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Catch .44 (2011)
The movie is all in all a mess, I'm sorry to say.
It had a pretty strong Pulp Fiction vibe to it and some bits were done properly but overall it was too thin. Pulp Fiction was awesome because it told a story; more stories actually, including that brilliant yet casual dinner in the diner. The reason I'm going into this comparison is that I really recognize the attempt and honestly it's a nice attempt.
But the story is too loose, it never really starts and the progressive editing is just annoying. Excuse me for going back to Pulp Fiction but there the repeating diner scene had a purpose, it was not just a gimmick but rather a framing device and it worked, made the story circular and even though the timeline was messed up at least it had a basic beginning and end.
Story-wise I really disliked that there were a bunch of narrative paths that were just ignored, such as the gas station attendant (why was he killed) or the whole thing with who the girls were and why they were working for Mel, what they were doing, how they screwed up, etc. I don't need flashbacks (the one that was was okay because of the terrific acting by Forest Whitaker) but at least give me some coordinates.
Speaking of which, Forest Whitaker was great in this. Again, his character was a bit... weird, but for the most part he was believable and he was awesome. He played all the roles well except maybe for the last part, he was too much of a cold-hearted assassin to grovel like that. To try to hear a story that was not true.
Bruce Willis' role was... disappointing to say the least. I see him trying to be a sort of John Travolta in Swordfish but he comes out something that should have been played by Mickey Rourke. Not to mention that the whole character development thing was screwed, he gets built up to be this way cool untouchable character and gets wasted by a half dead bimbo, that is just not something anyone would enjoy. The whole idea is stupid, and maybe with a different kind of exposition it could have been believable but like this it just falls short.
In conclusion, I recommend you see it if you have nothing better to do but a cinematic masterpiece it isn't. Which is a shame really because it did a lot of things right and had the A-list celebs that could have made it work. Alas, it is one for the bin, much like Nicholas Cage's recent period. And the ending is just pointless.
Surprisingly good, true to the book
I remember reading the book in highschool (http://www.amazon.com/Blitz- Ken-Bruen/dp/0312327269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312071329&sr=8-1) and I enjoyed it immensely. Although Brant was a completely different character in the book I like that they kept his traditional and old school manner.
The spirit of the book is also kept in this, which is very surprising and pleasant in any movie that features Jason Statham. It's refreshing that it's not the kind of movie where he just punches everyone to death for two hours, it's deeper than that.
I suggest you go see it, it's certainly an interesting story and hopefully it'll make you want to read the novel which is at a completely different level, the atmosphere is much deeper and everything, from the violence to the interactions are much more colourful.
Sucker Punch (2011)
This movie... blew me away. I'm still reeling from it, from this apparent naked-chicks-kicking-ass-gore-fest which is in fact a cinematic masterpiece (and I quite rarely resort to such high praise). It's entirely a metaphor, on multiple levels, and it's just... indescribable. It was something I never expected. I'm just speechless, even now... Watch it and think deep about it. Much more than meets the eye, I promise.
The worlds created as babydoll (how ironic to name a victim of such abuse such an innocent name) battles her trauma and inner demons, as she locks herself inside, are spectacular to say the least, humongous in size and obsessive in detail.
Even the faux-centerpiece of the movie, the action scenes, have a certain flow to them that is very well built and very properly held together.
I also loved all the Matrix references, cracked me up a bit, can't wait for it to come out on some form of disk so I can more closely examine every bit and maybe figure more out of the metaphors and the metaphors inside the metaphors. (inception is kindergarten compared to this)
I'm really finding it hard to express my feelings in words about this movie but what I can say is this: it certainly made its mark on me... I'm still trying to understand it all, still affected by the powerful emotional scenes the movie is filled with...
I quite honestly feel it is an incredible achievement, a true piece of art, and it deserves huge points for disguising it all under a wrapper of pop and cheesiness that only makes the actual content so much more hard-hitting.
What Love Is (2007)
Loved it, one of my favourite movies!
Really enjoyed the way the characters interact and it really hit home in many of the scenes. Liked the witty dialogues and the way the characters each had a defining feature but were actually more than met the eye.
What I really did not like was the girls' bit, found it a bit distasteful and generally a bit off, just didn't feel as well built and as complex as the guys' monologues.
Definitely suggest you watch it, especially loved the little twists at the end, left me with a fun feeling after seeing it.
Conclusion: Must see, although don't expect much from the girls...
War Photographer (2001)
A must see for all photography enthusiasts out there
I believe this movie to be one of the most inspirational movies i have ever seen... Every time i watch it i have this urge to take my film, load it into my camera and just go out and live what photography is all about... It evokes in me that exact spirit that made me take up this profession and i love it for that.
It's a great movie in that it shocks you. It lets you know what the world is like and it also lets you know what a photographer's job really means. All about that hassle, that peril and the drive it takes to pull through.
It's a movie about all that is wrong in the world but not in a tree-hugging, stupid environmentalist way but in a way we can all relate to...
If you want to see what it takes to be a photographer expect all that and more, because no one can make it in this business unless you're really good...