Movie Review of the month
THE LINCOLN LAWYER
Matthew McConaughey's finest hour as Mick Haller, who operates out of a Lincoln Continental car. He’s one slick attorney who knows all the angles and isn’t afraid to play them, whether it’s bribing a bailiff to get his client higher on the morning roster or cajoling information out of his ex-wife (Marisa Tomei), who works at the D.A’s office. He’s accustomed to dealing with low-lifes, and the fact that he helps some of them go free doesn’t win him any fans in the L.A.P.D. So when he’s summoned to represent a wealthy young man (Ryan Phillippe) who’s accused of brutally beating a prostitute, he takes full advantage of the situation, until it turns on him.
It’s a pleasure to watch a film that makes such good use of the city and fills its cast with such solid actors as John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Josh Lucas, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy, and Shea Whigham.
Overall a finely shot and directed movie and a stellar performance by Matthew McConaughey. The Lincoln Lawyer is now out on DVD.
French journalist Marie (Cécile de France), has a near-death experience while on holidays in Asia that creates a major impact on her life. George (Matt Damon), is a blue-collar worker in San Francisco who has a special connection to people who have died. And when London schoolboy Marcus (George McLaren), loses the person closest to him, he is devastated and alone.
While looking for answers about life after death, their lives intersect, forever changed by what they believe might or must exist in the hereafter.
Three seemingly unconnected stories that are touched by death and the afterlife are interwoven seamlessly until the element of chance prompts them to intersect.
This is a film that has
a little bit of everything in it. The scale is enormous, as it canvasses
life's big topics: life, love, death and the meaning of it all. Just like
life itself, there's a wonderful sense of the unpredictable about Hereafter; it's fascinating, moving and overwhelmingly satisfying.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Directed by David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, ), and written by Paul Tamasey, Scott Silver and Eric Johnson, is based on the true story of American boxer Micky 'Irish' Ward. It's a family drama, and at its core, the story of brothers Micky, played by (The Departed) and Dicky, played by Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), and the personal struggles Micky must overcome to finally unleash his potential and advance his stagnating boxing career.
It's also another showcase of Christian Bale's incredible acting talent as he morphs into the crazy, drug-addled, borderline-narcissist character of Dicky.
In large part the movie succeeds however because the actors so completely draw us into their characters, their world and their struggles. Melissa Leo (Frozen River) as always is stunning as the Manager and mother of Micky and Dicky, and Amy Adams (Julie and Julia) makes us forget that she is not Micky's girlfriend Charlene.
But it is Christian Bale who completely steals the show, totally transformed from his look to his accent, and a knockout as the delusional crack-addict Dicky. He should receive an Oscar for supporting actor for one of the best performances in recent times.
Mark Wahlberg holds his own as the
quiet, downtrodden Micky, playing his role with a genuine warmth and depth
Ben Affleck has certainly proved that "Gone Baby Gone" was not a fluke. He directs this major motion picture with tremendous power and style, making 'The Town' one of the best films of the year.
Carefully crafting hand-held shots with slow dolly movement and steady camera, Affleck has been able to create the movie magic that every director hopes for.
a great character driven American heist film, I will put this right after 'Heat'.
Affleck shines in the lead role along with Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker), as his boyhood friend and hotheaded accomplice, shining in a supporting role. Renner brings a sadness to his psychotic character as he plays a man who knows he is trapped in a life of crime and poverty, and sees violence as his only option. Chris Cooper leaves a mark in a brief yet powerful role as Affleck's father.
Amidst Affleck's expertly orchestrated chases and thunderous shootouts, the movie brings forth the similar kind of characters with moral complexities as we have seen in the magnificent 'Gone Baby Gone'.
Cinematography by the great Robert Elswit and editing by the magical Dylan Tichenor hit the mark to keep the movie entertaining and exciting.
There are a few cliche's but other than that this is one of the best in its genre. I highly recommend this movie.
