The Tourist, a review by Dragonfire
I went to see The Tourist recently. I was interested in seeing it after seeing the trailers. I did really enjoy the movie, though it is a little different from what I expected.
The plot is interesting, dealing with a tourist, Frank, who gets pulled into an odd and dangerous situation because of Elise, a beautiful, mysterious woman. There is a bit of action and some minor violence. Things do get off to a slightly slower start, but the pace does pick up. I have read that some people think the movie is too slow, but I didn't feel that way. A few complications do pop up and I think there is enough going on to keep things interesting and entertaining. There is a little bit of humor in a few scenes, but I don't think the movie is a comedy. There are a few surprises to what happens that work well.
The characters are interesting and I do like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in their parts.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and think it is worth checking out.
I did get a review posted on Epinions.
(From The Tourist on January 4th, 2011)
Defiance, a review by Rich
Daniel Craig (James Bond: The Quantum of Solace) stars as Tuvia Bielski, an ordinary citizen turned hero, in this action-packed epic of family, honor, vengeance and salvation. Defiance is a riveting adventure that showcases the extraordinary true story of the Bielski brothers, simple farmers - outnumbered and outgunned - who turned a group of war refugees into powerful freedom fighters. Tuvia, along with his unyielding brother, Zus (Liev Schreiber, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), motivate hundreds of civilians to join their ranks against the Nazi regime. Their "Inspirational story" (David Densby, The New Yorker) is a true testament to the human spirit.
Humbling feel good true story movie, for once not spoilt by Hollywood glamourising, delivers stunning cinematography, haunting soundtrack and amazing shoot locations. Craig works surprisingly well in his lead role of the courageous Tuvia Bielski, but for me the shine-out star was Liev Schreiber, an actor I have never really warmed to perhaps because of his Scream appearances, but here in his part of Tuvias' brother Zus, I found his performance outstanding.
The atmosphere works well, with dialogue intermixing between German, English and Russian, and the drama, action, human interest and love aspects are all finely sculpted together. Some may find the pace gets a bit clumsy at times, but it did not overall detract from my enjoyment.
Story-telling of the highest quality, with the ending of course updating the viewer on what happened to the many survivors after the war. Uplifting and recommended.
(From Riches Random Reviews on July 30th, 2009)
Miracles Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
3. The Patient
Paul's investigation into the link between paranormal abilities and disease takes a very personal turn when he develops a relationship with a noted scientist's daughter.
Clarence Williams III
I liked this one. It is an interesting story. Has enough suspense to make you not want to look away from the screen the entire episode. Clarence Williams III has become a right familiar face to me. He seems to appear in several movies and shows that I have.
(From Miracles Marathon on December 22nd, 2009)