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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The usual thing
The usual violent thrilling movie with lots of shootings, kilings and acrobatic car and truck chases but well filmed and enthralling, A man who served in the US department of Defense was disgraced after trying to prove unsuccessfully to his bosses that the government networks were susceptible of being hacked and suspended. He started then to act using his technical knowledge and ability to suspend and put down all the US government networks. He was pursued by a detective that from a certain moment on made it as a personal case because the hacker had managed to kidnap his daughter. And this makes it a thrilling movie full of action and suspense that rivet's your attention from the beginning till the end. This the best feature of the movie since the plot is not too strong.
Il postino (1994)
The power of poetry
A curious friendship relation establishes itself between the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (who is exiled in a small Italian island for political reasons) and a humble postman who is charged to deliver the large amount of mail addressed to the poet. The postman is a good man and sensible to the power of poetry and the poet ends up by liking and even admiring him. The relationship between them develops itself to the point of the need the postman has to conquer the love of a pretty girl that is serving in a pub owned by her aunt an needs the poet's help to achieve that aim. Besides any other event somewhat unplausible and contradictory with other features, the social environment and scenes of the small island village are admirably and authentically portrayed. The society and the community there is deeply Catholic and conservative which contrasts with Neruda's communist personality though not taking on serious hostility. Intrinsically the story is acceptable and could even have happened.
Not my music but a good movie
Well yes it is a good movie though I don't particularly like that kind of music. But I realize that most song lyrics are enthusiastic and pleasant. This is the story of the Portuguese poprock singer Antonio Variações who had unfortunately a short career having died of AIDS while he was still young and having a top career being very much appreciated by a great number of fans. He was a barber that at a certain point in his life chose to become a pop singer due to his great talent at that. We can listen to some of his most famous songs and watch his demeanour while acting. if you appreciate poprock music you'll love thsi movie.
No acceptable plot no leading thread
I like a movie with a good built story, an acceptable plot, a leading thread and a final good or bad climax. This movie has neither of them. It shows a succession of stories, episodes and scenes although with the same characters but dispersed and weakly linked. Those parts may be well acted and directed anyway. The story is about several facts, happenings and events of the lives of a TV actor and his stunt in past century sixties. Not particularly interesting nor thrilling.
Source Code (2011)
Stupid story although entertaining movie
Yes we keep ourselves entertained while we watch that stupid story of an air force captain being used without being asked on a mission to discover a terrorist and thus avoiding a further large attack after a train explosion that killed all passengers that the terrorrist has carried out through a cell phone. The plot is rather silly and develops iself hrough a lot of repeated scenes in created alternate times while our hero is trying unsuccesfully to find the terrorist
A poor imaginative screenplay.
The Intern (2015)
A lot amusing indeed. A seventy year old man ( Robert De Niro does a great role) tired of being retired with no aim in life decides to stand as a candidate intern in a fashion online company run by a demanding woman. He is accepted and and becomes the assistant of the company's owner and director. Being a nice, wise and helpful man he soon is in everybody's good graces including his director being not only useful for her in business matters but also her personal and private advisor. They soon become friemds. The whole story is told smoothly making a very entertaining slight comedy.very pleasant to follow.
The Youth in Taiwan
Very good long movie (almost 4 hours) in every aspect: acting perfiormance cutting, quality of images and plot. In Taiwan the descenfants of those millions of Continental Chinese who fled away thereto after the Maoist takeover of their land don't feel well integrated in the Taiwanese society and form street gangs which fight one another and behave soemetimes violently. We follow this evolution in this movie in such realistyc and natural images and scenes that we Forget we are watching a movie and it looks like if we were watching real life scenes theough some window. The main plot tells the story of a young boy who is torn between opposite forces in society, at home and in love. A fascinating movie.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Well yes the puppet toys figures are well conceived, shaped and acted like human beings. The story is thrilling enough and easy to follow and relative to the affectionate dependence that toys have to their children owners. It is about the problem that arise from the fact that when children get older they lose interest in their old toys. However I think it was bad taste to show a "human" toy torn by a cat though he remains alive. A movie that can be seen both by children and adults.
That's the best part of this movie. All the actors and actresses do an excellent job with a particular mention of Jason Statham as Parker the main character. The story itself is nor very interesting nor very thrilling. The simple plot of a man who despite being a professional thief has got his ethics and soon enters into conflict with his gang partners after a successful heist. This leads to him being beaten and shot by them who leave him on the field almost dying on a field by a road where a passing by family lifts him up and takes him to hospital from where he runs away soon after being conscious again (we doubt how a so badly wounded man can recover so quickly but there is no explanation for that in the movie). Then the rest of the movie shows his actions to meet the other guys in order to take his revenge. Meanwhile he meets a girl who helps him about his purpose. And that is all.
Sayat Nova (1969)
It is pure image poetry through fabulous costumes, decor, scenes words and chants. It is the life of 18th century Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova told not by a conventional narrative but through his poems, gestures and attitudes. His mind, feelings. thoughts and spirit are always present in the shown images and scenes. It is nor a biographic movie in classical terms The atmosphere is religious. Tha chants, the dances, the choreography, the faces. the gestures and expressions of all characters are extraordinarily beautiful and inspire an extremely powerful aesthetic shape. There is no plot. Only a succession of images, scenes, words and chants. We are vibrating spiritually with what we see. By all means a movie to be seen.
