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The Companion Piece to Super Size Me!
This is an incredible documentary, and really a must watch movie. It is showing what can be done by taking us back to raw foods.
It is well made, very naturalistic, and whilst overtly emotional at times, it never descends into sentimentality.
The results are dramatic, and the exercise is very profound. It was a real wake up call to what we are doing to ourselves, and is thoroughly recommended.
Morgan Spurlock is featured in this movie and it is a great companion piece to his Super Size Me, almost a sequel to what happens if you live the opposite way to what he did in that movie.
A great challenging movie.
Down in the Valley (2005)
A Fatal Flaw
This movie has essentially one major flaw, which in the opinion of this viewer is a fatal flaw.
It is not a flaw concerning plot holes or anything of that ilk, in fact it is a much more serious flaw than a simple 'goof.' The problem lies with the fact that the viewer does not care for any of the characters. There is no-one he can empathise with, no-one he can say he is on the side of. They are all just simply annoying.
The voice over which we hear on occasions is more annoying than anything else.
Norton and Morse do there best with the material, and both show they have some acting skills, but do we actually care about either character? We don't and so we watch the movie come to what is a fairly inevitable conclusion without much though for them at all.
This one is pretty bad.
The Betty Boop Limited (1932)
Another Beautiful Betty Boop Film
I have been working through the Betty Boop catalogue, and this is another beautiful example of how good Betty Boop is! Wonderful animation, Koko tap dancing was extraordinary, especially when we consider it was 1932.
The surrealistic images, the wonderful song from Betty, complete with Boop-Oop-A-Doop! This is a warm, fresh, original animated short, and it makes you wonder what happened to that originality in animation, apart from the genius of Studio Ghibli, and some of the Pixar films there is not much to say about modern animation, and there is less to say about amimated short films.
This was fine animation, and should be watched by all!
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
I have never been a big fan of Tarantino, I did like Kill Bill (although I thought it would have worked better as one movie, and Volume one was much stronger than Volume two) and I had heard some good reports for this movie so I went into it expecting something pretty good - I was wrong.
This film was a shocker, from long meandering scenes of meaningless dialogue (the opening scene went for twenty minutes and could have been done in four) The film had all these different threads which were just left hanging there, it started in one direction, then left that hanging out in the wind, whilst it went somewhere else, and never returned.
Was it a drama or a comedy? It has been nominated, how I don't know, for a drama award, and yet it was more like a comedy (a bad one) than anything else.
It was a totally unbelievable, lets get all the main Nazi leaders in a cinema and have two guards for the whole place, and leave a black man to wander around freely locking up doors and starting fires.
It made the Jewish into evil thugs and suicide bombers, and was a right wing anti-semitic piece.
This proves one thing to me, Tarantino could put anything, absolute anything on the screen and some people will give it a high score.
This is easily one of the worst movies of 2009.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Painful and Dull
If War of the Worlds proved anything it proved this, in a big action blockbuster full of explosions, we do not need endless character studies.
People will tell you in X movie there was no development of the characters, we did not feel their motivations etc, that works for a drama not a movie like War of the Worlds.
You see none of the characters here were likable, and the more the movie went on the more unlikeable they become.
Finally the boy vanishes, in a totally ridiculous scene of father choosing between two children which could have been very easily resolved. As a friend of mine says one of the most unrealistic scenes in movies, Then he suddenly re-appears, in a very weak unsatisfying conclusion.
You know if you want to listen to a young girl screaming for no particular reason for what seems like hours on end, and watch long elongated quite boring scenes (like the one in the house with Tim Robbins) go for it, for me a movie with explosions and aliens has to be a little more entertaining, a little less painful, and you know what we know it is fantasy so don't try to make it seem realistic.
The more you make a movie like this seem real the less real it gets!!! There is a world they exist in, and this wasn't it.
A gracious 3 out of ten.
Road Rage (2007)
Excellent Short Film
Road Rage is a short film from the 2007 Tropfest. It is one of the sixteen finalists on the annual Sydney Morning herald DVD.
Road Rage is an excellent short film, which looks at a common problem in our inpatient modern age, and then turns it on its head with a great use of humour and pathos.
