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Adventskalender 13

Sonntag, Dezember 13th, 2009

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

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Escape from Alcatraz – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Juni 26th, 2009

Review:

In 1960, Frank Morris is transferred to Alcatraz. The film tells of his time there and especially of his escape along with two other convicts that ultimately lead to the closing of the famous prison. Despite the known outcome and the fact that the “heroes” of the film are all hardened criminals, the film manages to be a taut thriller that is expertly made and an ultimately entertaining true story.

Random Observations:

Escape from Alcatraz at the IMDb

The film debut of Danny Glover. I only saw him in the end credits, though.

Judging by the end credits, there were a lot more guards at Alcatraz than inmates.

I have become so used to Clint Eastwood as an old man that it was strange to see him as a young(er) actor again.

Minute Movie Review – Lethal Weapon 4

Donnerstag, Februar 26th, 2009

Review:

Once more, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover joke around and kill bad guys. The film offers more of the same, which is often okay, but also new stuff by creating new characters and bringing back supporting players from earlier instalments like Rene Russo and Joe Pesci. This time around, they get involved in illegal smuggling of Chinese to America, counterfeiting Chinese money and freeing the leader of the Chinese mafia. But while the others movies in the series were mostly entertaining and only a little stupid, this one is incredibly stupid and very seldom entertaining.

Random Observations:

Lethal Weapon 4 at imdb.com

Joe Pesci  is even more annoying than in the third film.

Whoever thought that adding Chris Rock to the cast would make the movie funnier was sorely mistaken.

There is talk of a fifth film in the near future. The only positive thing about it is that Shane Black, the writer of the first two films, is writing it.

This concludes the inofficial Mel Gibson week (actually lasting 11 days). The big question now is, what actor I should focus on next:

Whose body of work should I review en masse next?

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Minute Movie Review – Lethal Weapon 3

Mittwoch, Februar 25th, 2009

Review:

Once more Mel Gibson and Danny Glover team up to bring some laughs and a lot of action to movie watchers. They are joined once more by Joe Pesci, but while he was great in the second Lethal Weapon, he is just annoying in this one and the addition of Rene Russo to the cast also does the movie no good. It’s still occassionally funny (mostly when Gibson and Glover are alone) and a well-made action film, but certainly the start of a drop in quality for the series.

Random Observations:

Lethal Weapon 3 at imdb.com

Isn’t it amazing how I manage not to say a single word about the plot in this review? Of course, you don’t watch a movie like this for the clever plot, but I still could have mentioned that the film tries to do some drama as well, which horribly fails.

The writing credits: “Jeffrey Boam and Jeffrey Boam & Robert Mark Kamen”. The reason for that lies in the WGA rules for writing credits. That is because writers working on different drafts are seperated by “and”, while members of the same writing team are seperated by “&”. So in this case, one draft was written by Jeffrey Boam alone, the other by Jeffrey Boam and Robert Mark Kamen together. See how educational I can be?

Lethal Weapon 4 will follow soon. And then I’m done with mindless Mel Gibson action movies. At least until Braveheart.

Minute Movie Review – Lethal Weapon 2

Freitag, Februar 20th, 2009

Review:

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 imdb.com

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 – Lethal Weapon

Dienstag, Februar 17th, 2009

Review:

A clean-cut older cop is partnered with a suicidal younger one and together they set out to uncover and stop a large drug trafficing organization. They do so not through good detective work but mostly through killing people and refusing to be killed by them. A decent action thriller, “Lethal Weapon” is entertaining, if one is willing to suspend all disbelief and overlook that it is pretty much mediocre in every way, from acting to cinematography. Nothing spectacular, just solid entertainment.

Random Observations:

Lethal Weapon at imdb.com

First of four Lethal Weapon movies. I will watch and review the other three in the near future.

Considering that I really don’t like Mel Gibson, I sure watch a bunch of movies he’s in right now.

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 – Be Kind Rewind

Dienstag, April 8th, 2008

Review:

When Mike is given custody of a video rental store that actually still relies only on VHS tapes, it’s only a matter of time before he and his friend Jerry screw it up. Jerry becomes magnetized and as a result, all tapes are erased. To save the store, the friends to remake all the movies themselves, a process they call sweding. Be Kind Rewind is a comedy that works best when it shows the movie remakes. Often extremely funny, it’s also a tender declaration of love to film-making and the lost art of creativity in everyday situations and people. Not everything works in this film, but it is fun to watch nonetheless.

Random Observations:

Be Kind Rewind at imdb.com

Check the internet for sweded films. Fans have made a bunch of them already – and many are surprisingly entertaining.

The spoofed movies are extremely diverse – ranging from “Ghostbusters” to “Rush Hour” as well as “2001: A Space Odyssey“, resulting in fun for everyone.

Film aficionados will know director Michel Gondry from his previous films like “The Science of Sleep” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“.

Minute Movie Review – The Royal Tenenbaums

Sonntag, Februar 17th, 2008

Review:

When the estranged father of the Tenenbaum family is broke and after decades of neglecting his wife and three children (two sons, one adopted daughter) wants to return to them, all their lives are changed. When all live together under the same roof again, they all learn to forgive and forget – even if it isn’t always easy. A quirky and often absurd comedy (with many dramatic elements) that is at the same time absolutely outlandish and frighteningly realistic, the movie tells the story of what family really means, without ever being preachy.

Random Observations:

The Royal Tenenbaums at imdb.com

Together with “Lost in Translation”, this is probably the movie that means the most to me, personally.

The first ensemble cast movie of Wes Anderson. With a cast including Gene Hackmann, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Owen and Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller, every taste should be satisfied.

Probably the first movie to fully show Anderson’s perfectionism and attention to detail.

I can never decide whether this movie is a dramatic comedy or a funny drama. Possible the best genre mix in the history of cinema.