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Fröhlich geschieden (1997)
Consider this a divorce
No this is not violent (apart from a glass breaking teenager ... though she had her reasons). This is a tv movie, so do not expect too much from it. It is light and fun and has characters that are more often than not really out there. Enjoy this if you can, but don't feel bad if you can't.
If you like light comedy fun, that is not hurting anyone ... you may enjoy this one. The actors do try their best, but there is not much to work with ... interestingly enough even the german soundtrack felt like the actors were dubbed ... maybe some were ... but it does not shine a good light on the overall acting abilities of those involved ... which doesn't mean that all can't act ... just that most do not show it here. Then again, why even bother when it is an easy paycheck, right? Exactly.
Against the Ropes (2004)
Charles S. Dutton does a movie ... and he has done a lot of them in front of the camera to know how things work I'd say. But judging by the end product, I can only assume that a lot of people got involved and told him what they thought would work best for the movie. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
The movie starts off quite good - we get a woman in the boxing/promotion world and you can see that the odds are stacked against her. We do root for her and there are many really good things happening the first half of the movie ... even then some may feel that certain people are just there to further the agenda of white folks ... I might be overthinking it, but that is how it feels.
And when the ending comes or much of the second half, really made me cringe. Not just because of how Meg Ryans characters evolves (rather devolves) ... but how things are resolved ... which includes her being involved in the fight we've been waiting for and a riddle only she seems to be able to solve ... and no I will not absolve the movie for what it does there ... maybe you think you can resolve and ... accept it for what it is ... at least knowing Dutton was the director makes me understand why in certain scenes he left it to other actors to shine ... which could be the reason certain things dissolve ... enough of those though.
There was more here ... and the promise the beginning made ... I wish it had more of that towards the end.
Medicine ... innovations in that field that are needed for the survival of humanity. That being said, Medicine or all of the health business has become a big business ... so big that certain things should not be discussed - because certain people know they'd lose a lot of money because of it.
Pills have become quite the lucrative business ... everyone has heard of Oxy and other "legal" drugs that everyone can easily get addicted to. And if doctors just prescribe them and not enough tests have been made by the FDA ... but that is just one part of the story that seems to connect many dots ... even if not all connect or cross paths! A very interesting and sometimes harrowing and sad story ... but enough action and a lot of really good actors involved in it to make it more than interesting to say the least!
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)
About bees and flowers
Some people may not entirely have the same conversation or think of what the movie will end up discussing when I say that summary line. I wouldn't even want to start explaining it. It is one of the weirdest things put on film ... I'd argue in a good sense.
What I can say, Emily Blunt is quite the stunning person ... anyone should be happy to have her as his (or her for that matter) neighbor ... that being said, Jamie Dorman is playing it as straight/shy as he can. Add to that the playboy Jon Hamm (I'd like to see him do the Dorman part for a change, but that's a different story - literally) ... and you have quite the love triangle ... also a genius like Walken always helps ... no matter how bad tempered and evil intent he may be ... so great acting with an interesting love story to say the least ...
Blood on Her Name (2019)
Family business ... or not family business
When you feel like your path is being ... or already has been chosen for you - just because of who your father is! You might try to fight it or you just go all out on it and cherish in it. Our main character here, tries to fight it ... will she succeed? Can she succeed? And if so, what would that mean? Sometimes it is a case of be careful what you wish for.
I would not say you should do moral conclusions on what you see here. But it sort of makes perfect sense ... and it may make you cringe ... especially the end. Sometimes it is not the worst to take advice ... even if you feel there is another solution to all ... maybe there isn't ... very heavy and very violent and bleak outlook on how life can be ...
Not everything can be explained rationally. Even the love for an animal (horse in this case), may be something that some humans will not entirely get. And you can't really explain those things. It is also interesting to have certain things that are never being spoken out loud but which you can see the filmmakers paid a lot of attention too ... like how horses think ... well we get into that as much as it is possible. It is portrayed here as someone who might be a horse whisperer ... very interesting to see.
What is also interesting is the main performance by Nina Hoss ... what a powerhouse she is here! The kid that the movie revolving most around can be super annoying ... but that is what the girl is supposed to be ... so it is the role and not the kid itself. Especially during the times it cries it is not easy to keep focused or understanding ... you may get newfound respect for people who deal with kids like this on a daily basis.
But because this is a movie there is more to it than the eye meets ... for some too much ... and maybe too far out there. Yes the movie deals with things outside our logical world ... whether you believe in them or not, will be up to you to decide ... and if you don't this may annoy you ... but maybe you can still enjoy the movie and the thriller aspects of it ...