Debra Granik directs this gritty American crime thriller adapted from Daniel Woodrell's novel of the same name. Winter's Bone takes place in a rugged, beautiful corner of the southern Missouri Ozarks. Here, when someone's cooking skills are mentioned, the phrase refers to a methamphetamine lab, not dinner. The land and its socio-economics are not for the weak. And in 17-year-old Ree, a survivor is portrayed by the spectacularly talented young actress Jennifer Lawrence - an actress with such screen power and imagination has rarely hit the American screen in recent years.
Martin Scorsese crafts a gorgeously stylized psychological thriller, full of darkly orchestrated horror that torments its obsessed protagonist.
As former WWII vet and U.S. Marshal, Edward "Teddy" Daniels, Leonardo di Caprio hits every mark physically and psychologically, to bring to us one of the best performances you will ever see.
This is one movie which Scorsese seems to be having a lot of fun making. Adorned with bizarre flashback sequences shot Fellini style and reminiscent of Bergman's Wild Strawberries, the movie feels like a piece of great music, where the master director is playing jazz with camera, actors, visuals, and your mind.
The Shutter Island has been able to garner giant performances by each and every cast member. Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley support Leonardo di Caprio with layers of brilliance while Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow and Jackie Earl Haley carry their scenes with prominent fervor and amazing depth.
This movie will only grow with time just like Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey or Copolla's Apocalypse Now.
Great work by an entire department of crew especially its Director of Photography Robert Richardson and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
An essential viewing for all movie lovers.
Four-time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in writer-director Scott Cooper's debut feature film.
Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man's crazy heart.
The show completely belongs to Bridges, who starts off as a train wreck and then takes on a journey with the character. He understands Bad Blake so completely with such confidence, that in his capacity as an actor, he successfully makes us forget that he is an actor playing a role. Few minutes into the movie and you really think Bridges is Blake.
More than the story or the direction of first-time filmmaker Scott Cooper who, by the way did an extraordinary job, or T-Bone Burnett's country/western songs, Jeff Bridges is the reason to set aside two hours to watch this.
They need to make more of this kind of small film where you sit down for two hours watch a good story, great performance and a passionate job by a very competent filmmaker.
"The Hurt Locker" presents the daily life within a bomb disposal unit, showing how the men go out, day after day, identifying improvised explosive devices and either deactivate them or blow them up within controlled areas. It shows the various roles that each member of the unit plays, the routine, the hierarchy and the stress involved in knowing, as you wake up each morning, that you might get blown to smithereens before lunch. But mainly "The Hurt Locker" concerns itself with the notion of war as addiction, how, for certain personalities, the adrenaline rush of war becomes a drug.
Director Kathryn Bigelow is interested in the people in the midst of the trauma, and its this quality, Bigelow's understanding of the psychological aspect of action, that sets her apart.
Cinematography of Barry Ackroyd is mindblowing - the hand held stuff is so well used that you almost feel you are standing next to the characters.
The super 16mm source material helps the film to give a realistic docu-look which perfectly works for the film. The movie is enhanced by the marvelous editing by Chris Innis and Bob Murawski and a powerful performance by Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty.
A great American war film, Hurt Locker deservingly puts Kathryn Bigelow into the top tier of American directors.
The movie tells the inspiring true story of how South African President Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of
elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially
and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his
people together through the universal language of sports, Mandela rallies
with humor, the film's detailed scenes evoke emotions despite being
Thanks to expert performances by Morgan Freeman (as Nelson Mandela) and Matt Damon (Francois Pienaar), as well as Eastwood's extraordinary storytelling genius, the movie depicts an unlikely intersection of sports and leadership in ways that manage to be equally inspiring and insightful without ever becoming preachy and monotonous.
Set in the 1930s, Public Enemies follows charismatic bank robber John
Herbert Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his gang as they rob
banks all over the
When I first heard Michael Mann was shooting digital, I was a little surprised as its a period piece and Digital would give it more of a realistic docu-look.
