Posts Tagged ‘Donnie Darko’

Say Anything… – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 8th, 2010

Review:

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.

My Favourite Contemporary Actors

Freitag, März 27th, 2009

As I said before, everybody loves Top Ten Lists. Especially me. So I thought I’d start a new, sort of regular, feature here, where I make Top Ten Lists of things I like. Now, the usual way to go about that would be to make lists like “The Ten Best Actors Working Today”, but even I don’t consider my opinion so important as to call it objective. So I will make lists like “My Favourite Ten Actors Working Today”, even if that title is a little longer. And so, without further ado, here are the ten actors whose body of work I enjoy so much, that just their participation in a film means that I want to see it, in reverse order. If you know all ten of them, congratulate yourself on having good taste. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – Lovely & Amazing

Dienstag, März 17th, 2009

Review:

The film tells the stories of four women with self-image issues. The mother uses liposuction to look and feel better, the young adopted daughter eats without pause, the oldest sister is struggling with an unsuccessful artistic career and the actress sister is a nervous wrack. The movie ties these storylines together somehow and while it is an often cruel yet funny look at reality, it ultimately lacks a leitmotif.

Random Observations:

Lovely & Amazing at imdb.com

Some really nice performances in the film, especially from Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer, one of my favourite actresses around right now.

Jake Gyllenhaal has a small role – as the teenage lover of the older sister. It reminded me a lot of his Donnie Darko character.