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Broken City

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2013-04-25 14:08

Bits of interesting-ness and good acting in a muddled plot with bits of bad acting. Mark Wahlberg is as ... Noo Yawk as ever. Catherine Zeta Jones ought to retire.

Upside Down

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2013-04-11 20:10

A visually fascinating setting gives this clichéd story a fresh feel. However, the plot just becomes silly, the direction is borderline poor, and the acting below par. This Jim Sturgess fellow (hero) should hang his boots and switch to lumberjacking or similar where he might find better use for his skills as a tree. Kirsten Dunst does what she does best—shows off her pretty dimple and delivers another upside down kiss. She's pretty cardboard-y otherwise.

Win Win

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2013-04-09 20:59

A decent watch starring Paul Giamatti but worth watching mainly for the Greco-Roman wrestler, Alex Shaffer who steals the show. The plot is interesting enough and holds together for 3/4 of the movie. However, the remaining 1/4 is pretty poor acting-wise, direction-wise and plot-wise.

Still worth a watch though.

Sessions, The

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2013-02-06 00:23

I did not begin watching this movie with honourable intentions. While my primary goal was satisfied reasonably early, I did end up watching the rest of the film. The Sessions had many of the qualities required to become this decade's My Left Foot or Le scaphandre et le papillon. However, there really wasn't enough conflict in the script for this to happen. Helen Hunt was quite brilliant. However, the rest of the cast, while competent, did not really hit the upper percentiles.

Killing Them Softly

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2013-02-02 02:18

Killing Them Softly is a gangster movie with delusions of complexity. While I suppose that it's clever to correlate a gangwar with the economic crisis from 2008, repeatedly hitting the viewer with this message makes the entire effort simply annoying. Good acting, semi-decent plot, bad direction. That said, I can watch just about anything with Brad Pitt in it.

Late Quartet, A

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2013-01-30 02:04

The setting was good, the music was classical, and the acting was mostly well above par. However, the script was lacking, the characters lacked depth, and the plot hurried along too quickly towards a very abrupt end. It was enjoyably different. Unfortunately, I do not expect it to be memorable.

Odd man out

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-12-13 23:43

A good movie from 1947 starring James Mason and Robert Newton (in a supporting role) which is set in Ireland. It has unfortunately not aged as well as it could have. But it is nevertheless worth the watch.

Trouble with the Curve

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2012-12-10 13:24

While the setting is baseball, the story is primarily about the father-daughter relationship between Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. This unfortunately does not really work as well as it could have. However, the baseball bits are reasonably entertaining. Eastwood is just as grumpy as ever even if he's slowly becoming wan and transparent.

Watch if you like Eastwood or baseball.


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