However, after watching the movie, I realized why Dante Spinotti used F23 - the footage from the F23 was very, very sharp and with shallow depth of field. Although it didn't have the full tonal range of film, yet its response to the night material is mindblowing. Digital cameras read into the shadows very differently - there's an incredible elasticity there that you don't get with film stock - you can adjust gamma curves and gain and really gain incredible control over the image.
Michael Mann does an extraordinary job of directing this epic. Though it is supposed to be a gangstar movie, Mann makes sure to keep the love story between Dillinger and his girlfriend Billie Frechette alive very effectively, thereby keeping us at the edge of the seat and rooting for the bank robber throughout the movie.
William Ladd Skinner's spectacular art direction creates the era where Mann wants us to travel. And once again Dante Spinotti shows us why he is one of the best Directors of Photography in the world.
Even though some viewers have expressed their disappointment over the choice of camera for this movie, one thing everyone acknowledged - the level of performance was so high that it made the viewers forget the technology easily.
Bale makes us forget who he was as he transforms into Melvin Purvis hunting
for Dillinger throughout the piece. Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard as
Billie Frechette marvels as she carries the scenes effortlessly makes us
laugh and cry with her. And Johnny Depp's choice as John Dillinger only goes
to prove his genius as he convinces us that he can do little or nothing and
still take you to the place where he wants you to go.
This is the first great film of the year coming out right after
the award season. An extraordinary performance by Joaquin Phoenix, setting a
very high standard for every actor to match for rest of the year.
I am sure we will see him a lot at the next year award season.
I have really liked every
James Gray film (The Yard, We Own the
Night). and this one is no different.
This movie is something profoundly
moving and, like all other Gray films, deals with the conflict of different
characters within the family.
Paltrow is wonderful as the girl walking
an emotional tightrope. And Vinessa Shaw is really good in this one as
usual. I was also moved by Isabella Rossellini's final touch as
Cinematography by Joaquin Baca-Asay reminded me of Gordon Willis especially in The Godfather with the richness of brown and warm colors. Overall Two Lovers is a wonderful film to watch and enjoy.
The film. shot in 16mm, helps bring the gritty and tough life of the wrestling world by giving it a slightly overexposed and documentary look. Aronofsky made a process film and not just a drama on sports. Its independent spirit was written all over the frames.
The film respects the wrestling
world and the wrestler's world, and demands the same from the audience.
Danny Boyle has always made powerful movies like Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine etc but Slumdog Millionaire is definitely his best. Coupling the amazing performance from the child actors in Mumbai, India with a powerful picturization of the visuals in India, Boyle goes on to create one of the best first 40 minutes in the history of cinema. Based on the book Q and A by Vikas Swarup and written for the screen by Simon Beaufoy (Full Monty), Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best movies of the decade and has rightfully been nominated for the upcoming Golden Globes.
The film, shot and set in
Visually, like Boyles' previous
work, it's stunning. The only other movie that comes to mind while watching
the paced treatment is the Brazilian crime drama City of
The most impressive segment that remains on my mind is the performance by the child actors and the way Boyle has been able to get such extraordinary emotion out of Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (youngest Jamal) and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (youngest Salim).
Synecdoche, NY is about Caden Cotard (Seymour Hoffman), a theater director who
is struggling to create a life-size replica of
The cast is unbelievable. And each one of them does an incredible job. Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers what in my opinion is the best performance in his career. Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dianne Wiest and Michelle Williams stand their ground in this remarkable ensemble.
The style of this movie can be compared closely with Fellini's La Dolce Vita - especially the dream-like narrative of the story telling.
Director of photography Frederick
Elmes does an extraordinary job in giving the film an epic look.
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
A movie about two sisters and their sibling rivalry initially made me wonder if I really want to watch this movie. But I'm glad I did.
Anne Hathaway will definitely contend for the Best Actress Oscar for her riveting performance as Kym, who comes home to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) to Sidney (TV on the Radio's lead singer Tunde Adebimpe). Kym has spent years in and out of rehab after her drug use led to a tragic accident in her family. Here, Hathaway takes a chance by playing Kym as an unlikable, almost unsympathetic black sheep. Ultimately, this decision pays off. Kym feels like a person you know rather than just watch.
