Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Top 10 Best Films of 2005

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1. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
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2. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)
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3. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
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4. Walk the Line (James Mangold)
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5. The 40 Year Old Virgin (Judd Apatow)
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6. Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin)
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7. Cinderella Man (Ron Howard)
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8. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
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9. Capote (Bennett Miller)
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10. Crash (Paul Haggis)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Gravity (2013)

 The following is a review for Gravity (2013).

Gravity tells the story of medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), and astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) as they work together and try to survive an accident that has left them lost in space. This is Dr. Stone's first shuttle mission, while it's Kowalsky's last flight before retiring.

A routine spacewalk turns into a disaster. After receiving word that a satellite has crashed, debris strikes through destroying the shuttle and leaving Stone and Kowalsky on their own. With more debris on the way and little oxygen remaining, they need to quickly find a way to safety.

Gravity film review, Sandra Bullock Gravity ReviewGravity is a technical masterpiece. From the visuals, to the sound, to the directing, everything is virtually perfect. We really get a sense of what it's like to be in space and the loneliness that goes with it. We really feel the same sense of helplessness these characters feel. 

Sandra Bullock absolutely kills it as Ryan Stone. It's easily the best performance of her career surpassing her Oscar win for The Blind Side. Dr. Stone is alone most of the film as she fights to survive and find help. So it's basically a one man show and she carries the whole film.

 Gravity movie, Sandra Bullock George Clooney Gravity, Gravity OscarsGravity is definitely a great film but my problem with it was that the story didn't quite match up with the amazing visuals. Overall, it's a pretty simple story about someone trying to survive, but there isn't much story or conflict beyond that.

The film starts with these characters in space. Everything happens so fast so there's no real character development or reasons to root for these characters. We don't even really know who they are so there isn't enough emotion to go with it. I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I should have.

Still, Gravity is a great movie and one of the years best. I just didn't relate to it as much as some and didn't think it was as great as the critics made it out to be.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rush (2013)

The following is a review for Rush (2013).

Rush tells the true story of merciless competition between Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, in the 1970s. This sporting rivalry highlights the differences between Hunt (Hemsworth), an English playboy, and Lauda (Bruhl), an Austrian driver who becomes Hunt's biggest competition.

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The story follows their distinctly different styles on and off the track, their relationships, and the astonishing 1976 season where both drivers were willing to risk everything in order to become the sports' world champion.

 photo rush-movie_zpsefa6e31e.jpeg Rush explodes right out of the gate with exciting race sequences and interesting character conflicts. Hunt and Lauda are rivals, but there is a great deal of respect between them.

A ton of credit goes to Hemsworth and Bruhl (who both gives terrific performances) for pulling off this interesting dynamic. Since we see the film from both of their perspectives, we end up rooting for both throughout the film.

Ron Howard also does a great job with the direction in his best film since Cinderella Man, 8 years ago. We really get a feel of what it was like during this sleek, glamorious, golden age of Formula One racing.

 photo rush-feature_zps0112871c.png While the film hasn't performed well with US audiences, only grossing 23 million in its first three weekends, I understand why. Most people in the U.S. aren't as familiar with this type of racing and racing in general isn't a popular sport.

However, the fact is that you don't even have to like racing to enjoy this movie. It's just a good old fashioned rivalry between two athletes and competitors. Plain and simple. It's a great story that could relate to any other sport.

Rush is a great biopic about two competitors who would risk everything and do anything to win. It's exciting, suspenseful, moving, and always entertaining. Rush is one of the best films of the year and is a must see for all audiences.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Top 10 Best Films of 2006

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1. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
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2. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
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3. United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
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4. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
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5. Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick)
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6. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
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7. V for Vendetta (James McTeigue)
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8. The Prestige (Christoper Nolan)
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9. Borat (Larry Charles)
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10. An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim)
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Prisoners (2013)

The following is a review for Prisoners (2013).

Prisoners tells the story of a child abduction case and the investigation that follows. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces every parents' worst nightmare. He decides to take extreme measures as he tries find his daughter on his own.

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Meanwhile, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the police department pursue multiple leads as the case takes a number of twists and turns. While the police try to do their job, desperation sets in and it pushes Keller over the edge.

 Prisoners Movie, Prisoners Jake GyllenhaalAs a thriller, Prisoners is outstanding. There was never a dull moment. We get to see multiple sides of the case, including the family's reaction, the investigation and how it affects the main suspect in the case.

Not only does Prisoners work as a great mystery/thriller, it also has an interesting moral conflict. Just how far would you go in order to find and protect your daughter? Most fathers would do anything for their children. Even though some of Keller's actions may be extreme, we still understand where he's coming from.

 Prisoners Review The entire all star cast delivers top notch performances, including career bests from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Other notables include Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard, and Paul Dano. That's just one of the reasons why this isn't you're average thriller.

The writing is crisp and intense. Coming in at nearly 2 hours and 30 minutes, it was always fresh and interesting.

Prisoners reminded me a lot of Zodiac and Mystic River. It's an eerie, atmospheric thriller that doesn't rely on cheap thrills. It focuses on the characters first and foremost, which makes the payoffs much more satisfying. It definitely belongs in the same class as these greats.

Prisoners is a heart pounding thrill ride that will always keep you on the edge of your seat. It's easily the most exciting and suspenseful film of the year so far. Prisoners is also the best film of the year so far and will likely remain among the very best at the year's end.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Movie Reviews

You can check out  my movie review page here... Movie Reviews. With Oscar season starting, I'll be updating this pretty frequently. I have a few reviews lined up now that I'm working on, so stay tuned.

Reviews coming soon- Prisoners, Rush, and Gravity.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top 10 Best Films of 2007

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1. No Country for Old Men
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2. Zodiac
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3. There Will Be Blood
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4. Gone Baby Gone
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5. Knocked Up
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6. Superbad
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7. Juno
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8. 3:10 to Yuma
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9. Atonement
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10. The Bourne Ultimatum
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