Archive for October, 2010

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith [2005]


The Star Wars saga comes to an end in style as Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finally succumbs to the dark side, after a desperate attempt to protect his wife Padme (Natalie Portman) from the hands of death. His longtime friendship with Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) ends with an incredible lightsaber fight on planet mustaphar, and we witness the birth of Darth Vader in one of the most iconic scenes ever made (possibly my favorite of the whole series). Long, sometimes a bit slow, but masterfully told by Georges Lucas, and delivers an emotional finale as the prequel trilogy reaches its conclusion. Yoda is terrific in every fight scene he appears in! 

Fun fact: “The images of the volcanic eruption on Mustafar was real footage of Mt. Etna in Italy which was erupting at the time of production.”

Rating: 3.5/4

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Requiem For A Dream [2000]


Disturbing (to say the least) movie from director Darren Aronofsky about four ambitious people who watch their lives go down the drain when their drug addictions go out of control. Meanwhile, the mother of one of those young men, living in her own Brooklyn appartment drifts into a dream state after getting hooked on diet pills. The actors give it their best, and director Aronofsky desperately tries to picture the struggle of these young people on a daily basis, but it all adds up to zero (though the movie has many loyal fans). Spending time with those drug addicts is no fun at all. Depressing and disappointing, to put it mildly.

Fun fact: “Most movies contain 600 to 700 cuts. Requiem for a Dream contains over 2,000.”

 Rating: 2/4

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Up [2009]


Wonderful animated movie from Disney/Pixar about a 78 year old man who decides to fulfill his lifelong dream: to visit the wilds of South America and the spot he and his late wife always wanted to settle down in. By tying thousands of balloons to his home, he sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, accompanied by a little boy from the explorer troop. Funny, sweet and deeply touching, “Up” deservedly won an oscar for best animated feature of the year 2009; it’s certainly one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen (a real tearjerker some might say). Michael Giacchino’s unforgettable score adds charm to it aswell. A brilliant achievement in every sense of the word.

Fun fact: “First film to be nominated for Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Animated Feature.”

 Rating: 3.5/4

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The Social Network [2010]


Everything you need to know about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social networking site facebook, his lawsuit against co-founder Eduardo Saverin and the Winklevoss brothers (who claimed he’d stolen their idea) can all be found in David Fincher’s movie “The Social Network”. It’s one of the most talked movies of the year, and I’m happy to say that it lives up to the hype. It’s a completely absorbing story, masterfully orchestrated by Fincher, and it’s all about the invention of facebook as told from several points of views (which makes it extra fun). Jesse Eisenberg (“Adventureland”, “Zombieland”…) has been really good these last few years, but his role as Mark Zuckerberg will most definitely put him on the map permanently. He absolutely nailed his portrayal of the computer genius, whose mouth works faster than his brain (he literally can’t stop talking), and he is surrounded by a fine cast aswell (especially Andrew Garfield as Zuckerberg’s long time pal). “The Social Network” is a movie that you will probably see for curiosity’s sake  (afterall we’re all facebook members), and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed; it’s one of the finest movies of the year.

Fun fact: Anis Tabet wrote this review-3 minutes ago via facebook. comment. like.

Rating: 3.5/4

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A Prophet [2009]


Fantastic movie about a young arab man (Tahar Rahim) who is sent to a french prison, where he befriends a mafia kingpin called Cesare Luciani. Luciani forces him to commit a terrible crime (which haunts him through the whole film), and then gives him support and protection in his gang. The young man also learns how to deal drugs and even tries to mastermind some business of his own. Powerful and violent, this amazing movie will definitely blow you away; the acting is first rate (especially Niels Arestrup in the role of the mafia lord), and it keeps coming up with twists and turns right through the closing credits. One of the best movies of its genre; a must see.

 Rating: 3.5/4

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Dogville [2003]


Engaging drama set in the 1930’s about a fugitive (Nicole Kidman) who finds refuge in a small american town. In exchange, she agrees to work for the people who welcomed her, not knowing that her showing up in their small community will eventually have a dark and disturbing effect on them. If you get over the fact that this movie is actually a theatrical staging, then you’re in for a treat. It’s long, sometimes too talky, but also thought provoking and masterfully told. The whole cast is great, but Kidman is a standout in this unique tale of morality. Narrated by a wonderful John Hurt. Followed by a sequel: “Manderlay”.

Fun fact: “Was a critics’ favorite to win at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, but received no prizes.”

Rating: 3/4

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Cyrus [2010]


The presence of comedic actors like Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly might lead you to think that “Cyrus” is strictly for laughs, when in fact it’s a serious film disguised as a comedy. I can’t say I was thrilled by it, but I enjoyed most of it. Reilly plays a divorced man who is encouraged by his ex wife (Catherine Keener) to attend a party, where he meets a very attractive woman (Marisa Tomei) who likes him instantly. Problem is: she lives with her 22 year old son (Jonah Hill), and the dude is not about to let anyone disrupt his relationship with his mother. Usually with Hollywood movies, this is the part where the rivalry between the two turns into a comedy “battle”, so basically if you’re expecting something all too familiar, then “Cyrus” is not the movie for you. But if you don’t mind something new or should I say “more original”, then give it chance; it might not be a great movie, but when the actors are this good, it’s hard to complain.

 

Rating: 2.5/4

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