Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Movie review of Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas - 8/10
Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings
Cast - Tom Hank,Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess

Plot Summary
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

What a brilliant movie. I had a fantastic time watching Cloud Atlas. I was moved with sadness, anger, laughter and joy throughout the different parts of the movie. Cloud Atlas is truly a gem. Fantastic direction, a good soundtrack and fantastic make up.And I couldn't ask for more as the casting for this movie was perfect.
I have to give it to the actors for Cloud Atlas. Acting in different roles within one movie is no easy task and the cast here did a fantastic job even the supporting cast doing minor roles as well.One who exceptionally stands out is Hugo Weaving. This guy is just too cool and every role he does, you are bound to remember him by. Halle Berry, Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant were pretty good as well. The chemistry between all of them was good. I really liked the costumes and make up for Cloud Atlas. You also have a pretty decent script as well. Direction is fucking awesome. Why? Because you have three of the greatest visionaries as directors directing in one movie.Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings (its no longer Wachowski brothers anymore cause Larry Wachowski has had a sex change and is now known as Lana Wachowski) are great stand alone directors. But for this project they did quite alot of research and really took their time from what I read. I think their efforts paid off and Cloud Atlas is truly a masterpiece. This is what I would call story telling at its finest. At almost 3 hours long, you will not feel the time go by as you get totally immersed into the story. Perhaps you will wonder what the fuck is going on in the beginning but as the story or stories unfold, you will start to understand.

Really worth watching on a weekend with a loved one and get the dvd when it comes out. Check it out.

Best Quotes
Isaac Sachs: Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible? I just met her, and yet... I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey.

Robert Frobisher: A half-finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair.

Sonmi-451: Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.

Abbess: [in a trance] Bridge'a'broken, hide below, Hands'a'bleedin', can't let go, enemy sleepin', don't slit that throat.

Recommended movies done by the director
Tom Tykwer
Run Lola Run
The princess and the warrior
Wachowski siblings
Speed Racer

Movie review of Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad - 7.5/10
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Cast -  Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Plot Summary
Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.

When I first watched the trailer, it didn't do much for me. I didn't like the make up and the colour tone. And Sean Penn's make up looked like some villain in a Dick Tracy movie.
But after watching Gangster Squad, I was pleasantly surprised. Turned out better than I expected and the trailer did not do the movie justice.
The casting for this movie is good. Sean Penn was an excellent choice for the bad guy role as Mickey Cohen. Despite the Dick Tracy-esque make up, his acting was great. For the good guys, you have a pretty good team of young actors in roles which are pretty much suited for them. You have Giovanni Ribisi as the Tech guy, he was decent. Ryan Gosling as the hero's number two guy.I liked the way he spoke. Josh Brolin as the hero was good as well. Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte really do look alike. They could do a father /son movie or something. There were other cool guys like T-1000 himself, Robert Patrick and Michael Pena as well.
I liked the plot alot. Its a traditional mobster story with a healthy dose of violence. The direction was nice. Some of the camera works were pretty impressive. And the script was fantastic.There are some pretty cool lines, Brolin's and Penn's characters spew out.

Definitely worth watching on a weekend, its an added bonus if you love mobster movies. Check it out.

Best Quotes
Grace Faraday: Where have you been all my miserable life ?
Sgt. Jerry Wooters: Shooting gangsters.
Grace Faraday: That's no profession

Recommended movies done by the director
30 Mins or less

Monday, January 7, 2013

Movie review of Intouchables

Intouchables - 8/10
Directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cast - Fran├žois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot, Anne Le Ny

Plot Summary
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker

I watched this french flick on the plane on my way to London. Its definitely one of the best feel good comedies for 2012. I was laughing out pretty loud also. It wasn't like a typical french art flick or anything. Just really good movie with a good story,funny script and a great cast with chemistry.
The casting for this movie is excellent. The chemistry between the two main actors, Francois(who really looks like Dustin Hoffman) and Omar is absolutely brilliant.  There are so many scenes when they are together, you are bound to laugh to your heart's content.My favorite scenes are the ones at the opera and the classical music scenes. There are also moments which are a little sad fo each character as well. I really liked the script even though it was in french, it was simple and very witty.
The direction for the movie is pretty good as well and I liked the way the movie was edited. There are quite a few nice scenic shots taken as well.Its the plot which I cared alot for. 2 completely different people meeting and filling each other's life with hope and love.Thats really beautiful and its based on a true story as well.

Worth watching on a weekend and even purchasing the dvd. You are bound to leave feeling good and a smile to your face after watching Intouchables.

Best quotes
Driss: 100 euros says I can lose them.
Philippe: You're on.

Philippe: Hope well and have well.

Philippe: My true disability is not having to be in a wheel chair. It's having to be without her.

Driss: Its a singing tree?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Movie review of Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher - 4/10
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Cast - Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall

Plot Summary
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

This is possibly the worst Tom Cruise movie I have ever seen. I tried so hard to like the movie but I just can't. There were so many flaws in Jack Reacher.Despite a reasonably good cast,the movie still sucked. The blame should go to the director and writer of the movie, Christopher McQuarrie. Now McQuarrie won an oscar for writing The Usual Suspects and has written some pretty good screenplays but he is a fuckall director. Its pretty obvious he doesn't know which kinda direction should Jack Reacher go. Some moments of the movie it becomes a comedy and then some moments it becomes serious and a tad bit silly. If he had just stuck to one direction, this wouldn't have been a not too bad movie.
Casting was ok. It was really cool to see acclaimed director Werner Herzog as a villain who does pretty much nothing but talk in a Batman-esque voice. Robert Duvall is horribly old but it was nice to see him pair up with Tom Cruise just like in Days of Thunder. Sadly there wasn't enough screen time for Duvall. Rosamund Pike on the other hand was just there to show her tits.Sorry to be crude and all but yea thats all Rosamund Pike is.Tits. whenever she is on screen,you wouldn't hear her talk and do anything cause the first thing you will notice is her tits. The woman cant act to save her life but sure as hell her tits will. Rosamund Kwan, the old school chinese actress is a better actress than her and possibly better tits as well. I hope not to watch any movies of Rosamund Pike as well. Rosamund...what a stupid fucking name. Tom Cruise did his level best to save this movie but couldn't. Mr Cruise,I sincerely hope you don't do shit movies like this as it will tarnish your godlike reputation.
There is an awful scene which was trying its hardest to copy out the famous telephone scene from Taken but failed miserably but the only good thing about Jack Reacher was the car chase scene.That was filmed and done very well.Tom Cruise pretty much did his own car stunts as well.

Just wait for the television debut of this movie to watch if you haven't.

Best Quote
Jack Reacher: You think I'm a hero? I am not a hero. And if you're smart, that scares you. Because I have nothing to lose.

Recommended movies done by the director
Way of the gun