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Entries from October 2007

Mr. Brooks (2007) R 120min

October 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

The plot: Mr. Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) is a successful businessman, a husband and a father, dedicated to his family. But he has a problem: hunger to kill. He knows about his problem and tries to control his hunger. Mr. Brooks is obsessed with killing and perfectly planned and setup murders, although he knows he’ll be caught some day and wonders if dying from a lethal injection was be a good way out of his addiction. He attends meetings of “Alcoholics Anonymous” and pretends to be an addict, because it helps him to stay in control of his addiction. He’s been on sabbatical for two years until now, when his alter ego Marshall (William Hurt) talks him into murder of a couple in their bed, which Earl meticulously plans and executes and leaves his victims’ bloody thumbprints on the lamp – his signature. But he is seen at the crime scene by an “amateur photographer” from a building across the street, Mr. Smith (Dane Cook), who is often watching the couple through their window, making pictures. Smith blackmails Earl Brooks – not for money, but to bring him along on the next kill. Following Brooks’s crime path is detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore). She, in turn, is being chased by another serial killer and his girlfriend.

Pretty good thriller in the “serial killer” theme.

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Tags: DVD · Detective/Mistery · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Mr. Brooks is out on DVD

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Kevin Costner is playing a bad guy for once, and Demi Moore co-stars. It’s out on DVD. Stand by for my review!If you liked this post, buy me a beer

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Tags: DVD · Movies

Dan in Real Life (2007) PG-13

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments

If you liked the 40 Year Old Virgin, you will love this funny, sweet and touching movie. Steve Carell plays a widower with three girls, who dedicates all his life to them, while two of his elder teenage daughters give him hard time. His character meets a woman (Juliette Binoche) in the bookstore, and love chemistry begins to work over cup of tee and muffin. But he find out that the woman is dating his brother. Great family movie about love and family and “for all the people who are making life plans – expect to be surprised”.

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Movies · Romance

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (1919-1931) NR

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments

A great collection of Harrold Lloyd, the genious of silent comedy, films. They was popular and funny then and they are funny now. Don’t watch them alone – get an audience.

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Silent

Seventh Horse of the Sun’s Chariot – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993) 130 min

October 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Seventh Horse of the Sun’s Chariot – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993)

Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (The Seventh Horse of The Sun’s Chariot) is considered one of the Art Film masterpieces by Shyam Benegal, an acclaimed Indian director. I saw it about 10 [...]

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Tags: Cult Films · DVD · Foreign · India · Movies

The Good Shepherd (2006) R 161 min

October 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

This is the story of creation of CIA through the eyes of one of the agents, who through his loyalty and patriotism quickly raises to the top. Directed by Robert De Niro, his first attempt at directing since 1993 A Bronx Tale, and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, John Torturro, De Niro himself, Joe Pesci and others. In the end his limitless loyalty and blind patriotism destroyed his life and his family.

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies

Gone Baby Gone (2007) R 114min

October 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Pretty good movie, with a lof of similarities to Mystic River – a novel also written by Denis Lehane. I recommend to see it. It could be the “Crash” of 2007.

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Tags: Detective/Mistery · Drama · Movies

Satya (1998) 2h 51min

October 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Good memorable gangster drama from Bollywood. Could’ve been shorter though..

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · DVD · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies

Annie Hall (1977) PG 93min

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

A charming, clever and though-provoking movie that beaten Star Wars at the 1977 Oscars for best film. Not very exciting or gripping, even boring at times, but enjoyable romantic comedy.

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance

Michael Clayton (2007) R 119min

October 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

An intelligent high-powered legal thriller, this is not a action film, so it’s a departure from shaky camera of the Bourne films. Very realistic. The title is appropriate: a story of a man who’s a great lawyer, not such a good friend, and an unsuccessful family man. There’s a little of The Firm, Civic Action and Erin Brokovich – a crusade of individual against an evil corporation, but for the most part the focus of the movies is drama of human beings who just happen to be lawyers.

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

The Heartbreak Kid (2007) R 115min

October 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

It may not be worth the price of movie tickets. You can safely wait for DVD release and rent it. Do not take your date to see it. It’s an OK gross-out comedy, but by no means does it compare to this year’s great comedies like “Superbad” and “Knocked up”.

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance

Good Night And Good Luck (2005) PG 93min

October 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Great film directed by George Clooney and starring himself and David Strathairn as CBS reporter Edward R. Morrow, who stood up to senator McCarthy, who was using fear to erode civil liberties, which makes it a very important movie of our time, when people who criticize the administration are accused of being unpatriotic and terrorist-huggers.

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

The Kingdom (2007) R 110min

October 7th, 2007 · No Comments

A clone of “Clear and Present Danger” set in Saudi Arabia in present days. Not very deep, but the action and suspense of the second half of the film is quite good. The film makes the point is there’s more to the price of oil then Dollar amount, but it’s more of a background, a set up for another Hollywood movie.

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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

The Proposition (2005) R 104min

October 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Not a perfect, but definitely memorable film. Photography of Australian outback with it’s desolate beauty and gorgeous sunsets was superb. I could almost feel blood and dust in my mouth. I wish I’d seen it on the big screen. Great cast. Pretty violent at times, getting over the top sadistic toward the end. The actors in supporting roles were more dominiant and in other ways better the the focus of this film, Guy Pierce, who should’ve been in a supporting role where he’s best. With exception of Momento, he doesn’t seem to be able to carry the weight in other movies. The film was also slow at times. It doesn’t explain why any of the characters are the way they are or how they’d become that way.

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Tags: Australia · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2005-2007) R 160min

October 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Slow with almost useless dialogs in the beginning but redeems itself in the second half with more action, drama and Brad Pitt’s best dramatic role.

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Movies · Westerns

The Fall Of Fujimori (2005-2006) NR 83min

October 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Anyone can use archive footage and narate it with dramatic voice and music, but this documentary feels like a college-grad’s essay. Worth watching but don’t expect much.

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary

The Road to Guantanamo (2006) R 95min

October 3rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

This movie was a big hit in Europe. I was on vacation in Paris at the time it came out in theatres, and every Parisian movie theatre that I passed by was showing it. I have not seen this movie advertised in Prague [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Drama · Foreign · Movies · UK

La Petite Jérusalem (2005) 96min

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This is a beautiful and gentle drama that looks at several issues that are as old as the World itself. The first one is “Romeo and Juliet” story of love across borders of the clans, or religious borders in this case. The second is even older: can people be rational or logical about things like love and god. The third issue is how can people achieve freedom: by renouncing the law or by following it religiously.

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies