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Old 09-11-2008, 10:12 PM   #1621 (permalink)
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Bangkok Dangerous

I really enjoyed this movie. I'm not a fan of Nicolas Cage... I can't stand him to be perfectly honest. But his monotone, lifeless delivery actually works with this character and it really makes the movie.


8 out of 10
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:32 PM   #1622 (permalink)
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Charlie Wilson's War
(Nichols, 2007)



Political movies about backroom negotiations need not be dry or heavy-handed, as Charlie Wilson's War delightfully proves. Based on the true story of playboy congressman Wilson's efforts to fund Afghanistan's defense against the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, the film is borne along on breezy attitude and a peppery script by West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin.
Wilson, played by Tom Hanks (who also produced), is the perfect hero for this kind of tale, because there's nothing perfect or heroic about him. He's a gadabout who becomes radicalized on the issue of helping the Afghans against their mighty aggressor. He has help in the form of a right-wing Texas anti-Communist (Julia Roberts) with a genius for raising money, and a sardonic CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, stealing the show) who lacks all the social skills Wilson has in abundance.

Sorkin's syncopated speech is just the ticket for director Mike Nichols, who understands exactly how to keep this kind of political comedy popping (the complicated story comes in at a hair over 90 minutes, amazingly). Some scoundrels are on the right side of the angels, and the movie's Charlie Wilson is one of them.

A very strong piece of American cinema, that has questions to ask, and manages to entertain at the same time. Witty and challenging.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:48 AM   #1623 (permalink)
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Get Smart

Bungling secret agent Maxwell Smart, also known as Agent 86 for CONTROL, is on a mission to battle the forces of their evil crime nemesis known as KAOS with his more-competent partner Agent 99, (whose real name is never revealed) at his side. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreams of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart will do whatever it takes to thwart the latest plot for world domination by KAOS.

I wasn't expecting much from this but it actually ended up being very enjoyable.

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Old 09-12-2008, 02:42 PM   #1624 (permalink)
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Bullet In The Head
(Woo, 1990)



In John Woo's most ambitious film, three rumbling teenage thugs decide to flee Hong Kong for the greener pastures of war-ravaged Vietnam, circa 1967. They are entangled almost immediately in the bottomless horrific amorality of the war zone, which harshly tests their quasi-medieval bonds of "brotherhood."

Whatever force this notion has comes mostly from the three leading players, who are all terrific: Tony Leung as the idealistic point-of-view character, Waise Lee as the greedy turncoat, and Jacky Cheung as the sap whose massive head wound turns him into a vegetable. Everyone in sight is revoltingly corrupt - only the Americans are portrayed as relatively nonvicious hapless victims - and Woo admits that he simply wasn't much interested in the Caucasian characters; the movie is about Asians fighting each other.

One slight criticism. Bullet In The Head may simply be too intense for its own good. From the opening moments, people are screaming and brutalizing each other, and the ferocity rarely ebbs. The final hour is nonstop mayhem, and it numbs you out.

That being said, this is a rare film that conveys complex emotions through its visual poetry. Left me silent and wide-eyed. One of the best Hong Kong action flicks around.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:19 PM   #1625 (permalink)
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Righteous Kill- a film about two veteran cops who investigate a bunch of bizarre murders, in which the killer is more familiar than they think. Starring Robert DeNiro (Goodfellas), Al Pacino (Scarface), and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Get Rich Or Die Tryin). I loved the performance delivered by both DeNiro and Pacino, especially DeNiro. He was stellar indeed. Being a huge fan of both, I didn't feel let down by this film. The plot wasn't as good as could have been, and it was predicable at times. But the ending was done very well. This film is directed by the director of 88 Minutes, and I think he much improved with this one.

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The Walker
(Schrader, 2006)



With The Walker, Paul Schrader completes the "lonely man" trilogy he began with American Gigolo (1980) and Light Sleeper (1992). If his third entry lacks the cheap thrills of its predecessors - the airbrushed glamour of the former and noir atmospherics of the latter - it's still a compelling character study.

