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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 15th, 2010


Throughout this partly autobiographical film, writer-director-lead character Dito Montiel tries very hard to push the boundaries of cinema – with often disastrous results. Through the story of how he abandoned everyone at his Brooklyn home when going to Los Angeles and how he returned when his father was very sick, he tries to present a message that is completely lost in the over-ambitious, often pretentious drivel the film largely resorts to. There is a good story somewhere and a few scenes hint at what could have been possibly in that story about growing up in hard times, but the film is much too clever for its own good to ever reach the heights it aspires too.

Random Observations:

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at the IMDb

The film is based on the book Montiel wrote about his life, where apparently the title makes some kind of sense. Here, it is just more pretentious drivel.

The cast is headlined by the solid Robert Downey Jr. and includes a for once middling Shia LaBeouf. Considering that he is normally the worst actor of his generation, that is quite an accomplishment.

Considering that Montiel first made his name (and a lot of money) through music, it probably would have been a good idea to explore that theme somewhat more than in a few throwaway lines.

Minute Movie Review – Be Kind Rewind

Dienstag, April 8th, 2008


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

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“.