Category: Movie Reviews

The Matrix . . . Sunglasses are Just Cool

I know you know sunglasses are cool, the guy who sang “I wear my sunglasses at night” knows it, Horatio Caine from CSI Miami definitely knows it, but do you know what confirmed it for me… Rewatching The Matrix.  It just happened to be on HBO so I hunkered down on Friday night and watched it from beginning to end. Oh my goodness what a fantastic movie.  I had forgotten and I own it. If you don’t know The Matrix, where have you been or are you a teenager and perhaps too young to remember it? Made in 1999, this has to be one...

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The Avengers: Now on DVD

I absolutely love love love Marvel Movies.  I own many of them and often find myself putting them on when I stay in on a random weekend night.  Action packed, amazing effects and the hero always wins.  You do not have to be a lover of Marvel Comics (I am not) or indeed Marvel movies to absolutely fall in love with the compelling Summer Blockbuster that is The Avengers.  This movie truly AWESOME!!!! A charismatic cast of Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Mark Ruffalo, Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth, Thor, and Chris Evens, Captain America with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner...

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The Avengers

I absolutely love love love Marvel Movies.  I own many of them and often find myself putting them on when I stay in on a random weekend night.  Action packed, amazing effects and the hero always wins.  You do not have to be a lover of Marvel Comics (I am not) or indeed Marvel movies to absolutely fall in love with the compelling Summer Blockbuster that is The Avengers.  This movie truly AWESOME!!!! A charismatic cast of Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Mark Ruffalo, Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth, Thor, and Chris Evens, Captain America with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner...

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Weekend Movie Rentals: A Single Man and Life as We Know It

I needed a lay low weekend after a long and tiring work week.  For me that meant movies for my enjoyment, cheese & crackers for my dinner and wine for my sanity.  Perfect. I first watched A Single Man with Colin Firth and was so heartbroken by the end of the movie I needed something light and fun to watch after it.  I decided on Life as We Know It with Katherine Heigl.  Not as light and fun as I thought it was going to be but really quite good.  Both movies worth the rental. A Single Man Colin Firth plays the part of a homosexual man in the 1960s who has lost the love of his life.  Besides this movie being incredibly and beautifully stylized by first time director, Tom Ford; Colin Firth’s portrayal of someone heartbroken completely overwhelmed me that I could almost feel his heartbreak.  Of course, it is all to do with his outstanding acting skills to be able to be believable as a gay man, and as someone whose heart is so damaged life doesn’t seem worth it. I have to also say as a Brit; Julianne Moore’s British accent was superb.  She played his best friend, and a complete lush, as well as a 1960s cougar-worthy 40-something woman.  Her depiction of a woman who was unconditionally in love with a man who was wholly unobtainable to her was excellent. This movie is very compelling and...

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The Artist

I found The Artist an intriguing and beguiling movie.  When I was young I would watch old Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin movies with my dad and always rejoiced in the overacted simplicity of these old black and whites. To be honest I was skeptical and wasn’t at all sure I wanted to see it but curiosity won me over and on Saturday afternoon I went to the see The Artist with my friend Stacey.   As the previews were showing I was getting worried about the following two hours of watching a silent movie.  I even sat in an exit seat for a quick getaway in case I thought it was really bad. I didn’t need to be worried, I enjoyed everything about this movie, even the silence.  The music by Ludovic Bource was lyrical and fun and played to every character perfectly.  Filled with a charismatic cast this movie definitely has something. Easy enough to follow as movies from a bygone era didn’t have much of a plot and The Artist kept to a classic love story of the 1920s.  There was a wonderfulness in the simplicity of The Artist that stays with you long after the movie has finished.  Even now I am still thinking about it and smiling to myself.  I think I am enjoying the movie more in absence than when I watched it. The main character, George Valentin played by Jean Dujardin, think Valentino...

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