The Proposal (2009)
But rather serious too somehow in what concerns sentiment and feelings though somewhat disguised. Sandra Bullock does a great part as Margaret Tate a driving editor at a publisher in New Yoork. She is authoritarian and always ill-looking and ill-mannered to her subordinates including her assistant Andrew. But it happened that being a Canadian her visa had expired and she must be deported in 24 hours. She then imagines a scheme that includes a fake marriage with Andrew that would allow her to stay there. Andrew is more or less forced to accept this engagement after blackmailing her in doing him some proffessional favours. But the NS agent doesn't believe them and harass them with a strict inquiry to be done in a few days. To come off well at it they simulate a bridal trip to his home in Alaska where they meet his family and a lot of funny and unforeseen events happen till a surprising end, This is a movie that puts you in in good fettle and high spirits.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Old romantic movie
Yes there are no more movies like this now. Nowadays it's shootings, rapes, killings, chases and explosions. Though this movie is is not exceptionally deep it is good enough in terms of sentiment, good feelings, love nd friendship. A powerful rich family living in a small town has got their own problems through the relationships they have with other citizens. A simple story after all but well directed by the competent hand of Orson Welles and well acted by all the performers. Characters are well depicted and go on acting and talking in truly reproduced ricly decorated interiors of the 19th century with the properly and adequate matching clothes of characters.
Showy and gaudy story
In psychological and moral terms of course. And also overpowering and thrilling. The story of a man accused of horrible murders of several women but who always says repeatedly and energetically that he is innocent and being set up and framed by authorities and the police. He does ii in such a convincing way that we viewers believe him and keep all the time waiting for his acquittal and final proof of his innocence since besides that he behaves nicely to everybody namely to his girlfriend an unmarried mother. To our surprise in the very end he is convicted to death penaly and finishes to confess all thecrimes he had done. It looks like this story is based on some real and actual case.
The Man from Colorado (1948)
Not bad in its kind
In Colorado after the Civil War the minds and resolutions were still hot. A somewaht cruel ex- colonel of the federal army became a local judge. He appointed a friend and ex-captain of his army as local marshal. However both started soon to quarrel one another in the first place because both loved the same woman who after a short time married the judge and in second place because the marshall strongly reproached the judge's behaviour to send to the gallows suspect criminals with weak or no proof, Everything evolves itself in several confrontations between them and their men including verbal and physy
ical disputes, shootings and chases. In the bottom of this there was also a previous conflict resultimg of the fact that territorial concessions belonging to men before the war while they were still civilians had been closed while they were in the war as conscripted soldiers and given to a mining corporation in the person of a local magnate. A not bad movie after all.
A bold resolute and courageous man
And one who had also a difficulty in a good relatioship with other people for he had a bad temper. This is well shown through the excellent performance of Ashton Kutcher in the role of Steve Jobs the man who against all obstacles and objections pursued his dream of innovating positively the computer art and industry thus creating the Apple Computer company with great success after the first not so good results. This is what the movie is about and is shown clearly and very well.
The Sheepman (1958)
A courageous man
This is a 1958 movie. A western. I know that westerns are out of fashion now But I still like to watch one of the good old ones. A classic one like this one with the traditional figures of the hero and the villain and where the good always wins over the evil despite occurring in a society of which law and order are practiacally absent. Here in a small town dominated by a powerul man a stranger (Glenn Ford) arrives with a flock of sheep to be raised there in a a place ruled by cattle ranchers who don't view favourably his purpose and therefore try to put him off by several ways under the direction of a powerful colonel who runs the town. This leads to several events and even a few shootouts since that stranger has come to this town not exactly with the purpose of raising sheep there but chiefly to settle accounts with some people there including the colonel for some old
events between them. There is also a girl there (the beautiful Shirley McLaine) who is the colonel's fiancee but who feels attracted to the stranger from the beginning which brings also a few interesting scenes between them. A movie not very good but not bad either,
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Also the secret life of human hature
The world is a beehive indeed. South Carolina in 1964. Racism is still present despite the Civil Rights Act issued on that same year. But this is incidental in this movie though sometimes realistically shown in a few episodes.. This movie is chiefly about the young teenager Lily and her ideas and behaviour. Dakota Flamming performs her character in a magnificent and lovely way. She is haunted by her mother's memory who died when she was four years old in tragic circumstances and she wants to know the truth about it. Her father treats her badly and brusquely therefore she runs away from home in the company of a friendly black servant who is also her caretaker, to a town wher she knowa her mother had been. She founds there love and affection at the home of four coloured sisters. The story then develops itself in several tender beautiful episodes with a few tragic events. We can be shocked when we see a teenage girl kissing though superficially lips to lips a young man who is a friend but human nature is very complicated indeed, this movie shows it in a remarkable way and Lily is mentally a grown-up already.. In the end the mystery of her mother final actions is solved and Lily can feel herself fullfilled and accomplished at last.
