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Der Untergang (2004)
The story of the spiralling destruction of the 3rd Reich superbly told
Parallel narratives of Hitler's Berlin and Hitler's life being squeezed by the approaching enemy are chillingly told in this well researched portrayal of his last days. Despair, bewilderment, incomprehensible fanaticism, grumbling agreement... the whole gamut of emotions as Hitler's entourage are faced with the inevitable reality of the demise of the 3rd Reich, their dream. Bruno Ganz is stunning as Adolf Hitler, Alexandra Maria Lara seemingly a little too bewildered too much of the time (though it may have been a very accurate portrayal) as his secretary, and Corinna Harfouch and Ulrich Matthes both decidedly scary as the fanatic heads of the Goebbels family. It is probably worthwhile to brush up on the famous names of German WWII before seeing this movie, as the variety of names became a little confusing for this WWII neophyte. Not since Das Boot have I seen a war movie of this intensity. 10/10
Sing si lip yan (1993)
Funniest Jackie Chan film I have ever seen!
This film is one of the funniest Jackie Chan films I have ever seen! It is full of comic action from start to finish, including a skateboard chase, quirky shopping-center mishaps, a nice tribute to Bruce Lee, and some HK pop song. The parody of the popular "Street Fighter" arcade game was particularly amusing. The whole movie is admittedly a little weird and I can't really describe it well. It has a bit of a Bollywood feel about it, but don't let that put you off. This film is in my opinion, one of the best pieces of Kung Foolery on the planet! If you do have broadband I would suggest that you check out the trailer on the IMDb database as it gives an accurate perception of the movie.
I never comment on IMDb, but in this case, I'll make an exception
When the credits started rolling on this movie, my wife and I looked at each other and both spontaneously said "That was one of the best movies I have ever seen". Sure, it was inspired by "The Miracle Worker", with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, bit visually it knocks it for six.
Awesome awesome cinematography. Let me say that again. Awesome awesome cinematography. Nearly EVERY shot is a wonder!
Amitabh Bhachchan's acting is his best ever (at least for western audiences), and beats most recent performances from Hollywood.
I don't consider this film a remake, but even if you do, you still need to see it.
See it with your teenage child (if they'll let you...)
I originally ignored this film as another airy and gross teenage flick. It definitely is NOT one of those.
Similar to Good Will Hunting, (co-written by a young person - Nikki Reed, who co-starred as Evie - copious use of "the f-word", confronting behaviours, badly mixed up kids...) it tells the story of Tracy as she is manipulated by her friend Evie and goes completely off the rails. It covers so many aspects of teenage "growing up" that it makes it nearly compulsory viewing for parents to see with their kids.
Holly Hunter was magnificent as the under-siege mother, Mel (I didn't recognise her as Ada, the lead from The Piano). She really reflected what a lot of parents go through, trying to "let things be" in the hope that they will improve. Nikki Reed was excellent and sassy as the conniving and lying Evie. I found Evan Rachel Wood a little over the top at times. Found the script a little unbelievable at times, but then I probably haven't come across the sort of teens that this film is about.
I saw it with my 13 y.o. son. He said it gave him a lot to think about, but he wasn't sure what... ?!?
Amazing work by Geoffrey Rush
Just occasionally in the movies you see a person step up to the mark and perform out of their skins. I think Geoffrey Rush did so for this movie. It appals me that he won't even be counted for the Academy Awards because this was released to cable in the US. Hey guys! It went to cinema in the REST OF THE WORLD, duh! I guess this just convinces me how far the Academy has their heads up their arses. And it's not only Rush who'll miss out. Charlize Theron did a creditable Britt Ekland, and Emily Watson and Miriam Margoyles were outstanding as Peter's first wife Anne and his mother Peg.
This was a fabulous movie about a fabulous actor who also happened to be a pretty flawed human being (the two go together fairly frequently, it seems). As long as you accept that the choice of episodes from Sellers' life seems at times arbitrary, you'll get along just fine. Rush's multifaceted performance is a great salute to Sellers' incredible talent as a mimic and "caricature actor", a skill which later blossomed into more serious roles.
A story which in many ways is a tragedy that we already knew, this is a warming, stirring and at times alarming insight into the non-life behind a great part of British cinema (yes, there is more than just US cinema!!!!)
A good horsey lead role with some unbelievable script rescued by great visuals
There were some aspects of this movie I really enjoyed. The cinematography was excellent, ranging from the clanking steam train couplngs to shimmering desert panoramas, to the moving and simple effects at Wounded Knee. Viggo Mortensen did a good job as the lead Frank Hopkins, bringing his characteristic sincerity to his role. It was nice to see Omar Sharif and his front teeth again. The horse, Hidalgo, almost outdid Viggo. And here we find one of the great catches of the movie. The man-and-animal-sidekick relationship which works really well here.
Sadly, I found the script quite wanting. The lines attributed to the Arabs and Bedouins were banal and one-dimensional. Their characters (and the Brits) were stereotyped. I felt that the scriptwriters did well in the US, but foundered in some of their own quicksand in the Middle East. I also found myself scratching my head at historical timings. Was Iraq called Iraq back then? When _was_ then?
If you are prepared to ignore the "based on a real..." horse dung, you will enjoy this rollicking adventure, cast much in the same genre as the ripsnorting and politically incorrect cowboy and indian movies of the 50's . To modernise, we move it to 1900's middle east and turn the Indians into Arabs. But what more to expect from Hollywood?
Viggo and his horse make a great pair and between them and the cameras, make this film worth seeing.