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The tweet, which actually makes a good point states:
“WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free.”
Just so you really think it’s the real thing, there is a nice pic of Will Smith included in the twitter profile. Coming from your average Joe, this tweet holds little weight, but coming from Will Smith….now that’s a statement. The validity of the statement was further enhanced by the number of famous people retweeting it. The message was retweeted by the likes of Spike Lee, Rosie “out of a job” O’Donnell and Omarosa!
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What is ‘The Artist’ Phenomenon All About?
Somehow, in the midst of endless action yawners, hack romances, gross comedies and other cynical mediocre movies coming out of 2011, somebody actually made a great movie. Not just a good entertainment, or even an Oscar contender, but the kind of film you will be talking about for decades. Such is the situation with the French movie by Michel Hazanavicius called The Artist. The fact that is from crypt is actually irrelevant, because it is a silent film for all intents and purposes, meaning it will be accessible to all audiences.
Simply put, this release makes you very proud to be a human being who watches the movies, be it in Peru or Shanghai, Peoria or the Cinemas in Northampton. Plot wise, the film appears to be a combination of the setting of Singing in the Rain, mixed with the narrative of A Star is Born, it follows the rise of a young girl to Hollywood star, and a corresponding fall of a male star during the transition from silent movies to talkies in the early 1930s. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo are the lead actors who go through these transitions, echoing the energy and presence of Fred and Ginger in some spirited musical sequences.
The movie captures silent era very effectively, and found new ways to bring monumental emotional heft out of the limitations of the soundless black-and-white format. Physical gestures and expressions become huge and haunting, especially in the latter scenes when the fallen actor in a turn sad or enraged by his turn in fortunes. There is even a bit of surrealism during the transition to the talkie era, one that involves heretofore silent objects starting to make sounds that startle the male star, signaling an unknown future was coming into the forefront.
The unrequited love of the two stars create the emotional privet for the rest of the drama, that remains overall comedic, yet transitions into and out of pathos magnificently. There are a lot of homages to Hollywood formulas, clichés and famous lines as part of the pageant that is the film tribute to the technology that gave us the movie medium. Yet nothing ever becomes too pretentious, or condescending to the source material from which it derives.
It has an exuberant and moving middle part and ending that conforms to the ultimate classic contradiction about movie drama – “what the American public wants… is a tragedy with a happy ending.” Whatever your opinion of those conventions, you will love ‘The Artist’ . (24)
I have to admit that I’m going into this review as a “Mission Impossible” franchise fan and an overall Tom Cruise fan. After watching the trailer, I was more hyped than ever. Not only wasn’t I disappointed but the movie exceeded even my already lofty expectations.
Believe it or not, this franchise has been running for 15 years. I was turned off and let down by the John Woo directed MI: II, remember the end action scene with them dueling it out on Motorcycles. (Really?). Then with MI: III, J.J. Abrams takes the helm and never looks back. Abrams with the help of Brad Bird as director out did himself. Yes, that Brad Bird. Animation director Brad Bird!
CRUISE IS BACK
Tom Cruise is in rare form. You would never guess he is nearly 50 years old. He will make you look at your parents and wonder why their 50 looks 60 and his looks 35. He resumes the role as Ethan Hawk without missing a beat. On the surface, the complexity of the role is severely underestimated. Imagine combining Bourne and Bond? Cruise handles the role almost effortlessly and immediately re-establishes credibility to the role. Cruise is in top shape (with one shirtless scene) although there is one series of shots where he appears chunky in these off white/gray color pants. That might be the first that he actually appears his true height in a film.
Jermey Renner plays another agent whose past is connected to Ethan’s and does a nice job of tying the story together. He reminds me of Jason Bateman and definitely does his part in playing a believable agent. There have been rumors that his character will take over the series, but at age 49 and with the evident success of MI:4, there is no reason Cruise doesn’t have at least one more Mission in him.
Paula Patton is just ridiculously good in this movie in so many ways. Again, she is super believable and visually striking. She wasn’t just thrown in for T&A she actually had a huge role in the film. She had critical parts in all the tasks of the Mission including seducing one of the many villains during a really formal ball. With her many outfit changes, raw aggression, made for movie face and pure athleticism she was a major reason why this film was as good as it appeared. I will go as far as to say, I haven’t seen anyone as striking on film since Halle Berry.
Rounding out the IMF team was Simon Pegg who sort of took Ving Rhames previous role. (The Vinger made a cameo at the end). Pegg was basically comedic relief, walking a thin line between humorous and slapstick. In my opinion he starts off being almost too silly but as the mission tasks intensify and the stakes increase there is less need for frivolity and his humor becomes a much needed tension reliever.
Don’t short change yourself by not watching this in IMAX. The action sequences, fight scenes and special effects cannot be appreciated any other way. I guarantee that this movie will have your heart racing at least once if not more throughout. The movie length is 2 hrs and 12 minutes. Perfect. It feels like a little less than 2 hours which is exactly what a great movie should feel like; as if you do not want it to end. . So take your expectations and expect more….bigger, better and faster without being over the top (see…Fast Five for ref. to Over the top action).
This movie is well worth the IMAX Premium – GO SEE IT.
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This is a shame, but I only go to the movies, after I hear a move is worth seeing. The result of that is, you get a review that’s several weeks late. The great part about the internet is that this review will still be around when Horrible Bosses hits BluRay. (I’ve yet to see a Blu Ray anything..).
Horrible Bosses was just the kind of funny flick that I needed on a Sunday afternoon. No superstars, just a nice deep cast of “Stars”. This type of casting makes for a very well balanced movie.
Having said that, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jaime Foxx all pulled their weight evenly.
After leaving watching Horrible Bosses, you have a similar feeling to The Hangover…but not so much. The camaraderie, the writing and the plot is more “Bridesmaids” trying to be The Hangover. Let’s face it, “Hangover” status is hard to accomplish.
The premise of the film is one we’ve seen before, three guys who hate their bosses for 3 very different reasons. In a twisted, dark plot they decide to murder each other’s bosses as a cure to their problems. As the plot develops, and you learn the limitations of the characters, you learn to wonder if anyone will be murdered at all, and if so how? The first 45 minutes you spend in curiosity and the last 45 minutes you spend in predictability.
Kevin Spacey is fantastic as one of the bosses. He’s funny when he needs to be funny, yet serious, dark and evil when the role calls for it. His acting chops are still there and were definitely on display sometime taking the movie outside of the spectrum of comedy into the realm of darkness. Jaime Foxx has a cameo as “Motherf_ka Jones”. He also does a great job of walking the dark comedy line expertly. As far as the other cast members, everyone was basically what they needed to be, when they needed to be.
The character casting was a little off. It’s still hard to believe that Charlie Day’s character would be sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston on a daily basis and that Jason Sudeikis has enough “sexy” to play the role of a playboy stud type, but then again, maybe that’s why it worked.
So once you put your “Over the Top” glasses on, and settle end for a movie that is met to be taken lightly, you will enjoy yourself. It’s rather raunchy at time, so seeing it with your Mom, Dad or coworkers could cause some awkward moments.
- Worth the movies – Yep
- Worth Video – Definitely
- Overall Rating – B
Horrible Bosses Move Trailer Below…..
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