Posts Tagged ‘Kelli Garner’

The Aviator – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juni 23rd, 2010

Review:

In 1927, after his parents’ death, a young Howard Hughes (greatest actor of his generation Leonard DiCaprio) came to Hollywood and used his inherited business to make the most expensive film at the time, while also developing an interest in aviation. Over the next two decades, he rose to prominence in both fields before a fall from grace (and a plane crash) caused his neurosis to overcome his eager drive and he developed the most famous case of OCD in history. The biopic by Martin Scorsese is well-made and solidly acted, with some inspired ideas (I especially like the use of colour reflecting the film stock of the time), but it plays havoc with the true chronology of events and omits the last three decades of Hughes’ life completely. Sure, they were decidedly less interesting, but taking the most interesting items from them and inserting them randomly into earlier events does not serve the story.

Random Observations:

The Aviator at the IMDb

I really liked the scenes at the Coconut Grove, which made “old” Hollywood truly come alive.

It’s very odd to see modern day actors and actresses portray the greats of that time. Cate Blanchett does a surprisingly convincing Katharine Hepburn, but Kate Beckinsale’s Ava Gardner and especially Jude Law’s Errol Flynn are a disappointment.

For a man who loved aviation, aka flying, more than anything, the film spends relatively little time exploring that theme.

Also, the importance of Noah Dietrich (John C. Reilly) to the success of Hughes’ companies is vastly underplayed in the film.

Thumbsucker – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, März 2nd, 2010

Review:

Seventeen-year-old Justin still sucks him thumb, something which his father and amateur psychiatrist dentist want him to stop. The film, supposedly a mixture between comedy and drama, deals with the replacement addictions he develops in order to stop, while also telling the story of his coming-of-age. Based on a Walter Kirn (who also wrote the source book for Up in the Air) novel, the film is neither very dramatic nor very comedic, but in fact rather bland. The only saving grace is the cast, who make the characters come to life, especially Lou Taylor Pucci in his debut performance as Justin.

Random Observations:

Thumbsucker at the IMDb

The film has actually some nice moments and the ending fits surprisingly well to the story, but that is not enough to make the story engaging in any way.

This is the quintessential Sundance film, a quirky drama-comedy that deals with everyday issues in an unexpected way. Having seen some of the films that Sundance glorified in the last years, I think it is time for the jury to change direction.

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 – Lars and the Real Girl

Donnerstag, März 20th, 2008

Review:

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 imdb.com

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.