“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” Movie Details
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford tagline: Beyond the myth lies America’s greatest betrayal.
|Directors: Andrew Dominik|
|IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 out of 52,256 votes|
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” Movie Review
“The Assassination of Jesse James” Plot Summary
Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
An epic masterpiece. Thoughtful, philosophical and profoundly existential
With a title almost as long as the 160-movie it names, regular movie-goers might be forgiven for thinking that The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is worth a miss. Too, even, that a title basically giving away the central hub of the film’s plot makes it hard for studio execs to sell the film as a sassy, gun-toting western with shlocky shoot-em-ups and angel eyes Brad Pitt darling it up in the lead role. This was all many were expecting after several re-edits, one being a but-numbing 3? hour cut, were made to a film that actually wrapped up filming in 2005. But what Chopper director Andrew Dominik has delivered, in only his second film, is an beautiful, epic, meditative poem of a western, that once again transforms the genre, once such a stable for conservative normality, by dissecting the myths that created it
Brad Pitt is uber-outlaw Jesse James, co-founder of the James-Younger gang, primarily specialising in train robberies. Casey Affleck is Robert Ford, a clumsy, awkward upstart, who is entranced by Jesse James to the point of obsession. He views him like a celebrity, studying his life, his robberies, his voice and even his mannerisms. He is so entranced that at one point whilst attempting to engage his idol in a conversation during one of James’ tin bath sessions, James very coldly utters to Ford ‘Do you want to be like me? Or do you wanna be me?’.Ford is constantly teased by his fellow thieves and gunmen, taunted for his love and idolisation of the gang ringleader. As the title suggests (or rather gives away), it leads to a tragic conclusion, a conclusion revealed so that the whole film may operate on a level far more complex than mere formulaic convention. Since we know the fate of the hero, it is not about where the journey ends, or indeed how it ends. But rather what the journey is, and how the characters deal with it. James seems to flirt with the idea of death, having been rendered a stalinesque paranoia-case after losing faith in all of his gang members. Towards the end of the film, he relies only on the help of the Ford brothers Charlie and Robert, not being able to trust any one else. He would be proved right, when Robert is the one to pull the trigger
The Assassination of Jesse James is a majestic western. It is beautifully shot in a way that doesn’t just please the eye, but utterly renders both the icy mood and bitterly cold temperature of the film it colours. The acting is first rate, with Brad Pitt playing the cold psychopath that is Jesse James with a subtle viciousness beneath his icy blue eyes. But Casey Affleck is the man who walks away with the film. Every scene he is in, he steals. His Robert Ford is brilliantly balanced between the enthusiastically enthralled and gawkish pathos. His obsession with James is understandable, given the legend of the outlaw that has spun a million myths in its wake, but it is reminiscent, at least to a modern audience, of a Mark Chapman the man who shot John Lennon. In fact one of the many themes running throughout Andrew Dominik’s film is that of the obsession with a myth. He is known as the ‘coward’ but is it to be a coward? Ford idolises James like many people do modern celebrities. When James reveals his spiteful and altogether psychotic edge to Ford, the myth is dispelled, and everything Ford had invested in him becomes crushed. All Ford could do to redeem himself, he felt, would be to kill James, and end the charade. But alas, all that did was strengthen the legend further
Perhaps in another world, it would be pleasant to know that The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford gets all the credit it deserves, but it appears to have split many people up the middle. Some people think it is pretentious, and write sniffy articles about the film’s languidness. Others think it is too long and obscure. I am at the point now when it really doesn’t matter when dealing with a film of this magnitude, because it was a profoundly affecting experience, one reminiscent of the beautiful epics Terrence Malick used to make. If you find a better film this year, I would very surprised.
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“The Man from Earth” Movie Details
The Man from Earth tagline:
|Directors: Richard Schenkman|
|IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 out of 27,909 votes|
“The Man from Earth” Movie Review
“The Man from Earth” Plot Summary
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring…
An Amazing Sci-Fi Fantasy!
I recently had the opportunity to view Man From Earth at the Comic-Con Film Festival, and it was amazing. The Sci-Fi thriller goes places I’ve never dreamed of. The movie places the viewer in the backseat for a wild ride through history connecting it to the present. I was shocked at the ideal of a Cro-Magnum surviving until present day, and even more shocked how each professional almost validated the possibilities as the story unfolded. The most unique thing about the movie is who John Oldman has met, and has been (don’t want to give it away, but he’s been the most well known person alive) in his centuries of living, or who he could be in the future! This film is great for anyone who likes movies that challenges the norm! The movie bewilders the mind yet challenges the heart of our beliefs! This amazing Sci-Fi film pays great homage to the late and great Jerome Bixby! Anyone who is a fan most go see this film!
