Sunday, April 01, 2007

April 3, 2007 Releases

The Good Shepherd

Leo Says: One of my 2 favourite films of 2006. One of the best spy movies ever. Early days of the CIA and their war of disinformation, fought against the KGB to try and gain control of countries and resources. Superbly directed by Robert De Niro, backed by an amazingly well written script by Eric Roth and all of the acting was flawless. The only reason I will not give this a 10/10 is because of the slight lack of clarity in the unfolding of the story's timeline. 9.5 out of 10.


Kate Says: I really enjoyed this movie. Penelope Cruz gives what I believe to be her best performance and the entire cast does a wonderful job. Essentially, "Volver" is a comedy-drama about four women living in Spain. It centers around their trouble with men, friendship, survival and dignity. While this may sound incredibly cheesy and cliche, it is anything but. For one thing, a main theme is death, murder and supersititions regarding the dead, although this is symbolic of life and what each character values, rather than simply macabre. "Volver" is a glimpse into the lives of four Spanish women. It is quirky, touching and highly character driven. I very much reccomend this film, and it is one that can be enjoyed regardless of genre preference.

Leo Says: Superbly subtly twisted. This is the newest film by Pedro Almodóvar (we have several of his others) and the first that I have watched and I can tell you that I will be watching more from him soon as I have the time. 9 out of 10.

Charlotte's Web

Kate Says: Unlike the majority of kids' movies that have come out lately, "Charlotte's Web" is not really a comedy, although it has it's amusing moments/lines and I even laughed out loud several times. Considering E.B White's classic novel, "Charlotte's Web," was not a comedy, this makes sense. I loved this book as a child, and I haven't read it for many years but from what I can recall the movie stays true to the book. The absolutely adorable piglet playing 'Wilbur' is cause enough to watch this film; "Charlotte's Web" is a very sweet, touching and amusing film featuring the voices of great actors such as Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Kathy Bates and John Cleese. This is a film that your child (or your inner-child) will certainly enjoy.

Leo Says: Not my favourite family film but I can't argue with the quality, I would have loved it if I had kids and had watched it with them. Well acted decent directing and a fair adaptation of the book. I kinda felt that they tried to add elements of animal farm into the story and they did not fit. Kids will love it and parents will aprove. 6 out of 10

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Leo Says: Very few Documentaries are this good. This film tells the story of oil, it gives a good history lesson, it makes the viewer aware of how oil is used and how it has been used and gives us a few ideas as to how the future as far as energy may play out. I know most people are afraid to rent doc's because they are afraid that all they will see is a doom and gloom look at our future this is not the case here. This film presents a lot of facts about our past and present as well as many options for our future and they are positive about it.

"Twin Peaks" - Season 2

Ils (Them)

Kate Says: The first thing to note is that the first scene is in French, with no options for English dubbing/subtitles. I do not know why this is; however the remainder of the movie is English dubbed. Fortunately, you can tell what's going on in the first scene even if you don't speak French, and while it does obviously play a role in the movie, the characters are not mentioned/in the rest of the movie; this scene is just set up to give the audience a scare and a sense of what is to come. To summarize, "Them" is based on a true account of a couple who awake in the middle of the night because the woman hears something outside; they are then terrorized by the unseen "them" and the movie progresses from there. This movie had a genuinely creepy feel to it; because you don't see who or what "they" are until the very last scene, the eerieness is intesified. While this is a slower paced movie - certainly not an action packed horror- it was surprisingly good; I particularly enjoyed the way it was filmed, the lighting etc. A good, creepy movie based on true events.

Opal Dream

Copying Beethoven

Jump In!

The King Maker

Chestnut: Hero of Central Park

Große Stille, Die (Into Great Silence)

2 lados de la cama, Los (The 2 Sides of the Bed)

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

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