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Nicely Executed bit of proper English fun
This movie allowed me to enjoy the concept of retiring and enjoying a strange land. I felt the heat from the Indian hotel as I tried to figure out why they made such a daring move. The British seem to have a more opened mind about the idea of adopting the lands of the former British commonwealths. The pacing of the movie allows us to feel the way one of great nobility would deal with retiring in a land completely different than jolly old England. I would see this movie again. The actors are all over sixty years of age but they play the part of people with heavy back stories and you become absorbed into the way they deal with such drastic change. The Indian actors seem a it over the top and the way that everyone in the land seemed so friendly kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Still, the vibration of the heat and madness which is India is well represented.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Great Movie with Great Actors
I think this movie is a refreshing change of pace for all directors to learn from. The careful quirky (Little Rascals/Peanuts) style allows a near fifty year old memories of being in love with a strange girl which made me feel free. The journey taken by the main young characters allows the others to grow into feeling colorful beings who were once bland and colorless. I would watch Wes Anderson movies along with the Cohen Brothers stuff any day. The point of view throughout the entire movie allows us to become young again. Bill Murray makes me laugh in anything he does. His shoe throwing scene was hilarious. It seems that the major actors playing minor parts allows us to become fascinated in the way the minor parts have major implications as the movies paces along. Not too crazy about the young love scenes but I remember being a young lad trying to figure out just what real love was about. The ending credits were a treat to a musician who loves school orchestras. I also loved the way the children signing made me feel as if I was a friend of Charlie Brown.
Taken 2 (2012)
This movie is built upon so many hateful stereo types of middle Eastern people, it even insults non Islamic people. The plot for the next taking of the main characters is so idiotic, it makes me want to barf! The main idea of him working in a foreign land where the writer makes as inept as possible would have any close friend suggest they vacation in the US and Canada for a while (LOL). The daughter learns very fast to drive a stick shift during a time of crisis when she doesn't even have a US license. Liam seems to be the only action hero left and at 60+, he still does it well. I just wish this formula would go back to the 80's and 90's. Taken 2 was just a chance to cash in on the fears of others. Turkey is not a black veiled woman country and the police would have intervened after the first grenade went off.
The Paperboy (2012)
A waste Of Precious Time
I was looking forward to see this movie after I heard the Oscar buzz. When I finally saw it last night I was quite disappointed. The story was not the most intriguing and it dragged on as if the writer was reaching for some point in a pointless dribble of a script. I am not sure why Hollywood loves to portray minorities as if they were one dimensional idiots who have no idea what is best for them. Homosexual themes are turned into bizarre situations as if being gay requires you to be a some out of control masochist. Nichole Kidman was disastrous as the leading lady and she was the shell of herself badly acting the part of a confused tramp. I wish I could turn back time and not pick this movie from Red Box. Cusack was the only actor with some substance even though his acting lacked any originality. The story was pointless and they offended anyone who searched to find some meaning from it. Don't waste your money or time by watching this Hollywood drool.
Great Movie with Great Actors
There are days when you awake and turn on the TV and watch whatever is in front of you. This was one of those morning. I found myself locked in as the story developed. James Remar was so young and he didn't even look like himself. I read the information on the story but was intrigued as to how the actual story was developed into such a well told tale. The fact that it was told in subtitles didn't make a difference due to the great directing and greater actors. I wish I had seen this movie when it first came out because of the cinema effect used on some of the scenes reminded me of the other great fantasy movies of that time. Movies like Merlin, The Superman Trilogy,and Legend. I loved that glossy throwback effect from the 1930's. I think anyone would love to watch this and the simple magical tale it depicts. Howard seemed physically weak throughout the whole production and I am sure he knew it was one of his last screen appearances. I highly recommend this film.
