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Quote Review: Pirate Radio/The Boat That Rocked (2009)

“How about it, then?”

The cast and characters make this the perfect type of silly, feel-good nostalgia-inducing movie.  Sure, there are too many ends for the movie to develop or nicely resolve, but most of the faces are too memorable to simply shrug aside.

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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Film, Film Review, Movie Review, Movies, Review


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Quote Review: Capote (2005)

“Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they’re always wrong.”

Highly evocative and curiously inspirational, this film goes through gripping motions that only strengthen as the film goes on. And while it’s a slow ride, the pacing feels just right with a perfectly forgiving runtime. Not to mention excellent and, most importantly, convincing performances by the entire cast. And of course, we have Philip Seymour Hoffman turn in a true performance, one that shows him accomplish the greatest challenge and accolade of an actor: convincing us that he IS, in fact, Truman Capote.

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Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review


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Quote Review: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

“You know you’ve reached rock bottom when you’re told you have character flaws by a man who hanged his predecessor in a military coup.”

Striking a balance between engaging politics and persistent, witty humor isn’t always easy. Fortunately, this is handled just well enough in Charlie Wilson’s War. What makes the film stand out from other, similar works is just how colorful it is, even during the most grim moments. And though Tom Hanks is in good form here, it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman who steals the show, adding to the endless list of supporting characters we never feel we get enough of. The entire film seems intended as a see-how-things-repeat type of movie, which will be part of what makes it engaging or agonizing, depending on what type of view and mentality you take while watching it.

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review


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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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