Into the Woods (2014)
This movie combines and mixes the Grimm fairy tales Cinderella, Little Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel in a remarkable way crossing and mixing them , inventing details and scenes that are nor in the original versions, putting the respective character in contact with one anther and adding as the main plot the story of a childless young couple of a baker and his wife trying to get rid of a curse an evil witch had laid upon them This movie can be divided in two distinct parts, the first one that goes until the climax of the main plot snd thst is magnificent in terms of images and characters+ performing and the final one that enters in a series of incongruences, issues and outcomes not ntirely explained that are unacceptable even ina fancy movie like this. Well but it is a good movie after all on the whole full of imagination and creativity
Beau travail (1999)
Powerful images but not so powerful story
Powerful and meaningfull images and scenes indeed. Many more images than words indeed. But the story is a simple one not too dramatic. A foreign legion officer sees his power threatened by a new soldier that make him jealous of the attention that this new recruit may get from the commander whom, he Galoup, admires but dom't pay much attention to him. This is told by Galoup himself when he racalls is past military life at the Djibouti Golf so good til the new recruit, Sentain, appears. This jealously leads Galoup to plot the Sentain's down fall and this ends up badly for both. The scenes of the hard and tough physical militar training is visually strong, powerful and sometimes beautiful indeed but that's almost all.
Nénette et Boni (1996)
Could be a good film If it was directed other way
The story is good on its terms but it should be told in a more dramatic way. The direction and the performers acting are too slack, some scenes are not well explained and turn out incomprehensible and even some characters appear now and then that we don't know what they are doing in the plot. Two siblings, brother and sister lived apart from each other when the sister (Nénette) decides to come home again after their mother's death. Their parents had divorced and the father is estranged althoug he now wants to renew with his children what they however reject. The relationship between the siblings is not sentimentally easy since the girl is pregnant and we don't know by whom nor how. Well it can be seen but it could be better.
White Material (2009)
It is indeed Africa and a violent one truly depicted here. In a former French colony a white woman runs a coffee plantation in a zone ravaged by the fight between the army and rebels. A courageous woman who fights against everything and everybody (Isabelle Huppert),for besides the problems of the plantation she has got family problems with her ex-husband and a half-mad son. A movie that is directed in realistic style as almost documentar although not dimming the dramatic freature of the story. Also a real document of the relationship between Africans and Europeans. A movie worth to be seen though not exactly a masterpiece as far as a few behaviours are not utterly shown nor explained.
Stan & Ollie (2018)
The last moments of the career of those two terrific movie comedians that delighted me so much in my childhood and teenage times here admirably performed by the two great actors that impersonated them so faithfully. In the end of their career they do a final outing in the company of their wives to UK and Ireland where they achieved great success. Ollie was already rather ill for heart troubles but that didn't prevent him to enter in shows along with Stan. Dramatic and funny moments are shown along the film keeping you attentive and emotionally riveted.
Yes, politics is just that. Not with is shown to the public, the speeches, the meetings, the assemblies, the rallies, etc but really what goes on behind the scenes in backstage, the intrigues, the secret alliances or political misalliances, the agreements and disagreements, the conspiracies amd even the hidden interventions and pressures from wives, children and relatives. That is brilliantly shown in this movie that tells us about the former vice-presudent of USA Dick Cheney's career whose influence on American policy was very important and effective. A movie that that teaches you a lot of things and reveals many facts that you would possibly ignore.
Out of Time (2003)
Entertaining enough that's all
Well, yes, it keeps you pleased for about two hours though it has a few unlikelihoods and some psycological incongruities. A Florida police chief is having an affair with a married woman who is separated (or so it seems) from her husband. A doctor tells her she has cancer and only 6 months to live. The police chief (Denzel Washington) takes possession of a lot of Money that had been apprehended during a crime investigation and gives it to her to pay for a treatment in Switzerland that could save her life but is very expensive. From then on things get too complcated since there is a fire that supposedly kills the woman and her husband after she had altered an insurance policy in favour of her lover. We'll soon see that everything was planned by the woman and her husband to get possession of all the money since they are not dead at all and she has no cancer. In fact the "doctor" that had said so in the presence of the police chief was an accomplice of her husband and no doctor at all.Till the end the movie focus itself in the attempts of the police chief to get the money back since he is being pressed by DEA agents to give it to them in the lawsuit proceeding terms and he is now aware of the cheat he had fallen into. Well, anyway Denzel Washington has a good role as the police chief.
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Portrait of a brilliant mad man
And Willem Dafoe does an excellent job as the painter Van Gogh, a very difficult role indeed. This movie tells with great accuracy and quality the last years of the life of that great painter. though the circumstances of his death as seen in the movie don't coincide exactly with those told in his oficial biography, Anyway this is a great movie with beautiful images and very expressive ones mainly the close-up of the characters' faces when talking. The dramatic life of Van Gogh is deeply shown through his physical and psychological crisis and teh conversations he has with other people that are near him.A very good movie under all its aspects.