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Child of God (2013)
Teeth, far-too Healthy!
For all of the money spent on sets, costumes and vintage cars how could the creators overlook the main character's lack of facial realism? The biggest draw to that character's appearance aside from his fake, dim witted, looking up, eye gestures.. are his teeth. Far too healthy looking for such a depraved person living in the backwoods during the early 1950s. There is no explanation given as to how he obtains money to buy ammunition for his rifle or to pay the barker at the carnival's shooting tent for games played. I found this movie nothing but an attention grab based upon some foolish notion, assumed by character over-dramatization with some far-out shock scenes thrown in, would work in capturing the audience's admiration and even that of the Oscar Awards panel. These folks overdid themselves and in such a way only to prove their movie-making immatureness. They should have hired a talented director to show them how it is done. What a waste!
My overall assessment: vile, disgusting and very much a 'walkout-able' freak-flick.
Not Into Violence but this movie Runs Perfectly
Negative comments about this movie must have been made by those who despise Nicolas Cage for whatever reasons. Being bent on jealousy would first cross my mind as a prominent one. These negative writers would have you believe this movie is predictable and boring when it is just the opposite. The timing and creativity are simply outstanding. The twists in the storyline are so profound they will keep any first-time viewer completely off-guard until the very end. Cage, of course, does a remarkable performance and for an older actor one is surprised how physically capable he still is in the action sequences. I could not help but think Cage is grabbing at the action for all it is worth knowing fair well his agility will soon decline with his increasing years. He does a remarkable job in this movie convincingly conveying a whole spectrum of emotion at a very realistic level and shows us how great an actor he really has become. I might add, all of the tough guy roles are exceptional in their castings and all are individually incredible in their own right. Without the same devotion Cage has, these actors would not shine like Cage does. A believable, exceptionally well-produced action flick. The best I have seen in years. Fabulous timing!
True Detective (2014)
What a great finale! This has got to be one of the best television series I have ever seen. The acting, writing and directing were all supreme.The word is however the next season of HBO's "True Detective" brings different characters from another part of the country. Too bad. The finale of this first season was written much better than the grand-finale of the highly-proclaimed "Dexter" TV series over at Showtime. What a let down. Head writer of "Dexter," Scott Buck, could learn a thing or two from these new writers at HBO. Season 1 of "True Detective" was exceptionally well-written and a thrill to watch from start to finish.
Fatal Call (2012)
Should Have Been Fabulous
This movie has a tremendous storyline but unfortunately it is poorly produced. I could not become completely immersed as I was constantly reminded of its amateurish feel. Though professionally written this production only fails in the way it is played out. The acting is bad, the timing is off and the general continuity lacks proper direction and good editing skill. With regard to the acting, itself, my main concern would be with the majority of the actors failing to synchronize their eye movements with the actual thoughts they are supposed to be depicting. As far as the location shooting goes, the factory/refinery setting is supposed to be an abandoned plant and no longer in operation yet when we first see this location steam is rising from some of the vents. A poor production, overall, but a great "thriller" story all the same.
A Quaint Film with Potential but Not Well Directed
I believe this interesting story was not as well related as it could have been. The storyline did not flow properly. As an example, one moment the actors are in a field in daylight and the next they are on a train at nightfall. How did they get from the field to the train so suddenly? In general there are gaps like this throughout the film just as there are scenes not properly edited where the "takes" are over-extended, leaving the actors steering blankly into nothingness. Some good professional polish would have helped this film along considerably. By that I mean, proper direction with others on the production team having had experience at good adaptation and story comprehension.
"Opens with a BLAST and Closes with a BLAST"
This is a fairly well done modern movie. There are very few movies I like today. I guess the same can be said for anyone in their sixties from any generation since the things we always liked before are never as good when we get older. In a way with this movie I can identify but as usual America's love of it's fire arms is evident all through.. BANG BANG BANG!
I guess people are naturally attracted to movies when guns are involved. I would assume it is the ultimate means of protection for the average Joe and that Joe likes to see various scenarios played out with all of that sudden death fire power. After all what would be more exciting in modern day America than a gun going off somewhere. We all stop what we are doing and either move in, for a closer look, or run for cover.
Gotta' love seeing the bullies getting blasted all to bits. Oh yeah!
The Girl (2012)
Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder
Only we of the Hitchcock era can truly appreciate this film so I think this is why it has not garnered the right acclaim it so properly deserves. When I read the negative comments I can not believe the younger generation to be so ignorant and incapable of comprehending the superb acting of the two keys actors involved. So fabulously done and spot on. The storyline, it's timing, and the direction of the movie's flow is most interesting and so cleverly captured by it's modern day director and crew. If you are a fan of the era and Hitchcock films in particular than this is the story you do not want to miss! Thank you so much for such a nice piece of biographical film. I totally enjoyed it.
Cast And Crew Know The Magic
The cast and crew of this film know what it takes to make an interesting movie. I was quite surprised to discover it was a Canadian thriller comprised of all Canadian actors and crew. I did not realize this until after I watched the movie and then checked out the movie's details on IMDb. Repeaters' repeating theme is sort of another take on Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and though this duplication takes away from any claim Repeaters could have to originality the two movies are totally different in plot and genre. There are some unexplained parts in the storyline's flow but I do not think they are strong enough to throw the audience out of it's constant comprehension of the general stream. In other words Repeaters has the ability to entrance an audience and so thereby can be appreciated as a good, reasonable piece of movie entertainment. My congratulations go out to the crew and to the talented young actors for not engaging in melodrama but instead delivering a good, down-to-earth performance with excellent production effects. Let's see more of these 'way to do it' movies which appear so very together. Well done, cast and crew - 'you've got the feel'!
One Unbelievable Flaw Can Destroy A Masterpiece
Looking at the overall view of this movie it had all the makings of a masterpiece and coming in certainly at one of the lowest budgets ever in the making of such an intense thriller. The incredible opening credits must have taken at least three-quarters of that budget alone. With the film being intensely suspenseful from start to finish I was thrilled at the splendid timing and the portrayal of the storyline except for in one instance. Once I saw that instance I was terribly disappointed as it was one of those "suddenly stop-shocking" revelations that can destroy for me the whole credibility of a good film. If only the director, editor, screenplay-writer or the entire collaboration of professionals had seen this bad aspect, I am sure the film would have gone down in history as one of the great shining gems of all of the small budget features. Unfortunately, it was obviously wrong to introduce the snake where it was introduced. Surely all of the physical panic-thrashing generated by the actor when he first consciously realized he was buried alive would have aggravated the snake to bite him and not haphazardly slip out of the actor's pant leg much further down the storyline. Nope, I can not buy that. I am sorry, but the story's intrigue was lost for me, then and there.
Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
Fantastic! But facial intensities not even............
This is a great thriller! A thriller I could not say should have been made better. However as much as I liked the acting of the spy hero (Ulrich Mühe) I must say his suspicious character's constant demeanor appeared a little too melodramatic and throughout. Such being to the point where he would have surely raised the suspicions of the East German Police to his ultimate betrayal and at a very early stage during the movie. In a way I am sorry for this critique as I really loved watching this film and that of all the works of the late, great Ulrich Mühe (.. as many may already know, Ulrich Mühe passed away recently after suffering from stomach cancer at the early age of 51).
'Bravo' to the other participating "Das Leben der Anderen" cast and crew. Great job and well done !!
Hollywood certainly must be interested in Sebastian Koch. If not, why not?