Ultimately, Quentin Tarantino's attempt at a love story, True Romance seems anything but. While initially a story about finding true love, Tarantino flips the entire genre on its head with a very Tarantino-esque take. In its cast and characters, many connections can be drawn to other Tarantino movies of this era. The movie takes you on a journey with people that you wouldn't want to normally associate with: lowlifes and murderers. The main characters in this movie, played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, have a strong connection to the criminal couples in other Tarantino movies, such as Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction. The cast is simply amazing and is reminiscent of the star-studded cast of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The comedy is dark and violence pervades throughout most of the film. At first glance, one would think of this movie as almost a romantic comedy. Once you delve deeper into the storyline, you discover that it is much more than that. It comes across as a violent thriller with those small elements of a romantic comedy and portrays itself as classic Tarantino. While this movie was not as groundbreaking as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, it did combine genres in a very Tarantino style: breaking the mold of the traditional romance movie.
After the success of Reservoir Dogs, many wondered if Quentin Tarantino could repeat with a blockbuster in Pulp Fiction. After seeing this movie, it is apparent that Tarantino created what everyone thought he couldn't: a film even better than Reservoir Dogs. With Pulp Fiction Tarantino proved that Tarantino films are not horror, dramas, or thrillers: they are of the Tarantino genre. Pulp Fiction is constantly ranked as one of the greatest movies of all time because it changed the way that actors acted and writers wrote. In Pulp Fiction time moves fluidly: scenes are not cut out, in fact, you can hear the actors chatting with each other about their own personal problems and life's challenges in moments where no action is occurring. He gives a humanistic side to all of his characters including the criminals (who are usually seen as heartless souls). The camera work in the film is flawless and very Tarantino-esque. It feels as if you are sitting in the room with the characters hearing and seeing every single minute detail. The script (in its own right) is incredible: the moments of dark humor between Jackson and Travolta are of particular interest. Suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat at many parts and you will find yourself glued to screen watching each twist and turn carefully placed by Tarantino. This is an incredible film and one of the best of the 1990's.
I must be honest, I did not care for this movie as much as I thought I would. Although this movie was brilliantly acted, the storyline was a failure. The basic storyline is that Clooney's wife is in a coma after a boating accident and Clooney must come to terms with his wife's misgivings and sell his family's land (the last untouched turf in Hawaii). To me, it felt as if too many story lines were being crammed into this two hour film. I mean, Clooney has to deal not only with his wife's coma, but also, her mistakes that she has made, as well as, a complex real estate battle. For me, this movie strayed into too many areas and it was hard to keep focus or feel terribly emotional about any certain moments. Overall, not a great movie, but not terrible either.
"The Artist" is absolutely the best film of 2011. Going in, I found myself wondering whether this movie would keep my attention. I mean, its a silent, black and white film. However, within the first five minutes of watching this movie, I was hooked. Dujardin does an incredible job with Hazanavicius' script and really keeps you enthralled with every detail. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and put you in amazement at the emotions you feel without words and color. Absolutely an incredible movie.
First off, this has nothing to do with Illinois or the president. If you are expecting that, this may not be your movie. However, what we do have in "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a courtroom drama in all of its glory. At times the story lines can become a bit confusing and certain events may leave you scratching your head. Despite this, the movie delivers with a realistic story line: profiling a big shot lawyer working with some cases that all seem to come together. I didn't find myself liking any of the characters or becoming particularly involved with them; however, I found myself gasping at many of the twists and turns that are spread throughout this movie. Overall, this movie doesn't stray too far from a traditional courtroom drama but it does work with a proven formula. Not a bad movie at all.