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A Film That Inspires Greatness
After being imprisoned for thirty years, a man steps out of a tiny cell, and he is ready to forgive the people who put him there. Invictus is a movie that inspires greatness. It's difficult to see this film and remain unaffected by such a heartwarming and inspirationally true story.
In every moment of the film, you can feel the relaxed hand of Eastwood, painting this rich and important story with his trademark of gracefulness and understatement. With each film that he makes, Eastwood sheds a new layer of his vision. His ideas and consummate understanding of the world gel, and through his talent, they become magnificent pieces of storytelling that will be talked about for a long time. As his career advances, Eastwood's films only get better; they're mature and always from the heart.
Morgan Freeman's performance of Mandela is so fluent that he disappears in the persona and becomes almost unrecognizable in the role. He had been preparing for this role since the early 1990s when the two of them met and the President confessed his personal desire for Freeman to be his sole on-screen counterpart. He believed that Freeman would be the "right" man to play him in a film. After almost twenty years of on-and-off preparation, the performance is flawless. Freeman is like a chameleon; he becomes Mandela.
Matt Damon is extraordinary. Physically, he does not look like Pienaar, but he embodies the spirit of the man. In each of his scenes, you see a man's conscience burning within him, driving him to satisfy his hunger for greatness. Mandela's vision inspires him to lead and become the example that everyone looks to for hope.
The film is about lots of things, but for no other reason, why not see a film that educates us in what it truly means to be human? Unconditional love and compassion for all. I do not care what the Oscars have to say--this film is a winner.
Ghost Rider (2007)
I haven't seen a movie so horrible and so Hollywood formula in years.
This is the worst movie since Catwoman.
Mark Steven Johnson did a great job with Daredevil (the director's cut), but I never expected such a piece of trash like this to come from him.
There is no comprehensibility to any sequences in the film. Nicholas Cage carries no depth to his role; a stupid man designed for mass consumption of all audiences. The visual effects pretend that their capabilities carry the power of "entertainment."
"Johnny Blaze's" side kick from his motorcycle team is nothing less than annoying to listen to, only proving his discomfort and misunderstanding of his own lines with his swashbuckling performances.
Cage thinks its "cool" to come across as a 'chill' guy in every scene, ignoring important questions from reporters and segueing to, "I don't know... but you look good," while checking our her ass. Nice job, Mark Steven Johnson, at least we now know what you aren't capable of.
Cinderella Man (2005)
"Cinderella" Establishes Itself at the Top
This film has placed itself in the category of cinematic perfection from almost all viewpoints and can be counted with it's fellow contenders on one hand. Mr. Howard has teamed up with the best and once again established himself as one of, or the best conventionally competitive director of our time. The triumphant story of Jim Braddock has facilitated Howard and his crew to deliver a film that provides closure and hope to all of us that it is still possible for an 'Pro-American' film to succeed in our society, when all other films undermine and desolate the kinship that once was characterized by innocence in this country.
All the significant acting performances and technical production roles in the film have qualified for merits of high praise and have already reserved their niche in the very limited space for Oscar nominations. Although each years' largest Oscar contenders generally arrive in theaters close to the occasion, Cinderella Man has gained precedence in many categories over the more worthy films that are soon to arrive in theaters before February 06'.
The following is an allegedly composed list of almost definite Academy Award nominations for this film:
Best Picture - Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Penny Marshal Best Director -Ron Howard Best Actor in a Leading Role - Russell Crowe Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Paul Giamatti Best Actress in a Leading Role - Renée Zellweger Film Editing - Mike Hill, Dan Hanley Cinematography - Salvatore Totino Costume Design - Daniel Orlandi Music (Original Score) - Thomas Newman Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Screenplay by Cliff Hollingsworth and Akiva Goldsman Art Direction - Peter Grundy, Dan Yarhi Sound Editing - Eytan Mirsky, Daniel Pagan Sound Mixing - George A. Lara, John J. Thomson, Greg Steele