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Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
Panic Room [re-watch] - **** (9/10)
- 2002 thriller starring Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, and directed by David Fincher. While a lot of people feel this is pretty much his weakest work, i disagree heavily. I think this is one of the best modern psychological thrillers around. A woman buys a new house with her daughter and ends up stuck in the panic room while three men have to force her out to get what is inside. The characters are incredibly well-written, all working within their own morals and functions, all doing what they can do in their short-stacked situations. Foster is excellent, Whitaker is excellent, it is a great battle of the minds, and its fun to watch a mother and child fight off some thieves.
A History of Violence [re-watch] - ** (5/10)
- 2005 drama/thriller starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt and directed by David Cronenburg. I had to give this another try, seeing as how revered it is, but after yet another viewing of this critically acclaimed powerhouse, i still find nothing so great about it. Basically, some organized crime come to the small town and accuse Mortensens character of being a guy named Joey Cusack, even though he is known to everyone there as Tom Stall. The performances are there, but i find the movie to be completely aimless. I think people are really reaching when they try to explain how much this movie displays the real nature of violence, because the movie just really doesnt show it that well. The action scenes are nice enough, but the supplemental package fails to make me care all that much.
One Hour Photo - ***1/2 (8/10)
- 2002 drama starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielson, and Michael Vartan. A strange man named Sye works at SavMart, and seems to have a very odd obsession with a womans family, and a strange jealousy of the father. He constantly looks for ways to enter their life in more ways than just developing photos. Williams is great in this movie, and the first half is so awesome, because it just makes you feel creeped out. The scenes display a great awkwardness when he puts himself in the odd social situations of certain scenes, and the second act compiles it all up when he starts stalking the family and finding out secrets. It has great pacing, with a solid script, and the performance really captures the idea behind this crazy character.
Snow Angels - *1/2 (3/10)
- 2008 drama starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. There is a teenager who is finding love while also dealing with his parents' separation, a divorced pair of high school sweethearts who have trouble sharing the child, and all the family and friends that surround them. I can't believe i disliked this as much as i did. I was expecting something solid, especially with Rockwell at the helm, but there is nothing here to appreciate. The story is grim as shit, but thats not really the problem. It just never really offers any resonance, it just kind of drones on, dulls itself into nothing but a pounding of morose events, one after the other, without any real hope, moments of certain beauty, or anything other than sadness. Sam Rockwell is GREAT, a really solid performance, but it is a movie with no direction other than to try and out-depress itself each minute.
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