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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.
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.
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A good timeless film but a little outdated in the scenes department.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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
weak plot not helped by poor directing
The movie started quite light heartedly with both brother and sister driving up to their parents with familiar brother and sister squabbles. Though the special effects is not too bad, the actual film footage with the encounter with the mutant is very disappointing. In one scene the duo decides to stand ground and battle with the mutant despite the horrific events earlier. This may provide interesting film footage but does not develop any sense of realism or credibility amongst the audience with the central characters. The plot continues to be more confusing with the introduction of a psychic who claims she has witnessed all the events and knows the future. Although I could not figure out why the teenage boy held such importance to the physic. In conclusion, a movie with an extremely weak plot and failing to arouse the audience with unbelievable dramatic scenes.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
thought provoking and intelligent directing
Performance by both Warran Beatty (Clyde) and Faye Dunaway (Bonnie) are commendable in this movie. Faye D does a nice job of portraying the impulsive and bored young woman who meets Clyde who has just been released from prison. After Clyde goes into a grocery store and casually comes out waving stolen money, Bonnie is immediately drawn to Clyde and both embark on the road to robbing banks. The ease at which they are able to rob banks and get away with it turns it into an exciting and frenzied game for them while at the same time their fondness for each other grows. There was some fine touches of directing when Clyde unavoidably shoots and kills one of the bankers giving chase and is deeply impacted afterwards by his act. At the same time we see Bonnie who is shown completely oblivious to what had happened. It is at this point, that they probably unconsciously realize there is no turning back and the social rules and constraints no longer apply to them. They become entrapped in their own makings and continue in their dangerous ventures and also take on two more additional members, Clyde's brother and his wife. The fantasy world of Bonnie is brought perfectly to home when the whole group meets up with Bonnie's mother. Here we are shown a startled Bonnie after her mother rebuffs her. Bonnie is then drawn even closer to Clyde. The film loses its momentum towards the end as it focuses more on the couple and less on the events happening around them. This is probably to develop an empathy amongst the audience for the final sequences of the movie. Overall a good thought provoking film with some intelligent directing.
Coyote Ugly (2000)
a fun lighthearted movie to take away the blues
The film is a clever rendition of a simple storyline with elements of romance, family bonding, friendship, eroticism and ambitions all thrown in. From the beginning of the film its aim is simply to entertain the audience by cleverly bringing peoples inner inhibitions and desires to life. Its a fun film to watch and manages to keep you captivated by the boisterous thrills in the bar and then cleverly transporting you away to focus on peoples vulnerabilities in personal relationships. Overall an enjoyable film to watch to take away the blues.