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  1. Devil 1/10

    In some cultures they cut off a part of a thief for stealing. The way I see it M. Night Shalyaman owes me at least 2 hands a leg by now. On the plus side my fiancé is never dragging me to another one of his movies again.

    Poor Acting, another poor re tread of an old twilight zone episode, no logical coherent script ( a piece of toast with jam falls on the floor and lands jam side down it means the devil is near by yes, you heard me right that’s what they said, toast with jam down = devil near by )


    If you want real, quality thriller / fantasy / horror:

    • Anything with Guillermo del Toro associated with it (Pan's Labyrinth (10/10), The Orphanage (9/10), and the soon to be released Don't be Afraid of the Dark)
    • also, Let the Right One In (Swedish, out on DVD) or the English language remake about to come to the cinemas (Let Me In)
  2. I saw three yet-to-be-released films on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. My daughter (budding teen-aged director) and I make one day of it each year; we pick the films together.

    Now, take my ratings with this caveat -- I tend to like any well made film, almost no matter the subject. But I may temper that if the "idiocy" factor in the movie is too high (e.g., never could watch all of Jack-A** :D ).


    127 Hours (9.5/10) (Danny Boyle's first movie since Slumdog Millionaire was vaulted by TIFF in 2008 and went on to win 8 Academy Awards).

    The movie is a kaleidoscopic immersion into Aron Ralston's experience -- the U.S. mountaineer/adventurer who found himself "Between A Rock and A Hard Place" (the title of his book story on the incident) while canyoneering solo in 2003. Quite literally that's where he ended up finding his arm pinned, and it may still be there today (the rest of him is not). Boyle experiments (quite successfully) in this movie to drag the viewer into Ralston's experience and sets you up for his (Boyle's) thesis -- if you found yourself in the same situation, you would find a way to do it too. It's a reverse transformation; he takes a hero and turns him into an everyman. James Franco is stellar in it, and has just become one of my favourite cinematic people (the guy is a budding genius, currently working on his Ph.D. in English and Film Studies). Franco will definitely contend for Oscar Best Actor. See this one in the theatre to get the full kaleidoscopic immersion experience.

    Boyle and the producer were at the (2nd) showing we were at, so there was Q&A (interesting and far too short) and my daughter got her picture with Boyle and his autograph on her ticket, so that all made her day (Dad's # 1, yet again :D ). Boyle's her favourite director. FYI: he's been selected to design and direct the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics.

    127 Hours is supposed to be in theaters around Nov 1st.


    Let Me In (8.0/10) It is an English remake of the recent Swedish Film Let the Right One In which received much critical acclaim. The remake is very true to the book and the Swedish movie, and I thought done as well as it could be. I really liked it. It is about 2 twelve year-olds (boy and girl) who develop a friendship. Eventually the boy learns her secret -- she's a vampire. It's a coming of age story more than anything and recalls several themes for me as a youngster, and will for many people. Again, the director, Matt Reeds (did Cloverfield) and the boy star (Kody Smit-McPhee from The Road) were there to talk about the film. Always neat to listen to "world best" people talk their craft. Smit-McPhee was outstanding in the movie, just as he was in The Road (9.0/10 for me for that movie). The girl vampire was played by Chloe Moretz from Kick-A**.

    Let Me In is set to hit theatres this fall.


    Never Let Me Go (7.5/10) Based on the U.K. best-selling book, this movie is slow and thought provoking. I liked it; I imagine many people won't. It is philosophical and moralistic, and attempts to push a number of buttons to make one think about life, pre-determination, and planned death, all in the context of youngsters / teenagers more typical yearnings to grow and build a life, have experiences (what do you think about the future when you know you don't have one?). You'll have to be in the mood to see it. The filming itself is very simple but suits the themes, I thought -- the issues really are pretty simple.

    The film stars Carey Mulligan (quite good in it) and Keira Knightly. I imagine it will see somewhat limited release, this fall.

  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (8.2/10) BD-DVD (Swedish)

    I don't mind reading subtitles; some others loathe it, I know. :D

    The twists and turns are quite good; the plot/story complicated enough without getting too much so. And the bad guy(s) get it in the end. ;)

    Quite well done. Really long though. I forgot that, and ended up staying up later than intended in order to see it all.

