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I Love You Phillip Morris – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, Juni 1st, 2010

Review:

Jim Carrey starts out life as a good family man, but then he decides to openly declare his homosexuality and live the life he wanted. This is a good idea, but it turns out that being gay is very expensive (at least if you lead Jim Carrey’s lifestyle). So he becomes a con man, constantly increasing the games to make more money. When he is finally caught and sent to prison, he meets fellow inmate Phillip Morris, more commonly known as Ewan McGregor, and, you can have guessed it, falls hopelessly in love with him. The film, based on a true story (in Texas, of all places!), is a good mix of comedy and drama, but often slips on that fine line. Jim Carrey is a far cry from his best dramatic work and the depressing ending casts a pallor over the light entertainment the film often is. But hey, it’s still extremely funny and certainly pushing the boundaries for main-stream Hollywood cinema, which is always a good thing.

Random Observations:

I Love You Phillip Morris at the IMDb

This unscheduled post was brought to you by the fact that this film is currently in theatres in many countries and it would be a real shame to deprive people from reading my expert opinion on it before they see it, so I wasn’t going to push it to September 17th…

Speaking of pushing the boundaries for main-stream Hollywood cinema: the US release was postponed several times and it now looks like the film will at best get a limited release. It would be certainly interesting, what the regular Jim Carrey fans would think of this film – and one scene in particular. If you’ve seen the film, you know which one I’m talking about.

Ewan McGregor in blond and with a disappearing Texas accent is very odd. Good, but a far cry from his best work, which is truly great.

Best bit: when the hardened prison inmates pass along love notes between the two men.

In real life, con men are horrible. In films, they are amazing fun!

Redbelt – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Mai 24th, 2010

Review:

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.

Comic Book Movie July – 300

Freitag, Juli 25th, 2008

The biggest surprise of 300 came at the very end of the closing credits. There was the usual disclaimer about the film being a work of fiction and that all events and characters were fictitious and that any resemblance to actual events and/or people was purely coincidental. Surprising about that was that somehow I had always laboured under the impression that King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans that defended the pass of Thermopylae long enough to allow the Greek city states to unite and move against the Persian invaders were quite real, had fought and died at the “hot gates” (the translation of Thermopylae). But apparently, they were all a creation of Frank Miller – and looking at this movie, it is probably better to not even imagine it having any relation to actual history.

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Adventskalender 23

Sonntag, Dezember 23rd, 2007

Klick auf den Link, um das 23. Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the 23rd door.

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