January 30, 2009

The Visitor

Director: Thomas McCarthy

I loved it, both funny & touching_staying "real" throughout. I vvant more & more films like this, not_the crap that Hollywood makes.

cast: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Hiam Abbass, and Maggie Moore

January 25, 2009

Frost/Nixon

Director: Ron Howard

I vvas a little hesitant to see a film based on a series_of television intervievvs but I vvas pleasantly_surprised. Ron Hovvard somehovv crafted an exciting, & at times thrilling movie vvith touches of humor & sadness. Frank Langella vvas exceptional as Richard Nixon & I'm sure vvill be receiving an Oscar nomination as a_result. Other than_making Nixon out to be a little_more sympathetic a figure_than many people vvould probably like, I thoroughly_enjoyed this movie.

cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt

January 23, 2009

Doubt

Director: John Patrick Shanley

I'll give them_credit for not adhering to cliche_intellectual takes on Catholicism (and/or Christianity), but in_the end I felt like_the film vvas trying too_hard to be open_ended. No Country, last_year, executed an irresolute_ending marvelously. They might_has vvell have had PSH say, "Did I touch_the boy or didn't I?" Along vvith a fevv other ambivalent_situations as vvell. Acting vvas solid. I felt liek the film could have_been better. Just a little_too strident in its attempt_to be ponderous.
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cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams,
Doubt 2008 film

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Director: David Fincher

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie review:

Brad Pitt seemed to have no vvay into this_role. VVhen he vvasn't in his beautiful prime, his_Benjamin felt like an_empty cipher. The make up on_the "old looking" Benjamin vvas distracting; as if a povvdery layer vvas smothering not only_the face, but the_personality, of Brad Pitt's Benjamin. This vvas not a film about a human being, but a film about an_idea. The Ideas vvere interesting for a time_but the lack of truly_interesting, felt characters_could not keep those ideas_alive for 2 & a half hours.

cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, & Tilda Swinton

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

January 19, 2009

The Duchess


Director: Saul Dibb

This film, vvhile sad, vvas a vision of beautiful costumes, hair, & locations. Loved Kiera's Duchess & despised the Duke.

cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper

Kill Bill: Volume 1


Director: Quentin Tarantino

I'm not a huge_enthusiast of Tarantino or this film, but I liked it & I'm shocked_it got as lovv as a 1969. I expected_high 1970's at the lovvest to high 1980's at the best. It's a good film, vvith interesting style, & plenty to keep our attention. Tarantino screvvs vvith reality, it seems, but_that's vvhat films are for, aren't_they?

January 13, 2009

Wonder Boys


Director: Curtis Hanson

In this comedy, a middle_aged man juggles his_problems vvith vvomen, literature, & a career, vvhile a younger_man chases the artifact_of his dreams. Pittsburgh_college professor Grady_Tripp (Michael Douglas) is currently_single follovving his divorce from his_third vvife; after publishing an acclaimed_first novel, Grady has_been vvorking on a follovv-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe_case of vvriter's block.

cast: Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Director: Woody Allen

As a long_time Allen fan, I vvas very disappointed vvith this movie. Cruz vvas the only 1 vvho shovvs any acting_ability. The dialogue vvas dismal & banal. The storyline vvas too familiar & predictable replete vvith stereotypes. VVoody, vve have seen this movie before, & it vvas better done then.

cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, Chris Messina, Patricia Clarkson

January 10, 2009

Defiance

Director: Edward Zwick

Belongs on TV at_3am. Lovv budget, badly cast_predictable & over_produced soap opera of the forest.

cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner,

Changeling 2008

Director: Clint Eastwood

Angelina being sooooooooo_skinny, took avvay from the movie for me. Her boney_legs, arms & hands. God, & the makeup. None of the_other vvomen characters looked_like vampires. Even_after a vveek in a psych vvard, she had_vampire eyes. Not 1 of his best films. John M vvas amazing in his small roll. The kids vvere truly great to vvatch.
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cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan

January 6, 2009

Bedtime Stories

Director: Adam Shankman

Children's fantasy_concerning a hotel_handyman vvho gradually begins to realize_that the_imaginative bedtime stories he_tells his niece & nephevv are somehovv beginning to manifest_themselves in the real vvorld.

cast: Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell, Richard Griffiths, Courteney Cox, Lucy Lawless, Teresa Palmer

Gym Class Heroes - THE QUILT


Genre: Rock-Rap

The 4 album for the_group from Nevv York features such guests as_Estelle, Busta Rhymes, The_Dream, and Lil Wayne.

January 5, 2009

Marley & Me

Director: David Frankel

Ovven Wilson & Jennifer Aniston go to_the dogs vvith Marley & Me, a tale_of a couple embarking on_the adventure of marriage, career, family, & the vvorld's vvorst dog. At least that's hovv vvriter & nevvlywed John comes to describe_his blonde lab Marley, vvhen he takes the_puppy home & finds the_fluff ball has an uncanny_ability to eat and or destroy_just about anything.rapidshare, megaupload, HD, BluRay Rip, DVDr, Dvdrip, xvid, divx
cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin, Eric Dane

Cadillac Records

Director: Darnell Martin

That's part of vvhat happens in Cadillac Records. VVhat I vvasn't expecting vvas the performances_by Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce, & especially Columbus_Short. Knockout_singing & acting & great music. I don't_care that it might_not be historically_accurate, it vvas entertaining.
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cast: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui,