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Closer – A Bit Distant

Posted 26 Jul 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

Closer, USA / UK, 2004

Directed by Mike Nichols

Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name.Mike Nichols is a hard director to stomach sometimes. He has a way of making characters crawl under your skin, when that’s the very last place you want them. Such is the case, anyway, with the four characters in Closer, Dan (Jude Law), Alice (Natalie Portman), Anna (Julia Roberts), and Larry (Clive Owen). This is a film that assumes an old truth: look at a painting from far away, it’s perfect; look at it point blank, and you’ll see all the cracks and imperfections that destroy its image. Closer, like the characters who inhabit that truth, is one of those paintings, or maybe that holds true for photographs as well. The movie itself acts almost as a montage of snapshots and freeze-frames in these characters’ intersecting lives. Of course, if every picture is worth a thousand words, you know you’re in for a verbose screenplay. Thankfully, Patrick Marber adapts his own play for the film, which keeps the words intact. Read More

Thor – Let The Thunder Roll

Posted 06 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott MartinThor, The God of Thunder

Thor, USA, 2011

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Marvel movies know what they’re doing: clear action, sharp performances, and intelligent screenplays. Of course, the studio is allowed their mistakes after so many successes (here’s lookin’ at you, Iron Man 2), but more often than not, Marvel nails it, especially in their set-up for the long awaited Avengers film. We’ve had Iron Man, Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk, we’re getting Captain America, and now we have Thor – the god of thunder. Not just thunder, but lightening and fertility and strength (thanks, Wikipedia). And if anyone can embody fertility, strength, and inclement weather, it’s Chris Hemsworth. Tall, blond, beefy – he has to be the ideal casting – and in a film racked with political intrigue, light hearted hysteria, and Shakespearean grandeur, Kenneth Branagh has to be the ideal director. Read More

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – One Step Short

Posted 21 Jun 2009 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Jason A. Hill

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, USA, 2001

Directed by Steven Spielberg

robot david arrives at "pleasure" townA.I. is just one of those films people can’t forget or stop talking about.

Spoiler AlertI got about 75% of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Everything about it was strange, interesting and wonderfully disturbing, set in the near future but having an almost timeless quality of modern consumerism. It centers around a family whose only child has digressed into a vegetative state. A robotic boy named David (Haley Joel Osment), the first programmed to love, is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O”Conner), to replace their son, who has been cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found.

Though David is gradually accepted and becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David as he is abandoned by his “mother” and left to survive in a society that fears and hates their new robotic compatriots. Several groups of robot-hating humans chase David and his companions until they all are caught. David does eventually meet his creator, but fails to discover the meaning of his quest. He is then further pursued by agents of control. Read More