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Redbelt – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Mai 24th, 2010


Chiwetel Ejiofor is a jiu-jitsu master who barely scrapes by with his academy in Los Angeles. He refuses to fight in competitions, citing that rules are against the purity of the fight. Things change, however, when an accident and Hollywood connections promise relief while making his financial troubles worse. The film by David Mamet is an interesting combination of straight-up drama and sports action film. The plot is not the most original nor the most consistent, the dialogue is stilted (written by Mamet, that is to be expected and intentional), and the ending is so over-the-top in it’s justification of the theme that if you stay true to your principles, you will eventually succeed, that it is almost painful. Nevertheless, it’s a good film, mostly due to great actors all around, led by the incredible Ejiofor, whose performance as the wounded warrior is simply breath-taking.

Random Observations:

Redbelt at the IMDb

I don’t know how to pronounce his name, but Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the best actors working today.

Am I the only one who finds the idea of Tim Allen as an action movie star utterly hilarious? Or rather, am I the only one beside Mamet to do so?

The various fighters in the game were all portrayed by professional fighters in this strange new game called “Mixed Martial Arts”. I don’t know anything about it – nor do I really care – but I think the concept is simply that you can use whatever you can to bring your opponent down. Firearms might be an exception.

Shutter Island – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 3rd, 2010


A Federal Marshall sent to an insane asylum on an island in Boston harbour to investigate the disappearance of one of the patients struggles with his own sanity and past as he tries to uncover a big conspiracy. The film is pretty standard thriller fare, including the usual twist near the ending and wouldn’t be the least bit noteworthy if not for the great direction by legend Martin Scorsese and the great acting throughout the film. The ending might seem a bit of a let-down (without spoiling it for those who still want to see the film), but the last line almost makes up for that. Nothing great here, but solid entertainment, much like Scorsese’s Oscar winning last feature film “The Departed“, just not as good.

Random Observations:

Shutter Island at the IMDb

Second film this year where I missed the first few minutes. I really have to work on my timing when going to the cinema. It is very hard to become fully engulfed in a story when you are constantly wondering whether you missed anything important.

Once more Leonard DiCaprio stars for Scorsese. How many times does that make?

The film has an absolutely incredible cast, with great actors like Jackie Earle Haley or Elias Koteas in small, third-tier roles. The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Emily Mortimer.

Minute Movie Review – Young Adam

Freitag, Mai 1st, 2009


Based on a novel by Alexander Trocchi, “Young Adam” tells the story of a young man (not named Adam) who works on a river barge travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh during the 1950s. The film opens with a dead woman in the water and slowly builds the tension as more and more of his involvement with her is revealed, while life-changing events also unfold in the present. Atmospherically incredibly dense, the film draws you into its world of a life without consequence and regret. It’s a dark film carried by a great performance by Ewan McGregor in the lead role.

Random Observations:

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The two women who define the story are played by Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer, so excellence was guaranteed from the start.

I really wish I would understand the Scottish accent better. I understand most of it, but there are some things for which I needed subtitles, which is always a bit annoying. I have the same problem with Irish.

The title, “Young Adam” is never explained in the film. It might be a biblical reference, especially considering that Trocchi also wrote a novel called “Cain’s Book”, but I’m not so sure. If anyone has seen the film, I would be delighted to hear your opinion about that.

Minute Movie Review – Lovely & Amazing

Dienstag, März 17th, 2009


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:

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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.

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 – Paris, je t’aime

Dienstag, März 25th, 2008


Paris, je t’aime is essentially a collection of short films set in Paris and dealing, mostly, with love of all kinds. As that, it is interesting to see 18 different takes on the matter, from many accomplished as well as up-and-coming directors. Naturally, some of those short films are better than others and everyone will have different favourites. But when the director line-up includes Tykwer, Coens, Payne, Craven, Van Sant and Cuarón to name just a few, great film-making is guaranteed. The experiment works and the movie overall is very enjoyable, although some of the segments lower the overall accomplishment.

Random Observations:

Paris, je t’aime at

The Coen brothers decided to make a comedic segment, with their regular Steven Buscemi in the lead role.

The only really bad parts for me were the vampire segment of Vincenzo Natali and parts of Nobuhiro Suwa’s segment about a mother who just lost a son.

I was especially surprised by Wes Craven’s segment, who I have only ever seen as a creator of horror and splatter movies like Scream. But even though it is set in a cemetery, it is quite different.

Minute Movie Review – Lars and the Real Girl

Donnerstag, März 20th, 2008


Lars is a quiet shy man that prefers to be alone. Living in his brother’s garage, only his sister-in-law seems concerned about him. That is, until he orders a sex doll over the internet and treats her as his girlfriend. Believing he is crazy, he is taken to a doctor – who urges his family to help him by playing along. And before long, the whole town does. What sounds like a ridiculous premise used for a low-brow comedy of the worst kind is actually a moving (and also often extremely funny, but never silly) tale about life. Lead actor Ryan Gosling once more proves his talent for picking unusual roles and transforming them into memorable performances while a supporting cast including Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson make the viewer feel as if Bianca (the doll) were real. Go watch this movie and laugh some, cry some and maybe learn something about loneliness.

Random Observations:

Lars and the Real Girl at

The movie can also be seen as a promotion of North American small-town life. That’s where people still care!

This is the directorial debut Craig Gillespie and the first movie screenplay for screenwriter Nancy Oliver. I guess we should watch out for those people in the future.