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Quote Review: Raging Bull (1980)

“Don’t overcook it. You overcook it, it’s no good. It defeats its own purpose.”

Scorsese gives us probably his most hard-hitting film (pun not intended) in the over three-decade-old Raging Bull, providing a great break in the routine of inspirational boxing films.  This examination of a tragic inevitability isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s sure to stick with viewers long after their (first) experience with it.

 
 

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Quote Review: J. Edgar (2011)

“I don’t need to tell you that, what determines a man’s legacy is often what isn’t seen.”

J. Edgar is a slowly building disappoint, especially given the talent at-hand.  DiCaprio does put up an admirable performance, but even that falls to the long, incoherent and painfully monotone nature of the entire film.  Less concerned with structure and more with being a theoretical outlook, it’s unlikely anyone will even find much of interest here.

 
 

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Quote Review: 127 Hours (2010)

“Don’t lose it. Aron, do not lose it.”

127 Hours easily surpasses Boyle’s underwhelming Slumdog Millionaire while providing about as interesting of a depiction on the subject matter and time span as possible. James Franco also gives one of the more earnest performances of an actor as of recent, with a number of scenes working simply because he’s able to express the humor and simultaneous desperation of such a scenario. Squeamish viewers should tread carefully due to a couple harsh scenes (namely the climax) which are likely to get even more comfortable viewers cringing.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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