March 29, 2010

Bluebeard

Based on Charles Perrault's grisly fairytale, Bluebeard tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. Controversial director Catherine Breillat brings her personal touch to this classic tale, a favorite of good little French girls since the 1950's. Princess Marie-Catherine must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape a potentially unpleasant fate. (Strand Releasing)

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Directed by: Catherine Breillat
Genres: Fantasy
Countries: FR

Redbelt

review: This film was one of the weirdest films I've seen in (Martial Arts) a long time, (and not intentionally. (Sports Drama) It's basically The Spanish Prisoner meets Never Back Down. (prizefighter) It's got giant plot holes (to the point where things don't make sense) Special-Forces but the scenes of brilliance make i t worth it.

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Directed by: David Mamet
Genres: Action/Drama
Countries: USA

March 25, 2010

Bounty Hunter

Horrible film, It's the same old stuff nothing new, (None of his movies look appealing) the more the see Jen, i realize she can't act I am sorry its the (He's certainly not in touch with his sensitive side, if such a thing exists)  same old boring acting boring.

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Directed by: Andy Tennant
Genres: Action
Countries: USA

March 21, 2010

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

review: It is a very interesting thriller, (detective film) a mistery tale very well acted and told. For me, the most interesting thing about (graphic violence) this modern example of filmnoir is first of all its setting [adult situations] (a beautifully shot Stockholm and other locations across the Swedish countryside)and secondly (murder investigations) the good casting job behind the movie which is the main driving (dysfunctional families) force behind this succesful piece of enterteining. (missing persons) The low key performances contributes greatly for the sombre story (members of the press) to be perfectly credible. I strongly recommend you not to be put off by the unusual movie´s background. (amateur sleuths) It is highly entertaining.

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Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
Genres: Crime
Countries: Sweden, Germany, Denmark

March 18, 2010

44 Inch Chest

review: This movie was truthfully shocking! (Black Comedy) Colin's (Ray Winstone) wife cheats on him... they lock the french guy (Crime Drama) (who doesn't speak one word in the movie) she cheated on her husband with in a wardrobe (extramarital-affair) in a derelict house, that has electricity?!.. (philandering) they then talk to the wardrobe- well swear at it, using stupid quotes, (waiter/waitress) trying far too hard to be classic lines and appear as good as (Hostage Situations) the Snatch, Fightclub or Lock Stock storyline! then they go on and (Out For Revenge) let him out of the wardrobe... swear at him.. then let him go.. movie over! (Treacherous Spouses) The word C**t was excessively used.. (Kidnapping) annoyed me a lot! And they just seemed like old guys, bar one trying (extramarital-affair) to be gangsters! so so disappointing!

Film Details:
Directed by: Malcolm Venville
Genres: Drama
Countries: UK

March 15, 2010

Mother (Madeo)

review: Although the Korean titlea of this movie is (Madeo) simply the Hangul transliteration of 'mother,' the figure (Madeo) of mother in Korean culture is deep and strong. There is a Korean word 4 a strong mother, 'Adzuma.' (Madeo) An adzuma is a very strong figure who sacrifices herself for her family. (Madeo) Korean mothers wear this label with pride. (Madeo) Over dinner in Seoul, I shared this concept with my Mexican and Chinese companions. (Madeo) Immediately, our host, a strong litigator married to a judge, pronounced "I am adzuma." In this movie, the Madeo is adzuma taken to its limit.

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Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller

Countries: Korea

Severe Clear

Mike Scotti was a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Marines when he and his outfit, the First Battalion, were sent (Lieutenant Mike Scotti) to Iraq as part of the American invasion forces in 2003. (Lieutenant Mike Scotti) Along with his weapons, Scotti brought a miniature digital video camera into battle, and he kept a record of what he and his fellow soldiers (Lt. Mike Scotti) saw as they traveled through hostile territory en route to Baghdad.(Lt. Mike Scotti) When Scotti returned from Iraq, he teamed up with filmmaker (Lt. Mike Scotti) Kristian Fraga to fashion his rough footage into a film, and the (Lt. Mike Scotti) documentary Severe Clear was the result. Scotti and Fraga have opted (Lt. Mike Scotti) not to make a political statement or a broadside for or against (Lt. Mike Scotti) the war; instead, Severe Clear offers a first person account (Lt. Mike Scotti) of the soldier's experience on the front lines of Iraq, a place of (Lt. Mike Scotti) constant danger where nothing can be predicted but the unexpected (Lt. Mike Scotti) and terror and excitement walk hand in hand. Severe Clear (Lt. Mike Scotti) was an official selection at the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival.