Road Rage has genuine funny lines, and is touching at the same time the viewer knowing this is a 'I wish society was really like this' scenario.
It is then part fairy tale part reality, but merged in a way which is inspiring and challenging, that none of us are immune from life's problems, and if we would help each other then life would be better.
It is the best film of the eleven out of sixteen I have watched so far.
A meditation for the ears and the eyes.
This movie will not please everyone, in fact certain people will probably hate it.
I loved it.
I loved the quiet melodic atmosphere it created.
I loved the narrative voice, which I normally hate.
I loved the many visual wonders, every room it seemed was made to be something more than a mere setting, it was art.
It drew me in, in made me want to visually experience every scene, it itself was a character in the story.
I loved the music, it was gentle and reflective. It also was a character in the story.
The acting was good, solid, and appropriate for the type of story.
The story it self was closed, revealing only what it needed to, provoking emotional reactions where it needed to.
This was not merely a story, not merely a tale to be told, rather it was a meditation for the ears, and for they eyes, wrapped in a story as old as life itself, of love, obsession, and wanting to have what we cannot, and forgetting about what we already have.
I believe this is a film to be watched, but understand it will not be liked by all, for me I am already counting the moments until I watch it again.
Such is the nature of some obsessions...
A Twist of Sand (1968)
Basically it was boring...
The basic problem with this film was it was simply boring. It did not leave you at all interested in the characters, and there development or to care what was going to happen to them.
The second problem was the superfluous nature of the character played by Honor Blackman, apart from falling over a lot, she did not seem to do anything.
The third problem was the lack of chemistry between the leads.
The fourth problem was the total predictability of the way it ended, there was nothing really to get excited about. The film was not that great, I would not choose to recommend this title to you, reader.
Not Wills finest hour
I like Will Smith, I think he is in some real fun movies, I have enjoyed watching him and I like Rom-Coms. This however was very disappointing. Will seemed sincere but there was just a lack of chemistry between the tow leads, and the female lead was, well, not likable. I knew he was going to end up with her (oooh spoiler there!!!) but really by the end I did not care. So it really was like an elongated sit-com, when the idea of a relationship consultant could have been explored in a far better way. Having to make another point to fit the space - I would say there are better rom-coms to see and there are better Will Simth movies to see - choose one of those films if you want either a Will film or a Rom-com. This was not one of Will's finest hours. 4 out of 10.
You need to be provoked!
Some films are designed to just entertain you, others to make you laugh, or cry, or uplift, others, like this, aim to provoke, to make you think, and to make you angry. I was angry during this film, not at the film, but at the fact that it was true, that America, the free, does torture in the illogical view that it is doing it for the greater good. The torture scenes in this movie were harrowing, the indifference of people was shattering, the film was compelling in its argument, and showed just how wrong it is to torture people. Of course now that makes me a "bleeding liberal" labels shoved on people by others who shut their minds to the facts that this does happen and should not. People who don't realise that as the movie said, for every person tortured,you get ten or one hundred people rise up to perform acts of vengeance. You get an ever increasing cycle of violence. This film did not make me hate America, although I can see how it could do, but it made me hate the way that America has reacted in its post 9/11 world. There is a significant quote in the film, just after we have learned that 19 people have died and seventy five were injured in the bomb scene, the quote is "one American is dead" - that makes the difference. You cannot kill an American, America can kill thousands but you cannot kill a single American, or they will do whatever it takes, including torture to enact justice. This is the American way apparently. Call me a liberal, call me naive (although I think the people who think torture is fine are naive) call me deluded, call me anything you like, but this film is a brilliant example of what is wrong in America and the west today. I wish this film would be shown to all school students, at a minimum. This film will stay with me a long time, part of me wishes I could forget it, because I wish this type of thing never happened, but I know it does, the other part of me wishes I would never forget, because we need to remember these shameful events to prevent them from happening again. Whatever happens to me, this film will be with me for a long time, and I will be telling everyone I know to watch it, not to be entertained, but to be provoked, because sometimes we all need to be provoked.