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Lions For Lambs (2007) R 88min

November 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Since this movie was most expected movie of the week, considering all the marketing, I was surprised to see that the movie theater on the opening night was half empty.
Lions For Lambs is directed by Robert Redford. It’s a movie with three parallel [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · War

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 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

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Mexican director Guillermo Del Torro, who is familiar to American audience for directing Hellboy and Blade II, has written and directed “El laberinto del fauno”, which in 2007 has been nominated for Oscar in six categories and won in three: Best [...]

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Tags: DVD · Fantasy · Foreign · Mexico · Movies · War

Saint Ralph (2004)

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Saint Ralph (2004)

1954. 14-year old Ralph is about to become an orphan: he doesn’t have a father and his mother is seriously ill. As a penance for sinful behavior at his Ontario Roman Catholic school’s pool he is assigned to a cross-country running [...]

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