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'The Paper' is solid entertainment. The film shows the high tension
jobs of reporters working in a big city tabloid paper. The plot is
rather implausible, but the film has a cracking pace and good
performances all round. Michael Keaton is dynamite as the workaholic
editor of the paper who's immersed in his job and neglecting his
pregnant wife Marisa Tomei. Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Jason
Robards all do well in supporting roles. The ending is full of
loop-holes but somehow manages to work. Worth watching for it's energy
and fine acting.
'Mrs. Doubtfire' is a reasonable comedy-drama with Robin Williams
disguising himself as an elderly female housekeeper so that he can
spend some time with his children who are currently living with
estranged wife Sally Field. The film belongs completely to Williams who
is very believable as an old lady. He is quite restrained in the film
and we rarely see his manic persona. There are some laughs but the film
also has many dramatic moments. The climax (MINOR SPOILERS) is rather
poignant. The children act well and Pierce Brosnan has a brief role.
The film is good family entertainment.
'One fine Day' is a breezy romantic comedy with winning performances by
Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney. The plot is standard Hollywood
fluff as both of them keep running into each other while trying to get
their respective kids to a school field trip. Both Clooney and Pfeiffer
are charming and share good chemistry with each other. If there's a
fault, it's that the two remain apart for most of the running time. It
would have been nice to see them sharing more screen time together.
Still, the film is pleasant fun and well worth watching, specially as a
This is an intriguing film with cracking dialog directed masterfully by
the Coen Brothers. The plot line is ambiguous and the ending very
anticlimactic, but all that is expected from the Coens. Javier Bardem
is memorable as a menacing killer Anton Chigurh who's after Josh Brolin
(also great). The third main character is sheriff Tommy Lee Jones, who
can't understand the brutality of an ever-changing world. The film is
at times dense, with many issues subtly raised. There's an impressive
cat and mouse sequence in the mid-section that's thrilling to watch.
Highly recommended and deserves multiple viewings.
Russell Crowe is miscast in the lead of 'A Good Year'. While he is
believable as a tough stock-broker, he looks totally out of place in
rural France. Slapstick comedy is clearly not his forte and the role
needed someone with a lighter touch. In fact, Tom Hollander, who plays
Crowe's buddy in the film, would probably have made a better lead.
Still, its not all bad. The scenery is gorgeous, and Albert Finney
turns in an assured supporting performance. Marion Cotillard looks
beautiful but has little chemistry with Crowe. The film is watchable
preferably at home on TV/DVD.
Ridley Scott period epic is watchable but never comes close to his
'Gladiator'. The fault is partially in the screen-play. It shows most
of the protagonists having extremely secular views on religion which
feels too modern for a film about the crusades. The acting is generally
good with Jeremy Irons, Ghassan Massoud and specially Edward Norton
doing well. However, Orlando Bloom is simply miscast in the film. He
tries hard but lacks the charisma to pull off the role of Balian. The
film remains a grand spectacle and the action scenes are worth
watching. See it at home, preferably the superior directer's cut.
'Gladiator' is a period epic with an amazingly intense performance by
Russell Crowe. He almost singlehandedly raises the movie and makes it a
must watch film. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film's pacing is slow
and the story is essentially a revenge drama. Joaquin Phoenix is very
effective playing the malevolent but tortured Commodus. Richard Harris
adds a touch of class as Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Derek Jacobi is good
in a brief role. The opening battle scene is brilliant. The rest of the
action is visceral and bloody. Some of the CGI-aided Special Effects
look a bit dated but the film remains impressive.
This film is extremely one-sided in its depiction of history but it
remains watchable. The story is simplistic showing the simple-minded,
oppressed Scots rising up against the blood-thirsty English. Patrick
McGoohan is virtually a caricature of pure evil as Edward I. However,
the film has rousing and extremely bloody battle scenes. The action is
visceral and very effective. Mel Gibson is good in the lead. His
charisma makes (MINOR SPOILERS) his final death scene very difficult to
watch. The film is well photographed and Scotland has never looked
better. Watchable epic.
'Elizabeth' features some impressive performances all round, including
a star-making turn by Cate Blanchett in the lead. Her performance alone
makes the film well worth watching. The film is essentially a political
thriller and there's lots of intrigue and double-crosses. The tone of
the film is rather gritty and it is consistently absorbing, even if
events seem a bit murky at times. Geoffrey Rush and Christopher
Eccleston both excel. Joseph Fiennes is effective as Robert Dudley and
his romance with Elizabeth is touching. The film is violent, and the
conclusion feels a little rushed. Recommended.
This sequel to 'Elizabeth' is really two movies in one. The first
focuses on court intrigue and assassination plots against Queen
Elizabeth. The second is the Spanish Armada and how England faces up to
the challenge.While the first segment is reasonably engrossing despite
being convoluted, the second feels rushed. The Spanish invasion
probably deserved a movie of its own. Cate Blanchett is decent in the
lead but doesn't come close to her nuanced performance in 'Elizabeth'.
Her emotional entanglements occasionally annoy. Samantha Morton is
excellent in a brief appearance. Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen are
adequate. Watchable but weaker than the first film.
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