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Art, Documentary, and Classic Movies:
An Inconvenient Truth Movie Review: We Are More Powerful Than Carbon Dioxide
An Inconvenient Truth presents the collision between civilization and mother earth, the fast track of the world economy vs. the environment, and the eye-popping gold bars vs. the fate of the planet. More than any doom-and-gloom story made for the big screen, this film grips a haunting message that every people in the world should really take seriously. Its important message needs to be heard. And for all the positive and negative things about this film, any sane person would agree to me when I say that the very essence of this film is an urgent call to action to every person in the world – and we are running out of time.
Asphalt Movie Review: Femme Fatale with Asphalt
With a regular dose of modern movies that are readily available and accessible in DVD and Blu-ray discs, watching the 1929 silent film Asphalt is a whole new cinematic experience.
Set in Berlin, the film tells the story of an alluring woman arrested for theft. A femme fatale with irresistibly enthralling eyes and supple skin seduces the young police officer. Soon, he finally succumbs to her inevitable charm and lets her escape. This film keeps up with the silent era crime drama of the 1920s. And as a simple morality tale played out through a straightforwardly melodramatic storyline, Asphalt upholds purity of visual image; and it effectively touches human emotions in a classic way.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring Movie Review
The Korean opus Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring directed by Ki-duk Kim is a monk’s film that is a calm, witty, accomplished, transcendental, and contemplative work reflecting one man’s life journey. It draws a universal chord in utilizing the four seasons to conjure a sense of spiritual discipline and depict the concept of karma. It brings a spiritually uplifting story against a lush backdrop of nature’s extraordinary beauty.
All About Steve Movie Review: All About the Odds of Trying Too Hard
All About Steve is all about that screwball comedy offer starring an A-list star trying to carry the movie’s second-rate slapstick gags and awkward schmaltz.
Borat Movie Review: Uproariously… Not for the Faint-hearted
Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is not for the faint-hearted. Plucky, uproarious, and totally uncompromising, it is one of the most extensive and subversive practical joke ever played on the big screen.
Click Movie Review: Clicking Away and Beyond
Click is a conventional wake-up call for the workaholic. Michael Newmann (Adam Sandler) is a white-collar worker, a husband and father beaten and worn out by life. Suddenly, he meets an eccentric inventor named Morty (Christopher Walken) and he acquires a universal remote control that allows him to change everything into a fantasy of self-discovery.
MacGruber Movie Review: MacGruber is MacAwful
With references from the classic action TV series MacGyver, MacGruber is a popular Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch gone really MacAwful in its movie version.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny Movie Review: A Tenacious Movie
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny exposes a faithful collision of minds and music from comedians Jack Black and Kyle Gass. They create a stoner comedy leading to the birth of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D.
The Devil Wears Prada Movie Review: Devilishly Fluffy, yet Profound
In the fashion industry fairy tale The Devil Wears Prada, the princess is a bland fresh graduate and journalist wannabe who becomes a tortured assistant to a wicked, white-maned, and domineering fashion editor. The intersection of careers and personal lives in this story makes a cinematic translation of a formulaic tale about a naive young woman who nearly loses her soul after being caught up in the world of fashion.
Due Date Isn’t Like The Hangover, It’s Just Its Decent Comedic Leftover
Due Date is shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, yet it allows enough laughs to make the general audience still enjoy its absurd sense of comedy. As a spin-off to the successful new franchise The Hangover, director Todd Phillips reunites with Zach Galifianakis as the comedian partners with Robert Downey Jr. in a movie devoted to a series of silly situations and vulgar fun.
Epic Movie Review: A Shoddy Epic Movie
Epic Movie literally throws everything on screen to see if anything sticks to its physical plane to crack up a spoof.
The Hangover Movie Review: Hanging Over a Guy Flick
The Hangover is a guilty pleasure comedy. Who knew a hangover could be this fun?
