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The Notebook (2004)
behind every love there is a story (forget the great)
The reason I saw The Notebook was because I really liked Rachel McAdams in Wedding Crashers. She is a doll, isn't she? Rachel was so good in Wedding Crashers so I wanted to see her in another movie.
To tell you the truth I'm not quite sure about this one. The Notebook is definitely not a great movie that's for sure. I haven't read the book but I got the feeling that the director was picking from different passages of the book in order to give us maximum information in a very limited time. I am referring to the second act with all the many short stories the war, house, new boyfriend and girlfriend, and so on and so on. The acting was also not that good. Rachel in a way was OK but Ryan Gosling acted too boyish for this role. There wasn't a good chemistry between the 2 leads. The whole cast with the exception of the old Noah wasn't convincing. Not to mention the ending was so very contrived.
However this is a love story and as such some fantasies are allowed. From a bird's view this is a film about the time old question: should one follow the heart or should one follow the head? Which body organ is more reliable when making decisions? Choosing between what's good for the soul or what's good for the body. Passion or reason. Ideal versus money. Tough question I know. But what I know is that the movie also won't give you a convincing answer. I guess there isn't one.
There are other good love stories out there that are much better than The notebook. One that comes to mind from the new ones is The Constant Gardener. The Notebook is a romantic melodrama that has its moments I guess. If it so happens that you might even cry, take a look at yourself in the mirror, take your time and think what's wrong with you.
6 stars out of 10
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
too much smoke
Hallo everybody. It's been quite a while since my last review. It's good to be back.
I am going to be brief with this one. I heard a lot about GN&GL and how is one of this year's Oscar contenders so I decided to give it a go. Well, I'd say I'm not fascinated. It is well directed, well paced with a camera work in the spirit of ER and West Wing, and with some incredible cast a superb performance by David Strathairn, but still didn't quite do it.
For people like me who are not familiar with the subject at hand this movie didn't make much sense. It looked like a documentary on the 50's America. Well that's OK but it means nothing to me. It was too historical, too political and too smoked. Can somebody tell me what was with all this chain smoking? There was even a full length KENT commercial shown. Unbelievable. Didn't get the idea. I didn't also understand whether the movie made a stand on the importance of journalism and TV particular in educating the ignorant and helping the weak, or a more general one the freedom of ideas and beliefs as a whole. I don't know do I make any sense?
I wouldn't recommend this movie to people not familiar with this period of the American history. As to whether the premise of this movie is still relevant, I would say probably. But I think many people will agree with me that with the rise of the Internet the ways we get access to information have changed for the better. 6 stars out of 10
didn't like it
It has been a while since a wrote my last review so it's nice to be back. Unfortunately this won't be a good one for the occasion is uninspiring - the movie called "Brazil."
When a saw it that it was on the IMDb 250 list I decided to give it a go, further more the great De Niro was listed number two on the credits. Well, to say the least, I didn't like that movie at all. A couple of times I had to resort to the remote control to fast-forward the extremely boring and confusingly pointless scenes.
I haven't read George Orwell's classic novel (never been much of a reader) and I am not going to but a sincerely hope that it is more interesting then its adaptation. Generally I enjoy watching "dark" movies from the likes of "Donnie Darko" and "Dark city" not to mention that I am a big fan of Terry Gilliam's all times classics: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", "12 Monkeys" and "Fear and Loathing in LV";however "Brazil was too difficult to follow and at times completely dull.
I wouldn't recommend this movie. I don't know why is in the IMDb list.6 stars out of 10
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Every now and then a movie like this comes along combining that what Hollywood is most famous for: the home of the best special effects in the world (pluralism not allowed) with a very real and simple human story: there no good and bad guys, no one-liners and witty dialogues, there are no real heroes to safe the day. What we see is just a bunch of people doing what they have to do-no extracurricular activities. And again all this told through the lens of the Hollywood.
As I think again, that kind of movies donft come along very often. I would single out: "Cast Away", "The Pianist", and a bit ambiguous about "Saving Private Ryan." That's all I can think of.
Let me get back to "The Perfect Storm." The special effects were breath taking-one of the best I've ever seen. Cinematographically was superb-light, shadow, color can't get any better. The cast, well I don't know but there is something I like about the teaming of Clooney and Wahlberg; I liked them very much in "Three Kings" and I liked them very much in this one. Clooney was better in "Three Kings", nevertheless, convincing enough in "The Perfect Storm." My kudos go to Mark-it is not that he is a great actor, it's just the roles that he picks are just the right ones for him.
The only thing I could complain about this movie is that I couldn't see it on the big screen. 10 stars out of 10.
I had my doubts regarding this one and the only reason I watched is was because I didnft have to pay for it. What's the conclusion: the remote control is indispensable when watching this film; check the batteries and keep it ready in your hand with your thumb touching the fast forward button. I suggest you warm it up (the thumb) cause you gonna use it.
SWAT has one of the most deceptive trailers I have ever seen. The plot is virtually non-existent. OK with movies like this we don't need a plot, but even the action was missing. At least "Bad Boys 2" was action packed. Of course most of the scenes were meaningless, but still they were keeping up awake. Here the action was just the last 15 minutes or so.
Should I comment on the cast? No. they were all there for the money. Especially Samuel L. Jackson. You could see it in his eyes: gget the money and hope people forget me being in this movie.h
Well, it's not one of those movies that will make you SCREAM: "I want my money and 2 hours of my life back." Probably will make you complain mainly about your money. 5 stars out of 10.
