Absolute Perfection!!!! This is a fantastic way to end a series. Those of you who are my age. I can take it that you have grown up with these movies as I have, and I'm sure that you can remember the first time you saw Platform 9 and 3/4, or when you saw Harry's first Quidditch game, or how frightened you must have been when you first saw HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED (Voldemort). I know of some people who refuse to see the movie series that they have grown up with disappear, so they refuse to see the final film. I just want all of you reader's to know that I'm not just speaking for this film as a fan because I am a fan, but I want to speak to you as a critic. I want all of you to know that this film is truly a masterpiece that deserves a lot of recognition. It is the best film in the series, and I'm not just saying that, I love all of the films but this one is particularly grabbing. This film takes off where the last one left off, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) must break into Gringotts to retrieve a Horcrux, one of the remaining pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul. The film then escalates into the final battle for Hogwarts, friends die and characters are tested. but when it comes down to it the film is so breathtakingly beautiful on all levels, that we wonder how everything will turn out. Most of the people will whine and cry that the ending battle is different from the one in the book but I say that it is truly better than the book. The Resurrection Stone scene is a scene that started to leave me in tears, along with the epilogue which will shake any hardcore Harry potter fan. What I have to give praise for is for Alan Rickman who shows a side of Snape that we read in the book but portrayed it better than what was written in the book without emasculating Snape's character, He portrays it with such a breath taking elegance that it will leave you in tears. Alan Rickman BETTER get an Oscar Nomination for this performance. And I will also say that the film BETTER get a Best Picture nomination. This film will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you scared, and it will make you watch in amazement, and in the end it will make you reflect on all the times that you have shared in the life of a boy named Harry Potter. **** out of **** Beautiful.
A true excellence in filmmmaking. Tom Hooper continues to reign supreme in the art of making biopics. The King's Speech tells the story of King George VI (Colin Firth) and how he learns to overcome his dibilitating stutter through the help of an unconvention speech therapist Lionel Louge (Geoffrey Rush), and his faithful Wife Lady Elizabeth(Helena Bonham Carter). This film is so strong in every point of the film. Colin Fith is beyond perfecion in his performance, he tackles everything about who King George VI was with his beautiful acting talent, he shows the King with such a beautiful vulnerabilty and such grace that, makes you see that Colin Firth is truly one of the greatest actors of all time, and such a contribution to the world of cinema. Geoffrey Rush is so cunning and brilliant as Lionel Louge that you forget that your watching Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter is brilliant as always she portrays the Queen with such loving and comforting brilliance that it gives you courage. Guy Pearce gave a stunning an spectacular performance as well as King Edward, King George's brother, Guy Pearce is beyond brilliant. Colin Firth deserves every accolade that he get for this film. The film is so epic in scale, and in writing that you will leave the theater so uplifted. This film deserved all of the Academy Award nominations that it got. ****
Beautiful, Crushing, Brilliant. Blue Valentine is one of the grestest love stories of the past 20 years. This film is so beautifully crushing on all levels. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were beyond perfect, in their performances as Dean and Cindy. This is not your average love story, this film covers the beginning and an end to a relationship. This film is so real to life. I am so happy that Michelle Williams got an Oscar nomination, but I am pissed that they snubbed Ryan Gosling. This film is a love story that can make you smile, laugh, and walk away in the end in tears. Derek Cianfrance really shows true brilliance in his filmmaking. ****
