Saturday, February 18, 2012

Movie #90 - Mystic River

Jimmy: I remember, I was more afraid of my little daughter than I ever was of being in prison.

Day #87

Mystic River

This murder mystery was really moving, as the story is beautifully layered and it keeps you intrigued till the very end. Clint Eastwood's (director) portrayal of this novel adaptation is dark, graphical and haunting; accompanied by some magnificent acting makes this an emotionally-charged thriller.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Movie #89 - Miller's Crossing

Tom Reagan: If you want me to keep my mouth shut, it's gonna cost you some dough. I figure a thousand bucks is reasonable, so I want two.

Day #86

Miller's Crossing
After seeing this film I couldn't help myself thinking how it performed woefully at the box office, as this is truly one of the finest gangster flicks ever made. It's also unique in its own special way, which features some of the most brilliant dialogues you can ever get out of this genre.

The Coen brothers, who wrote, produced and directed this film, delivered a really stylish crime story, with carefully placed comic moments, which also featured top notch performances from Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Jon Polito, Marcia Gay Harden and J. E. Freeman. Basically the entire cast was fantastic down to Steve Buscemi, as the film features some really interesting characters especially Johnny Casper and Eddie Dane (Played by Jon Politoand J. E. Freeman). Also, the cinematography is really amazing.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day #85 - Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle - You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f@#$ do you think you're talking to?

Movie #88

Taxi Driver
It's engaging, fascinating, gritty, haunting, visceral and Robert De Niro is crazy!

This is yet another Martin Scorsese movie that is appearing on the project and it's a mighty fine film, featuring one of De Niro's finest performances.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Movie #87 - The Sound of Music

Day #84

The Sound of Music

This is the best musical I've ever seen, and probably the only one I thoroughly enjoyed (as Mary Poppins didn't really do it for me). This 1965 hit is sweet, the songs are beautiful and for a movie that lengthy (roughly three hours) it really carries you along without ever seeming boring.

The actors were all great, the Mise-en-scène is quite beautiful and is in tune with the theme of the film and finally the story, wow! Its anti-nazi background, nuns, family values and romance are perfectly mixed into a beautiful family film that should be viewed at least once by everyone roaming on this planet!

Love it, hate it ... The Sound of Music is timeless.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Movie #86 - Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco: If I come out alive, this guy, Lefty, ends up dead. That's the same thing as me putting the bullet in his head myself.

Day #83

Donnie Brasco

As one of my favorite films, I usually have a hard time putting the right words to explain my love for this "work of art", as I always gesture with my hands (to no fruition) trying to explain that "thing" that sets it apart from the rest. So understand if I don't sound genuine/convincing enough with this review.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day #82 - Finding Nemo & Toy Story

If you've not seen both of these movies .... Please Do!

Movie #84
Finding Nemo
Packed with incredible animation, cleverly detailed, filled with humor, really interesting characters (with top notch voice acting), really fun story and those bloody awesome Turtle dudes!

This is clearly among the best animated films ever made, and it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, grossed nearly $900 million (on a $94 million budget) and is the Best selling DVD of all time - and you should own one too.

Buzz Lightyear: I just want you to know: even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is something we do not promote on my planet.
Woody: Oh, well, that's good.
Buzz Lightyear: But we're not on my planet, are we?

Movie #85
Toy Story

Brilliant - that's how I would describe this film as its uniqueness is unrivaled till date, c'mon a movie about the life of toys? Pixar definitely knows how to make them. Outstanding voice acting (especially Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, whose chemistry on-screen is legendary); a story that has the ability to appeal to every living person and a landmark for future animated movies.

A true work of Genius.

This would put the total films by Pixar that have appeared on the project at five (movie #14, movie #47 and movie #51), and they are all GREAT!

Complete list of Winners for the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards

The Artist

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan.

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Octavia Spencer, The Help

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day #81 - The English Patient

Movie #83

The English Patient
The Academys must really love this movie, nine wins? really?

But other than that, The English Patient was a really interesting experience, as the story is complex and powerful accompanied with fine performances from Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Defoe and Naveen Andrews. From the late Anthony Minghella, who is making his second appearance on the project -- his first being Movie #5, did a swell job writing and directing this film that revolves around love, betrayal and loyalty; with much of it taking place in the desert before and during WWII.