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Say Anything… – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 8th, 2010


Lovable loser John Cusack decides to date high school valedictorian Ione Skye. Surprisingly, she actually agrees to this. What follows is a sweet story about first love, combined with some unnecessary dramatic elements and some clever dialogue. Young John Cusack is adorable and his character Lloyd Dobler might be the most sought-after guy in movie history. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the film showcases his raw talent for emotionally touching stories, without ever achieving greatness, for it is too mired in mediocrities.

Random Observations:

Say Anything… at the IMDb

Well, will you look at that. This really has been “80s teen comedy week”.

John Cusack’s sister is played by Joan Cusack, his real life sister. Sort of like Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko. Only much earlier.

Crowe already displayed his interest in music here. An interest that earlier and later culminated in Almost Famous, the somewhat biographical film about his experiences of working for Rolling Stone as a teenager.

Uncle Buck – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Dezember 18th, 2009


In this John Hughes film, slacker uncle Buck is sent to watch over a couple’s kids while they are away. While he quickly befriends the two young kids, including perennial child star Macaulay Culkin, the older teenage daughter is just annoyed with him and wants to go her own way. Through comic interludes, they finally connect and Buck also figures out how to deal with his long-term girlfriend and her hope and need for a family of their own. Most of the film is just painful, but Hughes manages to include some funny moments, which are, however, not enough to excuse the broad stereotypical characters the film has – that Hughes is more adept at especially teenage characters, he has proven before with films like The Breakfast Club.

Random Observations:

Uncle Buck at the IMDb

This is the only John Hughes directed film that I didn’t enjoy. But then again, I was eight when I saw Curly Sue

I’m not sure whether it is just because of the horrible 80s hairstyles, but all the people in this film are incredibly ugly.

My 22 Favourite Bond Films

Mittwoch, April 15th, 2009

[Editor's note: This intro is unnecessarily long and embarrassingly personal. You might just want to skip to the list, after the cut.]
When I was a young boy – maybe six to ten years old – the films about superspy James Bond were a regular feature on television. My father always watched them and whenever I could, I would watch with him, staying up well past my bedtime. I might not have understood everything that was going on – the sexual innuendo and political implications definitely were lost on me – but I understood one fundamental thing that attracted me to the franchise: That James Bond guy was really cool. Today, in an attempt to show off my expanded vocabulary, I might call him suave, charming or even sophisticated, but those words don’t quite describe how fascinated I – and millions if not billions of other people – were by his adventures.

When Goldeneye was released in 1995, after a six year hiatus, it was impossible to believe that Bond was actually on the big screen. He had become such a central television figure for me, that it took me seven more years to decide to see a Bond movie in a movie theatre. (Yes, I am aware that I am mixing British and American English. It annoys me to no end, but I have come to accept it as a slight quirk of my writing.) Nevertheless, I have always claimed that I had seen all Bond movies, but in discussions with fellow aficionados, I have lately realized that I actually remembered embarrassingly little of them.

So, in order to remedy that grave slight on my reputation as a film connoisseur, I decided to rewatch all 22 Bond films made by Eon Productions, i.e. the official Bond films. There are two more: the 1967 parody Casino Royale starring David Niven and 1983′s Never Say Never Again, a remake of Thunderball by Warner that brought back the long retired Sean Connery as Bond. These are not included in the list for the simple reason that they don’t particularly fit and I also had no desire to watch them (again) after seeing so much of Bond over the last four weeks. The following list of the movies ranks them on personal like and dislike, no matter how objective the reviews are worded. If you disagree with my assessment, you are nevertheless wrong. But I would love to tell you why if you told me which movie is much better or worse than I believe in the comments!

And now, without even further ado, the most epic post ever written for this blog! (Isn’t the list of tags impressively long?)

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Minute Movie Review – Lethal Weapon 2

Freitag, Februar 20th, 2009


Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are back as two L.A. cops way in over their head. They find out about a drug-smuggling operation run by South African diplomats and since they can’t do anything about it legally, they do what they can illegally. The film is very bloody, yet also often funny, solid entertainment from the 80s that tries a little too hard to be relevant politically by making apartheid part of the plot.

Random Observations:

Lethal Weapon 2 at

Joe Pesci is a great addition to the film. He really makes the comedic aspects stand out.

The soundtrack features a lot of “ringtone” or “Windows sound” like sounds. Very annyoing.

I actually enjoyed this one more than the first, no matter how completely unrealistic it gets in the second half.

Mel Gibson’s character, Martin Riggs, was originally supposed to die at the end. After the studio decided they wanted to make more “Lethal Weapon” films and changed it, series creator and screenwriter Shane Black walked off the set.

Minute Movie Review – Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Sonntag, Juni 1st, 2008


The Leningrad Cowboys are not successful in their Siberian home and so the band sets out to make a name for themselves and some money in the United States – where people will pay for anything! The group of oddballs with the most impressive hairstyles is accompanied by their tyrannical manager Vladimir – and together they set out on a road trip across the United States. This early movie by acclaimed Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is both extremely funny and strangely sad. Kaurismäki’s sense of humour may not resonate well with everyone, but if you like low key jokes, this is definitely a movie you’ll enjoy – and learning about the World’s Worst Rock’n'Roll Band can’t be too bad either.

Random Observations:

Leningrad Cowboys Go America at

Most people would have been contend with being a part of film history, but not the Leningrad Cowboys. In 1993, they decided to become a part of music history as well – with the Total Balalaika Show. On the biggest stage ever erected in Finland, they played in front of 70,000 fans in the centre of Helsinki. The clue: They weren’t on stage alone, but accompanied by the choir of the Russian Red Army. One wouldn’t expect the musical styles to work together, but they do so impressively, as this clip proves:

The car salesman in New York City is none other than indie favourite Jim Jarmusch – whose road movies certainly were one inspiration for this film.

Some of the Cowboys’ hair is so obviously fake that I can’t help but wonder whether some of them might not be wearing wigs.

Minute Movie Review – Dead Poets Society

Samstag, März 15th, 2008


Dead Poets Society is set in an American boarding school that is known for its excellence in preparing young boys for college. But a new English teacher, has some radically new ideas about teaching – like students thinking for themselves. But his peaceful revolution doesn’t quite work out – and soon the boys that have re-founded the Dead Poets Society find themselves in trouble. A classic movie about the teacher we all wish we had, the Peter Weir film was inspired by the screenwriter’s own experience at school. Robin Williams stars as the teacher and Ethan Hawke shines in one of his early roles. A moving and shocking film, it may even help to showcase Walt Whitman to a wider audience.

Random Observations:

Dead Poets Society at

Robert Sean Leonard plays Neil, the leader of the new Dead Poets Society. He can be seen today in the American TV show “House M.D.”. And even though he hasn’t really changed in the last 20 years, nobody seems to recognize him.

Yes, Robin Williams used to make good movies. Good movies that weren’t comedies. Oh, the golden age of cinema…

Adventskalender 7

Freitag, Dezember 7th, 2007

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

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