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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

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

War (2007)

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

War (2007)

The plot: Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) is an FBI agent from Asian crime division seeking revenge for the murder of his partner (John Lone) and his family. Although his 3 year-long quest for vengeance cost him his marriage, he doesn’t stop looking [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Movies

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

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

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

August 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

I love the Douglas Adams’s book (the 5-part trilogy). It was not easy to read, but it was hilarious. The twisted logic, the irony and the wild imagination in every story of the book – so funny. And [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · 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

Saints and Soldiers (2003)

July 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Saints and Soldiers (2003)

The movie is based on actual historic events.
The plot: Middle of December, 1994. A unit of American soldiers is captured in Ardennes forest in Belgium. When one of the American soldiers tries to wrestle out a weapon from a German soldier, the [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · War

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

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