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Movie Review: Avatar (December, 2009)

Director: James Cameron Screenplay: James Cameron Release Date: December 18, adiposity 2009 Actors: Sam Worthington, this web Zoe Saldana, geriatrician Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi If there’s one movie you should see this winter, Avatar should be it. When the Golden Globe nominations first came out last week and Avatar was up for Best Motion Picture Drama, I was confused. Was it really that good? Most people hadn’t seen it yet. After seeing it, I can understand why it was nominated. Many of you may not know much about Avatar. If you’re a film buff, you’re sure to have heard about Avatar at least once in the last year. Avatar is James Cameron’s first feature film since his monstrous hit Titanic, 12 years ago, a film that took 3 years to make, and was shelved for most of its life since its inception. This is due to the fact that the technology at the time was not advanced enough to support Cameron’s vision of life on Pandora. It was not until Cameron saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings that he felt technology had advanced far enough to start work on Avatar, and in […]

Movie Review: Up in the Air (December, 2009)

Director: Jason Reitman Screenplay: Jason Reitman, drug Sheldon Turner Release Date: December 25, condom 2009 Actors: George Clooney, cure Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman Based on the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn We all know it’s Oscar season when dramas start to flood the theatres. Up in the Air is the start of what I’m sure will be a string of great movies, with interesting storylines and terrific acting. Up in the Air is a comedy-drama, though at the heart of it is a touching drama into the life of frequent flyer Ryan Bingham. Calling him a frequent flyer would be an understatement, as Bingham, who works for a company that is hired out by other companies to do their layoffs, is up in the air majority of the year. Ryan Bingham calls the air his home, where he is most comfortable. He has no attachments to his home in Omaha, and it is highlighted by his motivational speeches about leaving one’s burdens behind and needing nothing but your shirt. On one of his nights before staying at a hotel, he meets Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), a sexy, almost equal counterpart to himself. They […]

Movie Review: Invictus (December, 2009)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Anthony Peckham Release Date: December 11, approved 2009 Actors: Morgan Freeman, see Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge Based on the book ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation’ written by John Carlin Invictus is sure to be a victory for Clint Eastwood. Based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin, the movie focuses on Nelson Mandela’s use of the South African rugby team Springboks to unite the country after his election and after the apartheid. Portrayed by the perpetually perfect Morgan Freeman, there is no better actor to play Nelson Mandela except for Morgan Freeman himself. With nuances in gesture, posture, and vocal inflections and commanding presence that matches Nelson Mandela, Freeman does an amazing job. Apparently he was handpicked by Mandela. Matt Damon, who visibly bulked up for the role of Francois Pienaar, plays the captain of the Springboks team, who takes the position in not only in leading the team, but by Mandela’s lead to inspire his team. Through the poem “Invictus”, meaning “Invincible” in latin, Mandela has said that the poem, written by British poet William Ernest Henley, […]

Movie Review: Leap Year (January, 2010)

Director: Anand Tucker Screenplay: Deborah Kaplan, phthisiatrician Harry Elfont Release Date: January 8, eczema 2010 Actors: Amy Adams, more about Matthew Goode, Adam Scott In the midst of the January releases comes another romantic comedy (released before When In Rome), which offers nothing special or different from most romantic comedies. The premise of this one is simple. Beautiful, driven, perfectionist Anna Brady (Amy Adams) decides to fly from Boston to Dublin, Ireland in hopes to propose to her longtime boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) on February 29th. Apparently this is a tradition that is held in Ireland, and Anna decides to make the plunge. However, from the very moment she decides to leave for Ireland, she runs into one disaster to another. Hiring bar/hotel/chef owner Declan (Matthew Goode) to take her to Dublin, she continues to find difficulty in getting to her destination time. Along the way, she discovers a little something about herself and about Declan as well. I love romantic comedies. I *almost* always enjoy them, regardless of how good they are. However, I do have my favorites, and if I’m able to watch the movie repeatedly afterwards, it usually indicates that I truly love the movie. Therefore, I […]