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Old 09-16-2008, 05:00 PM   #1641 (permalink)
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North By Northwest
(Hitchcock, 1959)



A strong candidate for the most sheerly entertaining and enjoyable movie ever made by a Hollywood studio. Positioned between the much heavier and more profoundly disturbing Vertigo and the stark horror of Psycho, North by Northwest is Alfred Hitchcock at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances.

It's a classic Hitchcock 'Wrong Man' scenario: Grant is Roger O. Thornhill (initials ROT), an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a U.S. undercover agent named George Kaplan. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss, and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy stranger on a train (Eva Marie Saint), with whom he engages in one of the longest, most convolutedly choreographed kisses in screen history.

And, of course, there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield (where a pedestrian has no place to hide), and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore. Plus, a sparkling Ernest Lehman script and that pulse-quickening Bernard Herrmann score.

An all time classic. Represents Hitchcock at the height of his cinematic talents. Viewer friendly, refreshingly undated and expertly paced. What more could a moviegoer possibly desire?
9/10
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #1642 (permalink)
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Project A
(Chan, 1983)



For people who've discovered Jackie Chan through his American hit Rush Hour and want to learn what his Hong Kong movies are like, Project A is an excellent place to start.

Chan plays a sailor in 19th-century Hong Kong; pirates have been terrorizing the seas for months, and all efforts to combat them have been sabotaged by the corrupt chief of police and a criminal gang, who are in cahoots with the pirates. But the plot is hardly the point - a Jackie Chan movie is about astonishingly acrobatic action sequences and breathtaking stunts, and Project A has plenty. Of particular interest is a bicycle chase that is more suspenseful than any car chase you've ever seen. Chan is joined by Sammo Hung (star of TV's Martial Law) as a shifty con man who comes through when the chips are down.

Project A also features Yuen Biao, a frequent costar in Chan's movies, who's yet another astounding martial artist. But what separates Jackie Chan movies from other kung fu flicks is his sense of humour; every fight scene is punctuated by something - a clever use of a prop or sudden reversal of your expectations - that will make you bark with laughter. Sometimes it's just so exquisitely choreographed that the entire movie seems to float on a cloud of giddy delight. Purists may object to the movie being dubbed, but given the overall hamminess of the acting, it's not particularly intrusive. Jackie Chan is often compared to the classic silent comedians for his grace and timing; he lives up to it.

An extremely entertaining Hong Kong flick. Prepare be amazed.
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Drive
(Wang, 1997)



Drive takes the standard American mismatched-buddies action comedy formula and turbo-charges it with furious Hong Kong wirework and martial arts. The result is a three-and-a-half million dollar "B" picture which looks like it cost 10 times more.

The perfunctory story crosses Universal Solider with Rush Hour as a biologically enhanced Mark Dacascos flees a small army of Hong Kong assassins through California, teaming up with comedian Kadeem Hardison and delivering an almost unbelievable amount of bang per buck. Director Steve Wang stages the action with flair and clarity, the stunts, wirework and fights being exceptionally well-choreographed and shot. With Hardison's patter, two offbeat redneck assassins and a TV show about a frog with Einstein's brain there's abundant surprisingly genial humour, aided by Brittany Murphy's ditzy performance as a Twin Peaks-like teenager with hormones in overdrive.

The cyborg aspect simply justifies the superhuman combat, but nevertheless a huge showdown in a retro-space age club is clearly styled after the "Tech Noir" bar sequence in The Terminator, adding motorcycle killersstraight out of [i]Rollerball. Drive captures the rush of Hong Kong action movies yet almost has the feel of a musical, the mayhem replacing song and dance and offering more popcorn entertainment than many a bloated summer blockbuster.

A solid, low budget actioner. Intense and entertaining.
7/10
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:25 PM   #1643 (permalink)
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North By Northwest
(Hitchcock, 1959)



A strong candidate for the most sheerly entertaining and enjoyable movie ever made by a Hollywood studio. Positioned between the much heavier and more profoundly disturbing Vertigo and the stark horror of Psycho, North by Northwest is Alfred Hitchcock at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances.

It's a classic Hitchcock 'Wrong Man' scenario: Grant is Roger O. Thornhill (initials ROT), an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a U.S. undercover agent named George Kaplan. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss, and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy stranger on a train (Eva Marie Saint), with whom he engages in one of the longest, most convolutedly choreographed kisses in screen history.

And, of course, there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield (where a pedestrian has no place to hide), and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore. Plus, a sparkling Ernest Lehman script and that pulse-quickening Bernard Herrmann score.

An all time classic. Represents Hitchcock at the height of his cinematic talents. Viewer friendly, refreshingly undated and expertly paced. What more could a moviegoer possibly desire?
9/10

I always wanted to see this film, never fnd the chance. Hitchcock was a brilliant man.


