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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: 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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Quote Review: Hugo (2011)

“Don’t forget to smile.”

Hugo succeeds as a beautiful tribute to the passion of film-making while possessing a strong heart to both its characters and its story. It’s a rare feat, and especially so given what Martin Scorsese has directed for his entire career. As a result, Hugo easily manages to be one of the year’s best releases and a must-see for anyone with a distinct passion for the history and beauty of film.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Descendants (2011)

“Everything just happens.”

Despite the sudden flood of films released in December, 2011 remained mostly devoid of truly compelling films. Thankfully, even the first act of The Descendants goes well above what many releases of the year accomplished in their entirety. This isn’t a movie to get you in an uplifted mood, nor does it try to achieve this effect. Instead, we get an incredibly strong character portrayal that almost becomes scary in just how realistic it is. Clooney might be known for playing confident and unflinching characters, but here he provides a more vulnerable performance that allows just about anyone to connect with him. Both him and the film are more than deserving of Academy Award status, and not just because of the comparatively underwhelming releases that have dominated this year.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

“Rape, torture, fire, animals, religion. Am I missing anything?”

As engaging as it is cold and short of color, Fincher and company’s adaptation of the popular novel essentially sees him return to form a la Se7en. The film has no qualms about showing whatever it can and wants to, further playing to its strengths as an enthralling mystery/suspense story.  Between the masterful directing, sometimes mesmerizing cinematography, Trent Reznor’s simple yet intoxicating score and Rooney Mara’s spectacular performance and character portrayal, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finds itself sitting comfortably among the best works this year, adding yet another solid work to Fincher’s already-impressive filmography.

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

 

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Quote Review: Minority Report (2002)

“If there’s a flaw, it’s human. It always is.”

Minority Report’s themes and premise are really the extent of its potential. Though it’s science fiction, the movie still feels alien amongst Spielberg’s other works. And while the ending might seem a little too convenient, it at least manages to avoid being predictable. The rest of the runtime doesn’t fare so well, however, as it feels like a drag through events that offer little true suspense for the viewer with pacing that takes its toll well before the second act is finished. It doesn’t disqualify the movie from being a potential, worthwhile viewing, but its interest value is disappointingly weak.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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Quote Review: The Artist (2011)

“I won’t talk!  I won’t say a word!”

More than a tribute and far from an empty throwback, The Artist goes beyond being a reminder of cinema’s beginnings and is sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s had the experience of sudden and seemingly unwelcome changes coming to their field of work, living or even entertainment. With little to speak of itself, the film relies on the long-since-abandoned emotion without audible words, and the results are a wonderful breath of revitalized air. It’s ultimately, to my experience, the best film of 2011.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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