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Directed by: Kristian Fraga
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA

Stolen

summary: Mad Men star Jon Hamm headlines (Melodrama) this unusual low-budget mystery-thriller, as Detective Tom Adkins, (Melodrama)a man haunted relentlessly by the disappearance of his ten-year-old son, (Melodrama) Tommy, Jr. No leads immediately turn up in that case, but he (Melodrama) does receive an early-morning phone call that draws him to the mangled (Melodrama) and mutilated remains of a young boy slain 50 years prior. (Melodrama) Tom takes on the case in an attempt to find absolution, and a second tale evolves, (Melodrama) set 50 before, involving a man named Matthew Wakefield (Josh Lucas) (Melodrama) and his son John. The baffling similarities between the Wakefield (Melodrama) case and Tommy Jr.'s mysterious fate push Tom to the brink of sanity (Melodrama) and ultimately lead him on a collision course with fate. Gradually, (Melodrama) one step at a time, Tom stumbles onto the horrifying truth about what happened to his boy.

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Directed by: Anders Anderson

Genres: Fantasy

Countries: USA

Tales from the Script

review: Fabulous, entertaining, (Not For Children) gives hope to those of us who'd like to be in the shoes of the successful. (Profanity) Very creative wish I'd thought of this myself.

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Directed by: Peter Hanson

Genres: Documentary

Countries: USA

White on Rice

review: I've seen this film several times and I found it laugh-out-loud funny and truly endearing. I think director-Dave Boyle shows great comic flair in his directing and the cast is great.

Film Details:
Directed by: Dave Boyle

Genres: Comedy

Countries: USA

March 13, 2010

Green Zone

Moves along very well, the (invasion) 'idealistic message' (Deliberate) is nicely balanced with 'real politics', believable, (government) makes its point while not lecturing. (Matter-of-Fact) Plus: guns, explosions, martial technology, (palace) and large Hollywood names willing to risk reflection concerning (Political Unrest) 'how this mess all came about'.

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Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Genres: Action
Countries: USA

March 11, 2010

Cop Out

review: It was so unfunny. (Buddy Film) After five minutes I was saying how in the hell could these two have been on any (Detective Film) police force for 9 minutes, let alone 9 years. totally inplausible. (Police Comedy) Tracy morgan is funny as hell, but after you laugh at the rants, (Buddy Film) you realize not of it could ever have happened. A standard buddy flick (Detective Film) with a so-so shoot out ending and Tracy Morgan showcase (Detective Film) scences that never blends together.

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Directed by: Kevin Smith
Genres: Comedy
Countries: USA
Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott.

Alice in Wonderland

review: This film had great potential and I am saddened (Children's Fantasy) that it turned out to be a disappointment. (Fairy Tales & Legends) From the first 20-30 minutes, you start to get the feeling that the film is almost over.

Film Details:
Directed by: Tim Burton
Countries: USA
Genres: Fantasy

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The Secret of Kells

Follow 12-year-old Brendan (voice of Evan McGuire) (624×352) as he battles Vikings and confronts an ancient serpent (160 kb/s) god on a mission to locate a legendary crystal and complete the mythical (624×352) Book of Kells. Brendan lives in a heavily fortified medieval outpost known (xvid) as the Abbey of Kells, where the ongoing threat of Viking raids (1119 kb/s) causes the peaceful monks to live in a state of constant fear. (Fantasy Lands) Along with his uncle, Abbot Cellach, Brendan labors to (x264) fortify the abbey walls daily so his people will be protected from invading forces. (x264) When the mysterious Brother Aidan arrives at the abbey (x264) carrying an unfinished tome filled mystical secrets, Brendan becomes illuminated, (x264) and his dormant talents are awakened. The book must be (x264) finished, but accomplishing that mission will be no simple task. (x264) As the Vikings close in, Brendan ventures into the surrounding forest (x264) and prepares to confront his darkest fears. Accompanying (624×352) him on his dangerous mission is Aisling, a half-wolf/half-human (x264) fairy whose powers will help to guide Brendan through this enchanting yet dangerous new world.

starring: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Paul Tylack, and Paul Young

director: Tomm Moore

March 10, 2010

Brooklyn's Finest

review: I just got back from seeing Brooklyn's Finest. The movie is a crime/drama about three intertwining stories (Drug Content) of police officers in Brooklyn, New York. (Sexual Situations) It stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.

