Posts Tagged ‘Brendan Gleeson’

Adventskalender 23

Mittwoch, Dezember 23rd, 2009

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

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Minute Movie Review – Mission: Impossible II

Sonntag, April 19th, 2009


Tom Cruise returns in Ethan Hunt, a sequel to Mission: Impossible only in name. Instead of a clever and (overly) complicated thriller, this film is an action movie with a little plot thrown in as an excuse to show various people tearing of masks that make them look like other people in the film. There are some really nice action scenes, but the ridiculous story make the film hard to enjoy.

Random Observations:

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Apparently, the first cut of the film was 90 minutes longer than the release cut. That might explain why the plot was riddled with holes.

Director John Woo ordered the screenwriter to write a screenplay around the action scenes he wanted to shoot. This might also explain why the plot was riddled with holes.

Remember, kids: If you throw your Oakley sunglasses away, they will explode in the air!

In addition to Tom Cruise, Ving Rames is the only cast member from the first film to return.

I love when establishing shots of a city use a world famous landmark (like the Sidney Opera), only to still show the name of the city on screen. It’s moments like these that make the intended audience for a film painfully obvious.

The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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Minute Movie Review – In Bruges

Montag, Juni 16th, 2008


After a hit in London, an Irish hit man and his mentor are send to Bruges until things blow over. The old man likes the city, with its medieval old town and historic places, but the young killer is only interested in a girl he just met, while he struggles with what he has done. But before long, boring Bruges is the least of his problems. The film is a dark and bloody comedy. It is beautifully shot, features great dialogue and surprisingly good acting from lead Colin Farrell and one of the most beautiful scores in recent memory. Simply put: I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun at the movies. Watch this!

Random Observations:

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The movie is something of a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire reunion: Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes and Clémence Poésy all star.

Watching this movie really made me want to visit Bruges. Even if the movie says little positive about the city. But it’s a fairytale place!

Minute Movie Review – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Donnerstag, November 15th, 2007


After the disaster that was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” my expectations for “Order of the Phoenix” weren’t high. But even though the longest book was turned into the shortest (just over two hours) movie so far, the change in screenwriter and director made the fifth installment in the Harry Potter franchise very enjoyable. Of course many things were cut or changed from the novel, but the overall message of the book was conveyed. Harry Potter faces his worst enemy yet – not a resurrected Lord Voldemort or the people in charge who deny it, but adolescence, love and romance. With Order of the Phoenix the war in the wizard world begins and Harry is just about ready.

Random Observations:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at

I’ve seen this movie on opening night, so the details in the review are sketchy. It was written more in anticipation of the DVD release, which is tomorrow in Germany, December 11th in the US and already in the past in the UK.

Amazon is selling the German DVD for €9,95, a ridiculously low price for a new blockbuster release. Is this a fluke or an actual trend for DVDs to be cheaper?