Wedding Crashers Movie Review: Wedding Galore
If you want some really good laughs, Wedding Crashers is a timely film to enjoy. It may have some flaws (not just film/story flaws but also on the characters which are mostly given some quirkiness); but still, it is “such a riot.” A comedy with touching romance, both comic and serious, it gives a moving definition of love for the record: “Love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpart on another.” Nice way to impress the apple of your eye…
Crossing Over Movie Review: Interlocking Stories, Illegal Struggles, and Immigration
Forced, heavy-handed and overdone, Crossing Over gets so wrapped up in its quest for topical resonance that it forgets some of the basics of telling a good narrative. From its paint-by-numbers quality to the banality of presenting its subject matter, this misconceived immigration drama is an incompetent way of mounting a multi-character piece.
December Boys Movie Review: A Gentle Slice of Life
December Boys reminds you of those sweet-natured childhood moments as it harks back to the days of the Australian New Wave, the time when films about isolation, loneliness, and the existential dilemmas of life tops such engaging motion picture offerings. Director Rod Hardy makes this film a low-key sentimental tale featuring breathtaking Australian landscapes that take you on a journey with four young orphan boys living in the Australian outback.
In Her Shoes Movie Review: More Than Just a Chick Flick
In Her Shoes actually has enough depth. This chick flick is a richly textured story about the reconnecting of two estranged sisters who have nothing in common but their shoe sizes. But it is not just about a simple issue on sibling rivalry made into a rushed script to come up with a so-so story. It is not just a mere show-off of Hollywood stars ramping fashion clothes and blobbing about some insensible girl talks
Little Miss Sunshine Movie Review: A Charming Dysfunctional Family Film
Little Miss Sunshine is a solidly engaging and genuinely absurd family on-the-road comedy. Like their clunking, shambling van, the characters live by a story with a deceptively realistic style satirizing the corrupt society.
Lust, Caution Movie Review: Sex and War Time Politics
Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution takes a melancholy account of wartime espionage and poignantly depicts the turbulence of politics at the Japanese-controlled Shanghai during the World War II. This explicit and ponderous tale about oppression and resistance deals with the hidden desperation and fierce passions of its nuanced characters.
Marie Antoinette Movie Review: A Dreamy Confection
Cake is the perfect metaphor for this superficial confection. Sofia Coppola transforms Antonia Fraser’s book about the ill-fated Archduchess of Austria, and later Queen of France, into a dreamy big screen confection in Marie Antoinette.
North Country Movie Review: Woman Against the System
North Country is a powerful and compelling drama set in a 1989 American mining community where chauvinistic values are common in the workplace. The story blatantly examines the social injustice suffered by women. This film has a compelling character portrait painting some of the most shocking and nerve-wracking landscapes of sexual harrassment and how a woman, often discriminated by her fellow workers, stands up for herself and her fellow women in the mining company.
Notes on a Scandal Movie Review: A Psychological Power Play to Remember
In its brief running time, Notes on a Scandal is a pure bravura treat. This nasty sex scandal drama is engrossing and bewildering in a sensational, stylish, and psychological way. Its intensity gives an intriguing and perceptive glimpse at loneliness. It both shows how vulnerable and discreetly powerful and dangerous a woman can be.
Ondine Movie Review: When a Net of Reality Catches a Fairy Tale
The Irish-American film Ondine is a charming adult fairy tale about love, redemption and healing. It alternates in between reality and fantasy that gradually builds up the possibility of fairy tale magic in an identifiably mundane world.
Secretariat Movie Review: Racing Through an Amiable Crowd Pleaser
Predictable but generally heartwarming, Secretariat exudes an old-fashioned glamour that works well as a feel good offer. It passes through a sentimental, formulaic, manipulative, and “Disneyfied” route, but it does so with grace and value. Amidst all its realistic visuals, this Disney drama about a historical horse and its amazing owner allows the sweet and safe tale of triumph to provide an inspirational story almost at the level of a fantasy genre.
Syriana Movie Review: Who’s the Real Terrorist?
Syriana’s morale makes you think of gas in every step on your accelerator and the LPG you use when you cook your food. As a modern issue-related film, this political drama manages to turn one of the most controversial topics in the world into a challenging, thought-provoking human story of the world`s grandest schemes, powerful companies and most dangerous people. It generates a debate on who the real terrorists are in the midst of international chaos, politics and corruption.
