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Silent House (2011)
Have you seen the Original?
If you haven't seen the movie this is based on, tack another point to my vote. If you have, you don't really have to watch this (as I really shouldn't have). Not that it's bad and it does twist a couple of things. Though it keeps the whole "shot in one take" appeal, even if it actually wasn't shot in one take, but rather a lot of longer shots. Which is still quite a task (so technically speaking this was quite an "exercise", if you wanna call it that).
Olson seems to be quite fond of genre pictures or at least starring in them. She updated recently of course to the Blockbuster kind (also see Old Boy remake and Godzilla remake ... remakes seem to be her thing too come to think of it). She does a nice enough job here, especially considering some of the flaws this has, but also the emotional ride her character takes ...
A Fighting Man (2014)
The good, the Bad ... and the others
It's nice and refreshing to see a movie about two boxers, where you get to see both sides and might not be able to pick a favorite. Of course deciding to start with the fight and then going back in flashbacks, might either be enticing for viewers or appalling. You'll have to make your own mind up about that.
Acting-wise you get quite a lot of good people in this. James Caan, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside and Famke Janssen to name a couple. Mostly they don't share the screen together, but you still get the gravitas a movie like this needs. It's nice storytelling, with slowly revealing/uncovering its layers. Not really surprising in the end, but still a nice movie to watch
Les Kaïra (2012)
Actually already grown up (no pun intended), but not quite there yet, if you take our three leads. This is very silly and if you are in the right mood, you might be able to enjoy this more (if not then even less than my vote suggests). Kudos for going all out on the nudity front (or not, if you don't want that in your movies). But that is not the most important part of the story. Even if the storyline involves a "sexy time" plot point (we know where it is going).
There doesn't seem to be too much redemption or re-thinking. The reward (sticking up - again no pun intended) towards the end seems not really justified. If you think in movie terms that is. Because the movie does not really care (for better or worse). There are some outtakes during the end credits
It's funny (sort of), that after watching this movie, I felt like this could've been a story arc in a really good TV show. You could "exploit" (make this bigger, a season filling thread) and it would still work. Having said that, the corruption theme, the theme of violence is not new. Forrest Whitacker and Orlando Bloom help elevate this movie quite a lot (the depiction of brutality also does, if you are not appalled by it of course).
The story is easy to follow, with family problems thrown in for good measure. The back-story and the political themes are woven nicely into it all, without it getting too complex. A really good thriller, that unfortunately did not well at the Box Office.
Tom yum goong 2 (2013)
Tom Yum .... come on!
Let's get this straight, this is not in the same league as "The Raid" (to name a recent entry) or "Chocolate" (a bit older one and obviously not the one starring Johnny Depp). But it does what it says on the cover. It delivers on the action/stunt part. Now if that is enough for you, you might be able to oversee other flaws this movie has (especially in the story department).
So while we have characters returning (Tony Jaa's being one of them, the Elephant one other one), the story is completely forgettable. It doesn't really make much sense, something conspiracy or other. But that should not be important. It may take a while, but when the action kicks in, it does so with a bang (and a "vroom" or two). There are some very high risk stunts here (some outtakes can be seen in the credits after the end of the movie). Ask yourself if that is sufficient and act/watch accordingly
Der fast perfekte Mann (2013)
About a boy
Not the first movie to tackle that subject and it won't stay the last. It's difficult to steer through a thin line and make something like this work, without falling off to one side and/or the other. This movie does go off quite a few times, which is a shame. The boy does his best in the broken down department, so good actually that you do wonder, how and why there is no other help available.
Our main actor/actor has the usual single life he does not want to give up (in this case the girlfriend already exists with a little spin to the whole "kid" thing). The "little guy" messes up our "big guys" life in such a way, that is beyond redemption and comprehension. All in the name of "comedy" obviously, you'll be the judge to say if any of it works (occasionally there is a hint here and there, that actually sparks something). Run of the mill though there have been worse
Jersey Boys (2014)
One of the best biopics made
Musical biopics that is. And having Clint Eastwood behind the camera is showing. He's not afraid of showing some downsides to the fame the Jersey Boys (you could also use their stage name of course). He's also very open to giving the support guys their moment. It's refreshing to see that there is more to a group than just two guys. And that the other "characters" actually have an opinion themselves.
The movie is also able to make you sentimental and maybe make you shed a tear or two. There are songs here, that I knew, but had no clue who sang them. A really good orchestrated story with a lot of good music and a sort of sing a long thrown in for good measure. Drama and comedy mix good together and even if there is some heightening here and there, this is really good
The Grand Seduction (2013)
As the title suggests the movie might seduce you. It might sort of trick you into liking it. Why trick you? Because you could easily depict the movie and the story it tries to tell you. It would be very easy in fact. But it's not only the actors (Brendan Gleeson heading the group as "leader"), but also the way the story is portrayed.
You will know where this is going, so if you don't like predictable movies, you might want to stay away from this. But you'd be missing on a feel good movie, that really has a lot of heart. Taylor Kitsch might have done some movies that weren't successful and you might not think of him much, but he's doing a good job in this. He's convincing and carries the movie with the others through the finish line ... or whatever equivalent there is in the game he likes ...
Not Suitable for Children (2012)
This movie is also not suitable for Children. There's nudity in it and sexual situations (read baby making activities). It also has two leads who might remind you of other actors a bit. In the case of the male lead it might only be me, but he does look a bit like Chris Pratt, who's now gained a lot of Starlord ... I'm sorry I meant stardom, with his role in Guardians of the Galaxy. In the case of the female role, she does look a bit like a (better?) version of Lindsay Lohan.
Not meaning any of those comparisons in a bad way of course. And they should not distract too much from the movie/the story this is trying to tell. And while this is very straightforward and easy to follow, it is a very decent, if predictable effort. It's funny at times and it has heart. What more can you wish for?
Behaving Badly (2014)
Holy three .. times two!
The movie itself might not have made it over a 4 or a 5 rating, if it weren't for the cast! I mean Mary Louise Parker, Heather Graham and Elisabeth Shue (!) on one side ... Cary Elwes, Dylan McDermott and Jason Lee on the other. Oh and a bonus Gary Busey just for good measure. I was almost blown away just seeing those guys on screen (some in different roles).
Our main protagonist could've used a bit more ... a bit more everything actually. While the talking fast and making quick jokes does work in the movies favor most of the time, it might get tiresome for most pretty quickly. Still the script must have had something (or the producer/casting director had good connections) to attract all that talent to be involved with this. Oh yeah Selena Gomez is in this too - in case you love/hate her, therefor watch everything/nothing she's in ... A bit premature and juvenile (maybe more than a bit), this still can be entertaining at times