I really enjoyed this comedy directed, written by and starring John… MoreI really enjoyed this comedy directed, written by and starring John Turturro, co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber. I really have no explanation why it failed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics.
I really thought at some stage that this was Woody Allen's movie, because the story was just crazy enough to hve his stamp! Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), a wealthy dermatologist, mentions to her patient Murray (Woody Allen) that she and a woman friend (Sofía Vergara) wish to experience a ménage à trois and asks if he knows a willing man. Of course Murray, who is Jewish, and whose used bookstore has failed, wants to take an advantage of this situation and he convinces his friend and former employee Fioravante (John Turturro) to take the gig, as both are short of money...
Very light story actually had lots of substance under the surface, and Turturro really shows us a great skill to take stereotypical characters and to portray them in an offbeat and surprising way! I could not believe how funny those offbeat ways could be, and uniquely enjoyable at the same time.
Refreshingly different but still comfortably familiar with Woody Allen giving one of his better performances! Enjoy the sweetness and its silliness.
Sweet family comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Jon… MoreSweet family comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Jon Favreau, and starring Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey, Jr. Enjoyable Favreau plays a professional chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, quits his job. His ex-wife has an idea for him to look after their son during the school holidays, and to start his own business - a food truck. He has his young son helping him in driving the truck back to L.A. while selling Cubanos in various cities along the way.
Lovely and sweet story for which Favreau wrote the script in only two weeks, after directing several big-budget films. His wish was to go "back to basics" and to create a film about cooking. And I am thankful for it! Food truck owner and chef Roy Choi served as a co-producer and oversaw all of the menus and food prepared for the film. Well made, with perfectly casted stars, the film grossed over US$45 million at the box office and was well received by critics.
If you love enjoyable, but sometimes shallow situations, lots of feel good moments and excellent acting and directing - do not miss this one.
Interesting story of this comedy-drama directed by Phil Alden Robinson… MoreInteresting story of this comedy-drama directed by Phil Alden Robinson wasn't enough for a positive review. Even with stars like Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage and Melissa Leo, there was so much missing. The story follows a physician who accidentally tells her obnoxious patient that he has a brain aneurysm and has only 90 minutes to live. Of course, panicking, the guy is trying to right his wrongs, racing around the city.
A remake of the 1997 Israeli film The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum, written and directed by Assi Dayan, it had enough originality but lacked directing skills and direction, as well as rhythm and reality.
I am glad that film lasted only 83 minutes, I am not sure that I could last a minute longer!
Surprisingly invigorating Irish/UK comedy-drama directed by Lenny… MoreSurprisingly invigorating Irish/UK comedy-drama directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character.
The story of Jon, a young man with a strong interest in music starts ordinary but soon everything changes as he joins an eccentric band called "Soronprfbs". The leader of that band is the title character Frank. Finding himself in the band, Jon follows them to Ireland where they have to record an album. Over the year, practicing the album material, Jon practice posting videos on the internet of the band's rehearsal sessions, and that makes them famous
If you are a fan of movies with lot of heart, which are thought-provoking and funny but extremely unusual, add this one to the list. Worth watching.
It is very difficult for a superhero film to keep the interest and the… MoreIt is very difficult for a superhero film to keep the interest and the momentum in the seventh instalment. But the director Bryan Singer, focusing on two time periods and Wolverine going to 1973 to save the future of mankind, he made the old fans happy and content, and new viewers could understand what the story in general is about the X-Men. The film stars the familiar cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart. Of course, there is not too many movies failing on a budget of US$200 million, and it this British-American co-production used some of the best names in the industry .
Simon Kinberg wrote the screenplay from a story conceived by him, Matthew Vaughn, and Jane Goldman, and managed with the director Singer to make a best-reviewed film in the X-Men series. It had fresh visual style, story, and acting, and it was normal that finished as a highest-grossing film in the series, having earned over $746 million worldwide. A sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016, with Singer returning to direct.
I had some problem with the story at the moments... it seemed going out of control of any logic, but maybe that is normal for something dealing with the time travel and supernatural powers. Enjoyable entertainment, and nothing more.
What a nightmare of an adventure movie... not because it was scary,… MoreWhat a nightmare of an adventure movie... not because it was scary, but because it is so bad that I am trying to be as gentle as possible in this review. Shahin Sean Solimon did everything he could in this movie, I bet he even made sandwiches for the crew... and probably the sandwiches, like everything else connected with this movie, were tasteless!
I've never seen a movie inspired by some of the most popular tales to be so un-inspirational and simply dull! The stupidity starts with the first scene and keeps going and going... for full hour and ten minutes - which seems like lasting over 2 hours! I simply loved one of the scenes when Sinbad and his love, the princess, fly over the city in a balloon... he smiles and waves down and she smiles and waves straight forward, maybe to the birds?! Or when the princess jumps at the front of the Sultan like idiotic child... or one of the sword fights with the six armed goddess, which conveniently is using only two of those arms when fighting our hero... even the misspelling in the credits will be easy to spot... from writing, directing, acting, editing, special effects to literacy, take your pick and find easily the things bellow any standards.