The Bucket List Movie Review: Filling the Bucket
A dramedy working on a very simple premise and favoring humor and poignant conversations over weepy developments, The Bucket List is a heartfelt, wickedly funny film about two dying men who travel the world to discover the joy in their lives.
The Pursuit of Happyness Movie Review: A Father’s Happiness
The Pursuit of Happyness is a moving character-based drama about a father trying to break the cycle of poverty. Amidst its heavily emotional story, it has a very life-like approach that is quite inspiring. It may be a little long and tedious because of its intense look showcasing the day-to-day survival of an ultimately struggling father, but in the long run, its inner qualities of need and desperation channel the spirit to survive and be happy.
Musical and Dance Movies:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Movie Review: A Bloody Good Musical
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is another feat for auteur director Tim Burton. Visually expansive and imaginative, it has a razor-keen wit for its dark tale of vengeance. It successfully marries the flight and the fancy of a musical and the grisly grimness of blood and goth. It takes pleasure in its own theatricality with a complete trust in the power of Stephen Sondheim’s music and the masterstroke of Burton’s signature visual style.
Take the Lead Movie Review: A Charming Lead Delivers it All
The charming Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) and a bunch of school rejects-turned-impassioned dancers take the lead in an inspirational story about the harsh realities of people’s lives in a New York public school. A dance-filled teen melodrama mainly set in a high school detention hall, the theme of Take the Lead clings on to the interesting and exciting mix of hip-hop and ballroom dance. It it turns out to be a predictable story hanging on to some good and entertaining dance and comic sequences in a pop fairy tale fashion.
U2 3D Movie Review: A Concert Experience for the Price of an IMAX Ticket
U2 3D is a spectacular, musically and visually superb experience simulating a front row view and beyond of a U2 concert… probably the closest you can get to the real thing at this point of time.
(500) Days of Summer Movie Review: An Offbeat Summer to Autumn Romance
(500) Days of Summer is a nicely played eccentric romance with an indie-style benchmark. It utilizes itself as a charming and yet brutally honest romantic comedy offer that somehow reinvents what the conventions of the genre usually requires.
Into the Blue Movie Review: Soaking Deep into the Blue
Into the Blue runs out of air with its contrived plot and the mere interest for the hotties sinks aimlessly into the deep-waters of the Bahamas.
Little Children Movie Review: A Thread Weaving the Little Children
Little Children is a gripping romantic tragedy supported by a clear visual style, passionately riveting theme, and engrossing multidimensional treatment. It is intense, intelligent, wry, and wrenching.
Love Wrecked Movie Review: A Real Wreck
Amanda Bynes’ acting style tries to add life to the lousy script through her light-hearted quirky personality in the movie. However, the entire cinematic cruise still doesn’t offer an enjoyable ride.
Lucky You Movie Review: A Poker Life
Lucky You is a romantic drama set in the gambling world of Las Vegas where Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) lives his life around the green felt poker tables while also confronting his personal conflicts including his problematic relationship with his father.
My First Wedding Movie Review: A Poor First Wedding
My First Wedding begins like your usual movie flick, develops steadily with some funny antics, but ends very poorly with its witlessness. It is one of the overly familiar, could-only-happen-in-a-movie romantic comedies that might work only if flawlessly executed. But in this case, it maintains a completely dim-witted end.
No Reservations Movie Review: A Little More with the Ketchup Than the Saffron Sauce
Inspired by the German film Mostly Martha, No Reservations looks appetizing, but missing some key ingredients. It’s relatively bland for the very expectations for it. There are moments that work, primarily its emotional build up and realistic point of view, but as a whole, the film tends to become a mere safe, light, and inconsequential exposition of likeable enough characters – a sort of zesty flick grounded into a Hollywood hamburger.
The Time Traveler’s Wife Movie Review: “Time Warping” Love and Destiny
The Time Traveler’s Wife takes the story of a couple who is led into the grandeur and sadness of life and the mystery of time. With its own mix of drama, romance, and science-fiction, is it really worth your time?
The Proposal Movie Review: An Entertainingly Derivative Proposal
The Proposal is better than expected. It is derivative, contrived, and predictable, but nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. What it just lacks is the creative spark behind what the classic rom coms offer. But at the least, it’s a pleasant time killer offering mindless entertainment and appealing stars.