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The Dark Knight (2008)
In my opinion, the best Batman movie and the best comic-book adaptation ever. Mature, engaging and complex. Shades of Frank Miller's work and nods to Batman's darker origins as envisaged by Bob Kane.
I love the character contrasts in this movie. Alfred is a great foil for Bruce Wayne. Gordon is a great foil for Harvey Dent.
The movie has its roots in comics, so I can forgive the occasional lapse in realism - the 'skyhook' rescue - and it all looks spectacular and I never expected realism in the first place.
Performance wise, the movie is hard to fault. From 'Zeus' as one of the prisoners - surprisingly good, to Eric Roberts - again, surprisingly good, through to the leads. A million other people will comment on Heath Ledger, so I won't go on too much about him, but he is stunningly brilliant. A twitching, clicking, off the wall performance. My favourite scene? The Joker leaning out the cop car window and all you hear is the wind rushing past him. Absolutely captures the Joker's anarchic world.
Christian Bale captures the struggle of Batman's dark side and his faith in humanity wonderfully. Tortured but ultimately good.
Christopher Nolan wisely chooses not to overplay the gore. There is plenty of violence but not much blood. Sometimes things are best left 'suggested' rather than graphically displayed. This may have been done for rating purposes, but for me, it works.
A superb piece of cinema.
Am I the only one who DIDN'T like this movie?
OK, I've read a lot of the reviews here and everyone seems to love this movie: It's tense; great performances; brilliant etc. So, I'm prepared to accept that I've missed something in this movie that almost everyone else in the world seems to see. But frankly, I thought it was dull.
Lengthy shots of the main character's front door aren't tense, they're dull. The shadow of the camera crew in shot isn't brilliant, it's sloppy. Much of the dialogue - which is squeezed in between long silences - was stilted and repetitive.
I'll grant you that Juliet Binoche gives a fine performance. However, Daniel Auteuil performed like he was trying to learn lines for his next movie while filming this one - if he said 'what?' one more time in response to dialogue I was going to leave.
I DID like the way that details of the story are implied rather than stated explicitly. I have to admit that the film generated a great deal of discussion with the people I saw it with. Does it deserve the rave reviews? In my opinion, no.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Shane Black has to be one of the wittiest movie writers around. There are so many sharp lines in this movie: "Gay Perry? Still gay?" "Nah, I'm knee deep in p***y, I just like to keep the name".
This film is a pretty accurate take on film noir while taking the mickey out of it as well.
I've always loved Robert Downey Jr, and this has to be one of his best performances - knowing, sarcastic, hints of angst - just superb. a great 'anti-hero'.
Val Kilmer is surprisingly good as well. He doesn't overplay Gay Perry and bounces off Downey really well.
Does the whole 'this is a movie and I'll play with reality' thing work? Well, pretty much. Parading dead characters and historical figures at the end was actually really funny, but I can see how it might annoy some viewers.
Could you honestly see Johnny Knoxville in the lead? (He was rumoured to be the initial choice for Downey's role) Jeez, I couldn't, it would be dreadful.
So, funny, sexy, great performances, great story. 9/10.
King Kong (2005)
Well done Peter!
Overall, what a fantastic movie. Peter Jackson captures most of the magic of the original Kong (just about my favourite movie ever) and cleverly updates.
This is a fantasy movie, let's face it, so in parts it's corny, in parts it's ridiculous, but that's the point! I think Jackson balances things beautifully for the most part.
During some of the action scenes, my heart was literally pounding - they were breathtaking. Particularly Kong verses the Rex. I love the way Jackson moves some of the less attractive aspects of the original - bad dialogue, racist treatment of 'natives' - into the film within the film or the stage-show. This cleverly acknowledges the western world view of the time (1930s) and puts it in it's place.
Naomi Watts is great as Ann Darrow. Little touches like "I make people laugh, that's what I do" add to Ann's character in a way never attempted in the original.
Adrian Brody is a credible hero. Not much more to say about him really! Jack Black doesn't convince me as Denham, but has a creepy presence that is interesting.
The special effects aren't faultless, but they are pretty fantastic. Kong himself is almost perfect - believable, funny, savage, touching.
The movie suffers from being so long. Maybe 20-30 minutes should have been trimmed. But overall, this is an outstanding achievement. Well done Peter Jackson et al.
By the way, here in New Zealand, everyone was either in Kong or we know someone who was!
Les invasions barbares (2003)
What a touching portrayal of father/son relationships, death, infidelity and celebrating the joy of life.
This movie had my wife and I in tears. We were genuinely engaged with the characters and engrossed with the story.
I loved the way the relationship between Remy and Sebastien developed throughout the movie.
An interesting sub-story around Remy's socialist views contrasting with Sebastien's capitalist lifestyle, as well.
Most enjoyable was the way the family and friends celebrated Remy's life with him.
I question a couple of aspects of the movie. Would the Canadian police really be so obliging about helping to find a heroin dealer? Is it really so easy to buy special service in the public health system? But these are pretty minor details.
What grabbed me most was the effecting performances of the actors - straight forward, no over-emoting.
The Hours (2002)
Great movie, not a full review-some random comments!
I've read a lot of the reviews posted here, so don't want to repeat what they say.
Nicole, Julianne and Meryl are completely believable in their roles and thoroughly deserve the praise they received. Someone who seems to have barely rated a mention is Ed Harris. I thought his performance was riveting. He swung between showing love for his friend (Meryl) and hating her and what he had become. The scenes between Ed and Meryl were the most touching in the film to me - 2 old friends trying to say goodbye.
I HATED Phillip Glass' score! I'm sorry, but it was just pounding and intrusive. Why does this man get work? Well constructed and well acted scenes were suddenly blown apart by his dirge-like twiddlings.
Highly rated for direction and acting, rated low for score.
White Zombie (1932)
Fantastic mixture of genuine great work and nostalgic humour
Genuinely atmospheric in places - an early scene with the zombies in silhouette walking over a hill and the final scenes in the cliff top home stand out for me - you can see how this film set the standard for horror movies.
The camera work is very interesting. Some quite convoluted shots are pulled off with aplomb and add to the atmosphere. At a crisp 69 minutes, the film doesn't waste a second.
Performance wise, I think it's a mixed bag. Lugosi is terrific in his over-the-top way. What a great character name (Murder Legendre!) and his eye-brows alone should have won an award.
Madge Bellamy is quite adequate as the heroine, but her husband (John Harron) seems to be struggling with his sexuality and I suspect was marrying her to prove he wasn't gay! (I'm kidding.)
The standouts for me are Joseph Cawthorn (as Dr Bruner, a missionary)- his performance is realistic even by todays standards , Brandon Hurst(as Silver, the butler - another great character name) and Clarence Muse as the coach driver - I wonder if he is one of the first black actors to have a speaking role?
Terrific sets and great use of a spiritual song cap off an enjoyable movie experience.