Goodfellas

August 20, 2011


One line review: Goodfellas takes the seemingly glamorous life of a gangster and brings in real humans to create a dramatic and exciting movie.

Movie Title: Goodfellas

Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Chuck Low, Frank DiLeo

Director: Martin Scorsese

Year: 1990

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% – Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic — and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese’s career.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): GoodFellas deserves it’s high praise mostly in part to the performances of it’s stars. You want to find out more about these characters, you’re fascinated by their tweaks and simply want to see what happens to them. Part of the fun with the ending is thinking that you might have met one of these guys before, that your next door neighbor might have been someone big. The plot spans such a long time that I’m not even sure it matters as much. It’s not so much a plot as it is watching the evolution and corruption of the characters you love.


Million Dollar Baby

August 15, 2011


One line review: Million Dollar Baby gives a brutally harsh story of boxers at the end of their rope or just struggling to make a life for themselves.

Movie Title: Million Dollar Baby

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brían F. O’Byrne , Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña

Director: Clint Eastwood

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% – Clint Eastwood’s assured direction – combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman – help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): There is a rather large spoiler that I will more or less gloss over, but I will say that I had the movie spoiled for me before I watched it and seriously regret it. The end point is that this film breaks a lot of cliches which is refreshing and manages to get you to care for the characters in an incredibly short amount of time. Something within you will immediately have you fighting for the characters, making the impact of the events of the third act that much more powerful. While not one of my favorites, and extremely good film.


Man on Fire

August 7, 2011


One line review: Man on Fire seems to start out as a dramatic, heart-felt story, then suddenly turns into a precursor of Taken for the 2nd half of the movie, leaving the entire movie as a confusing mess.

Movie Title: Man on Fire

Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Rachel Ticotin, Jesús Ochoa, Mickey Rourke, Angelina Peláez, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Gero Camilo, Rosa María Hernández, Heriberto Del Castillo

Director: Tony Scott

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 39% – Man on Fire starts out well, but goes over the top in the violent second half.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I have no idea what this movie wants to be. It might just be an action movie that wanted to give their characters more than two dimensions. It might be a drama that had the action cranked up to try to bring in more viewers. The mental unstability of Creasy is handled very well, and certainly makes you care for the character, the action in the second half is pretty enjoyable too. However, because the two halves of this movie are so far apart it leaves you completely confused when they try to fuse the two together. It’s an okay movie.