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The unsanctified blood and gore, and the unmitigated violence to inflict such, in copious proportions with extreme prejudice, upon one's enemy was the unrelenting theme of this most effective film.
"Boyhood" is Richard Linklater baby: his nuanced theme, his created tale, his directed story of family, acquaintances and friends that grow into a life from one child's boyhood.
Divergent, in the similar formula of Hunger Games, proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst, and maturing relationships of the opposite sex.
Marcus Luttrell wrote this titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain.
A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ... And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love.
Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present.
The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in sustaining one's life force.
The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, was a transformative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound which should be understood from a historical context.
While RED 2 may be your common, garden variety sequel, it is mostly just the blackest of comedies built upon the intractable foundation of a perfect farce, where interpersonal relationships really do matter.
Future Earth after an alien invasion, and eventually Tom Cruise's character is left to pick up a good many of the broken pieces. Sounds solid enough for a decent film.
"The one with the tiger. That's the better story," said the writer, who had invaded Pi Patel's space and stolen his time to recount his beautiful life story to the rest of us.
I know where I was when Osama was killed by Seal Team 6. It was Sunday night in North Carolina, and I was no closer to that cathartic event than was Barack Obama.
They say love can make you a little crazy. And the movie begins by showing how 2 people are living proof of that.
The redemptive process, from seeing clearly the good and the bad of terrible times, defines and hones the best of humanity, and thus has preserved our species for millennia, and may sustain us for many more.
But then again, growing up, I loved every episode of the Three Stooges. Yes, the Howard brothers, plus Larry Fine helped make growing up in the 1950's/60's a fairly good time.
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
Director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" into the fantastic film "Hugo" was a brilliant stroke of passion for the edgy director of quite a few gritty, pathologically viotent films, such as: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."
Actor / Director Clint Eastwood has once again told a story that is worth every minute of the 116 minutes of runtime it took to another of his well told tales.
In most wars the eventual victims are the noncombatants. World War II started differently.
John Michael Shanley: wrote the play, wrote the screenplay and directed the film, and used this control of quality to insure that he would produce an outstanding film that is tight at just 104 minutes, with no waste in time or the talent hired to produce it.
Both boys are the "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas." Their individual stories that led them to that conclusion represent the intertwined paths of these two fated peoples: the Germans and the Jews.
Even though this film has its comedic moments, Cancer is a serious subject, so you best bring your "big boy pants" to watch this one.
Those were different times in a desperate South, and consequently, this is a story that aches to be told.
Mary Surratt may have been a loving mother, but it would eventually kill her. Regardless, President Lincoln was murdered and retribution must be exacted, irrespective of the accused's culpability.
Director / Screenwriter J. J. Abrams's film, "Super 8," reminded me of "Close Encounters" meets "E.T." meets "Goonies," and even though this chemistry in celluloid sounds like one giant cliché, the film worked, and it worked quite well.
Recently, I reviewed "The Beaver," which was a purely dark comedy regarding the debilitating effects of chronic depression, resulting in severe schizophrenia. "It's Kind of a Funny of Story," which dealt with institutionalized mental health patients, was much lighter fare.
This film, by Actress Jodie Foster who also directed, was produced during the time when Actor Gibson was having his last round of domestic skirmishes in his own home, and public opinion for the celebrated actor was at an all time low.
Remarkably, John Brennan is also a regular guy, with a regular life, with a regular job, but also he possessed an irregular sense of propriety towards those that he loved, governed by an impressive and overwhelming sense of honor.
I mostly love "Indie Films." As an film aficionado, I get to root for the underdog production and enjoy the tale told well in celluloid all at the same time.
Director Darren Aronofsky employs the tragedy of full blown schizophrenia to allegorically expose the duality of raw emotional conflict within the hyper-creative process that is the backstage confluence of ballerinas and their bosses.
Director Michel Gondry took a lame script by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg to build an unbelievable film, devoid of all emotion or the ability to elicit any palpable audience empathy.
Felix was a hermit, who stayed to himself, and kept himself locked up inside to the point that no one knew the truth, in the history, of who he was, and how he got that way.
The reversal of the natural birth to death process offers a curious perspective as a rejected infant overcomes overwhelming obstacles to live a purposeful life.
This is a story that, at first, one may question whether it should even be told. At the end of the film, one realizes that it had to be told, if only to give hope that there can be an unlikely hero.
The film "Leaves of Grass" is less to do with Walt Whitman's opus, and more of a discussion of this aforementioned human condition, and yet still a comedy of sorts.
Timeless tale told well would be an understatement; but, was it told well enough to placate the most ardent critic, who expected far too much? Possibly not.
The apocalypse of men's souls is the theme of this morality play played out upon the bleak landscape of a dying world.
Touching film full of life lessons, with more than its share of unforced humor, "The Blind Side" was easily one of the best films of 2009.
Altogether, Food, Inc. is a must-see for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about where the food they eat actually comes from and the conditions under which it is produced.
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