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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Hilarious comedy with Cusack as a hit man
"Grosse Pointe Blank" is an amusing comedy with John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd in the leading roles. Cusack is perfect for this kind of roles. He gives a very funny performance as the desperate but lethal Martin Blank. There are many funny scenes in this movie, just too much to mention! This movie is definitely a must see.
Although I'm not a big fan of her, Minnie Driver is quit good as well. Joan Cusack was hilarious as his secretary and Dan Aykroyd is also perfect as fellow professional killer of Blank.
The story is well done, not cliché at all. John Cusack is one of my favourite actors and I like him a lot in this kind of comedies. He was outstanding in "High Fidelity" and wonderful in "Say Anything", he was truly amazing in "City Hall" and unique in "Being John Malkovich". I think he is one of the most underrated actors of his generation.
No longer mammies little girl
"Thirteen" shows the consequences when your 13 year old daughter starts hanging out when the wrong people. This movie is based on the true story of Nikki Reed who also is the co-star in this feature. OK, I'll be honest, the story is provoking and chocking for most people, but not for me. I'm 20 and I know and have known many girls of that age. These things certainly happen, although it's not always that worse as in Tracy's case. But this is certainly a difficult age. People, boys as well as girls, are very insecure about their self and their looks and what other people think of them. Because in the end, everybody wants to be popular and have a lot of friends. Everyone would like to take risk and live on the edge. That's what "Thirteen" is about.
The acting in "Thirteen" was certainly amazing. Evan Rachel Wood was outstanding! One hell of a performance she gave, as well as Holly Hunter. Excellent first feature by Catherine Hardwicke. I'm really looking forward to see her second feature "Lords of Dogtown". This movie is certainly worth watching if you would like to know something more about young girls, growing up in an insecure and instable environment. I don't say every teenage girl is like this or goes through this, but it certainly does exist. This isn't fiction.
Cidade de Deus (2002)
Excellent, but overrated by the IMDb-users
"Cidade de Deus" is the breakthrough of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles ("The Constant Gardener"). It tells the unbelievable but true story of the gang life in a poor neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. The neighbourhood is mostly ruled by kids and young adults, who doesn't play cowboy and Indian like most kids of their age do. No, most of the time they are busy dealing drugs, robbing local stores or killing other young adults in order to extend their territory.
The story is told by Rocket, a young guy who tries to live an honest life and not to be involved in the gang life. Fernando Meirelles made an amazing movie of an exceptional story. The story is disturbing and chocking. If it wasn't based on true events, this movie wouldn't have been such a big hit either. It's the combination of an objective style, fast filming, a great soundtrack and the chocking story that made "Cidade de Deus" a revolutionary movie.
Although the events are tragic, don't expect a melodramatic story. I don't think the purpose of the director was to move us. I think he wants as to be chocked after seeing this movie. Although we are confronted with violence on TV every day when we watch the news, the fact that kids are involved in this kind of gang life is really chocking.
Although I really liked this movie, I think it's highly overrated. Personnaly, I don't think it deserves such a high ranking in the Top 250. Nevertheless an excellent movie. 8/10
Realistic, Danish movie
Excellent movie about a guy who gives his father at the beginning of his 60th birthday party the choice between 2 speeches. The speech he chooses is "the speech of the truth" and is called "When my father takes a bath..". Of course everybody starts laughing except for the father. He doesn't know what he has to expect. In his speech the son reveals something that has been a secret for years. He tells everybody about how he and his sisters were sexually abused by their father for years.
What follows is an excellent and also very realistic view on how people would react when they are confronted with such a situation at a party. The movie, as well as the cast are from Denmark. Although there are no big names related to this movie, the acting is outstanding. Sometimes it really looks like the movie is shot with a regular family cam recorder, what makes it even more realistic. The story and the characters are brilliantly written. This movie certainly deserved an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
I'm not going to tell you how the movie ends because it would definitely ruin the surprise, but I couldn't imagine a better end for this movie. I can only advise everyone to see this movie, he's definitely worth it! 9/10
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Now that's what I call acting!
I think this might probably be the best movie of the late '90's. The screenplay is wonderfully written by Damon and Affleck. It is really touching and the acting performances are high class. Robin Williams plays one of his best roles in years, although I always love his movies. They couldn't have found any actor more suitable for this role. It's actually a shame he had to wait such a long time until he won his first Academy Award.
Matt Damon is also surprisingly good as the rebellious but very clever Will Hunting. "The Rainmaker", "The Talented Mr Ripley", the Jason Bourne-movies... are all excellent movies where Damon gives very nice performances as well, but in these movies he never reaches the same level of acting as in "Good Will Hunting". Truly amazing! The movie is also filled with many beautiful and touching moments, but I will only mention the ones I loved the most. The scene where Damon and Williams meet for the first time and where Damon starts analyzing Williams and his life is breathtaking. It's unbelievable how such a young man with such a strong personally can totally break a man in a few minutes. My favourite scene is without any doubt the scene with Williams and Damon on the bench, where Williams tells about his life, his wife and her disease and death, where he tells Damon that he's just a kid, not knowing where he's talking about because he's afraid of loving someone more them himself. Where he also says that Damon cannot understand who he is and what he has been through, just because he saw his painting; that he cannot understand where Damon has been through either, just because he might have read Oliver Twist...This scene is certainly in my personal Top10 of Best Scenes ever.
