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Gravity (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Gravity is visually amazing and a huge technical feat in the world of movies. It was a long time ago since I saw a sci-fi movie that brought something new to the genre, and Gravity has a lot of "on the edge of your seat" moments.

That being said, it is not what holds for a complete movie. The story of space debree destroying everything around Sandra Bollock which forces her to return back to earth doesn't hold a lot storywise. Normally I would feel a lot for a main character in desperation. But this one is not very interesting, no matter how well she plays it. Her character is almost to whiney and irritating. So I'm left with a series of cliffhangers that is supposed to transfer me from point a to point b.

I still hold to that Gravity is visually amazing and deserved all the technical awards that it received. But otherwise, it comes across as another cotastrophe movie, this time taking place in outer space. Very entertaining, very thin, but basically a perfect Saturday matinee flick.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Meaning Of Life brings Monty Python back to their roots of the flying circus in a sketch movie full of different themes and scenarios. This award winning film was their swan song and was absolutely brilliant and creative.

Much like their TV show, but with all the stops pulled out and a much higher budget. It's nice to see what it would be like if they didn't have any limitations to their humor and craft. Even though the main theme of the movie is to find out the meaning of life, questioned by a group of fish, the smaller stories range all the way from birth, adolescence, war, sex, death and etc. Everything is done first class and of course has to go to the extreme where the gross factor is higher than usual.

Still, the script is clever, the concept is brilliant and just pure fun. Nothing for those who don't enjoy british humor or don't have a love for the bizarre. But that's Monty Python for you.

I also have to give credit to the excellent soundtrack. They stretched themselves in this department as well. I guess you can tell by my review that I loved it.

The Purge
The Purge (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One night every year for 12 hours, there is no such thing as a crime. The purge is developed to get all the anger and unfinished business out of your system. In this scenario we get to follow a family who thinks that they have everything fully prepared for this night of terror. But they couldn't be more wrong.

Interesting idea and concept. Unfortunately it doesn't play out as anything impressive. The Purge could have been made as an on the edge thriller and possibly in some cases be a wake up call. But it just turns out to be a bland piece of cinematography.

The performances are good and the movie has potential. It just isn't gripping enough to make an impact. Although if this was to be a real life scenario, it would be scary as hell. But that is not the case.

I would say that this is probably going to get lost in the jumble of horror movies that will be forgotten. But alas, there is a sequel. Too much money from an audience that didn't know any better.

Navajo Joe
Navajo Joe (1965)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Bad guys try to hijack and steal money off of a train. Navajo Joe stops them and saves the day. But the villians are also going to attack the town where the train was headed to. Joe offers his services, but the town decide against his help. They soon change their mind.

Burt Reynolds in this spaghetti western directed by Sergio Corbucci is not a great movie, but fun in several parts. I have a hard time buying that Reynolds is actually part indian. He is good for the role which really isn't too demanding. The movie has all the elements of a typical spaghetti western. It's just not anything out of the ordinary or too exciting. But for a Saturday mantinee type of movie, it will work.

I often noticed that the makeup artist missed on the Reynolds forehead being the same shade as the rest of his face. But details aren't really important in this kind of a movie. Whereas I like the style of this movie, and the genre, this really didn't stick out as memorable or anything impressive. Still, it is a cult classic and deserves a few points from still being notable after all these years. Apparantly it is one of Tarantino's favorites.

So if you are looking for a great western, keep looking. But if you want to see one of Burt Reynolds early roles, it is worth a viewing.

Iris (2001)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The true story of Iris Murdoch taken from the memoirs written by her husband. We get to follow their lives, both in their younger days as well as their later ones.

I was very surprised of how strong and wonderful this story was portrayed. The performances of Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent are like always, the best. Under the direction of Richard Eyre, he brings out amazing performances. Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville are also good in their roles as the younger version of thecouple, although their performances are not as strong. But their portion of the story makes the older versions of the two a lot more powerful.

I am just wondering if there would be a chance that we can see a movie where Winslet does NOT take her clothes off. It's really starting to get old.

Sumerizing, this is a truly good drama and shows how someone who has been praised by their talent goes from clear to dimentia.