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Hard Candy Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on September 20th, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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Following a sexually charged and flirtatious online chat session between Thonggrrl14 and LensMan319, they agree to meet. Jeff and Hayley seem to immediately hit it off exchanging various ‘I like you much’ signals to each other. Hayley asks if Jeff wants some Tiramisu, he picks some from her lips. Jeff buys a tee shirt to Hayley and insists she models it for him. She does but only after flashing him in a semistage of undress. Hayley seems the most assertive of the two and aggressively pursues Jeff until he agrees to take her to his home. I know what you’re thinking. This is just another ad movie about how online encounters can successfully evolve into real relationships. But that’s of course because you are not aware of a very simple detail: Hayley is 14 and Jeff is 32!


Inside Man Movie Review (8/10)

Posted on May 18th, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

Four masked people lead by Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) overtake a crowded Manhattan Bank and render the emloyees and customers hostages. New York Police rushes to the scene and so does hostage negotiator Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) who is under investigation for the disappearance of $140,000 evidence cash. Frazier soon realizes that the criminals’ behavior is not typical of a robbery/hostage situation and gets even more curious when a high-powered P.R. woman (Jodie Foster) arrives at the scene with her own agenda in mind.

Review:

Spike Lee is back with “Inside Man”, a serious departure from his prior work, and arguably one of his best. This a clever robbery/hostage film that is well acted and masterfully executed.

First comer, Russell Gerwitz, gets a solid start with his very smart, quite elaborate, and extremely well plotted script that makes it very difficult for one to poke holes into.

The opening monologue is quite smart leading one to make all kinds of assumptions and thus get quite amazed later on as plot unveils. The film then moves back and forth in time while always adding new characters and story elements with Lee remaining faithful to using specific camera angles and film grains for each time frame making it trivial for the audience to be clear of where in time each scene belongs to.

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V for Vendetta Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on April 4th, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

It is November 5, 2020 and Britain is under a totalitarian oppressive government that, in the name of religious self righteousness, rules by fear and practices brutal ethnic, political and religious cleansing. The whole country seems to have succumbed with no resistance to speak of. Comes V, a charismatic, sophisticated, masked man who blows up the ministry of justice then takes over the government controlled TV and invites his fellow citizens to fight their oppressors and take back their country. V sets a date of exactly 1 year later for him to blow the parliament building.

Background:

1) November 5 is a date celebrated in Britain to honor Guy Fawkes, an English soldier that was part of a catholic attempt to overthrow the government in 1605 by blowing up the parliament and killing King James 1 of England. The coup failed however and was discovered prior to completion. Guy Fawkes was then hanged.

The mask worn by V is a Guy Fawkes mask.
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The Pink Panther Movie Review (7/10)

Posted on March 5th, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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The infamous Inspector Clouseau, immortalized by the genius of the late Peter Sellers, is back. Steve Martin plays the bumbling, fumbling, inept, idiotic, repressed and uniqely french accented inspector and the result is a mixed bag. Great for some, disappointing for others.

The movie is quite funny and even hilarious at times. Mr. Martin shines as a matter of fact and performs some of his funniest to date. What haunts him however is that, a good portion of the audience, namely fans and cult followers of the Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, will come to theatres expecting, quite unreasonably if you think about it, a reincarnation of Peter Sellers, and for many this is the only reason why they came to the movie theatre in the first place, only to be disappointed that this is not the case.
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Eight Below Movie Review (7/10)

Posted on February 22nd, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:
In a research center in Antarctica, Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker – Into the Blue), and his eight highly trained sled dogs, embarks on a dangerous mission to assist scientist Davis McClaren (Bruce Greenwood -Capote) find and bring back a meteorite from planet Mercury. The mission proves successful despite an almost fatal accident in which the dogs tactfully and selflessly save the life of the scientist.

Once back, they are told they must evacuate at once as a horrendous storm is heading their way. There is no space for the dogs on the chopper and so, Jerry ties them up close to the base after being assured of the pilot returning coming back for them iin few hours . That fails to materialize however and the dogs end up stuck and tied up on their own, in the cold, harsh, stormy polar weather!

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Review (8/10)

Posted on January 13th, 2006 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

After the highly anticipated Quidditch world cup, which was marked by the ominous appearance of the Dark mark in the sky, Harry Potter and his friends are off to their fourth year at Hogwarts. But this year is special in its events; The Triwizard Tournament, which is the most legendary and dangerous magical competition amongst the three different witchcraft and wizardry’s schools in the world, is being held at Hogwarts. The Goblet of fire chooses the names of the three competitors but then, much to everybody’s disbelief, it inexplicably spits out Harry’s name, who three years too young to be even eligible could not enter the competition in the first place. This is without doubt the evil doing of the death eaters, nevertheless, Harry is now forced to rise to the challenge and fight dragons, decipher riddles, breathe underwater, and find the Goblet in the enchanted maze and inevitably face Lord Voldemort in person!

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