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Old 03-05-2008, 01:29 AM   #583 (permalink)
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Seraphim Falls (2006)



A little after the Cival war, 5 men track another, Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) for weeks on end, through very tough and unforgiving terrain. Their motives unknown.


First off great acting by Pierce Brosnan and Liam Nielson, the cinematography as is the case with most westerns was brilliant. The movie starts off action packed, the audience has no idea why these men are so determined to catch Gideon and why they're going to such lengths to apprehend 1 single guy. You can't decide who to root for, it's not a clear-cut choice, and I thought it was a very interesting way to tell a story. There isn't too much dialog, but as they say actions speak louder etc, and this film didn't need to say much. There are some stretches of dull moments but the really great symbolic ending makes up for it. A very different and refreshing take on the Western genre.

7.5/10



Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)


2 brothers both in desperate need of some cash, come up with a plan to rob a jewelery store.

Directed by the legendary director Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog day afternoon)and featuring an excellent cast, this crime/thriller/drama movie will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It's a picture that uses the whole Time jump thing, where it goes back and forth. Some other movies that use this technique only end up confusing the viewer, but not this one. It's more straight-forward and very effectively done. The star of this film is by far Phillip Seymour Hoffman who continues to impress in role after role. Great performances by Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei as well. A very powerful film that works on so many levels.

8.5/10
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