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8/10
A touching film, deeply moving and will stick in your mind for a while. Oh, and it should make you cry.
2 March 2009
Warning: Spoilers
A touching film, deeply moving and will stick in your mind for a while. Oh, and it should make you cry. This is a film about two boys who become friends in unusual circumstances. One boy is in a concentration camp and the other whose father is a member of the German army and leader of the concentration camp become friends in the most unlikeable of circumstances.

This, as films go, is not a feel good movie. Yes there are bits in it that may bring a smile to your face, but no, overall the film is a harsh kick in the pants of the sort of atrocities that happened during WWII. To diagnose this film is rather difficult because it does have two lights on it, the beautiful innocence and friendship of two lonely boy's friendship and yet it is still clouded in dark due to the story that we know is basically unfolding.

Overall a great film, sad as I have said, but I highly recommend seeing it! If you do manage to get the opportunity to watch this film, I suggest doing it with someone who you don't mind cuddling or at least crying with. I reckon this film will bring all parents to tears and I dare to say some of the "tougher" men too.

On what seems to be a lower budget (US$12,500,000) than most of Hollywoods releases. This film does really well for it. Unfortunately most Australians will have to wait till 23rd April '09 to see this film, but when you get the chance don't let it slip past.
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Appaloosa (2008)
7/10
As westerns go, I felt this one really kept the feel of how original westerns felt.
2 March 2009
As westerns go, I felt this one really kept the feel of how original westerns felt. All acting came across really well, nothing was too overacted, and it's a sign that Ed Harris seems to have his finger on the trigger when it comes to his films.

However, this is a western and as westerns go, they always seem to follow a very similar pattern, sheriff or two plus bad guys with a hint of a woman. You also say that about a lot of films, but with this film is a was a little predictable, although with the female character (Zellweger) there certainly was a nice little twist that was unexpected.

If you like westerns then you could definitely do worse, this film is definitely watchable, and enjoyable for the most part. Guys do not fear, as your partners should be able to enjoy this film too. It's not all about gun fights and bullets, there is an underlying comical side and a very unusual love story involved, if you can call it that?
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W. (I) (2008)
7/10
I thought this movie was great!
23 February 2009
I thought this movie was great! I watched it out of pure curiosity, not expecting to be entertained or as hooked as I was. Josh Brolin was, in my opinion a great George W Bush, he seemed to capture the character really well, including the accent, and stupidity. The film is a little long but not once did I think "Jeez I wish this would hurry up and finish." I found it, as I said, interesting to see how Georges life was lived (through the directors eyes anyway). It did well to include his life from such an early "fraternal" time all the way up to his latest. I only gave it a 6.5 out of 10 due to the fact that while it was a good film, it's only a good film if your interested in it.
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Thick as Thieves (I) (2009)
5/10
To be honest I expected a lot more from this film
23 February 2009
To be honest I expected a lot more from this film, with Morgan Freeman, a veteran movie maker. However I was a little shocked at the lack of action in this movie.

Yes it was full of faces you may recognise from other movies but to be honest that's about where it leaves you. There were no amazing car chases, not enough action etc.

About the only half decent thing in this movie was the seriously slow unwinding plot twist.

Not a great movie overall, not one I would consider watching again. I guess Morgan is getting on a bit, maybe that attributed to the lack of "things"?
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7/10
First off, do not watch this with your parent, grandparents or in-laws.
15 February 2009
First off, do not watch this with your parent, grandparents or in-laws. You can definitely feel that this is a Kevin Smith feel, and the fact that it has Jason Mewes in it could have been a strong hint also. Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a strange but enjoyable love story, cleverly written by Smith so that you do actually feel the romance behind the porn.

No this movie isn't a major Hollywood blockbuster, and it is definitely not for everyone, if you're a prude give it a miss, but if light hearted and don't mind movies with the full range of body organs then I would recommend watching this!
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4/10
I was expecting a little better than this gave.
15 February 2009
I was expecting a little better than this gave. When remaking a cult classic from the 50's, you have to either do it well or preferably not at all.Keanu would have been better suited playing a cameo as Neo or at least Gort he was that lifeless! The film was full of special effects, more than the average film I would say, except maybe The Matrix. However they were almost wasted in the wish, wash, all over the place script. Jumping from scene location to scene location, I almost felt like I wanted to go back and see what happens next in the other scene.

Summary then is as follows. If you really are a special effects lover then maybe this will attract you, mainly for explosions and not much else, they were pretty basic. If you are a sci-fi fan, it will more likely attract you, but even then there wasn't much to it. Yes Gort looked cool but it felt like he did less this time round. Maybe that was due to the rest of the films rub off affect. Who knows.
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