I really like Liam Neeson as a “I don’t know who you are, but if you don’t let my daughter go I will find you, I will kill you” badass, this is why Taken is great, along with the fact it’s 93 minutes are paced perfectly.
Well who saw this coming? I’d heard good things before watching Let the Right One In, but wasn’t quite prepared for either it’s beautiful aesthetic or tender subject matter all wrapped into what is without doubt a horror film – “I’m twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.” This is cinema…
I love David Thewlis and he is at his usual best in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, I also love Vera Farmiga a little bit too, she always looks like a film star. The very simple story’s impact is only marginally undercooked by the ever-so predictable climax, but then the dread of what is coming is all part of the experience, it’s a tough balancing act.
Dicaprio and Crowe go head to head over the phone for the most part in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, which is engaging to the last – can’t help thinking the ‘serious’ nature of the film is somewhat undone by the cast regardless of their talents, more about who they are as opposed to what they do.
There isn’t a great deal to say, it’s a Ben Stiller movie that plays on the war film genre – amusing, but Tropic Thunder is a Ben Stiller movie.
Hoop Dreams shows what it takes to make it as a pro basketball player purely because the film-makers demonstrate what it takes to make a documentary – unerring commitment and dedication to real-life stories. It is on an epic scale and is an absorbing insight into a whole lot more than just basketball, a blueprint for the genre.
I partly love this Wes animation because my pal and his lovely wife got their names on the credits for being part of the splendid team behind the creation of the models and sets. That aside though the dialogue is so good and the pacing of the exchanges between characters so precise it is arguable that Fantastic Mr. Fox is up there with some of the best of Cloony’s work. And the introduction of “cuss” as an alternative to “fuck” in said dialogue is a master stroke.
Leaving Las Vegas is cool and smooth and touching.
The Simpsons Movie is The Simpsons, but longer – “Stay back, I’ve got a chain saw!” [fakes chainsaw sounds vocally]