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“You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” Movie Details
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan tagline: Lather. Rinse. Save the world.
|Directors: Dennis Dugan|
|IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 out of 47,915 votes|
“You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” Movie Review
“You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” Plot Summary
An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. add synopsis
To this movie makers thank you.
To comment on this movie, there are two main sides: First one would be Adam Sandler, I have always liked his movies, for the light kind of comedy he presents, you watch and you laugh but you don’t expect to come out of the movie with a deeper message or something remotely philosophic to think about, I find that when Adam Sandler tries to go deep, his movies become quite depressing and nonsensical, ‘Click’ quickly comes to mind
The thing about the Zohan, is that I laughed a lot in some parts, but I find his affairs with the older ladies to be a bit repetitive and leaning towards downright BORING. Also the crude language and the oh-too-much ‘crotch’ view makes it quite impossible to let your kids watch the movie, which is a pity, because I find the hilarious fight scenes and the Zohan’s ’supernatural’ cool stunts would have been fun for kids to watch
Second point of view would be from an Arab point of view; I started watching this movie, preparing myself to get offended, and mind you I am a very broad minded person … However, I was pleasantly surprised, for the first time in my life I see a movie that does not picture Arabs as animal-like, heartless, brainless killing machines. They are just people, trying to make a living, even the avenging one has a reason, the Zohan stole his goat
Watching this movie, I tried to forget that I am an Arab, and I see that it is portraying – in a very silly and somehow inaccurate way – two opposing sides, and suggesting that they stop fighting, get over their differences to see that they are in fact similar
The movie makers get my personal ‘thank you’ for that, it is no different than watching a movie about the conflict between ‘black’ and ‘white’ people after the civil war, or about Americans and Japanese directly after WWII, there is no prejudices against Arabs here
For the very first time, someone has discovered that Arabs are human beings too. So THANK YOU.
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“The Punisher” Movie Details
The Punisher tagline: This Is Not Revenge. It’s Punishment!
“The Punisher” Movie Review
“The Punisher” Plot Summary
After his wife and family are killed, G-Man Frank Castle takes it upon himself to distribute punishment to those responsible for the vendetta.
GREAT MOVIE! vigilante-style justice done right
‘The Punisher’ is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It’s also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. I thought this movie was one of the best I have seen in a long time. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just shy of the two X-Men movies and Spider-Man but easily surpasses Batman, Batman Begins, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie will kill any possible chance of decent box-office numbers, but it was a necessary step to take, and the quality of the movie just makes up for it. Hopefully this was Thomas Jane’s breakout role, as he was outstanding and has the potential to be a contender to Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Colin Farrell, and Matt Damon as the next big action star. If you like action movies, check out this movie. If you like comic book adaptations, check out this movie. Heck, if you just like movies in general, The Punisher is two hours well-spent. Like Thomas Jane himself says, ‘Frank Castle is dead. Long live The Punisher.’
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“15 Minutes” Movie Details
15 Minutes tagline: America likes to watch
|Mugger in Central Park|
“15 Minutes” Movie Review
“15 Minutes” Plot Summary
A homicide detective and a fire marshall must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings. add synopsis
I LOVED IT
I haven’t read the critic’s reviews but I heard that they didn’t love it…however I did. Furthermore, I don’t like or always trust most critics. Anyway, back to the matter at heart.’15 Minutes’ is a graphic, often disturbing, roller-coaster ride of a film which basically depicts how sleazy the media can be. The acting is SUPERB and the characters are very believable. DeNiro gives an outstanding performance as a famous local cop who is obviously well respected and good at what he does. Ed Burns is the local fire marshall who also does a wonderful job of acting humble to DeNiro’s somewhat flamboyant character. The men who play the killers are INCREDIBLE actors who play sociopaths at their finest. Kelsey Grammar does a wonderful job as the sleazeball journalist who will do anything for a good story. While I didn’t like his character, I loved to hate him, which is always a good thing
There is a lot of graphic violence in this movie, which didn’t bother me but may bother some. It is definitely not a movie for kids. The only problem I had with this film was it’s cliched message. I mean, we already know that the media is sleazy, but what makes ‘15 Days’ special is the way in which Grammar gets a hold of his sleazy footage. That, to me, was unique
If you’re a DeNiro fan don’t miss this one.
