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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

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

Zubeidaa (2001)

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Zubeidaa (2001)

Bollywood’s Shyam Benegal directed this low budget, but beautiful film. Although the film flopped on the big screen, mostly due to low profile of Shyam Benegal, it gained quite a cult when it was released on video.1951 (around the time of decolonization?). The [...]

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Tags: Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies · Musicals · Romance

The Lost City (2005)

August 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Lost City (2005)

*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A film by Andy Garcia starring himself, Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray and Elizabeth Peña – quite a constellation of stars. It begins in 1958 in one of pre-revolution Havana’s (though film is shot in Dominican Republic) club’s room. We are [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance

Black Dog (1998)

August 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Black Dog (1998)

I must have seen this movie a 100 times already, but I can watch it more. It’s one of my favorite movies along with Rush Hour (1), The Police Academy (1) and Lethal Weapon (1). And probably the best movie the dirty [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · DVD · Movies · Road Films · TV

The Sentinel (2006)

August 20th, 2007 · No Comments

The Sentinel (2006)

Michael Douglas is playing a Secret Service agent who was credited with saving president Raegan’s life, and the beautiful Kim Basinger is playing president’s wife. Michael Douglas (don’t remember the name of his character, Pete I think it was) is to [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Delicatessen (1991)

August 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Delicatessen (1991)

This movie is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeonet, same guy who directed “Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain” (aka “Amelie” in US release), which was so big in Europe and which I love so much. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · Dark comedy · Film Noir · Foreign · France · Movies

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) PR-13 112min

August 5th, 2007 · 4 Comments

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

We tried to get into the theater for an 8PM show, but it was sold out so we had a dinner and went for a 10PM show, which already was forming a line outside the theater. After waiting anxiously through [...]

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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Battleship Potemkin (1925/2005)

July 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Battleship Potemkin (1925/2005)

I got the latest (or one of the most recent ones) Pet Shop Boys album, “Battleship Potemkin“. I was interested because I am a big fan of the movie. Sergei Eisenstein directed this silent movie in 1925 – just a few months [...]

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Tags: Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Movies · Silent · USSR · War

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

July 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Warning: this is Disney. This is a good sweet movie, but it’s a fairy tale for kids.
The plot: a 10-year old boy Jess from a poor family wants to be the fastest runner in his class, but he is outran by [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Fantasy · Movies

Divorzio all’italiana (1961)

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

A.k.a. “Divorce Italian Style” (USA). I saw this movie when I was a kid. Starring Marcello Mastroianni (my mom is still in love with him) and Stefania Sandrelli. Enough had been said about this movie in the past 46 years. Just wanted to [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Comedy · DVD · Foreign · Italy · Movies

Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

In 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with several other members of his party and political detainees, were convicted for treason (technically they were charged with capital crimes of sabotage, which Mandela admitted – the charges were easier for the government [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · TV

Knocked Up (2006)

July 23rd, 2007 · 7 Comments

Knocked Up (2006)

This is the only movie in the past 10 years that I came back to the theater to watch again a week after the first viewing. And both times I laughted so hard my face hurt. Best movie of the summer!
The [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Movies

Epic Movie (2007)

July 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Epic Movie (2007)

In spring there weren’t that many good movies, and I was nagging for several weeks to go to see this movie in the local movie theater, and, boy, am I glad I didn’t! What a turd! I started to watch it [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Movies