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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a review by Tom




Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Year: 2008
Director: David Fincher
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 166 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40
Audio: English: Dolby Digital TrueHD, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital Surround, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1, Turkish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Other, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Stars:
Brad Pitt
Cate Blanchett

Plot:
'I was born under unusual circumstances.' And so begins The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backward. Directed by David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club) and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as the time-crossed soul mates Benjamin and Daisy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic, time-traveler's adventure into the joys of life, the sadness of death and a love that endures beyond time.

Awards:
Academy Award2008NominatedBest ActorBrad Pitt
Academy Award2008WonBest Art DirectionDonald Graham Burt (Art Direction), Victor J. Zolfo (Set Decoration)
Academy Award2008NominatedBest CinematographyClaudio Miranda
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Costume DesignJacqueline West
Academy Award2008NominatedBest DirectorDavid Fincher
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Film EditingKirk Baxter, Angus Wall
Academy Award2008WonBest MakeupGreg Cannom
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Music, Original ScoreAlexandre Desplat
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Picture
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Sound MixingDavid Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Mark Weingarten
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Supporting ActressTaraji P. Henson
Academy Award2008WonBest Visual EffectsEric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron
Academy Award2008NominatedBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayEric Roth (Screenplay/Story), Robin Swicord (Story)
American Film Institute Awards2008WonMovies of the Year
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest Acting Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest ActorBrad Pitt
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest ActressCate Blanchett
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest ComposerAlexandre Desplat
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest DirectorDavid Fincher
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest Supporting ActressTaraji P. Henson
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2009NominatedBest WriterEric Roth
Golden Globe2008NominatedActor in a Leading Role - DramaBrad Pitt
Golden Globe2008NominatedDirectorDavid Fincher
Golden Globe2008NominatedOriginal ScoreAlexandre Desplat
Golden Globe2008NominatedPicture - Drama
Golden Globe2008NominatedScreenplayEric Roth, Robin Swicord


Extras:
Commentary
Featurettes
Photo Gallery
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
Nice enough movie. Though it lacks a certain something. It is an interesting concept, but sadly the story just moves along at its leisurely pace without any highlight to speak of.
And I am not happy about the choice the main character made at the end. It felt like he was leaving Daisy to have live his "youth" without having the burden of a family. Of course his reasoning is, that she wouldn't have to live with a guy who gets younger and younger. But in the end, he was missing the years he could have easily helped raising their daughter, but was back in her life when she needed to take care of him in his "old" age.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on September 12th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Cannibal Ferox, a review by Jimmy




Title : Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Overview
'They were cold, sadistic killers who thought they could hide from justice. But now they must face the harsh law of the jungle...'

Shot on location in the savage Amazon wilds of South America, CANNIBAL FEROX is one of the most violent and shocking films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadisctic cruelty graphically shown. If the presentation of disgusting and repulsive subject matter upsets you, please do not view this film.

'They must now pay for their crimes with blood and pain. For what they have done, MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY.'

My Impression
One of my favorite ;D
In the seventies and eighties the italian cannibals movie were big hit, but hard to find. It cost me a lot to buy this one the first time on vhs, it's hard to believe for the youngest here but when we were young the only way to get those films was to do a lot of research and had good contact, of course now it's easier since you can find almost everything by using your keyboard. This film is the typical cannibal movie filled with violence, blood, bad dubbing (sadly) and animal killing (please no comments on this, I don't want another useless animal debate). The film is shot on location in Colombia (in fact it's were Cannibal Holocaust and The Green Inferno were filmed also) wich bring a lot of realism since real indians tribe members act in the movie and also in New-York (wich give us the chance to see Robert Kerman again in a "mainstream" role). If you are familliar with the italian exploitation cinema you will recognize many visages : Giovanni Lombardo Radice (a great guy who is nothing like the image he shown in those films), Lorraine De Selle, Zora Kerova, Venantino Venantini and Perry Pirkanen among others. Some of the scenes are hard to watch and the hardest is definitely the death scene of Zora Kerova.

Great film (but not as good as Cannibal Holocaust is), but certainly not for everybody. This isn't for nothing if this is one of the few movies rated 18+ here.

Rating :

(From Jimmy's 2010 Horror Marathon on October 3rd, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd



Charlie's Angels
Once upon a time, Jill, Sabrina & Kelly were police officers whose skills were being wasted in menial duties such as filing and answering phones. A mysterious millionaire named Charles Townsend took them away from all that by opening his own private investigation agency, and hiring these gorgeous ladies as his operatives with John Bosley acting as their assistant and liaison. The "Angels" frequently went undercover as models, strippers or cocktail waitresses in their investigations.

Hell Ride
Investigating a conspiracy surrounding the murder of a famed female racer, Sabrina goes undercover as a racecar driver, while Jill and Bosley pose as holy-rollers to spread their gospel on the racetrack. When the Angels foil a covert diamond heist, the speedway never looked so sexy!

My Thoughts:
This one I have on a Best of disc that contains '70s Cop Shows. I know... you would have never guessed what with the cover image and all. I did enjoy this episode. The ladies were beautiful and fun to watch. I wouldn't call this one a favorite. But it is definitely worth watching. I think at the right price I would get the season sets of this show.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on November 16th, 2009)