  4. ............... The poor sod of a 'kind' doorman lets her in and ends up with a huge pistol with an even huger silencer stuck in his mouth and pointing out his cheek while the score starts up in some superb spaghetti western music that is instantly comparable to (recognizable as?) Clint Eastwood / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (yet more due homage paid by the director). For this scene, it all just works really well, IMO.
    I just looked up the movie score and it is from Clint Eastwood's "The man with no name" trilogy, in this case "For a Few Dollars More":
    (by the remarkable Ennio Morricone).
  5. these are fair points - and well argued, innis. It still doesnt "feel" right to me - maybe because I have 2 young daughters, but as I said earlier, I will probably give it time to digest and then rewatch some time in the near future.
    I can certainly see your perspective (been there). My "kids" are "older" now; they both have seen it and liked it (the son more than the daughter). Like me, they are still working on getting "wiser" though. :D
  6. Good call on the Professional. Kick-Butt was, for me, just a bit too disturbing. I agree with most of your pros - the actors were great, the visuals perfect, the pace and plot were fine too. What I had a problem was that here's this movie that bases its central theme on how we are a 'do nothing' society who wants to sit around and watch someone else get beat up...and so we do, in a film. I also was unimpressed with watching a grown man beat up a little girl. The profanity had less impact on me - its just words - but the violence was wrong imho. A suggestion of violence would have been much better (and less hypocritical based on the theme of the movie).

    Id still probably give it a 7/10 and would most likely rewatch it, but with just a few tweaks it could have been sooooo much better imho.

    I understand your points on Kick-Butt. All the good elements overwhelmed them for me though.

    SPOILER ALERT !! --divert your attention from the following if you haven't watched the movie yet and are planning to --

    The broadcasting of the thugging(s) can be perceived as just that then -- commentary on society's current interest (back to the Roman times and slaves thrown to the lions, as it were).* That's the way I choose to see it, at any rate, if it was not intended that way. For example, I don't watch MMA, because it is real life beatings (although I do recognize that St. Pierre, as a prime example, is a tremendous athlete, and he happens to demonstrate as a very good person, from all I have heard and read).

    The Kick-Butt director did appear to limit Hit-Girl's obvious injuries in the one scene you refer to where she does take a beating, to some 'ketchup' about her nose. The scene is important as it is the set-up for Kick-Butt to be the hero and save her, particularly after what happened earlier with Big Daddy.

    * (Frankly, I just don't get 'Reality TV' at all myself. If I want to see someone "do their thing" I'd want it to be a superiour performance (like our Habs, (sometimes :D )). This (widespread?) interest in sitting watching normal people scripted on TV to do everyday normal things flabbergasts me no end.)


    My favourite scene in Kick-Butt has to be Mindy gaining access into the protected high-rise where the bad guys are all holed up. Dressed as a school girl (right age, certainly) and weeping because she has "lost my Mommy and Daddy". The poor sod of a 'kind' doorman lets her in and ends up with a huge pistol with an even huger silencer stuck in his mouth and pointing out his cheek while the score starts up in some superb spaghetti western music that is instantly comparable to (recognizable as?) Clint Eastwood / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (yet more due homage paid by the director). For this scene, it all just works really well, IMO.

  7. Kick-Butt (now out on DVD) is 9/10 for me. (You know the real name; it transcribes here as Kick-*** though).

    I saw it in the theater in the spring and was really blown away. I was reluctant to go at the time because the idea of a profane 11-year old girl killing people troubled me. But the reviews of the movie were very good, and, as I discovered, the Director did a good job in managing who she was profane at, and who she killed/maimed -- only the bad guys.

    The musical score is superb and, amongst other film elements, is used to highlight that this is a comic-type super-hero story and not "real life possible", so that also further shelters the viewer. I was kind of shocked though to see one female adult (the mother, or the nanny?) at the theater with two children 4-6 years of age. Definitely not the movie for them; it is rated 18A, and for good reason.

    I've just watched and enjoyed the film again, this time on DVD. One of the best elements (for me) is obvious homage the Director pays to key "heroes" of mine: Adam West, the original TV Batman (here as Big Daddy, played by Nicholas Cage, the only 'name' in the movie) and, moreover, Mathilda from one of my favourite all-time movies, Leon (9.5/10 and aka "Leon, the Professional", and directed by Luc Besson). Hit-Girl (Mindy McCready) in Kick-Butt is clearly a mock-up of the Mathilda character played by then 12 year-old Natalie Portman in her first feature film major role. She was stellar in the role, as was Jean Reno as an assassin.

    Whether you like(d) Kick-Butt or not, I highly recommend Leon; it really is brilliant. If you love Kick-Butt, you should definitely not miss Leon. Rent it.

    I really like them both.

  8. Just watched "She's Out of My League" on DVD for some light fare tonight, and it was quite good (7/10; my expectations were not high though).

    I did like Alice Eve in it (not much not to like :D ).

    Director's Commentary included tidbit re: the scene at the Penguins home game (well shot I thought, live at a Penguins/Islanders game, where production bought up something like 40 seats, first 3 rows (ouch!! $$$ :D ). Turns out the star, Jay Baruchel (who's from Ottawa), is a huge Habs fan and the only way he would wear the Penguins jersey they gave him for the scene was to wear his own Canadiens jersey underneath!! :lol:

    Reminded me of one of my favorite actors, Viggo Mortensen, who wore a Habs T-shirt under his costumes throughout LOTR shooting.

