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Posted on Dec 6, 2010 10:23:29 AM PST
Hikari says:
HARRY BROWN (2009)
Starring Sir Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley
3.5/5 stars

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Michael Caine, 77 years old, turns in a tour-de-force, kick-butt performance in this British rendition of "Gran Torino". You can call him "Dirty 'Arry". The movie surrounding him is a bit of a grim mess, the heavy East London dialects at times nigh unintelligible to Yanks, but Caine keeps you engaged and watching until the very end when the tightness of the story degenerates into a murky free-for-all. Very eye-opening viewing for Americans who get their notions of modern-day England from Wimbledon and movies like "Notting Hill" and "Love, Actually". There is no pretty, shiny, affluent fantasy like that in Harry's world.

Harry Brown is a retiree living on a rough housing estate (housing projects to Americans). Harry's estate could be something straight out of Cabrini Green--graffiti, decay and despair cover everything. Harry leads a solitary existence--his wife is comatose in the hospital. His days consist of visiting her and playing chess with his only friend on the estate down at the pub. Gangs are terrorizing the estate, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. When gang members kill his friend, Harry decides he's had enough. This former Marine who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles has skills. Skills he has not called upon for 30 years, but he's ready to dust them off. Police are baffled by the rise of gang-on-gang violence on the estate. Only one officer suspects that our mild-mannered penshioner has more to him than meets the eye, DI Frampton (played by Emily Mortimer). Her role could have been fleshed out more, so her fans will be a tad disappointed, but this movie is worth a rental for the central performance by Caine, one of our international thespian treasures.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 6:55:37 PM PST
J. Baker says:
Sounds like you got some enjoyment out of Daisies [VHS]. I love the movie myself. All Vera Chytilova movies are so anarchistic and freewheeling. It's an invigorating experience!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:18:26 PM PST
D. Duarte says:
I bought Daisies offa Amazon earlier this year, but every time I try to watch it, I get distracted...

Who wants to buy my copy? :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:21:01 PM PST
jmgirl says:
The special features had some letter to some official people speaking out against Daisies because it went against Communist Ideals. What an uptight government!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:22:01 PM PST
jmgirl says:
Awww, darn! If only you'd asked before I rented it, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:32:07 PM PST
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D. Duarte says:
would still be nice to own it, wouldn't it? :-) being that it's such an iconic classic and whatnot.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 7:51:21 PM PST
jmgirl says:
LOL! I would feel guilty taking "an iconic classic" away from you. You're such a nice guy and all ;)

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 7:56:41 PM PST
D. Duarte says:
LOL, you wouldn't be "taking" it away from me, you'd be buying it, money assuages guilt :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 8:20:34 PM PST
jmgirl says:
You're funny. Sadly, money is in short supply this time of year (can't give the kids coal, now can I?) I guess I'll just have to make due with my memories of the "iconic classic". *sniff, sniff*

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 8:24:08 PM PST
D. Duarte says:
oh, you had to go and play the poor skinny hungry kids at Christmas time card, eh? Oy vey & bah Humbug!

well played, I had no idea I was messin' with a pro! ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 8:28:47 PM PST
jmgirl says:
Ha! And you couldn't even see my poker face!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 8:33:18 PM PST
J. Baker says:
D. Duarte says:
"I bought Daisies offa Amazon earlier this year, but every time I try to watch it, I get distracted...

Who wants to buy my copy? :-) "

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If I can afford it, I'd love to buy your copy of 'Daisies' for a friend.

I don't like loaning out movies that I only have one copy of. If you're serious, let's make a deal!

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 7:33:59 AM PST
Jersey Girl says:
Last week I watched two newer movies.

Eat Pray Love 2.5/5 stars

This was more of a womans movie. Julia Roberts plays a married woman who suddenly realizes she does not want to be married anymore. She leaves her husband and meets James Franco and starts a relationship with him. That isn't working either so she decides to go away for a year and go to all the places she has wanted to go to. She first visits Italy (Eat) and makes friends and eats all the time. Then she visits India (Pray) where she tries to get more in touch with her spirituality. Finally she goes to Bali (Love) where she meets and has a relationship with Javier Bardem. So has she finally found love and all she has wanted or did she leave true love behind back in the states? I found this movie to be ok....not great and not bad. It really slowed down a lot in India but picked up quickly when she went to Bali. A decent rental but not sure if I would ever purchase this.