Director Jonathon Demme's movie "Rachel Getting Married" - based on the screenplay by Jenny Lumet - is filled with generosity, humanity and compassion towards the extraordinary characters he puts on screen.
Together with cinematographer Declan Quinn (who had earlier shot the gorgeous Monsoon Wedding), Demme has been able to give the film a realistic documentary look that helps the audience to become a part of this eventful wedding.
Shot with handheld digital camera and often breaking every rule with its flawless jumpy cuts by editor Tim Squyres, the movie gives you a unique free- flowing style thats comparable to classics like Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless." Because of its long handheld shots, the actors moved effortlessly giving a lose, inspired and intense performance.
Demme (The Silence of the Lambs,
Frozen River tells the story of two women, that takes place
right before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk
Shot with HDV (720p) and without any big star,
Melissa Leo churns out a phenomenal performance as a a 40-something mom raising two boys and dealing with a gambling-addicted husband. This could become one of the best acting of this year. Misty Upham as a Native American mom who introduces Leo's character to the frozen river could not have done any better. The two actresses along with the other supporting casts carry the movie flawlessly.
Its a little surprise that the movie has been so well received at the Sundance Film Festival and is now playing to a very big indie audience all over the nation.
This one is definitely a must-see.
This is a movie that Woody Allen will be proud to make. The greatness in the film lies in how director Ira Sachs handles an adult relationship story and turns it into a thriller so funny and thrilling at the same time. Like many great films of our time, this film will need time for the audience to see and appreciate.
"Married Life" is more of a metaphor for long term relationships. It deals with seasonal discontent and joys of all long-term relationship.
This is the best performance of Pierce Brosnan ever. He comes out of his James Bond image and gives a great performance. Rachel McAdams is extraordinary in her role as Kay while Academy Award winner Chris Cooper as always excels in his character. Similarly Patricia Clarkson plays the ambiguous wife to the T.
Peter Deming's cinematography captures the time beautifully thus making the film easy and entertaining to watch.
If you care for a good film definitely watch it on DVD.
Richard Jenkins plays a widowed professor
who has lost his passion for living in this drama about love, music, country
and politics. His passion for life comes back when he finds a cause to live.
There�s a toughness to Jenkins� academic that precludes feeling sorry for him.
When he rediscovers his feelings, his warmth lights up the screen.
Acting in this movie is of the highest caliber, Richard Jenkins will definitely get an oscar nomination and other awards for this performance and it is going to be very hard for other actors to match up to this towering performance this year.
Tom Mccarthy proves to us again that he is a master filmmaker in the making. Oliver Bokelberg's cinematography is beautiful and understated and his use of available light works very well with the rhythm of the movie the director wanted.
MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS
There were two reasons for me to want
to watch this movie
And I can only say that the result of this collaboration of two great artists was one of the most pleasing experiences on celluloid.
Elizabeth (Norah Jones), a restless young woman, travels
cross-country working a variety of waitresing jobs and connecting with an odd
assortment of characters along the way, including policeman Arnie (David
Strathairn), his estranged wife Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz), and a flighty young
gambler (Natalie Portman). But she realizes that her touchstone is Jeremy
(Jude Law), who she met in a cafe in
The treatment is very Wong Kar Wai - those
who have seen In the Mood for Love,
The uniqueness of this movie lies in the
observation that although it moves through different landscapes in
The performances are memorable way after the movie has ended. Rachel Weisz makes you forget she is Rachel Weisz as soon as she enters the bar. David Strathairn is wonderful in his portrayal of two sets of characters. Natalie Portman makes you aware of her acting prowess yet again. Jude Law is amazing as a cafe owner in love. And Norah Jones does not cease to surprise as a first time actress.
Wong Kar Wai borrowed a piece of Academy Award winning composer
Gustavo Santaollala's music from Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries,
Darius Khondji (Seven, Panic Room) proves again that he is a master of light, After Sven Nykvist (Bergman's D.P) I have only seen Darius use light so effectively.
