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[center][img]http://www.icicom.up.pt/blog/take2/teaser_ocean_twelve.jpg[/img] [left] So this movie was good and all, right? It was funny and witty and entertaining, and my boyfriend liked it and.... oh who am I kidding? This movie was nothing more than OK. I liked the whole Julia Roberts joke near the end, and the cameo of the overtly lesbian sherriff from Signs as well, but the film as a whole seemed to be lacking. Garcia contributed to most of that, I think. He seemed drab and boring while he could have invoked actual fear upon the audience as well as the characters in the movie. Poor Andy, he isn't aging very well, is he? Of course, the initial reason I rented this movie is the same reason I watch TV shows spondored by T-Mobile: to see Catherine Zeta Jones! She, of course, did not let me down since she started off as a corny baddie in Phantom and was also in a movie with Owen Wilson. Her character was classy and interesting, and her development made me smile at the end although it really wasn't much. If only she had more screen time. Or maybe if it were just her and Matt Damon, that would be good. They need to do a movie together. Anyways, I'm babbling, and this movie was okay. The End. [/left] [/center]
[center][u][b]Here in this room he calls me softly...[/b][/u] [img]http://img235.exs.cx/img235/4997/phantomdvd524du.jpg[/img] I realized that after all this time... I still haven't taken the time to actually formally review this movie in my journal. What the hell was I thinking? I wasn't. Anyways... where do I start? This film grabs you from the very beginning with a unique but intriguing shot of a candle and a photograph that comes to life to represent the present/past/future, whichever way you want to look at it. The transition to the past with the chandelier gave me goosebumps, and almost other things, it was so fantastic.
The sets were gorgeous, as well as the costumes and hair and make-up. Emmy looked, acted, and sounded wonderful as the young Christine. More realistic than Brightman's rendition, I was able to feel sorry for her more than I could when I saw the stage version. The entrance of Raoul to the theatre was wonderful and appropriate, and he was also more believable (See Mr. February) than Barton. The music was nothing less than the stage version and had an even bigger impact with the more personal film shots (e.g. going down to the dungeon to see The Phantom when Christine hits a high note during "Think Of Me".) Gerard was great as the Phantom, but not perfect. Key changes here and there to adjust to his obviously limited vocal range were few and did nothing to belittle his portrayal of a more emotional, angry, and sexual Phantom than Crawford's classy and mysterious version.
The story was paced wonderfully as Webber cut out and added a few measures of music, and had a few of the lines talked. This bothered me at first but I realized that it worked a lot better on film than I had imagined. The ending song was beautiful and I am so glad they didn't talk any of the lines. The three of their voices together were perfect and jaw-dropping. The emotion in Emmy's voice and eyes in that scene were heart-wrenching.
Overall I have never loved a movie more than I love this movie. It matches only Titanic in the amount of times I have seen it in the theatre, and I will own it much sooner and with less jewelry (Fake Heart of the Ocean). [/center]
[center] [img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/dreamworks_skg/collateral/_group_photos/barry_shabaka_henley3.jpg[/img] [b]Collateral: A Wonderful Thriller [/b] [left]I have seen bits and pieces of this movie here and there, but I finally made myself sit down and watch the whole thing, and WOW, was I impressed. I am actually considering rooting for Jamie Foxx for the Oscars (directly AFTER Clive Owen, of course) this year.
This movie grabbed you from the beginning with Max's average joe appeal, slight luck with a pretty lady, and good math skills. You related to him immediately, which was nice, as well as necessary for this film to work. In comes Tom, or Vincent, as he is called in the film, and changes Max's life in an instant. He is an assasin on a mission to take care of a certain amount of people and needs a driver. Max is our lucky contestant unless he wants to get a bullet to the head, so, naturally he complies. The rest of the film takes you on a gritty, dark, and spectacular ride to the underground world that you really dont expect. Jaime's performance as Max as Vincent was supermagnificacular, and Tom wasn't too bad as Vincent, either. This movie is a big surprise hit with me and is one of my favorites of 2004. [/left] [/center]
[center][b]Hello Stranger..... [img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/columbia_pictures/closer/_group_photos/clive_owen5.jpg[/img] [/b] [left] I just saw "Closer" with my friends after I got off of work today. I had been waiting for this film for about a month now; seeing how it was only released in "cool" cities, but that's beside the point. The film started off just like the trailer did, and I absolutely loved it. From the first second of film to the very last, I was captivated with these people's lives. Without a lot (or any, really) background stories to these characters, I immediately cared for them and how they would end up. Larry was especially my favorite. I mean, I knew Clive Owen was good and all, but not THAT good. For some reason every swear word and vulgar body part sounded like poetry coming from him. "What does your cunt taste like?" If any other man asked me that I would have drop-kicked him, but Clive had such swagger. His love life had been completely ruined and he still managed to look like a god and sound eloquently perverted. I know it is wrong, but Clive has gotten 70% hotter after this movie. That makes him 160% or something strange like that.
All in all, the movie was good. I hate Jude Law a little less as the days go by, and I hope Clive gets some recognition in the Oscars. If not, he's my Best Supporting Actor. [/left] [/center]
[center][u][b]"Frida" Review[/b][/u] [img]http://www.magnetictimes.com/images/uploads/frida-movie.jpg[/img] [left]Having studied Frida Kahlo in school for a litttle over a year, I have wanted to see this film for a long time. I Blind Bought it, but I figured it really couldn't be a "Blind Buy" with how much I adored Frida and her story. I was right.
Frida was perfectly depicted by Salmam Hayek who brought Frida's spunk, ambition, and passion for art to the screen with wonderful finesse. Diego Rivera couldn't be played by anyone else but the wonderful Alfred Molina. His physical apearance and range as an actor served well in this film. I even felt myself attracted to him at one point.
The timing of the film was perfect, and the little Baz Luhrman-ish segways were visually arousing. Everything was how I imagined it. The supporting cast was wonderful as well, with appearances by Diego Luna, Antonio Banderas, and Geoffrey Rush. I would watch this movie over and over again. I especially liked the part where Diego and Frida make love for the first time and he undresses her. He sees her scar and she flinches. He looks up at her and says "You're Perfect,". That was just another way the director captured the love between Diego and Frida although it seemed shaky at times. I can't say enough about this movie. Bravo. [center][img]http://www.universityofsalsa.com/images/frida_movie_4_molina.jpg[/img] [/center] [/left] [/center]