Its hard to write a review that does this movie justiice. 127 hours as we all should know is the story of a hiker named Aron Ralston who takes a day journey to hike at the Blue John Canyons in Utah only to get his arm trapped by a boulder. After 127 Hours of no food or water he decides to sever his arm from the the boulder that decided the fate of his life. 127 Hours is definatly one of the best films of the year, its so beautiful in scope and direction. Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle have shot this film so beautifully that you feerl as if your there, or your on one of Aron's adventures. Danny Boyle once again proves he is a genius, he reaaly shows the will of the human spirit and he proves that he is one of the motion picture greats. This film is one of the most gripping films that I have ever had the priveledge to view. James Franco is beyond perfection in his performance, he is the reason we love to see actors act. James brings such grace and gripping dynamic nuance to his performance, when Aron is trapped in the canyon or reflecting on his life James' performance allow us to feel how Aron must have felt. Franco deserves every accolade for this stroke of genius performance. James Franco's performance is beyond Oscar Worthy. James Franco's performance is truly one of the best performances ever captured on film. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy have really wrote such a dynamic screenplay that really justfies Aron Ralston's 2003 book Between A Rock And A Hard Place, I know most people will say that there hardly any dialogue in the film, well it doesnt matter the way the film is set up, those little intricate details lets us see everything Aron went through, The Rescue scene at the end is truly gripping and unforgettable, the film will leave you speechless, There has been alot of controversy over the arm amputataion scene,the amputation scene isn't nearly as bad as people have made it out to be its shot with quick editing and and limited sound, if people can go and see those shitty saw movies then they can endure this. This film is really a testament to the human will to live, that shows you that everything is worth living for. A Truly Beautiful Masterpiece ****
The best made for television movie that I have ever seen. It's hard to write a review on this film, because Im afraid I wouldn't give this film the recognition it deserves. This film tells the story of how AIDS became an epidemic and how it affected the lives of many different people. The film starts of with Dr. Don Francis (Matthew Modine) traveling to the Ebola River in the late 70s trying to figure out as much as he can about the Ebola Virus, the title in the beginnig says that the Ebola Virus was not AIDS but it was a warning of things to come. The film then tracks how the disease spread throughout the world and how Don Francis and the CDC try to figure out everything about the virus. The film focuses on the politics and the effects on people that AIDS had in the 1980s, and today. This film is one of the most brilliantly casted films that I have ever had the good fortune to witness. Matthew Modine gives such a graceful and powerful performance as Dr. Don Francis, he tackles Dr. Francis's attempts to try and figure out the virus from the inside and out. Matthew Modine really deserves alot of credit in the film that is destined to be one of the greatest performances captured on screen, and credit for giving such a beautiful performance, when he enters each scene he handles it with such a serene grace and vulnerabilty. I wish this film would have been released in theaters so that he could have won an Oscar. Ian McKellen gave one of the best performances of his career as Bill Kraus, a gay rights organizer in the city of San Francisco, who later gets infected with the terrible disease. B.D. Wong just lit up the screen in his performance as Kico Govantes, Bill's lover and best friend and lover, the pair of them really lit up the screen together. Lilly Tomlin gave a dynamic performance as Dr. Selma Dritz, a doctor and a gay rights organizer in San Francisco, who mediates between the gay community and the government. One person who I thought really shows his grace of his art of acting is Richard Gere, as a stage choregrapher who learns that he is infected with AIDS, and helps the CDC with their research. But the one performance that broke my heart was of Swoosie Kurts as a woman who went to the hospital for surgery and recieved a contaminated blood transfusion, the scene is so heartbreaking when her and her husband figure out she is infected, but Swoosie pulls it off so beautifully. Donal Logue gave one of his screen debuts as Bobbi Campbell the first AIDS poster boy, he really shows such tenderness in this performance. Alan Alda played Dr. Robert Gallo, a selfish doctor who really didn't show an interest in finding a cure, he just wanted to dicredit the French and tried to say he discovered the virus, Alan Alda was really brilliant in this performance. And the Band Played On is truly a Spellbinding film that gets better and better with each viewing. I really have to applaude director Roger Spottiswoode and screenwriter Arnold Schulman for crafting such a delicate yet heartwrenching film. I don't care what anybody says when you see this movie the ending montage will make anyone cry, it show all the famous people who were afflicted with AIDS and its set to Elton John's The Last Song, its so heartbreaking, but its just enough for anyone to get the picture about this illness and how it can affect anyone. This film is truly a beautiful motion picture and I give it ****