I've been writing this blog since 2005. I have had a number of content specific blogs in the past, but decided in 2013 to consolidate them all back into PJMixer. You'll find photo projects, movie reviews, new music and general thoughts about my life. [My photographs on this web site are protected by Creative Common licensing and cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission].
Like previous Moore movies, hard to believe every detail, but even if half of his claims are accurate, it tells a scary story of the state of America with capitalism winning over democracy. Who knew FDR was such a socialist ?
An uncomfortable film to watch if, like me, torture scares the hell out of you, but if you can get past the squirming, it tackles a very important question of today. Along with innocent lives, are our human morals also in danger from terrorism ? The only potential fault of this film (apart from some awkward dialog) is - could this happen ? Jackson and Sheen were superb.
I recall Brian Clough quite well, but a little after the years depicted in this movie. I never really liked the man, but somehow Sheen makes him human and a likable anti-hero. I couldn't believe how brutal the sport was back in the early 70's - almost criminal; and I don't recall Bremnar being such a *%!(#. A great portrayal showing the power of the English football manager.
Loved the characters and music, but I thought the story needed a little more substance or it should have been cut a little shorter. Some good laughs, but it left me feeling a little lost.
Is today's radio as influential and as important as it was back then in the 60's ? Part of me says no, but maybe I'm saying that because the large majority of radio stations playing new music today are focused on a much younger generation. What radio stations are there that continue to introduce new music to an older demographic (and I don't just mean the new U2 album).
DiCaprio and Crowe never disappoint and come together with a great middle Eastern cast to create a very intense tale of the modern fight against terrorism. The plot details were a little muddy in parts and why is it this super smart characters always make a mistake ! Oh yeah, it's because of the woman.
I was a little disappointed. Freeman does a nice job playing Mandela, but maybe it's because of the accents, but I thought many of the performances were flat. Straight up inspirational sports underdog story secondary to Madela's politics and South African race and social challenges, but I felt it needed a heavier does of drama.
No, it doesn't have the deeper character and plot subtleties of the book, but I felt the movie visuals make it darker and more disturbing. Brilliant acting by unknowns (from English-speaking movieworld point-of-view) make characters very real. A few pieces left out from the book, but altogether a wonderful adaption. As a big fan of The Millenium Series, Salandar and Blomkvist, I'm looking forward to the next two Swedish produced installments, but a little anxious about the Hollywood version coming in 2011.
Very odd, but off-beat comedy some how works. Clooney's approach to comedy fits with zany Bridges, naivety of McGregor and baddy Spacey. Entertaining but not for everyone. I had a smile on my face for most of the movie.
Unusual mood that on reflection is signature Polanski. In the extras, he talks about Hitchcock and he does justice with the master's genre. I was a little distracted by MeGregor's humour and some curious character traits and I was too glued to the plot to enjoy the lovely movie making. Probably need to watch it again when it comes around on TMN. Keeper.
Not as in depth or as well put together as the book, (but don't we always say that), but more linear. It started a little thin, but got better as the complexity of time travel unraveled around human relationships.
Samo plot lines, but well cast, likable characters make it worth it. Lots of zombie killing fun with typical campy madman Harrelson tainted with quirky Eisenberg role with his zombie rules. Worth staying up late for.
Wow. Serious dose of heavy drama. Superb acting - Burton and Taylor couldn't have done it better, Michael Shannon was dynamite (or more ways than one). Brilliant writing provides so much content for an after show drink (or two) - just check out the the depth and angles of analysis in IMDB's comments (good and bad) !
I didn't know too much about Julia Child, except her ridiculous voice until this movie. Streep amazingly made Child adorable and funny and her story interestingly watchable. Adams' part in the parallel true story was likable, but the adaption rather cliche. Add in the fine food element and some wonderful classic French settings, makes for an entertaining night out.
Top notch acting - very personal performance by Clooney; very sexy from a lady named Vera and conversation starting storyline. Lovely juxtaposed elements and a feeling of soft other world nostalgia. Loved it.
Family fun times with martial arts, knives and horrible fake Russian accents, and some genuine nice moments and acting. I liked the line about family being more than blood relatives - it's those you love and those who love you - sappy I know, but I'm a softy at heart.
Pretty disappointed actually. I had seen this many years ago and thought it was pretty horrifying and shocking at the time. Really pretty tame today. Villains are still pretty cool and there is at least a story behind the horror.
Kind of lost the plot with non-disturbing-puppy-volume and the 4-night-viewing, but I don't think there was much of one. Handheld camera work adds to chaos and headache. Lots of screaming, but 3/5 for upgraded nasties that move faster than zombies.
If you can get over the teenage affair with an older woman thing, then this is a fantasic movie. Wonderful, rich, beautiful, dare I say, important film; thoughts on twists of human nature may need a blog.
Can I call this movie beautiful ? that's what word comes to mind first in trying to describe it. Rourke was incredible and I thought the way the movie was shot gave it such a personal feel. A fascinating view of the world of professional wrestling - with the expected play acting, but also the true physical demands and dangers of the wrestler. A subtle, yet powerful story of a classic tragic hero. Brilliant.
Just noticed a never wrote any review...it was many years ago since I saw it but some of the scenes and characters still stick with me - great plot, acting and all the bits that make this fantasy wonderfully vivid.