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Sneakers – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, September 17th, 2010

Review:

Combining genres is tough. Combining thriller and comedy is nigh-impossible. Sneakers still attempts it – with middling success. It’s an absurd story of professional thieves that test out security systems so that real thieves don’t break in who stumble over what may be the biggest invention in human history. The thrilling moments are rare and so are the funny ones, mostly due to a charismatic Robert Redford in the lead role, while the impressive supporting cast (Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn) is mostly reduced to being annoying. Nevertheless, the film manages to be solid entertainment – and often, that is quite enough to be remembered two decades later.

Random Observations:

Sneakers at the IMDb

The film features a pre-elder-statesman-aged David Strathairn, which just goes to prove that some actors are born to play one part, even if they have to wait fifty years to fit the role.

Nice bit of Fabricated Truth trivia: this is the first “proper” entry I write since my return. And even though I’ve been back for more than a week, this is the first new film I’ve seen. (I watched Casablanca again a couple of days ago, because it’s just that awesome.)

Oldboy – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 24th, 2010

Review:

A boisterous father of a young daughter is imprisoned for fifteen years for no apparent reason. But his ordeal isn’t over when he is released as he tries to find out the reason while also taking revenge. Oldboy, by South Korean director Chan-wook Park (possibly Park Chan-wook, sources vary) is a revenge thriller that seems to sacrifice plot for style, but actually makes sense in the end. It’s a beautifully shot film and has gained cult status among Tarantino fans. If you don’t mind violence, you’ll definitely enjoy this film. If you are squeamish, you should nevertheless give it a try. It’s not the masterpiece many people claim it to be, but it’s solidly made.

Random Observations:

Oldboy at the IMDb

The film is based on the manga of the same name, but the story deviates from it significantly.

The ending was shot in New Zealand, which over the last decade has become the go-to place for filmmakers in need of beautiful scenery.

First South Korean film I have ever seen.

I Don’t Discuss My Process – The Making of the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender

Mittwoch, Dezember 30th, 2009

Judging by the astronomical visitor figures of the last four weeks and the unprecedented poll participation, many people have enjoyed reading the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender (Trademark pending). And if DVD extras are any indication, what people like even more than being entertained, is a view behind the scenes, at how the film (or the Adventskalender) was made. So here are ten things you might not have known about the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender – my personal trade secrets, so to speak. And they are certainly good advice for anyone undertaking such a great venture. (weiterlesen …)

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Donnerstag, Dezember 24th, 2009

Click the link to open the twenty-fourth door. Klick auf den Link, um das vierundzwangzigste Türchen zu öffnen.

(weiterlesen …)

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Mittwoch, Dezember 23rd, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das dreiundzwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the twenty-third door.

(weiterlesen …)

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Dienstag, Dezember 22nd, 2009

Click the link to open the twenty-second door. Klick auf den Link, um das zweiundzwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen.

(weiterlesen …)

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Montag, Dezember 21st, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das einundzwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the twenty-first door.

(weiterlesen …)

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Sonntag, Dezember 20th, 2009

Click the link to open the twentieth door. Klick auf den Link, um das zwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen.

(weiterlesen …)

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Samstag, Dezember 19th, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das neunzehnte Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the nineteenth door.

(weiterlesen …)

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Freitag, Dezember 18th, 2009

Click the link to open the eighteenth door. Klick auf den Link, um das achtzehnte Türchen zu öffnen.

(weiterlesen …)