Lies We Tell (2017)
High and low points
It's almost a shame ... there are many things here that I did like ... but then it also has a lot of things that make your skin crawl too. Jumping from too easy to the expected .. to the almost ridiculous. Evil can be seen as pure evil ... and then there is comically evil too.
Acting wise there are some really good performances, some of the things the script really lets the actors down though. Quite the shame as I already said. I'd wish there was more of Harvey Keitel in this too, but you can't get everything you want all the time, now can you?
Heavens Fall (2006)
Not even 100 years ago, the south ... America wise and geography wise .. still had issues with colored people. It's not that nowadays everything is better ... and maybe a case like this would/could still happen ... but I'd like to believe that it is not as likely as it was back then.
Because it was "easy" to just claim a (or multiple) black people did something unlawful ... and everyone just took your word for it. No evidence nothing more needed. Well apart from the testimony ... well rather coerced guilty plea by those who were accused of doing something wrong. It is not a spoiler and it is not really something that should surprise you, that the crime they are accused of here, is something they did not commit.
Still it is about how the systems worked back then and what hoops one has to go through to get a somewhat fair trial ... not an easy watch, but very well acted by all involved ... with the addition of a young Anthony Mackie.
the end is nigh ...
Actually it is finally here - with the last movie in the series ... which coincides with being the last book that is being adapted. Now I have not read the books, that are obviously aimed at teenagers. So I am not really the target audience. But I have seen the other movies too ... and I sort of liked them. Through all the mayhem and nonsense they make you go through, they are likeable.
Yes time travel has never been handled with less accuracy, but you just should give it a pass ... if you don't think you can do it, you'll be annoyed all the way through ... why does a vaccination of a famous person not change the future, but an accidental meeting with Shakespeare make him come up with one of his best known quotes (to be or not to be) ... the latter is meant to be just a funny anecdote ... but one that is also a story element of sorts ... again do not overthink it, do not try to make sense of it ... you'll be better off. I won't rate the "acting" either - over the top and all that. Cut it some slack or don't watch at all.
Losing a loved one (much more so a husband) is not something that can be taken lightly ... on the other hand, when that said husband has not been entirely upfront and honest with one ... but I'm getting ahead of myself. Something that the movie is doing too in a sense. Just to unravel what has happened up until that point.
Not just because there is another movie that is similar to this plot wise (one of the best thrillers in the 90s), you probably will be able to guess where this is heading. And while this probably never reaches those heights for you ... I'd argue that it is still quite the good movie and thriller. Not sure I'd call it an action thriller ... but then again I'd leave that up to others to make up their own mind. May be a bit too complicated for its own good, but it still works if you let it.
Wo de te gong ye ye (2016)
Actually quite the forgettable character here. But it's an illness he has - which does not make him a good witness. To anything - much less a crime he saw. Having said all that, since it is Sammo Hung you can bet there is a lot of fighting going on - emphasized with some CGI (the impact of the things Hungs character is doing).
And while there are some fights throughout, the ending felt or reminded me a little bit of the movie Unforgiven ... the old man who has to deal with a lot of bad guys. Hung having dementia ... he does not use the tools we've seen in something like Memento - just in case you though that. Add to that a side story with Andy Lau ... also quite action packed when he has the chance and certainly one of the best stunt set pieces set in a staircase ... and you have quite the entertaining movie, that also is giving you a story to have fun with (though fun may be the wrong choice of word ... since it's more a drama)
Insane and twisted (it might be or ... yes?)
What does it take to confront a person that is obviously messing with you? That is a question that our main character here has to find out ... find a solution. Which is especially tough to do, when that person only shows their ugly side to you and not to the public as much.
Yes twists and turns maybe overall predictable, but I'd say that the movie does have a few fresh punches left for you. That doesn't mean you'll love this, but maybe you at least appreciate it. A neat little thriller, nothing more, nothing less.
Monsieur Max et la Rumeur (2014)
Small town and the rumors that get started ... quite crazy one might think. Then again, the same can happen in cities ... even if it is only in the neighbourhood one lives in. People make up their own stuff ... and sometimes that might be good, because they show interest in other peoples lives ... but it can also be quite a bad thing ... for everyone involved.
What is the case here? Well you have to watch and find out, yes? ;) Kidding aside the actors do a great job and if you like dramas with a touch of mystery ... this may be your thing. Relationships are depicted quite accurate as you'd expect them from real life. A good movie overall I'd say for those who love low budget stuff.
Drinks on ... whom?