Going The Distance 2.5/5 stars
This movie stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Longs character just went through a break up and so he and his friends go to their local bar. He goes to one of the video games that Barrymore is playing and puts his quarter on it and causes her to lose. They argue at first but then he realizes she is the one who has the high score he has been trying to beat for months. He invites her to drink with him and his friends. They end up going back to his place where the talk about Top Gun and smoke out of a bong. They sleep together and plan on only having the one night stand but then they start seeing one another. He finds out that she is only there as an intern at the newspaper and will be moving back to California in 6 weeks. Since he is in New York they realize that they may end up having to enter a long distance relationship. Basically that is what the rest of the movie is about. At first this movie started out with a lot of crude humor and everyone dropping the F-bomb like they got paid a million dollars every time they said it (and probably did) but then it goes into basic Rom Com mode for a long time. Then when he goes to visit her,they end up having sex on her sisters dining room table and get caught by her sister,who she lives with, and the husband was actually sitting at the table eating in the dark. Then it goes back to Rom Com mode. Everything in this movie was predictable and it was only OK. I was a little disappointed as I feel it was a huge waste of talent..I like Charlie Day from Sunny In Philadelphia and he pulls some laughs in this but not enough to save it.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 7:35:19 AM PST
Jersey Girl says:
Today I will watch Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. I will review later....also my copy of Inception should come in soon. I cannot wait!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2010 3:00:28 PM PST
D. Duarte says:
J. P. Baker,

I marked you as a "friend" so if you click on my profile you'll see my e-mail address.

Write me and we'll set it up. :-)

Dan

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 3:07:15 PM PST
D. Duarte says:
Eat, Pray, Love rating = 2/5

I watched it last night. Dramatic and self-absorbed hot chick discovers that no matter where she goes in the world, people want to be her friend.

She also learned some deep (to her) spiritual lessons that I could have turned her on to for the price of a beer. But oh well, she had to learn the hard (and pretentious) way.

Moral of the story: If you're a doable hot chick, no matter how self-absorbed you are, people will still want to make love to you. What a revelation.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2010 3:55:27 PM PST
Lauri says:
The latest movie I watched was, "My Sister's Keeper" based on the novel by Jodi Picoult. Excellent!!!! This movie was casted subperbly! Cameron Diaz as the selfish mother Jason Patric as the open minded father. Very contrevearsial but a tear jerker.The next best movie was, "The Blind Side" also casted superbly. Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathie Bates' what more could you ask for? Plus.... It was a true story!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2010 4:26:47 PM PST
jmgirl says:
Yes! I loved My Sister's Keeper. This was one of only two movies that I actually thought was better than the book.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 5:57:20 AM PST
Jersey Girl says:
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World 2.75/5 Stars

At first I was really liking this movie. It had some quirkiness to it and it had some unusual special effects,not to mention all of the video game music and references. After a while though it just got to be repititious to me. Scott Pilgrim is a guy in a band who is dating a high school girl but then meets another girl and he wants to start dating her. However,he must battle all of her evil exes to do so. I think there are seven or eight ex's. Well the battle scenes are video game like and at first I was ok with that. But as he kept fighting one after another it seemed to be the same thing over and over again. I honestly didn't even finish this one and was disappointed because of all of the rave reviews. Worth a rent if you honestly just want to check this one out (and you may love it) I just did not. Youth In Revolt was a so much better. Give that a rent..strange too but it was unique and humorous.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 5:48:49 PM PST
jmgirl says:
Twice Upon a Yesterday - 7/10 stars

TUAY was a British rom com from 1998. It was about a man who cheated on his girlfriend, so she dumped him. He realizes he truly loved her and when she is about to marry another man 8 months later he tries to win her back. A couple of garbage men send him back in time to the day they broke up and he takes advantage of the second chance. However, things do not work out exactly as he had planned.

Ok, the magical garbage men were a little out there, I admit. But once you get past that, it was a very good movie. I gave it an extra star because it didn't go exactly where I thought it would. It was a romantic comedy, but it was not formulated. The HEA came from a direction that I was not expecting.

Overall I found it to be sweet, sexy and unconventional. A great find!

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 7:34:59 PM PST
bella7 says:
Where God Left His Shoes. 7.5/10 stars

A bittersweet indie movie about a NYC family that falls on hard times and becomes homeless right before Christmas. John Leguizamo did a great job as the father. This film was realistic and multidimensional. I found it a little depressing at times and it did not have the totally "happy" ending that I wanted, but such is life. It showed how a person's bad past choices can follow him. I found myself thinking about the movie long after it was over. It is worth seeing, but made me a little sad thinking of how many homeless people are out there and living in shelters. However, there were bright spots of the family sticking together in the midst of horrible circumstances.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 7:40:16 PM PST
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Rock~N~Rolla says:
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

I really enjoyed this movie written and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as lifelong friends who are roommates that find themselves down on their luck and so they decide to make a porn movie to help pay their bills. It's a pretty simple movie formula with all the standard sex jokes, and low brow humor that Kevin Smith's movies are known for, plus a bit of nudity thrown in here and there, but it also has a lot of heart as we find out that Zack and Miri are not only just friends but actually turn out to be madly in love with each other. Surprise...Not, but it was still done quite sweetly here.

The movie has lots of great supporting cast members too such as Jason Mewes who is famous for playing the character Jay in a few Smith movies. Others include Craig Robinson, Traci Lords, and Justin Long and Brandon Routh as two hilarious Gay lovers. Even horror movie special effects master Tom Savini has a cameo in the film. So if you are in the mood for a funny, raunchy, yet touching romantic comedy, this is the movie for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 7:43:07 PM PST
bella7 says:
I've liked Craig Robinson ever since seeing him on The Office.
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