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Old 19-08-2008, 05:38 PM   First Class Member KKWiki Contributer Administrator #1581
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Old 22-08-2008, 05:00 AM   #1582
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Starring - Daniel Day-Lewis

Strange film, but Lewis puts forth a good performance.
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Old 23-08-2008, 09:04 AM   #1583
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Vacancy (2007)
Starring - Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson

Pretty good horror film compared to what we usually get.
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Old 28-08-2008, 08:15 AM   #1584
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Van Helsing (2004)
Starring - Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale

An entertaining, highly underrated fun film.
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Van Helsing a 9/10? There Will Be Blood a 7/10? Seriously? Just because There Will Be Blood confused you, doesn't make it simply an average film. It is a character study on par with Citizen Kane. Oh, and Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday are separate characters. Paul Dano was to originally play Paul, but Anderson decided to replace the actor playing Eli, and asked him to play it. They are identical twins.

Ahem... now, on to my latest films.

Love In The Time of Cholera
Javier Bardem is amazing. Absolutely, positively... amazing. After having seen him in No Country for Old Men, I wasn't sure I could ever watch him on screen without thinking of Anton Chigurh. Not a chance. His turn as Florentino Ariza is the bright spot in an otherwise below average film.

The Savages
As amazing as Bardem is, this film goes a step farther. The acting is incredible and the film succeeds. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are spot on as a pair of disconnected siblings, having enough difficulty dealing with their own problems, who are suddenly saddled with dealing with their estranged father's dementia and failing health. How this lost to Juno for Best Original Screenplay is beyond me.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:34 AM   #1586
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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson

Dempsey was married to his best friend's 48 year old mother at 21 and Amanda Peterson drops off the face of the Earth, either to become a drug addict or a happily married mother... no this isn't part of the movie this is just some interesting facts on the actors. The movie is good too though.
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Oh, and Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday are separate characters. Paul Dano was to originally play Paul, but Anderson decided to replace the actor playing Eli, and asked him to play it. They are identical twins.
Identical twins... exactly where do they explain that in the film? Seems much more logical to believe that Paul and Eli are the same person because obviously Eli is a nut job, ever heard of multiple personalities? I believe Lewis's character also eludes to this at the end of the film when he's chastising Eli. Other than Eli saying Paul is his brother there is no other evidence to support that, at least from what I gathered.

Also a typical response about Van Helsing and then criticizing me for giving There Will Be Blood a 7. Obviously you didn't read my reviews, maybe you should. I explain why I gave Van Helsing a 9 and attempting to compare my ratings between the two films is ridiculous, they are two completely different types of films, try reading why I gave Van Helsing a 9. Also I didn't give There Will Be Blood a 7 just because it was confusing, I gave it a 7 because everything except for Daniel Day Lewis was dull and mediocre. Take Lewis out of the film and plug in some other random actor and that film would not have received any notice, he's the only reason it's worth watching at all. Last time I checked you need more than just a great performance from one actor to have a great film, see A Beautiful Mind for one type of example of what a true great film is.
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I read both of them.
If you're going to review films, you might want to check out some of the press related to the film. Paul Dano has mentioned, on several occasions, that the characters were to be played by different actors but that Anderson decided against the actor playing Eli and asked him to take on the role. In doing so, he altered the parts so as to make them identical twins.
Of course, whether Paul and Eli are identical twins, one schizophrenic or aliens, the fact remains that There Will Be Blood is a character study of Daniel Plainview. It's not about the people around him, but rather about how he uses these people for his own gain. The twenty or so minutes of action with nary a word spoken at the beginning of the film tells you everything you need to know about Daniel Plainview. Sure, Anderson could have had Hal Holbrook narrate a voice over to tell us how determined to succeed Plainview was, but thankfully, he decided to let Daniel Day-Lewis show us by falling down a mineshaft and then dragging his broken body, not just out of the hole, but all the way to town to get his discovery assayed.
As for Van Helsing, regardless of what you think "worked" in the film, I found that the narrative played a distant second fiddle to CGI... and not very good CGI at that.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:42 AM   #1589
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I read both of them.
If you're going to review films, you might want to check out some of the press related to the film. Paul Dano has mentioned, on several occasions, that the characters were to be played by different actors but that Anderson decided against the actor playing Eli and asked him to take on the role. In doing so, he altered the parts so as to make them identical twins.
Of course, whether Paul and Eli are identical twins, one schizophrenic or aliens, the fact remains that There Will Be Blood is a character study of Daniel Plainview. It's not about the people around him, but rather about how he uses these people for his own gain. The twenty or so minutes of action with nary a word spoken at the beginning of the film tells you everything you need to know about Daniel Plainview. Sure, Anderson could have had Hal Holbrook narrate a voice over to tell us how determined to succeed Plainview was, but thankfully, he decided to let Daniel Day-Lewis show us by falling down a mineshaft and then dragging his broken body, not just out of the hole, but all the way to town to get his discovery assayed.
As for Van Helsing, regardless of what you think "worked" in the film, I found that the narrative played a distant second fiddle to CGI... and not very good CGI at that.
Well then we'll agree to disagree. I still don't think you understand why I gave the rating I did on There Will Be Blood. It was neither based on the opening 20 minutes nor the Paul Dano character. Paul Dano was one of the few things I actually enjoyed about the film, and frankly I think if Paul and Eli were actually the same person it would make more sense in the overall story, seeing Paul definitely has some issues, I think it's all really left open to interuptation in the film and could go either way. The reason I chose to point out the opening scene was because it was a reacurring complaint I had read in many other reviews, it was just a heads up to people, I really didn't have a problem with it. Again my rating is mainly based on the story, which I believe is saved majorly by the acting of Lewis and Dano, without them this film would have been nothing.

