Posts Tagged ‘Javier Bardem’

Minute Movie Review – Collateral

Montag, Juni 15th, 2009


In Los Angeles, a cab driver with plans for his own company is hired by a man for an entire night – and discovers that his fare is a contract killer when a dead body drops on his cab. What follows is a stylish mixture of thriller, drama and psychological study, that is sadly undercut completely by a predictable, run-of-the-mill ending. I’m not sure whether the ending completely ruins the otherwise great movie, but it certainly leaves a bad aftertaste and lessens the enjoyment you get from the film until then. But it’s stark aesthetic and superb acting by both leads, especially Tom Cruise in an extremely unusual villianous role, makes it worth watching in either case.

Random Observations:

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Mark Ruffalo has a supporting role in this and it is incredible to how different he looks from his usual self – and other roles. I always know that I know the actor when I see him, but I also always need to look up his name to tie his performances together.

One of the first films to be shot largely digitally, making full use of the advantages DV has over film in night scenes, since it needs less lighting.

The style and some scenes are very similar to Michael Mann’s earlier film Heat – which is actually much better and an absolute masterpiece.

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 – No Country for Old Men

Donnerstag, Februar 21st, 2008


Like “There Will Be Blood“, “No Country for Old Men” has been a critical and award favourite – maybe even more so. Unlike “There Will Be Blood”, it actually lives up to the hype. The story of a man who finds two million dollar on a murder scene and subsequently is hunted by several people who don’t think it belongs to him is uncompromisingly realistic. Brilliantly shot, with great acting (especially by “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar nominee Javier Bardem) and a hauntingly sparse score (what a relief!), the movie deviates so far from the typical Hollywood conventions that more than once I felt myself wondering what would be next. In the end, this movie is a true masterpiece, with few discernible flaws and much to teach today’s filmmakers – especially Paul Thomas Anderson.

Random Observations:

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Lucky me got to see this movie in a sneak preview today. Which means that I got to see it before it’s actual German release. Which means that I got to see it before the Oscar ceremony on Sunday. Which means that I am no longer ruling for Atonement to win.

Did I mention that the movie is a true masterpiece?

I had last seen Josh Brolin in “Into the Blue”. Amazing that somebody who was in such a crappy movie actually managed to star in this one. Of course, he needed to convince Robert Rodriguez to shoot an audition tape for him which Quentin Tarantino directed to convince the Coen brothers that he could indeed do it.

The movie actually got a fair number of laughs when I saw it. While not conventionally funny, there are some scenes that are so bitterly realistic yet absurd, that one can do little but laugh.