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“Cradle 2 the Grave” Movie Details
Cradle 2 the Grave tagline: Born 2 the life. True 2 the code. Bad 2 the bone.
“Cradle 2 the Grave” Movie Review
“Cradle to the Grave” Plot Summary
A jewel thief’s daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren’t at all what they seem. add synopsis
Loved this little flick
Hey, it’s not Fellini, but I didn’t expect Fellini. It’s a good, old-fashioned, good guys vs bad guys kind of flick. One that’s fairly predictable, you can sit back, grab the popcorn, and just wait for the guys in the white hats to kick the butts of the guys with the black hats
So, the actors aren’t the best I’ve ever seen, but I was actually surprised and pleased with DMX’s performance, probably because I didn’t expect much and I don’t care for his ‘music’ at all. If nothing else, his character did come across as likable and he may surprise us all and improve with time. Both the movies I’ve seen him in, he at least portrays the ‘bad guy who’s not a bad guy at all,’ and at least gets a couple of points from me for trying to be a positive role model. I’ve seen Oscar winners who had worse performances, and people are being pretty hard on him on this board, but I think he did more than OK for the material he had to work with
The movie is provided with the obligatory comic relief with Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson, and some other supporting actors with whom I’m not familiar, and of course the Jet Li fight sequences are always worth watching. How anyone can move that fast is incredible and I could watch him read the Yellow pages aloud just to watch the fights
So, if it’s a good, old-fashioned throwback to the good guys vs bad guys movie you’re in the mood for, check it out
I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
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“Match Point” Movie Details
Match Point tagline: Passion Temptation Obsession
|John the Chauffeur|
“Match Point” Movie Review
“Match Point” Plot Summary
At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for a femme-fatal type who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. add synopsis
The Talented Mr. Allen: Woody’s best film since ‘Crimes & Misdemeanors’
MATCH POINT (2005) ***1/2 Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton, Margaret Tyzack, Ewen Bremner, James Nesbitt. The Talented Mr. Allen: Woody’s best film since ‘Crimes & Misdemeanors’Woody Allen has been a respected filmmaker for over thirty years and in recent memory has been in something of a slump with his trademark New York neurotic comedies of late and it has been well over a decade since he attempted anything resembling a drama (his last was a combination of comedy/ drama for his masterpiece ‘Crimes & Misdemeanors’ in 1989) and in his latest stab at it comes through remarkably with his best film in sometime
Jettisoning his usual choice of his beloved Manhattan The Woodman jaunts across The Big Pond and sets his story in London (not the first European adventure mind you – he did go to Paris for ‘Everyone Says I Love You’) with the plot focusing on a borderline callow young tennis player cum pro, Chris Wilton (Rhys-Meyers giving Jude Law a run for the money as sexiest Brit on screen) whose philosophy for life is being lucky rather than being good or great at something. This proves to be his one flaw as he obtains a job as an instructor for a supremely private resort club where he befriends one of his charges, Tom Hewett (Goode), whose shared love for opera has him inviting the unassuming Chris to a performance where his family has a box seat reserved. Here he meets the rest of Tom’s family: respected businessman Alec (the ubiquitous Cox), tipsy mum Eleanor (Wilton) and engaging sister Chloe (the wonderfully sublime Mortimer) who falls deeply head over heels in love with Chris almost immediately. Chris too finds himself in love with Chloe and before you know it is taken in by the wealthy clan as one of the family
As the story progresses Chris finds this sudden shift in his life moving along nicely and to his agreement accruing a position in one of Alec’s many business ventures as an apprentice seller and weekends at the sprawling estate of the Hewetts. It is there he also meets Tom’s gorgeous American fiancee, Nola Rice (Johansson giving one of her better performances to date), a fledgling actress who beguiles Chris immediately and he is smitten by her, intoxicated by her very presence that the two wind up in a countryside embrace leading to a moment of unbridled passion. While Nola makes light of giving in to their primal desires as a lack of clarity on her behalf, Chris cannot get enough of her; Nola explains this desire is temporary and that she is getting married to Tom; end of story
Chris tries to do what’s right and eventually marries the unsuspecting Chloe and absorbs himself in work until one day while playing a set with Tom he is informed that Tom has dumped Nola and is in love with another unknown woman. The fire is re-ignited in Chris’ soul and the determination heightened as he becomes infatuated in finding Nola again to seduce her once and for all. Allen allows his talented class plenty of room to act up a storm but not overact the seemingly straight-forward melodrama at hand but what makes it rise above the norm is the way his leads make their seemingly unsympathetic characters empathetic. Rhys-Meyers remains cool as a cucumber until the predictable complication ensures his affair with Johansson will lead to an unlikely scenario that borders ridiculous mystery theater affair however maintains a balance of dread in when the couple will come to a head. Johansson mixes the smoky cadence of her Kathleen Turner-like vocals into a come-hither-insouciance not before experienced and has the tricky task of making her Nola’s head case come to fruition with believability; she succeeds succinctly
Allen’s screenplay is literate, clever and crafty and at once familiar with a few of his trademark quips tossed in with elan that his upper crust characters make the most of what they can with a dry bright witticism here and there. The storyline flows evenly amidst its choppy third act that feels a tad rushed yet when the darkness comes it echoes ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ which it has a lot in common with but never trespasses entirely. This is Allen’s most adult film in sometime and not to besmirch it perhaps his most challenging one to date. Thank God Woody is back in fine form, not unlike an old tennis pro on the senior’s tour with a wicked backhand.