The first story features Ethan Hawke, (Profanity) a family man and police officer who has about 4 kids and is expecting twins. (Nudity) He does not have much money so he decides to start killing drug (Graphic Violence) dealers and stealing their drug money.But how long can he keep (Intersecting Lives) it up before he gets caught or killed? The second story features (Going Undercover) Don Cheadle, a cop who has been undercover in the drug (Nail-biters) trade for quite some time, and he wants out.However, he does form a (violence throughout) bond with one of the drug dealers(Wesley Snipes). (Gritty) The third story features Richard Gere, an old police officer who is about to retire. (Bleak) He is an alcoholic who does not care about his job.When he finds out that a (Profanity) missing girl has become a prostitute who works for some (Bleak) violent pimps, he decides to save her.

The performances are very good. (Police Corruption) It was interesting to see Ethan Hawke, who played a straight-laced (Graphic Violence) rookie cop in Training Day, to play a somewhat corrupt cop in this movie. This movie is also Wesley Snipes first theatrically released movie since 2004. (Bleak)He plays a drug dealer though definitely not as crazy as the dealer (Intersecting Lives) he played in "New Jack City".Brooklyn's Finest was an interesting (Nail-biters) and entertaining crime/drama and if you like the genre, (Bleak) then you should definitely check this film out.

March 9, 2010

The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos)

review: This film is about a man working in the (oscarwinner) Justice Department trying to find justice in a rape and murder case, even with lots (oscarwinner) of obstacles and after 25 years has passed.
"The Secret in Their Eyes" has a very well written plot. (oscarwinner) The story is told engagingly in an interwoven series of flashbacks and the present time, (oscarwinner) but it is never confusing. There are slow parts, and the constant dialog makes it hard for me to keep up (oscarwinner) with the subtitles. However, the plot is still told in an engaging manner, that makes viewers (oscarwinner) connect and sympathise with the characters' tragedy and the injustice behind it. (oscarwinner) The ending is very powerful, I find myself holding my breath for fear of missing any bit of information (oscarwinner) due to my breathing sound. It's that intense!

Director: Juan José Campanella

March 3, 2010

Fish Tank

goood: The performances alone are enough (Not For Children) to recommend this well crafted film with its unintended echoes (Sexual Situations) of Precious (without the melodrama) and An Education (without the glamour). (Not For Children) The director ably sustains the gritty portrait of a confused and angry adolescent living in an otherwise clichéd English urban blight. (Sexual Situations) I found it easy to overlook the obvious flaws —the (Profanity) trapped-animal imagery, the unlikely survival of a little girl—because (Sexual Situations)of the amazing performance of Kate Jarvis, evidently a newcomer (Profanity) without previous acting experience.

the Art of the Steal

In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes created The Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion Pennsylvania, five miles outside of Philadelphia. He formed this remarkable collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art to serve as an educational institution. Dr. Barnes built his Foundation away from the city and cultural elite who scorned his collection as “horrible, debased art,” and set it on the grounds of his own home, an arboretum in the leafy suburbs. Tastes changed, and soon the very people who belittled Barnes wanted access to his collection. When Dr. Barnes died in a car accident in 1951, he left control of his collection to Lincoln University, a small African-American college. His will contained strict instructions, stating the Foundation shall always be an educational institution, and the paintings may never be removed. Such strict limitations made the collection safe from commercial exploitation. But was it really safe? More than fifty years later, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court to take the art – recently valued at more than $25 billion – and bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of former students who are trying to block the move. Will the students succeed, or will a man’s will be broken and one of America’s greatest cultural monuments be destroyed? (Sundance Selects)