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Children of Men
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Children of Men

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Maybe I was a bit too premature in my top-ten list, and my very vehement assurances that Little Miss Sunshine was the best movie of the year. Children of Men wins for me; Alfonso Cuaron creates a futuristic world that so mimics reality that it kept me visually entranced and frightened of how this could happen in the future. The sci-fi elements, wherever they are, are almost completely surrounded by the grittiness and truth to how real this world could be 20 years down the line.

The camerwork was astounding as were all the sets, which had the burdens of a chaotic dystopia about them, but brought the bleak realism of a war-torn landscape to the forefront, intermeshing and warping the lives of the characters on screen.

Be prepared for two of the biggest shocks of cinema this year, and maybe even in the past few years. Two incidents that I could not have foreseen a million times over happen; and I wanted to blink many times, pinch my arm, so as to wake up and pretend that what had happened hadn't. I was so mesmerized by what was on going on on the screen; I didn't even look at my watch once.

There is one moment in the end, where the camera remains on for quite a few minutes, no cuts or breaks in the scene. This is amazing; I realized that the scene hadn't finished yet, and I sort of wanted to see how long it would be until the next camera shot would take place. But, as I was trying to focus on the story (for it is defintiely a very tense and vivid moment in the film), I forgot about trying to notice when the scene ends. And I don't remember when it does. It's that powerful and awesome. I've heard rumours that the scene is 10 minutes long without a cut. All I can say is 'wow' to that.

The characters are real and subtly-rehashed cliches, so they don't hash or ruin the narrative. They simply have one thing in mind and that is to get Kee to The Human Project, no matter who or what tries to prevent this from occurring. Michael Caine and Clare-Hope Ashitey are beautiful pieces of work. Clive Owen proves to be an intriguing 'hero' figure that does what he sort of doesn't really want to do. That's what is so cool about HIM; he has his misgivings and his doubts and his confusion. He wants but doesn't want to help. And, in the end, he risks his life for Kee's (and her baby's safety).

I have not seen a more original or visually 'appealing' movie in a long time. The whole premise, the whole concept shatters originality to the core: infertility, despite the complete chaotic and somewhat unbelievable nature of it, hits a note that makes you wonder if it might really happen in the future. A scene close to the end in an abandoned school had me thinking hard and contemplating how the final years of this school might have felt like, when the last few children were still alive and trying to learn with such hell and havoc brewing outside. Now there's no more primary education. There's no children's voices, no kids playing outside. The hopelessness is devastating here. But there's a hint of hope, a hint of possibility for a better future - even if we might not get it all in the end clearly stated in the end, around all the fog and the suddenness of it.

That's what's so awesome about this movie. There's not a neat, cookie-cutter formula for it all. There's the issue of fear and despair, chaos; there's the tiny speck of hope for the human race; there's sacrifice and love, and people who do care and who do want good to happen. I left the movie almost feeling a glimmer of peace, even with the heavy and graphic portrayal of a very depressing and bleak future of the world on the screen. The hope that's there - however slight, however minute - obliterates everything else that's around it (which is gloriously portrayed with the soldiers bombing the building and eventually noticing Kee leaving it).

This is why this is the best movie of 2006. This is why this is the best movie I've seen in a long, long time.

Idlewild
Idlewild (2006)
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Garamond][size=3]Two recent rentals.

Idlewild

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I had been looking forward to this one for a long time. The whole visual aspect of it in previews hooked me, and the music was mighty hook-worthy as well. I was highly disappointed when the release had been delayed; I feared this film would go The Weather Man style - hardly watched by many and just as underappreciated. There were quite a few people I knew who held interst into wanting to see this. Sadly, I didn't get to until now. Maybe that shouldn't be 'sadly' as I am glad I didn't pay theater price for this movie.

Sure the spectacle was astounding. The musical numbers were what really saved this movie from being absymal, although I could have done without a few of the anachronisms brought up in the rapping bits. Some of that stuff didn't really happen until after 1930 (or I might have to review my knowledge of 20s-30s swing/speakeasy culture). But the whole visual aspect, again, was nicely done. Set, costume, the whole thing dragged me into the world. Unfortunately, the rest of it didn't live up to expectations. Trite plot devices, horribly cliched moments, and scenes that borrow from so many other much better movies - this is what you get tagged on. I kept hoping for so many things not to happen - and they did. And I found myself rolling my eyes too often for my viewing pleasure. See it for the music and the choreography - which seems to go overboard and past the 1930s era as well. But that's the best thing you'll get from Idlewild.



The Edukators

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This one proved to be a much better experience. Despite it being a 'straight-to-DVD' movie, it had spectacular shots and settings and everything else you'd expect a big-budget production - even though a few parts are a bit grainy and poorly lit. The characters are highly believable and really show the continuum of the political spectrum; and I'm happy to see that the film showed how those on the rebellion side can be slightly naive, but also how those now making the 200,000 a year can look back and politely disagree with the opposite viewpoints, and see how their arguments can hold up. A few scenes do get a bit talky and preachy for my cinematic viewing pleasure, but they don't last horrendously long. And there is some nice tension - especially at the start, when the younger characters are breaking into the villas. It's a well-done movie many will like, but there will be staunch dislikes I'm sure... mainly due to how overtly political it is and how it is not subtly handled.[/size][/font]

The Edukators
The Edukators (2005)
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Garamond][size=3]Two recent rentals.

Idlewild

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I had been looking forward to this one for a long time. The whole visual aspect of it in previews hooked me, and the music was mighty hook-worthy as well. I was highly disappointed when the release had been delayed; I feared this film would go The Weather Man style - hardly watched by many and just as underappreciated. There were quite a few people I knew who held interst into wanting to see this. Sadly, I didn't get to until now. Maybe that shouldn't be 'sadly' as I am glad I didn't pay theater price for this movie.