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“Bicentennial Man” Movie Details
Bicentennial Man tagline: One robot’s 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.
|Directors: Chris Columbus|
|IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 out of 26,919 votes|
“Bicentennial Man” Movie Review
“Bicentennial Man” Plot Summary
An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.
Very entertaining and heart warming movie.
Chris Columbus has another hit on his hands. Robin Williams gives his usual first rate performance, along with Sam Neil and Embeth Davidtz. They highlight a well cast movie that will pull at your heart strings more than once, in a tale written by Isaac Asimov that brings a lot of human emotion to this science fiction piece.
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“A Mighty Heart” Movie Details
A Mighty Heart tagline: It was an event that shocked the world. This is the story you haven’t heard.
|Directors: Michael Winterbottom|
|IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 out of 12,861 votes|
“A Mighty Heart” Movie Review
“A Mighty Heart” Plot Summary
Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.
A Very Mighty Heart
I don’t usually type summaries, and this in reality will not be a summary. I am putting in my two cents in defense of a VERY moving VERY soul touching movie
I have read a lot of people downing Jolie’s performance, saying things such as ‘a white woman playing a woman of color is wrong’. In my opinion in this day and age if that alone is something that will keep you from viewing this movie, then you may need to recheck your mindset. Not only was Jolie handpicked by the character she portrays, but she obviously put her whole heart and soul into this performance. 30 minutes into the movie you forget you are watching Angelina Jolie, and begin to feel nothing but hurt and worry for Daniel and Mariane Pearl
When I watch a movie I try to put myself in the characters shoes. I viewed this movie imagining myself in Mrs. Pearls situation. If it was MY HUSBAND. I found myself pausing parts and rewinding only to make sure I caught a point just made. I found myself actually hoping that Daniel would come home when I knew good and well he wouldn’t! I had to pause it at one point and take a break, my heart was racing, I was crying, I WAS IN PAIN just watching this movie. To watch it and also KNOW that this DID happen, it isn’t just a story wrote for entertainment moved me in ways I can’t put onto paper
Don’t watch this movie for entertainment. Watch this movie to see a different view of what is going on in our world today. Watch this movie to feel the pain of a fellow human being going through a horrific experience. Watch this movie to see the best performance this year!!
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“Big Fish” Movie Details
Big Fish tagline: An adventure as big as life itself.
“Big Fish” Movie Review
“Big Fish” Plot Summary
A story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself.
Beautiful and Unexpected
As a lifelong Burton fan, I approached this film with high hopes, and no trepidation whatsoever. Honestly, I have never met a Tim Burton film I haven’t liked for one reason or another, but Big Fish is only the second to make me cry (Edward Scissorhands being the first). I was expecting a deep storyline, wonderful cast of characters, and little confusion from time to time, but I got so much more than these things. We have all had a ‘big fish’, it’s the one that grows and grows until it takes on a life of it’s own, before long you don’t need to tell the story anymore, because that fish is just one step ahead of you. Bloom didn’t lie, he told his own version of the truth, a heartwarming, romantic, and enthralling truth. The cast was nothing short of stellar (especially Billy Crudup making one of his rather rare on-screen appearances). The characters made Big Fish what it is, each and every one influencing the progression of an incredible story you can only hope holds some truth. The elements of love, friendship, and family are embedded in the symbolism and dialogue. The visuals are captivating and awe inspiring. No one does it like Tim Burton, and Burton will struggle to ever create a film to match this…I would (and do) recommend it to everyone.
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