The Family That Preys- a film about two very different families and how they learn to face troubles in life. Starring Alfre Woodward (The Core), Kathy Bates (Titanic), and Tyler Perry (Diary Of A Mad Black Woman). Lik the recent string of Tyler Perry films its not as good as could be. The plot was not developed too well, and it was hard to feel anything in this film, which is supposed to be a drama. Perry could really do better than this.

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The Descent
(Marshall, 2006)



Claustrophobia and bloody mayhem collide in the high-adrenaline horror flick The Descent. Six women (including one who lost her husband and child the year before, and one who harbors a bitter secret) spelunk in an unexplored cavern system that turns out to harbor mysterious, predatory creatures.

That sums up the story, but - as with writer-director Neil Marshall's previous low-concept movie, Dog Soldiers - the plot doesn't begin to describe the riveting, stomach-lurching thrills this movie provides. The script affords the relatively unknown cast (led by Shauna Macdonald and Natalie Mendoza, both excellent) just enough room to make their characters distinct and genuine, so that when they're dropped into utmost peril our empathy is engaged as much as our fear. The dynamic direction and editing make the cavern a palpable, physical presence, even before the creepy beasts crawl out of their nooks.

This is not a movie for everyone; it is extremely gruesome and will induce panic attacks in anyone with even a mild fear of closed spaces. But for anyone seeking something smarter, faster, and more wrenching than static torture-fests like Saw or Hostel, The Descent will draw you into its unsettling ooze.

With beautiful direction, a plausible plot, effective but downplayed creature effects, and top notch acting, The Descent takes a tired concept and actually adds a sense of distinction. This neverending nightmare is easily the best horror flick of 2006. Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing.
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Shutter (2008) - http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...er20POSTER.jpg

Info: A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance.

Review: For the most part this was pretty good, it took a while to get going & it had it's dull moments, but that's the only negative thing I can say about it; recommended.

Rating: 7/10
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Last Holiday- a film about a woman who finds out that she has a terminal illness, and then lives her last couple of weeks to the fullest. Starring Queen Latifah (Mad Money), LL Cool J (Slow Burn), and Alicia Witt (88 Minutes). This film is a good feeling romantic comedy. Predictable at times, but very enjoyable. You could actually feel the warmth of this film. If you want a film to enjoy, check this one out.

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Undiscovered- a film about the love between a struggling musician and an aspiring model. Starring Steven Strait, Carrie Fischer, and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. Only reason I watched this film was because it is now free to watch on IMDB.Its a pretty bad film, with mediocre storyline, and a story that puts you to sleep. Did not, or should I say could not enjoy this film. Not a film I would ever watch again.

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Raising Arizona (1987)



A childless couple unable to adopt decide that a couple who just had quintuplets won't mind if they steal one of the babies. Thus begins the Coen brothers' madcap romp RAISING ARIZONA. Holly Hunter stars as Ed, a cop who is devastated when she... A childless couple unable to adopt decide that a couple who just had quintuplets won't mind if they steal one of the babies. Thus begins the Coen brothers' madcap romp RAISING ARIZONA. Holly Hunter stars as Ed, a cop who is devastated when she learns that she cannot get pregnant. Nicolas Cage is her husband, H.I., an ex-con who wants nothing more than to make his wife the happiest woman in the world. So if she wants a baby, she's going to have a baby, one way or another. Heading up the supporting cast of bizarre characters are John Goodman and William Forsythe as crazy cousins who have just busted out of prison, Sam McMurray and Frances McDormand as Ed and H.I.'s swinging friends, and Randall "Tex" Cobb as a motorcycle madman hired to rescue the baby. RAISING ARIZONA is the Coen brothers' most consistently funny film. Carter Burwell's score, replete with infectious yodeling, is relentless, Barry Sonnenfeld's cinematography is beautifully wacky, and the manic dialogue is the brothers' most quotable. The film is a treat for the ears and the eyes, a one-of-a-kind sensation from a marvelous pair of filmmakers.

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Pulp Fiction (1994) - http://i7.tinypic.com/6z447yv.jpg

Info: Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents.

Review: This is a classic, you should definetly watch it if you havn't already; i'd say i've watched this easily more than 5 times over the past few months or so. Great stuff.

Rating: 9/10
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Lakeview Terrace- a film about a cop, who tries to destroy the lives of the interracial couple who move in next door. Starring Samuel L. Jackson (Resurrecting The Champ), Patrick Wilson (Phantom of the Opera), and Kerry Washington (I Think I Love My Wife). This film is different from any other film I have seen before. Jackson does well in being the asshole that he is in this film. The film has an odd plot I admit, but it was delivered pretty well. Probably the best film to open in theaters this week.

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