Sure the spectacle was astounding. The musical numbers were what really saved this movie from being absymal, although I could have done without a few of the anachronisms brought up in the rapping bits. Some of that stuff didn't really happen until after 1930 (or I might have to review my knowledge of 20s-30s swing/speakeasy culture). But the whole visual aspect, again, was nicely done. Set, costume, the whole thing dragged me into the world. Unfortunately, the rest of it didn't live up to expectations. Trite plot devices, horribly cliched moments, and scenes that borrow from so many other much better movies - this is what you get tagged on. I kept hoping for so many things not to happen - and they did. And I found myself rolling my eyes too often for my viewing pleasure. See it for the music and the choreography - which seems to go overboard and past the 1930s era as well. But that's the best thing you'll get from Idlewild.



The Edukators

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This one proved to be a much better experience. Despite it being a 'straight-to-DVD' movie, it had spectacular shots and settings and everything else you'd expect a big-budget production - even though a few parts are a bit grainy and poorly lit. The characters are highly believable and really show the continuum of the political spectrum; and I'm happy to see that the film showed how those on the rebellion side can be slightly naive, but also how those now making the 200,000 a year can look back and politely disagree with the opposite viewpoints, and see how their arguments can hold up. A few scenes do get a bit talky and preachy for my cinematic viewing pleasure, but they don't last horrendously long. And there is some nice tension - especially at the start, when the younger characters are breaking into the villas. It's a well-done movie many will like, but there will be staunch dislikes I'm sure... mainly due to how overtly political it is and how it is not subtly handled.[/size][/font]

Clerks II
Clerks II (2006)
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Garamond][size=3]Clerks II

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In a year of many disapponting movies, this one breezes by with the wit and humor that we definitely need in a sharp and vulgar comedy. The year 2006 has had some good laughs in it; you just have to look closely to find out. Although the original Clerks is classic Kevin Smith, this one follows in its footsteps nicely with biting dialogue that works with each character, a storyline that has the proper amount of smaltz, and it clings on to the most outlandish situations you could have. If you are familiar with Kevin Smith and enjoy his movies, you will love this. Jay and Silent Bob also return with some rather hilarious - if unsightly - moments. Rosario Dawson pulls off a nice bit of acting as well. And the final moment in a prison cell provides the best moment in the movie. Definitely one to watch ... even if it isn't Oscar material.


American Dreamz

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This is a muddled borefest that tries to pull off satire, but it falls flat on its face. If you want to complete the satire and mix it with comedy, go all the way, and don't stop at a spot-on imitation of George Bush or an awkward musical-adoring terrorrist. Make the redneck Ohioan less Ohioan (don't understand what they were going for here). Make the weasley-ness more apparent. Go overboard. Provide more laughs and shocks. This does none of that. The end puts a stick through the already fragile fabric of the satire, launching into unfunny and rather unfortunate incidents that need not have happened for this film to have worked. A colossal disappointment in what could have been a spot-on and hysterical satire.

Hustle & Flow

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Terrence Howard is amazing in this slice of life - of a man who wants to break out from his 'hard life' as 'a pimp.' The best moments come when they are in the makeshift recording studio and are trying to piece beats with riffs - and trying to alter lyrics and chose who sings and what works best. The hardships and the frustrations are played out excellently by the actors (not only Howard). I did not expect the climax to turn out in the way it did, but the confrontation between Howard and Ludacris provides a lot of tension, ease, and renewed tension and shock. A very nice movie that didn't get as much recognition as it could have.[/size][/font]

American Dreamz
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Garamond][size=3]Clerks II

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In a year of many disapponting movies, this one breezes by with the wit and humor that we definitely need in a sharp and vulgar comedy. The year 2006 has had some good laughs in it; you just have to look closely to find out. Although the original Clerks is classic Kevin Smith, this one follows in its footsteps nicely with biting dialogue that works with each character, a storyline that has the proper amount of smaltz, and it clings on to the most outlandish situations you could have. If you are familiar with Kevin Smith and enjoy his movies, you will love this. Jay and Silent Bob also return with some rather hilarious - if unsightly - moments. Rosario Dawson pulls off a nice bit of acting as well. And the final moment in a prison cell provides the best moment in the movie. Definitely one to watch ... even if it isn't Oscar material.


American Dreamz

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This is a muddled borefest that tries to pull off satire, but it falls flat on its face. If you want to complete the satire and mix it with comedy, go all the way, and don't stop at a spot-on imitation of George Bush or an awkward musical-adoring terrorrist. Make the redneck Ohioan less Ohioan (don't understand what they were going for here). Make the weasley-ness more apparent. Go overboard. Provide more laughs and shocks. This does none of that. The end puts a stick through the already fragile fabric of the satire, launching into unfunny and rather unfortunate incidents that need not have happened for this film to have worked. A colossal disappointment in what could have been a spot-on and hysterical satire.

Hustle & Flow

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Terrence Howard is amazing in this slice of life - of a man who wants to break out from his 'hard life' as 'a pimp.' The best moments come when they are in the makeshift recording studio and are trying to piece beats with riffs - and trying to alter lyrics and chose who sings and what works best. The hardships and the frustrations are played out excellently by the actors (not only Howard). I did not expect the climax to turn out in the way it did, but the confrontation between Howard and Ludacris provides a lot of tension, ease, and renewed tension and shock. A very nice movie that didn't get as much recognition as it could have.[/size][/font]