Overall this is a great treat for movie lovers of all ages.
Gus Van Sant is definitely one of
the rare talents working today in cinema, and his new release
The cinematography of Christopher Doyle is really experimental and works beautifully with the style of the film.
Here is one guy who is not sold to the
Gus is undoubtedly a rare example of someone who refuses to make only big budget stuff. And this is definitely one of his best works so far.
If you are up for something different in style or story telling this movie you cannot miss.
YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH
I got out after watching Francis Ford Coppola's digital film Youth Without
Youth, I had a
Eliade had traveled to
Maitreyee, who read the novel 30 years since its publication, wrote her version of their love story titled "Na Hanyate" that was translated into English as "It Does not Die."
Bengal Nights by Mircea Eliade and
It Does Not Die by Maitreyi Devi were released in 1994 by the
Youth Without Youth to me is very much a love story of a similar nature that continued the unfulfiled romance in Mircea Eliade's life.
The extreme use of Sanskrit
in the movie emphasizes the obsession Eliade carried throughout his life for
The credit to bring the story
to life of course goes to Francis Ford Coppola who came out of his retirement
It was extremely brave of Coppola to put millions of dollars to make a movie like this instead of making a gangster or war or comedy movies that sell, get an actor like Tim Roth to carry the entire movie instead of box office superstars and make it digitally instead of glossy film.
Remember this is the guy who gave us
This is the best looking digital film
I have ever seen. The work of DP Mihai
This movie is not for everyone......but if
its for you, then this could be the
When a true giant like Woody Allen is making a movie you just put your hands down and watch, and expect you would learn something....something would rub off....that would make you a better filmmaker.
This movie of Allen is almost a sequel to Match Point.
Lot of critics are cutting down this film, simply because they don't like to see an intelligent thriller......I understand they are completely out of practice as these days all you can expect are chase scenes with cars and building being blown away.
This is a youthfull movie as though Woody Allen is a student again and making this movie for the real love of the cinema.
Shot exclusively on real locations in
Cinematography of Vilmos Zigmond is just mind blowing. He kind of accentuated the black and the colors look really saturated and solid. The film was shot kind of dark, which works very well with the story.
The performances of Collin Farrel and Ewan Macgregor were astonishing and so were that of Tom Wilkinson, Hayley Atwell, Clare Higgins, John Benfield and Ashley Meadawkwe.
Only thing, the Woody Allen's characters in the seventies were much more academic - especially the leading ladies who were smart and cerebral - but now his characters are more evil and less funny, which kind of fits the time as we live in the time where everyone looks at another person with fear and suspicion.
Overall a very absorbing crime caper from a master of cinema.
THERE ARE LOTS OF GIANTS IN CINEMA, BUT WOODY ALLEN IS A TRUE GIANT OF THIS MEDIUM.
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel made a genius of a
film which made me think how lucky I am as a human being - this is one of those
films that changes your life - one of the best films I've ever seen. I cannot
think of another film that explores the innersystems of a character so
intimately and believably.
Atonement is truly a magnificent movie.Being exposed to the British cinema at a very early age, especially the movies made by Ismail-Merchant production such as James Ivory 's Room with a View, that was not only accepted in the West but also widely watched in most third world countries, especially in a British colony like India, and their other movies like Shakespearewallah, Bombay Talkies etc and of course the great work of David Lean and Sir Richard Attenborough, to name only a few in the long list of great British director. Joe Wright is the new inclusion in that long list.
Based on Ian McEwan's award wining novel of the same name, Atonement tells the story of a British romance that spans several decades. Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Anyone who has loved a woman will love this movie. I love British sensibility when it comes to a certain period or class or certain kind of realism synonymous with the works of Mike Leigh, Sam Mendes, Anthony Minghella, Tim Burton and the Scott Brothers.
This movie will be a top contender in all award shows for its universal appeal. I was drawn to Kyra Knightlely the first time I saw her on Bend it like Beckham, and over the years she has evolved as an actress and definitely knocked this role. James McAvoy is an example of extraordinary talent, a true talent, a talent that is going to stay.