As for Van Helsing I understand it's dislike amoung the majority, but it appears to me everyone has there "guilty pleasures" so to speak, and Van Helsing is basically a typical popcorn adventure film, nothing more. I think it recieves way too much critizism for being so. I'm a big Kate Beckinsale fan, which is another reason I enjoyed this film. But I think I made my reasons clear why I enjoyed the movie, I don't expect people to change their opinon because of it, but I'd would like to see people stop overanalyzing it and critizing it for accomplishing what it set out to be.

To each there own though.
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Cold Comfort Farm (1996)
Starring: Kate Beckinsale

Probably not well known to most in the United States, but easily attainable and well worth the rent. A very entertaining and quirky comedy, similar to Chevy Chase's Funny Farm.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:46 PM   #1591
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Juno - it was great, i loved it. it was just so... sweet ^^
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had an almost sexy dream last night with the guy from that movie.
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College. Um... I already knew it was going to suck but when the rest of your friends wanna watch it, what can you do? This movie is a cheap rip-off of Superbad. No real comedy, just mostly gross out jokes which never work when the characters aren't given any depth.
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Why have I never heard of this movie? And I get the all the trades and everything...

I saw The Wicker Man (Nic Cage version) - yuck, what the hell was that?

I just finished watching The Perfect Score. I love this movie, it's seriously underrated.
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In Bruges - This movie is FUCKED. But good. I was thinking "tra-la-la this movie is hilarious and cool" in the first half hour, then I was traumatized.

Ironman - FINALLY. Ok, I thought it was cool and it made me fall in love with RDJ again.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - I was inspired to see this after the RDJ crush resurrection. I loved it! It was funny and Val Kilmer was actually kinda good in it.
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Falling Down.

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Mischief (1985) - a pitiful excuse for a romantic comedy, neither funny nor romantic.

The Big Bang Theory - Season 1 (2007) - the funniest new sitcom on TV.

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I've never seen nothing worse than Wanted, I endured watching it 35 minutes. Thanks god, I didn't go to the cinema when its time was. The conclusion: never to see films directed by the Russian.
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I'm Not There An imagination of the different lives (so far) of Bob Dylan.

I don't really like movies about people who somehow "have everything" and how they misuse their good fortune. The movie glosses over a lot of that and leaves you feeling that Dylan is/was a pretty nice guy. There are no warts shown here... Unfortunately that doesn't leave much real person for you to enjoy. Think of it as a Concert Film and listen to the music.
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