Perfect Waste Of Time
If you have had a hard week and you had a job that drains your brain and you want mindless entertainment,then this is the movie for you. Luc Besson must have been paid a ton of money for his half developed story. The plot was pretty predictable and I saw every twist coming from a mile away. The characters seemed underdeveloped and their actions were nonsensical. The small talk between the two leads seemed unrealistic in a life and death situation. The danger was at an all time low and the ending was not the best. Not a big fan of Guy Pierce's tough guy act. It seems the part was originally meant for a young Bruce Willis. My week was very rough and I welcomed mindless entertainment.
Owning Mahowny (2003)
Great story telling, Superb acting, Terrific directing, and beautiful music. PSH is always under playing the role as artfully executed as possible. The mood of the movie made me feel as if I was there in that era. Minnie Driver has grown into a force that any movie would have to contend with. She creates a feeling of empathy with her method of playing a character. Though it is a true story, most of it is so well told, you feel as if it was a story better told in this film. If you are a true movie lover, you will say, "Thank You, God, for a great Movie!". Sit back and get ready for a subtle feast for the senses. John Hurt does the good bad guy role so well and I felt as if the bell hop stole the show. Please bring your popcorn and get ready to enjoy. This is a movie you wish will never end. You want to see what happens next and the irony of real life drama is so well crafted in this movie.
Great Movie For A Change
Great movie with great actors. I felt as if I was back in high school again and I shared the coming out story of the jock meeting the nerds and having a great time. I certainly hope there will be a follow up movie. I hate films with the shaky found footage effect but this was done in an unabusive method. The only part i didn't quite understand was with them doing these wondrous feats in public and no one saying anything as they fly away from the supermarket. I enjoyed the way the story was told and the villain emerging from true pain of death and embarrassment. I was hoping for a longer story and ending was cool but a bit brief. This movie is a great change from the usual super hero story because it wasn't. It was more of a coming of age story about three boys with special abilities. I can see a sequel coming with the same actors coming back. Great movie to see and own.
A Timeless Tale Told In a Short Time
I watched this episode a few days ago during the 4th of July Marathon and I was intrigued with how much they packed in such a short episode of 25 minutes. Carradine acted with such greatness that his few minutes on screen made the whole tale believable. I liked the way the lead actor HM Wynant did his best Charleston Heston impersonation to play against Carradine's reprisal of Aaron in the 1956 epic The Ten Commandments.The casting was brilliant and the directing was also well executed. The writer wanted a cross to be the item which kept the mysterious prisoner in his cell but was changed to the Staff Of Truth for a wider appeal. The religious aspects of the story is acceptable because the scariness of the concept. "U don't believe Him Do U?" was the best line in this tale and was also the turning point. I ending seemed a bit rushed but effective. I loved every episode of the original Twilight Zone series but this is one of the ones that stood out from the rest.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Spiderman Sputtered, Man!
I paid good money to see this and I was truly disappointed. The acting was superb and the cinematography was better than the Raimi version, but the buck stops there! Sam was a better story teller and you felt you didn't need to know much about the character before watching the movie. This new version lacks the plausibility of the whole story. It seems the director, Webb, wanted to make the unreal more realistic and bring him into our world not realizing that movie goers want to be transported into the world of the fantasy and get a break from ours. Garfield played a brooding web-slinger who was more concerned about finding himself than the killer of his Uncle. I know this movie stayed true to many parts of the comic book, but the character development was lacking and was only compensated by the brilliant actors playing the key roles. Spidey Sense was nowhere in this, his ability to heal quickly, and his reporter angles were also omitted. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that all of New York knew he was Spiderman. All except for Aunt May. I must say that no matter how old Sally Field gets she is still too sexy to play Aunt May. The wrestling angle and the slaying of Uncle Ben were too rushed in my opinion. Lizard seemed too powerful to be foiled by the weaker watered down version of Spiderman. Maybe Mr. Webb believed he was more qualified than anyone else because of his name. Even the explanation of how he got bitten was never properly explored. Garfield has a James Dean like quality in his acting and you felt as if you were more comfortable watching PP outside of the costume because Spiderman's identity was never truly developed. I would recommend watching the first two Raimi Spiderman movies than this watered down hapless version. The ending left you dissatisfied as if you were given a Whopper without any meat.