P.S. I am a big fan of Roger Ebert because he is a great writer and most of the time his and mine view coincide. However, this is not the case with this movie. Reading his review a thought I must have seen a different movie. Thinking about it after all, it gives me pleasure knowing that nobody is perfect and even the great ones make mistakes.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
we can all rest now
The only reason I've started writing reviews in the first place was that I wanted to see how good I was in writing essays and since I really like movies the selection of IMDb as my tribune of choice came quite naturally. This, to my modest opinion, is the best site on movie reviews. And now I am here in from of my computer trying to write something about the final sequel of a trilogy that caused probably the biggest excitement in the movie world since the Star Wars trilogy. I don't remember experiencing something as ... indescribable as the moment in the first Matrix when Neo took the red pill. The following 10 minutes or so were moviemaking at its greatest (the closest emotional experience that I can remember were the last 10-15 minutes of the movie "Vanilla Sky"-in a different way though).
Then came the second Matrix, which was quite a disappointment to me. When I think back again I realize that the first Matrix raised the bar to the highest possible level, which didn't allow for such a short period to come up with a sequel that would live up to the origin. And again, the mistake with the second one was entirely mine-I shouldn't have watched the movie more than once.
And now comes the great finale. As I (we all I believe) have set about watching this one with much, much lower expectations, not really caring much about Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and the rest of the gang, just simply waiting for the grand finale, I have to say I was completely contented, maybe not on 100% but nevertheless, satisfied enough.
If the first Matrix was an absolute 10, the second was below 7, the third one is closer to 8.
choose a different league
The only thing I'm gonna say about this movie is: "Thanks God I didn't have to pay to see it." It was enough that it wasted 2 hours of my life. I guess the only good thing about "LXG" are the reviews-starting from Roger Ebert and going on with some of the peers on IMDb. Unfortunately, the only way to appreciate them is by watching the movie however, the pleasure you get from reading those reviews doesn't justify the 2-hour insult to your intelligence. My advice is: choose something less extraordinary-saves both money and time.
I am really tempted to continue this review by bringing the sarcastic side of me but I'll refrain. Enough have been said about the extraordinary: submarine, car, Venice's channels, gentlewoman, bombs, dialogues and one liners, and so on and so on. Actually, everything about this movie is X. OK, I promised I won't get sarcastic.
To be honest I've seen much, much worse. I cannot say I was really p**sed after seeing the film. No, it wasn't like that. It's just that feeling of time wasted. 5 stars out of 10.
Nurse Betty (2000)
wonderful nurse Renee
How important is the mindset you are in when watching a certain film? Without any doubt-extremely important. To continue in the same direction, it is also very important the way you set about watching the particular film-with low or even very low expectations or the opposite-with high or very high expectations. I think all of those propositions affect very much the final outcome. I am blathering about all this because this was pretty much the case (my case) with "Nurse Betty." I had very low expectations when I went to rent this movie (I thought it would be one of those cheesy comedies) but it turned out to be such a beautiful one.
This is a movie about two dream chasers: Renee Zellweger and Morgan Freeman. I actually won't bother telling the plot, what's important is not to think that this is a kind of "road" movie about a mad woman pursued by two killers. It is not. It is much more deeper; and what makes it much more deeper is Renee Zellweger with her best to date performance. She was beautiful. She played not one but three different characters. Morgan Freeman with his final 5 minutes Betty and Greg Kinnear with his 5 minutes of directing Betty were the perfect supplement.
Go and see this movie, you won't regret it. It gives you that nice feeling that good things happen to good people. Recommended.
Changing Lanes (2002)
Ben Affleck's best
Have you experienced choosing a movie you know nothing about it and it's only the sixth sense that makes you rent it and at the end you end up seeing a really great film. It's not that you have read some reviews or your friends recommended it. You know unexpected, down from the sky, and not the least because of the hunch that you had. It is really a very good feeling. This was the case with "Changing Lines."
I totally disagree with defining this movie as thriller or movie about revenge. I don't know for sure in what genre this one falls to; the closest I can think of is drama. It is a very serious and complex movie. It is a movie looking at the different aspects of the human nature and most of all, our natural propensity to make mistakes; and the older we get the bigger the mistakes we make.
What make this film memorable are the extremely deep dialogues: my favorites are the ones between husband and wife (Ben Affleck and Amanda Peet) and between sun-in-law and father-in-law (Ben Affleck and Sydney Pollack). Profound.
Both leading stars Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson played very well, however, to me Ben's character was better explored (written) and more convincing. That is the first movie that I like him act.
I would recommend this movie to all serious moviegoers. 8 stars out of 10.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
watch it with your girl (boy) friend
I set about watching this movie with tons of reservations-I expected the worst. I mean starting from the title itself in combination with Matthew McConaughey it didn't look like the best choice for the evening. And what can I tell you: it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
The plot at first glance seems completely contrived, bout on a second thought it looks plausible: a girl how has to make a guy break up with her in 10 days and a guy who has to make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days. And here they meet. Possible don't you think? And the rest was a lot of both Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in overacting mood. Too sleazy.
Anyway, as I said I expected so much worse. With the exception of the end, which looked like the creators of the movie wanted to just finish the film as fast as possible, the rest was acceptable. 6.5 stars out of 10.
P.S. It would be double the fun if you watch it with your girlfriend (boyfriend).