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Entries from September 2007

I had a bad dream tonight

September 29th, 2007 · 4 Comments

I think I should watch fewer movies. Tonight I got a clear indication of that. I don’t remember the entire dream, but the most vivid part of was the ending.
In that dream, myself and my spiritual/martial arts mentor played by Sean Connery had to [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Wordplay (2006) PG 94min

September 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

An OK documentary about Will Shortz, a famous “puzzle-master” from The New York Times, and his fans. If you listen to NPR on the weekends or solve puzzles, this movie may work well for you. It’s not particularly gripping, but it’s fine as a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies

The Italian (2005)

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

An Italian family wants to adopt a child from a Russian orphanage, and six-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) is their pick. Which is why kids at the orphanage immediately gave him name “Italianets” (The Italian). The couple is very nice, but Vanya is yearning for [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Russia

Downfall (2004)

September 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“Der Untergang” is a very realistic Oscar-nominated drama directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel about last days of Hitler told by his stenographer Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara). The details are pretty amazing: from Hitler’s appearance, manner of speech and behavior, to external details like destruction [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Germany · Movies

Eastern Promises (2007) R 100 min

September 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

Finally someone had made an honest movie about modern mafia and human trafficking, Ukrainian mafia in London in this case. David Cronenberg, famous for directing “The History Of Violence”, directed this film and starred his favorite actor Viggo Mortensen once again in the main [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Fracture (2007) R 1:40

September 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Fracture (2007)

One of my most favorite actors, and maybe the best actor of the 20th century, Sir Antony Hopkins is starring in this thriller – the primary reason why I wanted to see it.
Hopkins plays an NTSB consultant, quite wealthy judging by his [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

La Chèvre (1981)

September 18th, 2007 · No Comments

“Knock on Wood” is the American title of this excellent French classic – a comedy directed by Msr. Francis Veber and starring great comedian Pierre Richard and famous Gérard Depardieu. I have not seen it since the 80s when it was in theatres and [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Foreign · France · Movies

Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” (2005) PG-13 181min

September 17th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” (2005)

It was so bloody long! And extended version is 20 minutes longer!
It seems Peter Jackson is still in his “Lord of the Rings” mode with huge budgets, enormous landscapes and mountains so tall one cal almost reach the Moon [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Drama · Movies

Gridiron Gang (2006) PG-13 120min

September 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Gridirion Gang (2006)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a juvenile detention camp officer decides that in order to rehabilitate the inmates and turn them from violent gang members into team players he can organize them into a football team. His superiors don’t believe into the [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Sports Films

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) 86min R

September 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

Saw it just 30 minutes ago.
The plot: Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) is sitting at the bus stop, minding his business and chewing on his carrot (well, everybody has a habit, and this guy loves carrots, which he grows in his [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Movies · Sexual/Erotic

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

September 12th, 2007 · No Comments

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

I have not seen a descent movie come out of Romania in decades. The best movies I’ve seen was 1976 “Toate pînzele sus”, 1988 “Morometii” (Moromete Family”) and a very nice 1981 fairytale “Maria, Mirabella”, with most of the [...]

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Tags: DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Romania

Flushed Away (2006)

September 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Flushed Away (2006)

“Flushed Away” did not make me laugh, just a forced smile here and there. It’s not entirely bad, but not exciting either. I watched this 3D animated feature on DVD, so I don’t know if children will like it.
Rody (Hugh Jackman) is [...]

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Tags: Animation · DVD · Movies · UK

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

September 10th, 2007 · No Comments

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

It’s nice to see the revival, or a come back, of the Western genre. I have seen the 1957 version, and not 50 years later this remake brought Elmore Leonard’s short story back to the screen. Watch the trailer.
The [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Westerns

Frida (2002)

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Frida (2002)

I saw this 6-Oscar nominated, 2-Oscar-winning movie on DVD several years ago, and now I watched it again on HD cable channel.
The film directed by Julie Taymor shows what kind of people were Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) and Frida, how they came out to [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Canada · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Mexico · Movies

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

September 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

*** May contain spoilers ***
The plot: Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), Scott, graduated from medical school and randomly picked Uganda to practice his skills. He arrived in the poor, but beautiful country just in time for Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) to [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

After the Sunset (2004)

September 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

After the Sunset (2004)

I‘ve seen this movie in theatre couple of years ago, and now it was again on TNT in HD. I remember from the first time I saw it that there was a lot of confusion because at the same exact [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Romance · TV

Stardust (2007)

September 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Stardust (2007)

Went to see it late last night with friends. I did not know what the movie is about. I heard from completely forgettable commercials that the movie has Michelle Pfeiffer and De Niro in it, so I thought it might be worth a [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · Romance

Cold Summer of 1953 (1987)

September 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Cold Summer of 1953 (1987)

I think I have seen this grim movie once about 20 years ago. It’s the last role and last film starring Anatoli Papanov, one of the greatest and beloved Soviet actors. The plot is quite simple. In 1953, after [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign · Movies · USSR · War

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

September 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

The plot: Wilbur (voiced by 9 year old Dominic Scott Kay) is a pig who dreads the Christmas because he’s afraid he’s going to be served on the farmer’s table, and he creates a plan to prove to the farmer that [...]

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Tags: DVD · Fantasy · Movies