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The beginning was quite OK, then it seemed as if the crew did not have enough imagination to create a fully developed image of the characters, time and place of the action. However, since this hero is unknown to the audience (no comic books, no prequel etc.), it is very hard for such movies to get immediately on the top and to gain the admiration. Yeah... I felt so odd... I did not know who Hancock was, and I had an odd impression maybe because I got used to the way how other such type of movies were created (Iron Man, Superman...). I do think that the crew HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB, but I feel it could have been better if instead of Charlize Theron there would be another actress. IMHO, she has a talent, but in this role she has been too... impersonal...
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
The story about soldiers in a midst of a peacetime really proves to be an excellent example of a darkly humorous crime story.
The story is set in 1989 on the American Army base. It is a period of stagnation in army; there is no one to fight with, and soldiers try to spend their free time by all ways and means they prefer.
The main character is an ingenious clerk Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix; gorgeous, simply gorgeous) who tries to get profit from everything that is available in the base. His problems start when the new top sergeant Robert Lee (played extremely well by Scott Glenn) who appears to be a Vietnam veteran, prevents poor Ray from making an important deal and tries to make his life hell and even worse when he finds out about close relationship between Ray and sergeant's daughter.
The screenplay is based on the novel written by Robert Connor. Undeniably, the modish anti-military skit, pure black army humor, breathtaking story about cynical (mis)adventures of dashing Yankees in the Western Germany, when the soldiers have their heads in the clouds of homemade heroine - all that makes the movie incredibly good. Equally good are professionally filmed close-ups and long shots.
Another remarkable feature of the movie is the soundtrack. De la Soul performance suits incredibly well.
In spite of the success of the movie in Europe, in the US the first showing was in the wrong time - in 8th of September, 2001. After the 11th of September it was furtively shown only in 24 cinemas, and was a box-office disaster.
The most remarkable character in the movie is beyond doubts Ray Elwood. He is a very contradictory character; he is at the same time cynic and in despair, fable and strong, enjoying life and losing his face, tormented by discrepancies. The lead is portrayed awesomely by Joaquin Phoenix. Ed Harris, as usually, shows very enjoyable high-class performance. Also I like the performance by Gabriel Mann; it is a minor role, though quite noticeable. I do not like Anna Paquin in this role; she unnaturally has tried to be intense and alluring.
On the whole, the movie, being at the same time funny, serious and sad, is perfect, and it is worth watching at least because of the outstanding performance of Joaquin Phoenix in one of his best roles.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
A nice movie
Definitely not as good and intelligent as Iron Man. Still, I have put 10 * because I think that Marvel did a great job, creating high-rated movies about their most remarkable heroes. And... Stark's cameo and Lou's appearance were AWESOME! Thank you very much, guys!!!!! Tim Roth was perfect (as usually). I have recently seen him on Euronews channel, speaking about the movie, and I really think that he is one of the most gifted actors. Special thanks to Mr Norton!!!
I have never read any of Marvel comics and it was somewhat hard to follow the storyline because there were made several allusions that I did not understand during the movie. However, I watched The incredible Hulk because it was interesting, and the characters were so appealing that there was no chance to distract my attention.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Braking stereotypes in our society-that was the main idea of the director Rob Marshall.
I think that the movie is gorgeous; however, I rarely believe Hollywood filmmakers, so before watching I promised myself just to enjoy the beautiful scenes, actor play. I really enjoyed the play of Ken Watanabe, I do think that he is brilliant actor, and I am really sorry that I do not have much possibility to see him on the screen. Memoirs of a Geisha appears to be the movie for Western Europeans and Americans. I very appreciate the attempt of the director to show the secret world, which is almost incomprehensible, but I must admit that it is not necessary for us, at least for me, to understand geisha's philosophy. For me the most important thing is to enjoy the world created by Rob Marshall, and I cannot perceive this movie as the correct interpretation of a true life of geisha.