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Movie Review: Hereafter (October 22, 2010)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Peter Morgan Release Date: October 22, link 2010 Actors: Matt Damon, online Cecile de France, ambulance Frank McLaren, George McLaren, Thierry Neuvic, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallace Howard Hereafter presents a different kind of Clint Eastwood film, in the sense that his previous films have a feeling of cynicism, and sadness, bringing about death. Hereafter are the questions of what happens after death. Hereafter brings together three characters, living in different parts of the world, touched by death in one form or another. We are first introduced to Marie Lelay (Cecile de France), who is currently on vacation in Thailand with her boyfriend and producer. In a few fateful events, with an unbelievable job of CG, the huge tsunami hits and everything is swept away in its path, including Marie. She gets knocked unconscious and has a bout with death, and what she thinks is the afterlife. In another corner of the world, we meet young brothers Marcus and Jason (George and Frank McLaren), a set of twins only separated by a mere 15 minutes. They live in a fairly sad environment, where their mom is clearly an alcoholic. Running an errand for his mom, Jason ends […]

Movie Review: RED (October 15, 2010)

Director: Robert Schwentke Screenplay: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Release Date: October 15, side effects 2010 Actors: Bruce Willis, approved Morgan Freeman, cough Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Based on the graphic novel of the same name Like action movies? Like funny movies? What about funny action movies? Then RED is the perfect movie, even for a pick-me-upper. Though movies such as The A-Team, or The Losers were somewhat funny action movies, in comparison, RED is a movie that a family might be able to enjoy. And though there clearly is some violence, it is nothing as harsh as what The A-Team or The Losers had to offer. Those movies were directed more towards those who enjoy action movies, whereas I think RED is a movie for everyone (just not for those young’uns). What makes RED different? Well, Helen Mirren, for one. We’re typically used to seeing Helen Mirren in classic, period, or serious dramatic roles. Or at least, none that included Helen Mirren carrying some heavy duty machinery. Here we see Helen Mirren as a lady with a lot of class… but who kills. The combination is enough to bring a […]

Movie Review: The Social Network (October 1, 2010)

Director: David Fincher Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin Release Date: October 1, nurse 2010 Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, gastritis Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song When I first heard that this movie was being created, I turned my nose up at it. Who wants to watch a movie about Mark Zuckerberg? Certainly not me, who comes off as very arrogant especially in regards to those who use Facebook, and his approach on privacy. Finally, after the reviews started rolling in, The Social Network piqued my interest. Was it really good as the critics were saying? In a short word and very unimportant opinion: no. The movie focuses on Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and the rise of Facebook from the beginnings of his stay at Harvard. Based on the story The Accidental Millionaire, the story is not fully factual and is very much dramatized with the addition of sex, drugs and alcohol. And though I’m not very fond of Mark Zuckerberg in general, David Fincher’s and Alan Sorkin’s decision to make him even more of a jerk (I use that word as an understatement) is a bit alarming. Jesse Eisenberg gives for the most part, a very one note Mark Zuckerberg – […]