Does Tiger milk make one stronger? There is no such thing as tiger milk? Don't crush my dreams - or rather the dreams of the main characters here. This is quite the interesting view in the minds of two teenage girls and their journey to adulthood ... growing up being "girly", but also so many other things - trying out what they can get away with.
Morally speaking I doubt everyone will be on board with a lot of things they do. But while you pass judgement, try to "enjoy" the movie nonetheless. One does not always have to agree or be on the same side with the characters on screen, if their journey is mesmerizing enough ... and it really is here! Really good performances to say the least and quite the harrowing things they have to go through ... some (many?) self inflicted ... and a very believable enviroment! Someone did their homework! Kudos!
If a kid accuses an adult of having done inappropriate things to her (in this case it is her, could also be him) .. well that adult is in quite some trouble. Not just in the justice system, but even if he gets a not guilty verdict ... but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
This has to be decided by the courts and there are things that do suggest what might be the truth behind it all. A very heavy drama, that does a really good job with the theme it chose to depict and have as central subject matter. Great actors and great twists and turns, even if you yourself may be aware of the "truth" early on (there is only one of two choices so guessing right is not really saying anything) ...
Double Team (1997)
Crazy for you
Van Damme and Dennis Rodman are not a couple ... well not in the movie and not outside of it. But they might both have been in the height of their craziness. One can only imagine what Tsui Hark had to go through ... back in the 90s the really good directors from Hong Kong came over to Hollywood and it seems like they had to do their first movie with van Damme.
Being a fan (even more so back in the day), I had no issue with that. I probably had other values, which I do not regret nor do I think less of most of the films he made. Considering he was mostly under the influence of hard drugs that was quite something ... his performances and the fact the movies were made at all. He survived all that (no pun intended) and while he is not a big star at the moment, his fan base is still there. And he can act ... a shame that is not being utilized more.
If you watch this and the completely crazy story it tells, you may not be entirely be able to tell. There are a lot of things here, that would and I reckon have worked in the Hong Kong movies Hark made. Not all have the same impact in this movie. When it comes to blatant advertising though, this couldn't be more bold ... Coke must have been quite happy with the result ... or maybe not if they didn't like the movie.
Action and stunt set pieces work greatly, Rodman is decent if unstable and all over the place and Mickey Rourke is as buff ... well I don't think I've seen him more buff ... maybe in the Wrestler ... and he goes as crazy as he is allowed to. Handgranades and babies do not mix well ... well a lot of mayhem and a lot of broken glass - Die Hard and Hard Boiled hommages? Maybe, some will like them more than others I reckon ... one thing is for sure, Razzies were not "earned". This is far more entertaining than the worst couple award and the three razzies suggest ... or maybe that is exactly what they suggest?
Ledsaget udgang (2007)
With a father like this ... but to be fair there are way worse fathers out there. Still if you are in prison and get a day off to attend to your sons wedding ... well if you don't spend the most amount of time with your son and the other relatives ... that says a lot about you. So while our main character is not really likeable in an easy way, he is sort of fun to watch from a distance. The little schemes he's planning, him trying to get back at the person who he thinks is responsible for him being in prison ... predictable to find out who actually is that person, but still fun.
And there are a few twists and turns and the idea of good and evil not being so easily distinguishable. The last punch, the last something special is missing to help this being elevated farther than it already does ... as it is, it is a neat little low budget production.
The Parallax View (1974)
Conspiracies done right
There is so much to unpack here. Apart from this being a political (conspiracy) thriller it also may have the funniest lines outside of a Zucker/Abrams/Zucker production ... which I did not expect at all. There is doom and gloom and there is Warren Beauty ... in case you never saw him in young (I know it is spelled Beatty, but you'll forgive my very obvious pun).
Talking about very obvious, the movie and its premise and what it tells us the viewers is also not hiding behind anything. We get into the mindset of the main character and we do find out more about what happened and about what sort of still happens ... with a great director like Pakula at helm this does not get as much credit as it deserves at all. Neither back in the day (awards wise) nor now ... though with many wild conspiracies growing, it may be the wrong time to praise this at the moment ... still it is exceptional to say the least! I've never tried to kill myself succesfully ... just one of the many quotes one can take from this movie, without even spoiling anything! And up there with "there is no fighting in the war room"! :)
A Private War (2018)
War? What is it good for?
I've seen quite a few movies with Rosamund Pike lately - and I am quite impressed. On many levels! She goes above and beyond and does not care how ugly she (the character she portrays) will get! Literally and metaphorically speaking - that is inside and outside! Kudos is the least I can say ... but this movie lives with the story and with the impact that will have with you.
