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Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger

Posted : 14 years, 4 months ago on 27 March 2008 05:51 (A review of Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger)

Yet another film that I knew almost nothing about when walking into the cinema to see this. I had only taken a quick glance at the synopsis at the cinema.. so basically, upon seeing this you don't have to know much about it to enjoy the film. So yes, I was pleasantly surprised when walking out from seeing this, it truly was an astonishing film that came through with many different emotions.

Esther Blueburger is a 13-year old student, who attends a private school. She doesn't have much luck making friends, well.. no luck at all really. That's only up until she meets a public school student, Sunni. Despite their differences they begin to get along with each other, and form a unique friendship. From there the story unfolds and we witness Esther going through many challenges at that time in her life. It's a very emotional movie, towards the end it becomes very sad, but there are some lighter sides to the movie as well.

There were some very talented young actors in this, including Keisha Castle-Hughes and Danielle Catanzariti. They were simply amazing. The rest of the cast were average, but Toni Collette gave a great performance.

A movie that should keep you entertained and satisfied. If you do get the chance, you should really see this.

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Michael Clayton

Posted : 14 years, 4 months ago on 20 March 2008 05:55 (A review of Michael Clayton)

"There's no play here. There's no angle. There's no champagne room. I'm not a miracle worker, I'm a janitor. The math on this is simple. The smaller the mess the easier it is for me to clean up."

Michael Clayton is an appealing, slow at times, but generally satisfying thriller. My words of advise if you plan to see this is not to expect a fast-paced action thriller of any kind, this is really something quite the opposite. It's still kept in the 'thriller/mystery' genre, but by no means has the action that some viewers might be looking for. Instead it takes a slower pace and it focused on politics and lawyers, though not a great deal of understanding is needed. In order for this overall film to leave the viewer satisfied, you have to understand the ending and pay close attention throughout the film. Even for me there are some questions still in my mind that are unanswered, but I know that some people will watch this and not pay attention for some of the movie, and then be left almost clueless at the end. I for one really appreciated this style of film, and although it's not normally a type of film that I would choose to watch, I am still glad that I have seen it.

George Clooney showed some amazing talent in Michael Clayton, it was great to see him in a role such as this. Tilda Swinton for me did not live up to the 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar that she received, to me most of her performance was nothing that contributed a lot to the film. Tom Wilkinson, however, was exceptional and gave a great performance.

This was a brilliant film that I definitely enjoyed watching, it was extremely interesting and well acted in most cases. Though, having said that, this film isn't for everyone. If it sounds like something you might like, or you're just curious, then I recommend that you see this for yourself.

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Public Enemies

Posted : 14 years, 4 months ago on 20 March 2008 05:22 (A review of Public Enemies)

Firstly, I have NOT seen this. I just wanted to express my excitement for this films release.

It is going to be amazing, awesome and perfect in every possible way. No, I can't guarantee that, but I have a strong feeling that this will become one of my fave Johnny Depp films. The cast is brilliant, so many of my fave actors are to star in this film. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham... just... WOW! With a cast like that there's no denying that this has the potential to be a truly outstanding film. And to be directed by the one and only Michael Mann.. what a legend he is. Another great reason that I am looking forward to this flick.

So yes.. that is my shortened excitement for this film in words. I could go on for hours.. but, it will have to stop there. I can't wait for it's release, and I sure hope that it will live up to my expectations. Still a long while to go now though....

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The Libertine

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 15 March 2008 12:08 (A review of The Libertine)

"I don't mean to upset people, but I must speak my mind. For what's in my mind is far more interesting than what's outside my mind."

The Libertine is one of Johnny Depp's finest performances, and overall a simply brilliant movie. From it's more disturbing yet striking scenes to it's powerful and unique story; I couldn't wish for anything more from this movie.

Taking place in the 17th century, The Libertine centres around the life of John Wilmont, aka the Earl of Rochester. He is a corrupt, drunk and sexually active cynical poet, who has a distinctive love for the theatre. As the film goes on, we are witnessed to his reputation of being liked by the ladies, drinking, shagging and his sexual play. This usually wouldn't be a movie that I would choose to watch, but Johnny Depp made it an instant must-see for me, and I am now very happy and pleasantly surprised with my verdict.

Johnny Depp has given one of his best performances in The Libertine, once again showing what an incredible actor he is and what versatility he has between his various acting roles. John Malkovich has another exceptional movie added to his filmography, while there were other great performances from Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport and Samantha Morton.

I highly recommend this movie, even just to see for yourself what it is like. I can't guarantee that everyone will like it, but it should at least be an interesting experience.

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No Country For Old Men

Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 9 March 2008 12:52 (A review of No Country for Old Men)

This has to be, without a doubt, one of the best films of 2007. The Coen Brothers have again made their talent for film-making shine through this film. From the moment it starts to it's abrupt yet defining end, No Country For Old Men is a true masterpiece of a movie that should not be missed.

I can say for a start that it wasn't quite what I had expected it to be. I knew little about the plot and tried to keep an open mind while walking into the cinema, which was probably the best thing to be doing. It surprised me, but in the best possible way. From the little I knew, I thought it would be perhaps more of a drama film. Instead, it came out to me as a very well done thriller. There was also more violence than I expected, and it wasn't just it being bloody, but everything seemed very sudden. I saw these things as compliments to the movie, for I felt that without them it wouldn't have been the multi-award winning, brilliant film that it is.

Tommy Lee Jones was in the film for quite a bit less than I was expecting him to. Even so, his performance while on the screen was near perfection. Javier Bardem was... well, I can say that he 100% deserved that Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He created a terrifying and fearless character, his performance in this film is sure to be remembered. Josh Brolin was also another stand-out performance, as was all of the acting.

