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The Warrior
The Warrior (2002)
7 months ago via Flixster
½

This Korean attempt at an historical epic is fine as far as it goes, but it could have been so much better.

Three Wishes for Cinderella
5 years ago via Flixster

It's hard for me to properly rate this film now: I saw it in the mists of my childhood, and I've never forgotten it. It left deep and fond memories, and is far and away my favourite version of the Cinderella story, although departing quite radically from the version normally given in US films.

While you might recognise some elements of the more familiar story here, the central Cinderella character is much stronger than that often portrayed, and hunts the woods with a crossbow. With its snow-scapes this is a film I associate with winter, and for little other reason than that, Christmas. Maybe as I've grown up a bit since then I would find I have outgrown it if I saw it again, but I doubt it. Like The Singing Ringing Tree, it had the feel of a magical, timeless film,

Whenever you feel Winter gathering its cowl around you, I'd fling another log on the fire (if appropriate), hunt down this twinkling fairy tale, and bring it to life on a home screen. Great stuff.

The Tree of Life
6 years ago via Flixster
½

This was definitely a movie that I needed to consider after walking out of the theater. While watching it I admired it's spectacle, but I was often thinking about the director's argument in the film. The film is not content to let an experience wash over you, but requires that you consider the world as viewed through the movie.

So when I left the theater I was wondering whether I thought it had achieved it's goals, and whether or not I liked it beyond the spectacle. On the whole, it's fair to say that I did. A few images seem a little self-conscious though, and that being the case I'm not sure they therefore work as well as they might. Still, it's a film I would certainly watch again, and one that stayed with me afterwards.

I won't bore you with further thoughts here, but if you want to know what I thought in more detail see here

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
6 years ago via Flixster
½

There seems, to me at least, to be a popular movement that enjoys rubbishing Michael Bay movies. I don't know the guy, but this seems a little unnecessary.

That's not to say that this movie is any great shakes. It really isn't. It's a sprawling 2+ hours of robots ripping each other up held loosely together by an extensive line-up of ham actors and models.

Did I expect anything else? No, not really. I got pretty much what I paid for. Perhaps the film was a bit overlong, and could have done with some serious script editing - characters appear and disappear without there being any real need for them to be on screen at all, except to provide space for an amusing cameo. Most notable amongst these are John Malkovich as Shia LeBeouf's boss, and Jon Jeong, who plays a character called , 'Deep W(h)ang'. Both are cookie-cutter throwaways, but they do serve to bring a little needed humour to the whole event.