However, this movie had the dual sense of realism along with the supernatural/horror that is expected of a movie of this type, and leaves you with a chilling feeling at the end and beyond.
The movie is fast paced and develops with the main character who is at odds with his behavior and interactions with other people he meets in his tiny world. It dramatically unfolds into a cat and mouse game where the audience is propelled into the chaotic and violent life of the underworld.
There were fine touches to the movie which other reviewers were not able to pick up...the time where he declares to the waitress that he goes back as far as Kayan or Caine as people knew him by. This would explain some of the dialogue at the end and the appearance of another aloof character at the end of the movie.
A very well directed movie that keeps you intensely focused right to the end.
Catch Me Daddy (2014)
A gritty raw movie worth watching
One word is all that I can say about this movie "Raw'. It's a movie designed not to please or entertain but just a gritty story line of a chase that unfolds into a torrential end. As you watch the movie, you start looking for clues to it's purpose and then you settle into your chair and let the movie carry you. The characters are presented in a very raw form, no refinement but unadulterated compilation of characters with dialogue that bring the film to life. You don't guess, you watch and you witness people's demons and the measures they take to bring sanity and balance to their lives. A truly well executed movie that is worth watching.
The Edge (1997)
A surprisingly good movie showing the quality of a man
Although this was not quite 'at the edge of your seat' type movie (sorry no pun intended), it nevertheless is a good movie.
The story I found to be more deeper than what many people would actually sum up as a movie. Here you find a man who is not only fabulously wealthy but he comes through with the scruples of a principled man, something we don't often relate to in the real world.
The movie tries to portray a man who despite his enormous wealth shows his true nature as the film unfolds, and towards the end demonstrates that money alone does not make up a man.
I really like the last part which drives home this point where he makes a most profound statement to the news crew awaiting him. This shows the enormous courage, resilience, empathy of a man that most other men could not come near to.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
A good timeless film but a little outdated in the scenes department.
James Dean delivers a fine performance of a troubled teenager who is misunderstood by his parents and finds his outlet through drinking and hanging out with teenage gangs. Natalie Wood also gives a convincing performance of a teenage girl who finds solace through Dean. The film portrays well the conflicting differences between the adults and the kids of its time in particular the impact of indifferences between parents on their children. Although the film stretches outside the boundary of social constraints to prove its point it does however manage to bring many sensitive questions to surface. This is a film which young people and adults could relate to and probably the reason behind its popularity and success. Ultimately the aim of this movie is to show adolescent kids in their true form; a need to fit in to society, a genuine understanding from parents and to acknowledge their human qualities of emotions, love and friendship. Even though the scenes may appear a bit outdated the story is timeless.
A pleasant romantic comedy that keeps you running in circles.
A young man and woman bump into each other in a shop and take an immediate liking to each other. A sudden gush of wind blows the paper out of Sara's (Kate Beckinsale) hands when she tries to hand it over to Jonathon (John Cusack). Sara is convinced that this is fate and so leaves it to chance for a next encounter between them. Sometimes in the future they both reminisce of the day they met and unexpectedly decide to embark on a mission to seek each other out. This makes for an interesting storyline of near hits and misses as they cross each others path but never quite getting together. A pleasant romantic movie to watch if not taken seriously.
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
A good attempt at creating a believable character
The film Bicentennial Man' tried to tackle the aspect of artificial intelligence' in robots but after some way into the film it became somewhat unconvincing. This latest offering by Spielberg does a much better job of creating a believable story while at the same time showing the true complexity of this much talked about issue. Spielberg convincingly adds human traits to the artificially created boy David' who is taken on and adopted by a family. The irrational behavior ingrained in David is made apparent when he is sitting on the dinner table and forces down food in his body. Ironically, it is the human part in David that becomes the biggest problem for the family to handle. Mother Monica played by Frances O'Connor (II) reluctantly disbands David and so begins David's journey to win back his mothers love by chasing a fairy tale she had once read to him. When David learns that he is not unique, we see a fitting display of human emotions and tantrums by a frustrated boy who refuses to believe that his hopes and dreams were to no avail. The last segment of the film may appear disconnected with the rest of the story, but I believe it raises some interesting questions. How is David's fulfillment of his dreams any different from ours?
Brewster's Millions (1985)
an enjoyable comedy
The film is a comedy of how Brewster finds creative ways of spending the 30 million dollars and not always getting it right. He is unable to tell anyone of his real intentions of inheriting 300 million by successfully blowing 30 million dollars in 30 days. As soon as he receives news he goes on a wild spending spree and recruits lawyers, security guards, decorators etc. all at very inflated salaries. Eventually the word goes around and soon everyone is jostling to benefit from his generosity. Some of the people close to him are unnerved by his spending prowess and tries to help him acquire more money through investments which is exactly the opposite of what he wants. This all adds up to a series of very comical events which is most enjoyable to watch. Look out for the upcoming remake of this movie.
About a Boy (2002)
a warm and lighthearted comedy which makes a change from the many action flicks of today
Hugh Grant always seems to land the perfect role in these type of movies and this film is no exception. He seems to have the knack to play the innocent, naive and fumbling young man which the viewers adore. The audience also unknowingly develops a sympathetic view of him which all makes for an interesting set of events as we follow this character through the movie.
A care-free Will played by Hugh Grant enjoys the worldly pleasures of being an independent bachelor but this all changes when he meets a boy of a single mum. At first Will is taken back by the brazen nature of the boy but they eventually become good buddies. Marcus played by Nicholas Hoult gives a fine performance as the boy who is taunted at school and is also troubled by her mothers suicidal attempts. The film has some very funny moments and manages to address the hard truths of relationships, personal anxieties and the simple matter of just growing up. A light hearted and down to earth movie which makes a change from the many action flicks that are in abundant supply today.
stunning visuals and actions but marred by an unconvincing cast
I was disappointed with Lucas's previous movie Phantom of the Menace as I found it to be flat with a slow development of the storyline. Lucas used a new approach to this movie and wastes no time in getting the audience straight into the action. You can almost compare this movie with those of James Bond where a simple storyline is woven with lavish settings, visuals and actions. There are some spectacular scenes of cities and locations shot on the various planets but the overall feel appears slightly artificial. The alien characters also appear animated and not as lifelike as one would have expected. Acting is also somewhat sub standard and was particularly disappointed with Samuel Jackson's somewhat muted performance. However, performances by the old veteran Christopher Lee and the voice of Yoda (Frank Oz) lifted this movie. There seemed to be an urgency in the film as the scenes were shot in quick succession in various locations and so tended to depart away from the central theme of the story. Normally the musical score gets unnoticed in most epics but in this case it appeared more pronounced which could be argued as good or bad. The intimate relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padme Amidala was tackled early in the movie with the premise that that the Star Wars saga will continue. The final battle scenes was by far the best part of the movie. The complex mechanics of machinery, robots, humans and aliens battling on the desert was very well captured on screen. Like all good spirited action movies we see the supreme republican members of the council also engaged in hand to hand combat. Stunning visuals with good actions are let down by a weak cast but entertaining to watch nevertheless.