This movie is a real classic. Some people might find it too sentimental and my too optimistic as well, but for me he is certainly one of my Top10 movies of all time. This was the second time I saw "Good Will Hunting" and I'm sure I will see him many other times after this.
Top class! **** out of ****
Pleure pas Germaine (2000)
"I'm not the man I thought I was"
"Pleure pas Germaine" tells the story of Gilles, Germaine and their kids. A while ago, they lost their oldest daughter Rolande. Suicide or murder? The police doesn't know, but Gilles believes she was murdered. Of course, that theory was never been proved. Although they don't speak very often about the loss, it's always there.
The movie certainly isn't a classic drama of a dysfunctional family who has to deal with the death of a child. It's not a movie in the same style as "La Stanza Del Figlio" or "In The Bedroom". "Pleure pas Germaine" isn't melodramatic. There are next to several moving scenes also funny and hilarious scenes as well. Those two little kids are great, although their part is rather small. The other members of the cast are terrific as well, especially Dirk Roofthooft. He is very talented and he gives an amazing performance as Gilles, the father.
I don't know why this movie only has a 6.1 rating. It deserves much better. I really loved this movie. A laugh, a cry... "Pleure pas Germaine" has it all. Certainly worth watching!
Dot the I (2003)
It had a great start but...
...I hated the twist. I truly loved the beginning of the movie. Although it was more than just the beginning, it was the first 60 minutes of "Dot The I". Both leading actors were great, the chemistry between them was there. Just awesome! But then there was that stupid twist. I don't know why it was there, but it spoiled the whole movie. Why couldn't they just kept it as a love story? There were plenty of options to continue the movie in the same line as it was been going on for an hour.
I give the movie for the first part an 8. The love story was brilliant. It really worked! But like I already mentioned has the twist spoiled the whole movie. That's why I give it a 4 for the second part of the movie. I hated the twist and I think many people will agree with me. Everyone was expecting a love story and that's exactly what we got in the first part, so why spoil it afterwards?
Great acting, but I hated the twist. That's why I give the movie an overall rating of 6.
About Schmidt (2002)
Jack Nicholson still has it
This was the second time I saw "About Schmidt" and I loved it as much as I did after watching it for the first time. Jack Nicholson is magnificent, truly amazing. I couldn't have chosen an actor more suitable for the role of Warren Schmidt than Nicholson. I loved Kathy Bates as well. She was quite funny from time to time. I've seen other Payne-movies as well. I loved "Sideways" the most. Alexander Payne has his own honest, but tragic way to tell a story. That's why I'm such a huge fan of his work.
I'm 20 and I've no idea how my life would look like within 40 years, but I think this movie gives an amazingly honest insight in what some 60-years old people's life looks like. When your wife or husband has passed away and your kids have their lives of their own, it might be very lonely from time to time. "About Schmidt" has it all. It's honest and realistic, it's funny and tragic at the same time. It's a movie that makes you think about life, about making a difference. It's about the meaning of life, the meaning of your life in particular.
I loved this movie. Jack Nicholson still has it. After several decades in the acting business, he's still standing and delivering. I really look forward seeing more of Payne's work as well. It's these kind of movies I love the most. Movie's like "About Schmidt" and "Sideways" who aren't afraid to tell a story about life, the way it is and not the way it should be. See this movie. I can't think of any reason not to see it. Like I already said, it's truly memorable.
Out of Time (2003)
Excellent thriller with a great story
I was very surprised by this movie. I always enjoy Denzel Washington-movies and 'Out Of Time' wasn't an exception on this. It started a bit slow in the beginning, but when the story really gets started, you'll loose completely the track of time. The story was very well written. 'Out Of Time' had a great plot. The cast delivered as well. Like I already mentioned did Denzel Washington a great job. Furthermore I can tell you that Eva Mendes won't disappoint either. They were already casted together in 'Training Day', but in this movie they share a lot more screen time.
I don't see why this movie only has a 6.5 rating. I personally give it an 8. This movie has all the ingredients of a great thriller. I can't think of any reason not to recommend this movie to others. I think everyone will enjoy it. I really look forward to see 'Man On Fire'. That looks like one hell of a movie too. I also saw an other Carl Franklin-movie a while ago. It was 'High Crimes' with Morgan Freeman. I thought that movie had a pretty lame story, so if you didn't like that movie, don't let it be a reason not to see 'Out Of Time'. It's much better and Eva Mendes is amazingly beautiful!
Just Married (2003)
Hilarious comedy with Kutcher and Murphy
After seeing the trailer I couldn't wait to see the movie. The only thing that bothered me was the low rating. Now that I've seen the movie, I don't understand why it only has a 5.0. It deserves a much higher rating, because "Just Married" is extremely funny. Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy are excellent as the just-married couple facing just-married problems.
The result is an highly enjoyable romantic comedy with nice performances and more than just a few good laughs. "Just Married" has many hilarious moments and a fluently written dialog.
Don't look at the low rating because this movie certainly deserves a lot more appreciation. There were two lines a loved a lot. The first is a touching quote by the guy who plays Kutcher's father. He says: "You never see the bad days in photo albums but those are the days that get you from one happy snap shot to another." The other one that I loved a lot was: "Say hi to Pussy for me." See this movie! 8/10