  9. Inception. I also thought it was great. 10/10.
    Inception: Great premise. Execution off (too much repetition on the inter-laced layers near the end of the movie (I'm not that stupid), plus it was a little too drawn out. 8/10 for me. Compare to Shutter Island (9/10; and also starring di Caprio in a similar 'genre' movie)), where Scorsese got the execution down a lot better.
  10. K'naan - Troubadour Album

    He's brilliant, IMHO. The entire album is excellent. And finally some good rap / rap-related (his music is a real mix) that's not about guns, gangsters and abusing women. Marley influence is clear too.

    And his Celebration mix for Wavin' Flag is going to blow away the "Official" FIFA 2010 World Cup Song (Shakira with "Waka Waka") out of the water this summer. They may as well switch them now.

  11. Kick-Butt (Modeator censoring plobably won't allow me to state the true name of the movie. :lol: )

    8.5/10 It was really well done, although the level of violence and prfanity around and involving a charachter that is supposed to be around 11 years of age (Hit Girl) was some disconcerting. Certainly, if the movie was not so well made, I would have to be expressing reservations, but I'll let artitistic license apply to this one. The movie really is well made.

    Now, the mother who brought her 4 and 5 year old children to the screening I was at could do with the kids going instead to CAS. ;):blink:

  12. Date Night - 6.5/10

    A few laughs courtesy of Steve Carell. Not much other than that.

    Worth a rental I'd say.

    You know, I thought it was better than that, certainly better than I expected, and maybe that's why. The premise was very good, as any couple married for a while can tell you. I'd give it a 7.5.
  13. The Ghost Writer -- 9/10 (in cinemas now)

    I just thought it was really good. Polanski back on his game in this political/crime thriller. There was a good edgy mood throughout, and Ewan McGregor was fairly ideal for the main character. Acting was all good; the weather itself was pretty much a character.

    Some people might think it is "slow" in parts, but I didn't. It's not an action film, but you are left with enough to think about to get you through those 'slow' parts.

    Some homage paid to Hitchcock as well, with a scene of a crowd passing a note up to a speaker. The scene and the camera work were pure Hitchcock.

    In a way, the best part was the ending. So many Hollywood endings are predictable, 'satisfying' and banal (IMO) (Think Avatar). This movie's ending is not. Actually, the ending hits you much like a body slam. Superbly done.

  14. Green Zone 8/10


    Solid action movie with some political dimension. Don't expect the movie to provide any answers and you're in for a nice ride ;)

    But, we do know the answer, already. Dubya said there were WMD's and there weren't any. ;)

    Same rating from me, and I enjoyed the movie too. It obviously gives off a Bourne after glow, given Damon stars and Greengras (Bourne 2 & 3) directs.

  15. The Road: 6/10


    Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron make up for a lot but I couldn't help but find this movie extremely long, although it wasn't really. Generally okay but there's certainly better ways to kill 2 hours.

    8/10 for me. But I know what you are saying. I thought it was a tough book conversion to tackle; I am not sure they could have done any better a job.

    The book, of course, was 10/10 for me (and others). It was the prose as much (or more so) than the story or charachters. Pulitzer Prize winner.

    Viggo, as many of us know, is a huge Habs fan. Wore a CH sweater underneath his costumes throughout filming of LOTR.

  16. shutter island: 8.5/10

    loved it! i think i enjoyed it more knowing it was flawed. it didn't seem too long in the end and while there were a couple of things that could've been executed better the overall mood, story and the ride it took me on was just amazing; creepy as hell but amazing. great tribute to bmovies of the past. highly recommend it.

    I am glad you enjoyed it, Bigs.

    In that case you may also enjoy (on DVD) the work of Director Brad Anderson, if you don't know of him already.


    Two of his movies are up there on my all time fav list:

    • The Machinist (2004) (still Christian Bale's best acting work to date; put himself through the wringer (literally) for this movie)
    • Transsiberian (2008) (with Emily Moritimer, again :) )
    IMO, Anderson is one of the best "students of Hitchcock" at work today.
  17. Shutter Island 7/10

    It ran a bit long at times but overall it was pretty exciting. Nothing spectacular but I can think of a lot of worse ways to invest a couple hours.

    Saw Shutter Island too, last night. I give it an 8 -- great story (comes from a decent book), movie execution was just a little off. I really like those convoluted stories that come together at the end, and you look back and go 'a-ha!". ;) One of my fav actresses in it (Emily Mortimer :) ); 'course she was so wonderfully, spooky, cooky weird, she's now gone and freaked me out some. :lol:


    2012: when every single event in a movie is an incredibly close close call .... :blink: .... I know they are trying to make it an "unbelievable movie", but believe me, when it is THAT unbelievable, well, I just can't enjoy it much. Watch it for the special effects.

  18. Raptors playing some better D, Turku starting to generate; things looking up.

    I've got great ACC seats to Raptors vs. Cavs in two weeks. Should be a great game: Bosh vs. LeBron. Raptors home record and Cavs road record are about the same. Really looking forward to it.

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