Seeing the impact of war and what it does (especially to the innocents/"collateral damage") is quite harrowing to say the least. There are probably many scenes that will get to you, but one in particular stuck to mind ... while documenting what is happening, even the characters here couldn't help but be affected with what was unfolding in front of them. Very powerful and based on real persons and real happenings.
I know that my summary is also the title of another movie that has nothing to do with this or the Stephen King novel this is based on. Just try not to think about that, I was just being funny. Something that especially during the last half of the movie you will not get a lot of. The crying and screaming kid might actually rather get you to a breaking point ... while understandable and all that, it heightens the horror ... but maybe in a sense you do not approve of.
Having said all that, the animal horror and special effects stuff works quite the wonders. One of the main reasons is the "forever mom" (that should be trademarked by her) Dee Wallace! She's really good in this - and again combined with the effects and one of the scariest dogs put on film .. well good combination! But I'm still sure the book must be better than this ... I actually wanted to rate this lower ... but than I thought of the effects and how well edited this is ...
The Perfect Score (2004)
It was weird watching this - well the beginning of it. It felt like it was taken straight from not just another teen movie ... I don't have the release date from that, so it might be the other way around (actually that is more likely). Still interesting to see that you almost have a copy of what Chris Evans character here goes through and what he went through in that other movie.
While this is also a comedy, this isn't a spoof. This actually more or less goes through all the hoops a teen comedy goes through. With a bunch of weird characters coming together to plan something that seems not achievable. Funny and nicely done even if very predictable.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Hard out here for a ...
It's a hard knock life in general I'd say, not just for pimps and ... their employes. But be aware just because this is about a pimp and prostitution, this is not something that is meant to excite or arouse the viewer in any sexual kind of way. You may already feel offended that I even mention this, but one should know with what expectation one does go into a movie. You may be even relieved to hear that - especially because the movie does a great job not going into the details of that while still retaining the street cred ... pun maybe intended.
Also having such a strong lead with great performances by the other players is something that helps a lot. And while the female characters may seem weak at first, that impression is quite wrong (which you should be able to see for yourself, especially towards the end with one particular character). But Ludacris is the one who really impressed me. While his role is quite small, it is a very crucial one ... so his performance is very important! And he delivers on a nuanced and well written character (arc) - not just for himself, but for the movie and Terence Howards Djay! The soundtrack also flows quite well ... with songs that really go into your ear and body ... who'd think that a track about ... prostitues would bring goosebumps to the viewer (to most I would reckon) ... enjoy this for what it is - because it is very well made and it feels like taken from real life (which it very likely is composed of many pieces)
Kaze ni nureta onna (2016)
The very first time we see our female lead ... we can tell she is trouble. It's not that our main male character is perfect or anything either. But if you go on the journey with them (and other very depraved people as I reckon many will call them), you know it's going to be anything but boring.
You don't have to agree with the actions or reactions of the characters ... biting, kicking people off ... teasing to the point of driving a person crazy ... those are all things that I would not consider to be polite ... but that is the spark ... that is the danger ... and that is the way that will lead to ... well a climactic ending! Pun very much intended. Just be sure to not be prude ... I mean if you are, you probably know, because this is very sexual to say the least .... and in a way very destructive (literally and metaphorically speaking) ... but who could resist (her)?
4 Könige (2015)
Kings and Queens
Disturbed youth ... we've all been there ... well probably not to that level or extend as the 4 main characters are in this movie. Very interesting in their own rights and even more ... interesting when put together as a group. Of course you know that not all will go smoothly ... that doesn't even happen when you have "normal" people trying to figure things out.
So yes this is quite intriguing and really well told. Overall the acting is also good - there is one exception in my eyes and I really hate to even bring this up. Maybe it is just me, but I cannot feel much emotion coming from one of the female leads. The uninspiring way she talks and says things ... it has worked for other movies, but in this one, it just feels wrong in so many ways. Add to that her cliche parents who can't see anything (or understand for that matter) ... and it almost drags the entire movie down.
Again my 5 cents and it doesn't take away from the overall impact of the story. Which is prove that it is more than worth telling ... just would have been better in my humble opinion with a different casting choice.
Focus .. on Security
But not just that ... with so many characters and so many strands you may be excused if you think this takes on way too much for its own good. It is overall well told, but you may have issues caring for much of it. Who is the bad guy, why is he or she bad and what about all the other people? As I said, you may not care, not just by the end of it, but throughout, which would not be a good sign.
The movie is still quite interesting and with a little more focus might have been able to sway me and make believe there is more to it than I saw. Still there are people who relish and cherish the way this is told. Different strokes and so forth. Just be aware of what you let yourself into ... and you may have the ride you wanted.