This is the first film of Joe Wright that I have seen and I will watch Pride and Prejudice now.
I recommend this movie to everyone.
Is Ang Lee up for yet another Oscar?
When I saw Lust Caution on Thanksgiving night, I was just
blown away by the richness of the film, the sheer depth of its characters, its
culture, extraordinary cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Amores Perros,
Lust Caution is another masterpiece by Lee. Years to come it will be studied and watched compulsively and this film will stay in conversation for many many years among film lovers and most likely the film will grow into a classic in the next ten years almost like Apocalyse now.
The intimacy between the central characters were portrayed with such psychological power that you get immersed in their mental games while they battle out their physical supremacy through cerebral competence. Actors Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Wai tang's performances should get nominations in all major award shows.
This film is definitely the best film of the year along with No Country for Old Men
Actor/Screenwriter Matt Damon once said that Oscar should be given after ten years. And I know that this is one movie that will stand the test of time and ten years from now will become untouchable.
I definitely recommend this sensational film to every movie lover.
Ridley Scott's new movie American Gangster was a good one. Though this is definitely not the best film of the year.
To me the real star of the movie is the extraordinary cinematography by Harris Savides, mostly known for his work with director Gus van Sant in movies like Elephant, Gerry, Finding Forrester as well as director David Fincher's The Game, Zodiac etc.
Savides is definitely up for a nomination in the forthcoming Academy Awards for his work in this film.
Ridley Scott is an expressionist. He instinctively tries to manipulate things and thats why almost all his films got stylized photography - his earlier films Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven etc were all shot by the great John Mathieson. Perhaps the style is one of the reason I never connected with Scott's characters as closely as I may have connected with Scorsese or Coppola's characters.
Another highlight is definitely the extraordinary performances by Denzel Washington. Denzel is one actor you really never have to worry about. And you've got Russell Crowe playing the other lead, and like always, he always has the character down. He was great in this flick. Though, his character's story was interesting in that he was in charge of the case to figure out who the big boy druglords were, his side story with his wife was for me the "dull" parts of the film. They were well-acted and all that, but mostly, it was just character development that to me, was not really needed. Russell Crowe's good enough an actor to portray a struggling cop without a family problem. And let me also mention here that Josh Brolin was great in his portrayal of Detective Trupo.
I really enjoyed the last scene of the movie.
Into the Wild
Into the Wild is most definitely one of the best film I have seen so far this year. Director Sean Penn once again confirms that he is one of the best director working today.
With a magnificent performance from actor Emile Hirsche (Imaginary Heroes) and a brilliant cinematography from DP Eric Gautiere (The Motorcycle Diaries), this true story screams for freedom of spirit through the soul of 22-year old college graduate Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp, who walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people.
Penn's last three film (Indian Runner,Crossing Guard, Pledge and his short film on 911 Stories) were all brilliant work but did not get him in the oscar race as a director.
Into the Wild is the movie that will take him to all the award shows with a a best director and best film nomination. Its truly an Oscar-worthy film.
When I was driving to
see the movie "2 Days in
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
It seems silly and grandiose to lavish praise on a movie whose dramatic crux is the recording of a demo tape, and there is some danger that the critical love showered on �Once� will come to seem a bit disproportionate. It is not a film with any great ambitions to declare, or any knotty themes to articulate. It celebrates doggedness, good-humored discipline and desire � the desire not only to write a song or make a recording, but the deeper longing for communication that underlies any worthwhile artistic effort.
The special poignancy of the movie, the happy-sad feeling it leaves in its wake, comes from its acknowledgment that the satisfaction of these aspirations is usually transient, even as it can sometimes be transcendent.
Neither Mr. Hansard, who fronts a band called the Frames, nor Ms. Irglova is an established professional actor, though both are gifted composers and performers. Their guilelessness protects the movie from its sentimental impulses. A good song � even a bad one heard at the right moment � can cast a glow of enchantment over ordinary circumstances.
