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I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
For the third time, one of the best director-actor collaborations try a completely different essence of a movie with director David Fincher and actor Brad Pitt reuniting to create a masterpiece on par with their other two films: "Se7en" and "Fight Club". Cate Blanchett is brilliant as usual, while a good supporting cast bring their A-game and Fincher works with writer, Eric Roth effectively.
Benjamin Button (Pitt) is born under unusual circumstances, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" tells the story of a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards with dramatic and strange consequences. Along his journey, the viewer sees the people, the places and the hardship that he encounters; we see the ones that leave him, and the ones that he loves. However, their is no one that he loves more dearly than he's treasured childhood friend, Daisy (Blanchett).
While some complain about the 159-minute runtime of David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", I found myself praying that the film would never end. So that, the poignant and touching tale of Benjamin and Daisy would stay with me forever and engulf my emotions. I found myself thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
Baz finally creates something great
In my honest opinion, Luhrmann has been struggling to create a magnificent film since he entered the movie industry. It has always been a dream of mine to create a film about Australia, mainly focusing on the stolen generation much as Baz's "Australia" did. However, I will now never do so out of fear that it would be compared to this masterpiece, so in effect, Baz Luhrmann has forever crushed my dream by constructing such a work of genius. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman play out a-Gone-With-the-Wind type romance as the film manages to strike at the core of human emotion.
"Australia" is set in the northern part of the country in the early stage of World War II. Due to a misfortune, an English aristocrat named Lady Sarah Ashley (Kidman) receives a vast cattle station which prompts English cattle barons to scheme to take this land. With no other option, she joins forces with Drover (Jackman), to drive a 2,000-herd of cattle across hundreds of miles through the merciless desert at the heart of Australia. Drover and Ashley also face the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese first hand who only months earlier attacked Pearl Harbor.
With the help of fantastic acting, a brilliant screenplay, incredible directing, and breathtaking cinematography the film manages to become the greatest Australian film of all time. The powerful scenes and the remarkable scenery will send the viewer through the darkest chapter in Australian history. The film offers a chance for anyone to highly respect what Aboriginal people went through during the time and to know that much like Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, they are sorry.
Get into the mindset of a man with short term memory loss
"Memento", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Guy Pearce, Carrie Anne-Moss and Joe Pantoliano is an Independent Film masterpiece that conveys and depicts one man's love for his wife and what he will do to seek justice for her murder. It is a film that is sure to stand the test of time.
Leonard Shelby (Pearce) is on a mission to hunt down the man that he believes raped and murdered his wife-however, there is one prominent dilemma, Leonard suffers from a rare case of Anterograde Memory Disorder (AMD), also known as 'short-term memory loss'. He administers this issue by using notes and tattoos to hunt down the man he only knows as 'John G'. While he is receiving help from his companions; Teddy (Pantoliano) and Natalie (Moss) he begins to believe that one of them is using his mental disability to manipulate and work against him. The film brings up questions in Leonard's personal mind; who can be trusted? Who cannot be? He dearly loves and misses his wife and time heals all wounds, but how is one supposed to heal if they can't feel time?
"Memento" sends the viewer on an emotional but dark journey through one man's adoration for a woman and its striking originality with a different plot setting than ever seen before make it without a doubt the greatest Indie Film of all time.
The Prestige (2006)
Are you watching closely?
Christopher Nolan takes on a Sci-Fi film with a touch of magic as he directs "The Prestige". An impressive cast star in it with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in the leads; and Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie supporting as the film plays with the viewer's mind more than any movie has since Nolan's "Memento". The use of normal linear plot setting along with flashbacks and flashbacks in flashbacks are what help to accomplish such a perplexing work of genius.
Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale) are rival magicians in an end-of-the-nineteenth-century London. Borden develops a new trick which frustrates Angier and compels him to do things which are almost inconceivable to find out his secret. Cutter (Caine), Angier's illusion creator, insists that Borden uses a double where Borden goes in through one door and the double comes out the other; much to Angier's disbelief, he vows to find out Borden's method and use it to improve his own act.
"The Prestige" is yet another astonishing and remarkable film from the fantastically skillful Christopher Nolan which propels the viewer on a ride through the dark hearts of two men. A solid film from a solid director with a solid cast is reason enough to check this masterpiece out. Upon, multiple viewings the film unravels more and more to reveal its true genius inside and out, highly recommended.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Welcome to a world without rules
"The Dark Knight", directed by Christopher Nolan and including an all-star cast; Christian Bale, the late but legendary Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman, is a cinematic masterpiece of a Crime Epic that is undoubtedly the most superlative blockbuster of the new millennium.
