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Mustrum_Ridcully

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2010, 09:02:19 PM »
Being Julia  





Summary:
Tale of amorous folly and revenge set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930's. Reigning diva Julia Lambert's (Annette Bening) success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls head over heels for a young American, Tom (Shaun Evans), and begins a passionate May - December affair. When she realizes that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton (Lucy Punch), Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge.

My Thoughts:
The summary really (nearly) says it all, the original material is by W. Somerset Maugham, so no real surprises in the plot are to be expected.
The first time I partially watched this movie was when I accidentally zapped into it on TV. I arrived to enjoy the preparations for the revenge with the final execution of the career of a young actress. Until I finally watched the complete story on DVD I had to ask myself: "What might this girl have done to deserve this?"
What really is great about this movie is the extremely good and ambitioned acting starting with Annette Bening as aging actress over Jeremy Irons as her husband and Michael Gambon as ... let's call it "the spirit of inspiration". The whole cast is extremely well chosen and all down to the tiniest supporting role are doing an amazing job here, which alone is worth watching.

Highly enjoyable

My Rating: (out of possible 5)
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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2010, 09:49:08 PM »
Fanboys



Summary:
Star Wars fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

My Thoughts:
Not quite sure what I actually expected of the movie.
But definitely not this: A "Road - Coming of Age - Comedy - Screwball" Movie. And believe it or not, it's actually good (provided you're not a Trekkie, then you are allowed to hate it  :P).
The story is way too much off the track to be "believable", but hey, it's a comedy, if you expect realism watch a documentary.
Many of the scenes look familiar and this is intended: We are talking about a hommage to the look and feel of the pre-"Episode I"-era here and so of course you'll find some hints on the movies the nerds wasted their time with until Episode I was released.
What made this film so nice for me is that one of the characters seemed to be me (Hell, I even had the same T-Shirt and for some reason the cassette-player in my car only ever knew one band  :bag:)

So all you nerds out there: If you want to make a time travel and remember how it was to wait for Episode I (the, as it later showed, by far worst part of the franchise), watch this movie, it's about you.
All the others get a quite enjoyable flick about 5 friends on a mission impossible.

My Rating: (out of possible 5)
« Last Edit: December 02, 2013, 05:58:07 PM by Silence_of_Lambs »

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2010, 12:35:40 AM »
Great review! I've never got around to seeing this and I really should.  :thumbup:

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2010, 11:13:45 AM »
Great review! I've never got around to seeing this and I really should.  :thumbup:
Definitely a "Must" if you can tell (without checking at Google first) the home planet of Chewie.

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2010, 12:48:01 AM »
The Fall  



Summary:
At a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is a child recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy Walker (Lee Pace), a movie stunt man with legs paralyzed after a fall. At her request, Roy tells her an elaborate story about six men who are on a quest to kill the corrupt governor Odious (Daniel Caltagirone).

My Thoughts:
Tarsem Singh once more tries to capture the realms of fantasy onto celluloid and doesn't quite make it.
Don't get me wrong this movie is a masterpiece, it shows pictures of a beauty only very scarcely seen on screen, some of them too beautiful to be real, but they all are (some of them with a little help by the production designer, though).
What limits the effect is that the story is subordinated to the pictures and by this appears to be somewhat pretentious. It's a nice little story, which changes with the moods of "Roy Walker" and is because of that quite surprising at times, but never too much, so that you aren't distracted from the beauty of the pictures.

So, yes I like this movie, but with a slight bitter after-taste: It might have been so much more.

My Rating: (out of possible 5)
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Najemikon

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2010, 02:14:12 PM »
erm... "Roy Walker"?

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2010, 11:26:59 PM »
The Butterfly Effect  



Summary:
A young man (Ashton Kutcher) blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

My Thoughts:
This was the second time I watched this movie.
I didn't quite like it the first time and rewatched it today (two years after the first attempt), because I'm frequently told that this is a great movie and I surely must have missed something important if I don't like it.

I still don't really like it, probably never will!
And that for two reasons:
1. Ashton Kutcher is a terrible actor, even though for his capabilities he's doing quite well here, it's still far below what a talented actor might have made of this role.
2. The script is full of plausibility leaks! A Fantasy movie on time travel doesn't have to be realistic (how could it be that?), but at least it should keep to the logical system it set up. While I can accept that those who caused the change of the present still have memories of the alternative pasts, it's hard to see why some of the involved have this too and others don't.

I admit that it's quite entertaining (provided you keep your brain in "Sleep Mode") and has an interesting story, but that's about it.


My Rating: (out of possible 5)
« Last Edit: December 02, 2013, 05:58:58 PM by Silence_of_Lambs »

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2010, 02:07:36 AM »
Just go with your gut! This is a terrible film. Weird how it does seem to have a degree of respect. :shrug:

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2010, 08:37:25 AM »
I thought the idea for the movie was...interesting, but I didn't care much for it either.

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2010, 08:43:59 AM »
I have all three parts!  :bag:
If you've seen part 2 and 3 you'll love the 1st one!  ::)

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2010, 09:02:47 AM »
I have all three parts!  :bag:


Ummm...why?

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2010, 02:11:17 PM »
Ummm...why?
I guess he thought it wad a good idea at the time  :laugh:

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2010, 04:04:32 PM »
Ummm...why?
I guess he thought it wad a good idea at the time  :laugh:
Or the boxset was cheaper than the single DVD.

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2010, 08:57:02 PM »
I just wondered.

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Re: Michael's random reviews
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2010, 05:22:07 AM »
I'd still like to know the answer too (that thing above is just something I like to say).

Tom, I believe has at least the first 2 of the films.