***1/4 / *****
Jean Renior's [i]The Rules of the Game[/i] is a look at the life of various individuals who meet up at a chateau in France to going hunting. In the midst of the sexual partner-swaping chaos, someone is murdered. Despite his effort in directing and playing the character Octave, Renoir failed to make a lasting melancholic impression due to the lack of sympathy from his character's reactions after the murder takes place. On a side note: I was so fascinated with Marcel Dalio's [Robert de la Cheyniest] evidently drawn on eyebrows that I completely forgot to pay attention to his dialogue.
1/2 / *****
Upon reading the tagline on the cover, I thought "oh wow, how cheesy", but for some odd reason I forced myself to rent it anyways. Much to my surprise, they actually used the tagline [[i]HE was more than a cop. SHE was more than a thief.][/i] in the dialogue. Therefore, that deserves a giant: :rolleyes:
Milla Jovovich, please stop making films in which you unconvincingly play a slutty character.
***1/2 / *****
I never could have imagined that so little could occur in a film with a runtime of 165 minutes. Still, its magnificent cinematography and performances [mainly by Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, and Henry Fonda] managed to make this western one that was actually enjoyable. [i]Once Upon a Time in the West [/i]stretches its story of a mysterious man who plays a harmonica and comes to a small town to take revenge on a ruthless gunman working for the railroad for so long that towards the end, when we come to learn why Harmonica [Bronson] is seeking revenge, I ceased to have any interest. Perhaps I will check out more of Sergio Leone's films in the future.
*** / *****
Clever plot twist and a good performance from Kevin Spacey. Stephen Baldwin's films are a top viewing guilty pleasure of mine, so naturally, it was inevitable that I would see this.
****1/2 / *****
[i]Umberto D. [/i]is the story of a elderly man who struggles to come up with rent money and living expenses all while attempting to maintain his dignity. Umberto's only companion and source of happiness is his dog, Flike. When Umberto finally realizes that there is no hope for him to survive, let alone both him and Flike, he ultimately decides that he must give his dog away. Throughout most of the film we follow along Umbeto's daily life filled with despair, but it is mainly towards the end when I finally felt the power of the emotion. Vittorio De Sica's cast of nonprofessional actors and memorable story managed to work together beautifully; if it were done with a cast of professional actors, I doubt they could of done this story justice.