Posts Tagged ‘Brad Pitt’

Burn After Reading – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, April 27th, 2010

Review:

After he is fired from the CIA, analyst John Malkovich decides to write his memoirs. Meanwhile, his wife Tilda Swinton is having an affair with George Clooney and decides to divorce him, accidentally causing his computer files to be left in a gym bathroom, where Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt find them and decide to extort money for their return. However, them being idiots, makes the thing a little difficult, and before long, a clusterfuck (to quote J.K. Simmons’ CIA Supervisor) is underway, that is even more complicated than these few sentences can hope to indicate. The Coen Brothers made this film fresh off the success of No Country for Old Men and manage to make a very funny comedy with strong performances all around. Personally, I don’t see the subtext some people claim the film has, but that doesn’t really detract from the film being perfectly watchable.

Random Observations:

Burn After Reading at the IMDb

Brad Pitt is great at playing a moron. It’s good to see him move beyond his good looks once in a while and demonstrate that he can actually act.

Did you know that Frances McDormand is married to Joel Coen? I only recently discovered that and was quite surprised. However, my hopes that Ethan Coen was married to Steve Buscemi were quickly squashed.

Inglourious Basterds – Minute Movie Review

Samstag, September 12th, 2009

Review:

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film is a violent revenge fantasy taking place during World War II and envisioning a Jewish-American squad striking fear into the Nazis’ hearts and ending the war earlier. The film is strongest in its surrealist scenes that are often outrageously funny, but suffers from more plot holes than elements and a teenager’s world view that posits vengeance as a solution. The film is very entertaining as long as you don’t stop to think about it, but it is not the return to form for Tarantino. But sure, it’s better than anything he has done since Pulp Fiction – something quite easily achieved.

Random Observations:

Inglourious Basterds at the IMDb

This is the first Tarantino film that wasn’t worse than the previous one. Good for him.

Christoph Waltz, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for the film, is the stand-out in a decent cast.

Funniest scene: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and Omar Doom pretending to be Italian.

The cast list reads a bit like a who-is-who of German film. In addition to Waltz, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard and August Diehl star.

I’m not sure this was intended, but the “basterds” are all rather stupid, while most of the Nazi protagonists, namely Waltz and Brühl, are eloquent and intelligent.

Minute Movie Review – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Dienstag, Mai 26th, 2009

Review:

There are very few films that are very good and yet could easily be much better. This film, with the whole plot in the much too long, but also extremely awesome title, is one of them. The film is incredibly beautiful with one of the best scores I can remember. The whole cast is superb, with Casey Affleck in the titular role of Robert Ford standing out. And the story of the disillusionment with a hero and how Ford was viewed after his actions is pretty good as well. But the voice-over narration here, always a sign of lazy story-telling, is incredibly stupid – I can see that he is drinking out of the water glass, I don’t need to be told as well – and the story focuses too much on Jesse James and too little on Robert Ford and especially the events after the assassination, that are the truly interesting, yet here are only shown as an epilogue of sorts. It’s still a good film, but it could easily have been a great one and I can’t help but think of it as a missed opportunity.

Random Observations:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at imdb.com

Casey Affleck is the younger brother of Ben Affleck and unlike him a very good actor, who manages to surprise me every time I see him. I can especially recommend Gone Baby Gone, which Ben directed.

For the whole movie I wondered where I had seen Paul Schneider before. Turns out, he was the older brother in Lars and the Real Girl, another excellent film.

I will stop talking about other movies now.

The score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. I didn’t know that Nick Cave did movie scores, only knowing him as a rock musician. It is honestly awesome.

I have decided that the Western is a genre which I should like and become more acquainted with. So expect more reviews of Westerns, both classics and modern day ones, in the future.

Minute Movie Review – The Wrestler

Dienstag, März 10th, 2009

Review:

Randy “The Ram” Robinson knows how to do just one thing: wrestle. But his glorydays are long over and he is barely scraping by, ruining his health and his chance at another life. “The Wrestler” examines the life of a man that has lost his place in the world and is desperately trying to find it again. Hauntingly realistic and often unexpected, lead actor Mickey Rourke embodies the story of a man lost in a different world.

Random Observations:

The Wrestler at imdb.com

Mickey Rourke was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar along with Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella and Sean Penn. Having seen all of the performances but Jenkins, I can now conclude that Penn shouldn’t have won for Milk, but rather Langella for Frost/Nixon.

As much as I enjoyed the movie, the biggest joy it brought me was offering Rourke a comeback. His acceptance speeches at award festivities and his interviews are frequently hilarious.

Evan Rachel Wood played the wrestler’s daughter. I wish I knew where I had seen her before.

I definitely need to check our more of director Darren Aronofsky’s work. I have only seen Requiem for a Dream so far.

Minute Movie Review – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Donnerstag, Februar 5th, 2009

Review:

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tells the story of a man who ages backwards. Born as an old man, he gradially becomes younger before being a child when he is old. The story is told through flashbacks as the love of his life lies dieing in a hospital bed, her daughter reading from his memoirs and her filling the blanks. While the technological aspects of the movie are fairly impressive, the film is both tediously long (almost three hours) and clearly aimed at a fairly stupid audience, using voice-over narration for almost all scenes and applying a symbolism with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.  Add some ridiculous scenes and a bunch of overrated actors and you are left with a movie that never lives up to its promise of telling an unusual life story.

Random Observations:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at imdb.com

What ridiculous scenes, you ask? What about the one where a tugboat is used to sink a submarine?

The movie is set in New Orleans, right during Hurricane Katrina. Why? Because Lousiana offers lots of money if you film there. Storms may be a significant theme of the film, but they are not a relevant one.

While old Brad Pitt’s make-up was believable, he still looked forty when he was supposed to be twenty.

The film’s similarities to Forrest Gump, from the same screenwriter, are amazing:

The Curious Case of Forrest Gump – watch more funny videos

The fake accents used throughout the film are very annoying. Especially when Cate Blanchett returns to her native Australian while desperately trying for that Southern America one.

Minute Movie Review – Se7en

Samstag, März 15th, 2008

Review:

A new detective’s in town – and when he is partnered with one close to retirement, neither is very happy. But a series of brutal killings fashioned after the seven deadly sins bring the unlikely pairing together – and closer to the solution of the case. Grisly images, good acting and several plot twists drive Se7en, but in the end it is nothing more (or less) than a slightly above-average, visually stunning thriller with some major plot issues.

Random Observations:

Se7en at imdb.com

This is the first collaboration between Brad Pitt and David Fincher (the second being “Fight Club“). For Pitt, these films are probably the reason he is seen as more than a pretty face and actually a decent actor.

For me, the plot holes at the ending ruined the movie slightly. It’s still good, but not spectacular. But I know that many people would say that there really are no plot holes. I guess in the day and age of the internet, you can just claim anything.

Minute Movie Review – Fight Club

Sonntag, Februar 10th, 2008

Review:

When the unnamed narrator is tired of his average life, his meeting with Tyler Durden seems to be destiny. Together they start Fight Club – where men like them can vent their aggressions in fist fights. But for Tyler, that is not enough and so mayhem ensues. Fight Club is often considered one of the quintessential movies of our time and it is certainly a masterpiece in every aspect but its story. If you want a really surprising twist ending, Christopher Nolan is your man, not David Fincher.

Random Observations:

Fight Club at imdb.com

Note to the public: Edward Norton is a great actor. But I guess you already knew that.

If any of the German people out there could explain to me, why the original cut was rated “Ab 18″ and thus a shorter version was released to theatres, I’d greatly appreciate it.