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Quote Review: Stardust Memories (1980)

“What is it the comedian says when his jokes are going well? ‘I murdered that audience’…’I killed ’em’…’They screamed’…’I broke ’em up.'”

Though viewers apparently appreciate Stardust Memories most for its similarities and references to other works (whether by Allen or not), going into the movie blind doesn’t mean enjoyment will be absent. Truth be told, it’s a bit of a commentary on how any director can imagine or actually see things; giving us the serious and silly points back and forth. It’s not the most investing film out there, but still well worth checking out even if you’re barely familiar with Allen’s other works.

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: Dances with Wolves (1990)

“The only word that comes to mind is harmony.”

Probably Costner’s single greatest accomplishment, the story told in Dances with Wolves is one that’s every bit as familiar as it is resonating. There’s a definite level of honesty throughout as the cast give the Sioux Native American tribe justice. Enough emotion is created without going overboard, and it’s nice to see that the film doesn’t end on a preachy note. It might be lengthy, but because of all the enrichment present, anyone interested in the film’s tale shouldn’t have a problem staying seated for 3 hours (or longer for the even more fulfilling extended cut).

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Lion King (1994)

” A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun.”

It’s been 17 years and The Lion King still holds up well, like most (if not all) of Disney’s other, older films. The coming-of-age and self-acceptance tale still gives us a terrific balance of comedic and serious moments. In regards to the recent 3D release, there are a few excellent shots that any avid viewer or fan of the film is bound to appreciate, but it hardly does more than give the film more visual depth. Regardless, The Lion King remains a Disney staple which is bound to continue entrancing viewers of all ages.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quick Impressions: Episode 226 (Faith Hilling)

Season 16 of South Park continues to become forgettable and little more than a toss-away in the meme-focused episode Faith Hilling.  The pop culture satire has hit an overbearing note that really says all it needs to in the first few minutes.  It’s still nonsensical like always, but anyone who missed out needn’t worry about hunting down this week’s offering.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Episode Review, TV Show

 

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Quote Review: Moneyball (2011)

“I pay you to get on first, not get thrown out at second.”

Moneyball doesn’t aim to be another preachy sports film, but rather one of exposure and study. For this reason, many will likely be turned off by the slow pacing which builds to a quiet (though still conclusive) ending. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill put on two of their more earnest performances up to this point, but are still playing characters you’d expect them to. Those who are familiar and enthusiastic about baseball are bound to get the most out of this movie, but anyone who’s patient and tolerant should be able to take some worth with Moneyball.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Docks of New York

“Are you goin’ to let me have a good time in my own quiet way, or must I take this place apart?”

For a silent black and white film, The Docks of New York is surprisingly effective at creating a series of similar shots that are every bit as drab and gritty as they are fascinating. At the very least, it’s interesting to look back on one of the earlier works of film and see said style handled well even by today’s standards.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

“Lawyers, bankers, politicians. What do they ever get out of life, I’d like to know. What do they know about real things? What do they ever get?”

The cut which has survived suffers from a plethora of problems (the least of which comes from the editing–most notable in the ending and how dragged out the first act is), but there’s still an at-least solid foundation at work here. It’s tough to get behind the characters (at first), but it’s easy to become entranced by so many amazing shots, which help ease the aforementioned challenge. Worth watching simply to see one of the original directorial masters at his prime.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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