�Once� understands this everyday pop magic about as well as any movie I can think of, and communicates it so easily and honestly that you are likely to want to see it again.
The camera melts away and one is left with the experience of having spent an intimate few hours with close friends. The emotions are bitter sweet but honest and not contrived. And the music winds its way through the movie to keep the plot moving and maintain its emotional intensity. Great movie.
No Country for Old Men
Director Joel Coen, cast members Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald and director Ethan Coen at the premiere of their film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival
The new film from two of the best filmmakers
working today No Country For Old Men rocked the Cannes
Film Festival 2007. Coen Brothers are in the top form. After a couple of
disappointments they knock this violent western drama out of the park.
"Little Children" is one of the rare American films about adultery
that feels right--dangerous, hushed, immediate--even when the sex takes a
back seat to other longings.
In 2003 days after its
publication, I could hardly put down Pulitzer-winning Jhumpa Lahiri's novel
"The Namesake". Lahiri was born in
First time director
Dito Montiel's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" is a harsh
autobiographical look back at his youth on the mean streets of
I left the screening feeling much the way I did after seeing the film Capote last year. While both films were great, the outstanding portrayals of the lead characters are really what made them enjoyable. Just as Philip Seymour Hoffman did with his performance of Capote, Forest Whitaker stole this movie, and with such an empowered and skillful depiction of the dictator, I would be sorely disappointed if he didn't get an Oscar nod for Best Actor. This film is definitely worth watching, though for the faint of heart, be forewarned: there are some grisly and unsettling images shown in this movie, which is to be expected in a film about a man who was responsible for the deaths of over 300,000 of his own countrymen. Also, as a side note, if you watch this film and are interested in finding out more about the real-life Idi Amin, or simply would like a little back-story on him before checking out The Last King of Scotland, I would encourage you to see the 1974 documentary General Idi Amin Dada by Barbaret Schroeder. Both films I believe will leave you with much to think about, and surely a much greater understanding of the man who was General Idi Amin.
And Letters is
quality from first frame to last, a war film that is almost like a poem in
how it reveals the minds and secret hearts of the Japanese soldiers defending
I should probably begin
this review by owning up to a particular personal bias I have in favor of
Martin Scorsese�s films. I�ve seen almost all of them, and with only a few
exceptions, have liked just about every one of his movies. That said, my love
for Scorsese only accounts for a fraction of my anticipation for his most
recent big-screen foray -with a slick trailer and a cast stacked with
talented actors like Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Alec
Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Vera Farmiga, by the time the
lights dimmed, and the trailers were over, I was already primed and ready to
like this movie. To the film's credit, I was not let down at all. Quite often
it is the movies that I am most excited about seeing that I end up being the
most upset about having wasted the ticket money on. I find this phenomenon is
even more common in the case of adaptations or re-makes. Not so in THE
DEPARTED - THOUGH A REMAKE FROM "INTERNAL AFFAIRS" A HONGKONG MOVIE.
could have been told as a scandal sheet story of celebrity gossip. Instead, it
becomes the hypnotic tale of two views of the same event -- a classic
demonstration, in high drama, of how the Establishment has been undermined by
publicity. I think it possible that Thatcher, if she still had been in
office, might have supported the Queen. That would be impossible to the
The director, Gabriele
Muccino, debuting here with his first English language film, cannot go
unnoticed. He has translated the story from the page into a beautiful visual
medium. His use of light is key in this film as it is a motive used through
out to help the audience understand the plight of Chris. In his darkest
moments he has no light, but in his moments of hope, light sources are
abundant. It is an interesting parallel to see on screen. Further, he is
brought Will Smith to a great level of acting. It is not Will Smith being
cool like he does so well, it is Will being the worst off we have ever seen
him before. The director pulled a great performance out of everyone in the
Matt Dillon and Lili
Taylor in Factotum
Factotum� is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). The language is blue, and you could get a contact high from the alcohol fumes.
: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal
Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarrittu and his screenwriter Guillermo
Arriaga -Amores Perros and 21 Grams - have applied
Gael Garcia Bernal as
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