This is a must see movie that I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to see.

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Posted : 14 years, 5 months ago on 21 February 2008 06:05 (A review of Sunshine)

"All you have to is look out for a little extra brightness in the sky. So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it."

Sunshine is a truly amazing and mind blowing movie that has left me in complete awe from the beginning to end. Sci-fi isn't a movie genre that I usually enjoy, but this was an exception as it was truly breathtaking. Some scenes were visually astonishing, while others were full of thrills and chills that should leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to know how this masterpiece ends. And it's the ending that really left me in complete admiration of this film, despite the circumstances of what has happened, the ending it perfect and completely satisfying.

The film centers around a crew who have left earth in a frozen winter, with a purpose to use their payload, a stellar bomb, to create a star within the sun. This has very original plot points that I have never seen before in a movie, and I loved the contrast between the lightness and darkness that is used. The cast were also amazing in most cases, some characters had key parts to the story that simply could not be any better than they turned out to be. Cillian Murphy was outstanding, I can now say that I admire him as an actor. Chris Evans's performance was from absolute brilliance. Rose Byrne was superb, as was Cliff Curtis.

Definitely recommend this to any Sci-fi fan.. and even if you aren't, I strongly recommend that you at least try watching this flick.

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Hot Rod

Posted : 14 years, 6 months ago on 17 February 2008 05:14 (A review of Hot Rod)

"I'd rather die than live in a world where I can't kick your ass."

This sort of stuff usually isn't my 'type' of humour, but I got through watching this with a few laughs. It wasn't hysterically funny, but I enjoyed watching it.

The story focus's on Rod Kimble, who believes that he is destined to become a superstar stuntman. When his step-dad needs an operation which his family can't afford, Rod and his friends come up with a plan for him to try and set a record of jumping over a number of school busses on a motorbike. This, he hopes, will raise enough money for the operation so that his step-dad is well enough to fight him so that Rod can kill him himself. It's not really all that seriously, just a friendly rivalry.

Andy Samberg was definitely funny, and although some jokes were lame.. he actually made his character a lot more interesting. Isla Fisher was forgettable. Bill Hader was brilliant, as he is in every other movie. Oh, and Will Arnett wasn't half bad for his small role in this. So although some things in this were incredibly lame and stupid, others actually turned out quite funny. See this for yourself, but don't expect anything amazing.

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Posted : 14 years, 6 months ago on 17 February 2008 04:09 (A review of Swordfish)

This was a really, really entertaining, engaging and compelling movie that I was very pleased to know that I have seen. This combines some of my favourite movie genres and elements together and it works out brilliantly. It has just as much action as it does comedy. It is just as much a thriller as it is a mystery flick. If ANY of those interest you, then I can guarantee that you will enjoy this, even if only a little.

The plot comes across as quite complex, but after contemplating after the movie and really giving it some thought, it is a lot more simple as it seems. My opinion is that the ending was brilliant. Somethings that could have been picked out, but for me was a surprise. For me it was also satisfying, something that isn't always the case for a movie like this.

John Travolta was really amazing. I actually found his character quite likable, and he played him to perfection. Hugh Jackman had a vital role and he pulled it off really well. Halle Berry was slightly better than average, while Don Cheadle's role to me didn't seem quite as important as some others.. he gave a great performance. Oh, and two thumbs up to Vinnie Jones, too.

Overall this is a highly enjoyable film that I'd recommend for anyone to see.

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Posted : 14 years, 6 months ago on 17 February 2008 03:56 (A review of Superbad)

Superbad? Nearly. Supergood? Nowhere near. Super....alright? I feel like I wasted my time watching this, really. I thought with all of the great reviews and things I have heard about this, it would be great. I expected too much, because to me this was just bizarre and apart from a few jokes, not funny.

The beginning was an excuse to swear as many possible times as you can in an hour. Seriously, it didn't even make any sense. Towards the end was just strange, with heaps of useless jokes that I just could not find it in me to laugh at. Somewhere in the middle I found myself actually enjoying it, so that must be the reason I can actually give this 2 stars.

Jonah Hill will be remembered for his role in this. Although the stuff his character says is pointless, the stupidness and amount of times he can swear in a sentence is actually funny. Michael Cera I thought was pretty decent in this, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's 'McLovin' I will always remember, just to say that word in itself is funny. You'll know what I mean if you've seen the movie. I suppose the actor I liked the most was Bill Hader.

I wouldn't recommend this, although it seems like everyone else seems to love this... I didn't.

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Fool's Gold

Posted : 14 years, 6 months ago on 17 February 2008 03:39 (A review of Fool's Gold)

Fool's Gold was an extremely entertaining and fun to watch movie. Sure, it had some downfalls and plot gaps, but overall I really do think that it was worth seeing.

This flick centres around a soon to be divorced couple, who after one of them finds just the start to a huge adventure, come together again to seek out this ancient treasure. This sort of idea has been done before, and there are some times in the plot that seem familiar to a typical movie like this. But it is saved by somehow being hugely entertaining and hystericaly funny in some parts.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson together again was a great choice, they have great chemistry and each really became their character. Donald Sutherland was slightly better than average for what you'd expect from a role like that. Alexis Dziena was hilarious! At parts in the movie that really needed a 'lift', she provided a great joke. Ewen Bremner and Ray Winstone were also nice additions to the cast.

I'd recommend this to anyone in the mood for a laugh and an entertaining couple of hours.

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