The now famous Christopher Nolan delivers once again with the greatest comic book and action film in cinematic history as he explores meaningful and profound themes of love, hope, dedication and commitment. It was only at the conclusion of the previous film, "Batman Begins", that it was evident that Batman's (Bale) persona and character had changed and he had become an experienced masked vigilante, entirely ready to bring Gotham back to the way he dreamed it would once be. However, Batman has no idea what he is in for
The Joker (Ledger) is a sadistic and merciless individual who appears to take pleasure in watching and making innocent people suffer. The way that Nolan establishes this character makes us incredibly intrigued as he is portrayed as a human being that is deeply disturbed; this is achieved mainly by hints of his unpleasant relationship with his father during his childhood. Heath Ledger, who passed away before the film was released but completed all of his scenes and post-production work, portrays the most formidable and frightening villain of all time. When Heath is off screen his absence is palpable, however, when he appears the viewer feels themselves slowly urging forward in their seat as if by gravitational force. Also, Nolan intentionally refused to insert an origin story of The Joker to make his character appear complete which works effectively. RIP, mate.
Harvey Dent (Eckhart) is Gotham's district attorney who Batman, along with the citizens of the city, believes that he is Gotham's "White Knight". He is the only person who can bring Gotham back to a place of solace and he can do it "without a mask". The film illustrates the point in time where he has become District Attorney while Aaron Eckhart accomplishes an unbeatable depiction of the character.
Gary Oldman also provides a solid performance as Lt. James Gordon, Michael Caine does it again as Bruce's butler Alfred Pennyworth and one of the greatest actors of all time Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox astoundingly. Other actors include Eric Roberts as Salvatore Maroni, Nestor Carbonell as Mayor Anthony Garcia and Cillian Murphy appears in a cameo as Dr Jonathon Crane/Scarecrow.
"The Dark Knight" is an exceptional and outstanding piece of work that, throughout, conveys a man's love for the city that he grew up in and the extent that he will go to in order to ensure that it is restored. From its captivating beginning through to its touching ending, the film will send the viewer on a dark, breathtaking and thrilling ride. If you have been living under a rock and haven't been able to see this film yet, I tremendously urge you to check it out as soon as possible. Be enthralled as you go along a journey with Batman: the masked vigilante, the caped crusader, the dark knight.
Batman Begins (2005)
"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up" A metaphor for the Batman franchise
"Batman Begins" directed by Christopher Nolan, is a cinematic work of genius that is only beaten in the genre of comic book films by its successor: "The Dark Knight". One of the best all star casts of the new millennium is involved including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe and Morgan Freeman as the film redefines both the comic book and the action genres and establishes the possibility of a motion picture within these genres to contain so much heart and meaning.
At the age of 8, when his parents are murdered, Bruce Wayne (Bale) vows to seek revenge; however, he commences to ask himself about the difference between revenge and justice. As he gets older he meets Henri Ducard (Neeson) and Ra's Al Ghul (Watanabe); two members of a vigilante group known as the 'League of Shadows' which sparks Bruce's interest and allows him to train with the group. Subsequent to his training, he is told that he must execute a criminal in order to become a member of the League of Shadows, however, Bruce declines and finds himself fighting to the death with Ra's Al Ghul which results in Ghul's death. He returns to Gotham City and finds that the city has become a "breeding ground for suffering and injustice", due to this he decides to use a symbol to frighten criminals and bring justice back to Gotham. He decides that the symbol must be terrifying and formidable and that he should use his one fear: bats, as he explains "as a man, I can be destroyed, I can be ignored. But as a symbol, I can be incorruptible." With the help of his trusty companions Alfred Pennyworth (Caine), Sgt. Jim Gordon (Oldman) and Lucius Fox (Freeman) he does his best to become a nocturnal vigilante, determined to fight against evil.
The realistic and grim tone that Nolan creates in this film is one that has not been seen in a comic book film ever before. Although it does not contain popular and somewhat admired villains as previous Batman films has shown, it manages to grasp the true essence and meaning of Batman and his love for Gotham. It is also done this way for a reason; because Batman is not meant to meet villains like The Joker, Two-Face or The Riddler when he is first practising as the masked vigilante. For this is not a story of an experienced and heavily skilled Batman, this is a story of how Batman begins.