Cast against type, but rising above it, Woody Harrelson plays openly gay Carter Page III. Like Richard Gere's Armani-clad escort, Carter is always dressed to the nines, and ready with a cutting quip. Instead of servicing female clients, the Southern senator’s son serves as a "walker," a chaperone for Washington DC's political wives. Carter’s coterie includes Lynn (Kristin Scott Thomas), Natalie (Lauren Bacall), and Abigail (Lily Tomlin). When Lynn's lobbyist lover turns up dead, Carter's carefully constructed world comes crashing down. Out of loyalty, he reports the murder (though Lynn found the body), but because Carter also has ties to the victim, the authorities make him their prime suspect. With the help of sometime lover Emek (Run Lola Run's Moritz Bleibtreu), he sets out to restore his reputation.

Though the literate dialogue is up to Schrader's high standards, the director slackens the pace just when he should be ratcheting up the tension. Still, few filmmakers know how to make the truism "To thine own self be true" seem less trite. Unfortunately for Carter, he has to learn that lesson the hard way.

Moody and rather pretentious, The Walker fails to engage on the level it so desires. Yet it still commands a certain fascination.
6.5/10
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:05 PM   #1627 (permalink)
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Frontier(s)
(Gens, 2008)



Alone in a Paris plagued by deadly race riots, the young and beautiful Yasmine is looking for a way out. In her desperation she turns to her shady ex-boyfriend. Together with his two thug friends they pull off a bold heist and head for the border. With the police close behind they hide out in a seemingly peaceful inn. But the mysterious innkeeper is hiding a secret more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine. Trapped in an endless maze of tunnels crawling with hungry subhuman cannibals they must fight to survive their bloody initiation into the innkeeper's evil family cult.

There's something of a trend in French horror movies for taking streetwise urban kids and depositing them in the deepest countryside to meet a lasciviously sadistic fate. Sheitan took the premise and garnished it with a gleeful humour; Switchblade Romance added a Sapphic subplot and an audacious twist. But Frontier(s) has very little to recommend it save the eye of the Gens - a video director - for an arresting image and his magpie instinct for snatching ideas from other films. The violence is horribly graphic but loses much of its impact because we've seen it all before. Ideas and scenarios are pillaged from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wolf Creek, The Descent and House of 1,000 Corpses, etc. And horror buffs will probably be able to spot far more.

It’s as relentless as it is hateful, hammily directed and derivative of the dreariest slop in contemporary American horror cinema. Frontier(s) has neither the weight nor the ingenuity to make a solid impression past its unorthodox dispatching techniques. As a political allegory, it has no substance. As a genre piece, it is derivative. The film is ultimately nothing more than an exercise in sadism.

Can a movie be an adrenalin-fueled, blood-gushing thrill ride and still be as boring as dirt? Apparently.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:24 AM   #1628 (permalink)
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Burn After Reading - Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand team up with the Coenn Brothers in this adventure where to gym employees stumble upon the secrets of a former agent and become embroiled in a situation they weren't quite ready to deal with.

There are some laughs to be had in this movie but honestly there were quite a few points during this flick where I was just bored, the characters didn't really pull me into the story, in fact my favorite scenes didn't even involve any of the main characters. JK Simmons manages to steal the movie a little bit in the few scenes he does have.

Overall an enjoyable flick I was just disappointed by this group, I expected far better.
Grade: C +

Righteous Kill- If you couldn't tell from the aggressive ad campaign this film teams up Rob Deniro and Al Pacino as two grizzled veterans on the trail of a serial killer whose been murdering less than upstanding citizens. However the prime suspects in this crime thriller are our two main characters themselves.

The acting was top notch and I loved the chemistry between Deniro and Pacino and was actually surprised at how well Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo were able to hang and interact with the two leads. I didn't feel that the plot of the film flowed as well as it could've and at times I felt as if things were moving to slow and that the mystery was being stretched out for to long. But the acting was great, the plot was eh alright, and the writing wasn't great but it worked thanks to the acting.

I liked the flick but thought it could've been much better considering the parties involved
Grade: B
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Righteous Kill

Ugh! Terrible movie with some of the cheesiest lines I've ever heard for a serious movie. Al Pacino hasn't been good ever since he's become a caricature of himself. Deniro was decent at best but the writing is what really hurt this movie. I was so disappointed.

4 out of 10
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:22 PM   #1630 (permalink)
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Recently saw 'Lost In Translation'. Many praised this as a classic in the movie world so I thought why not and checked it with a girlfriend. We both kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, but it never did. I gotta say the conversations and cultural background was great, but overall a letdown. 5,5/10
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