If you are in a mood for a short feature adventure with famous character, which will try to warn you out with bad acting, directing and screenplay employing some of the animation special effects still used in the primary school films, please, check this one! It will make you appreciate life, even if it's a really bad one.
It seems that this is one of those movies hated by the critics, and I… MoreIt seems that this is one of those movies hated by the critics, and I really cannot understand why! It is a crime action movie with everything it needs, directed by David Ayer, written by Skip Woods and Ayer and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This was one of his best roles, and he finally shows his acting skills! And they are not bad at all compared with the earlier movies he made.
The story of John "Breacher" Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a rough one and too bloody at the moments, but the action of this leader of an elite team of DEA agents from the Special Ops Division was what audience expected from the team involved. And the members of the team were well casted James "Monster" Murray (Sam Worthington) and his wife Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe "Grinder" Philips (Joe Manganiello), Julius "Sugar" Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie "Neck" Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom "Pyro" Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce "Tripod" McNeely (Kevin Vance), and "Smoke" Jennings (Mark Schlegel). Everything starts with a raid on a cartel warehouse, in which Smoke - one of the team members is killed, and the team steals $10 million of the cartel's money. But mysteriously the money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel (Martin Donovan) finds out about it and suspends them for several months, during which they are investigated for the theft. Of course, with no concrete evidence of their participation they are reinstated... but one by one they were hunted by someone!
If you are up for an action movie which is more a mystery-thriller that actually offers Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cool ensemble a chance to act and not just shoot guns, try this one at night.
Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs… MoreRealistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring tears even without melodramatic elements in it. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles nd casting Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright, the director made simply perfect team. As a genre, I will classify this movie as a coming of age story of two inner city boys. They were left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the police for drug possession and prostitution.
The movie concentrates on the two boys who are forced to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. They are faced with more trouble than any child can be expected to bear, and the fragile but resourceful Mister nevertheless finds strength in an idea from a movie, that he can be an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles if he believes in the success...
There are plenty of sad and disturbing moments in this movie, but all of them managed to become inspirational and uplifting, because the director offered a glimpse of hope in the continuously degrading American society, especially for the poor. The brotherhood of Mister and Pete was something to make note, as well as the answers on the entire question of morality when people are forced to making ends meet. The film exposes the lack of real role models for the children in the society where the only value is the almighty dollar, and the authority figures were presented as menacing instead of helpful at times.
If you are ready for a dark movie with its moments of humour and lots of charm, while enjoying the innocence and cuteness adjusting to difficult moments of life, please, check this one!
Everyone I knew was recommending this romantic drama directed by Josh… MoreEveryone I knew was recommending this romantic drama directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. Lovely casting of stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles, contributed to the popularity of this movie, I guess. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group. She hates it, but in her second meeting she meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. The story is pretty straight forward, but I think the movie should be about 40 minutes shorter!
I enjoyed immensely Woodley's performance but to me the last part of the movie was really disappointing - it felt as well as the entire film was dragged as slow as possible - like Hazel's oxygen bottle. The critics and the audience do not share my opinion and this was a film with good reviews and also proved to be commercially successful. I enjoyed the humour and sarcasm and the very believable dialogues, but that was just enough for positive review. The rest was lacking! Teenagers didn't mind, though.
Very different American romantic drama directed by 74-year old Aussie… MoreVery different American romantic drama directed by 74-year old Aussie director Fred Schepisi brings a very odd mixture of characters. It brings the vast experience of a winning director, a mature view of life and immature approach and reactions to events from that life in the story, excellent acting, and it almost seems like a tribute for a profession which started all other professions - teaching! I am glad that was screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, but this is not Schepisi's best work - far from it!
The story background is happening at Croyden, a wealthy prep school in Maine that hires teachers for their advanced courses who are accomplished professionals. Jack Marcus is supposedly one of those - a writer and poet who teach the advanced writing class. He loves who he does, he is good in it, challenging and inspiring his students. Describing how good writing creates an image, like Haiku or John Updyke's descriptions, his students understand the significance of the words. But, despite being a published author, he hasn't written or published anything for years, and gets a writer's block when he tries to write. The school literary magazine, which is his pride and joy, is going to be axed for budgetary reasons, and this alcoholic, who arrives late to work and is on the verge of being fired, decides to fight. It is not easy fighting back when school hears that he has been banned from the local restaurant because of his drunken behaviour and his adult son from his marriage becomes estranged because of Jack's drinking and irresponsibility... Jack still does it, with a very unlikely partner!
I think that we would all have difficulty finding a romantic drama these days with such less sympathetic characters as Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche). Old fashioned directing felt very comfortable but the odd thing here was the screenplay. At the end felt like few life moments put together for some eulogy not a carefully edited artistic creation - mainly because of the very unconventionally structured screenplay. It seems that t the end I enjoyed it, but my thoughts are that this could be an outstanding film if the screenplay was different.