Movies Of The Week–1 july 2013

 

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Action/Thriller/Suspense Flick

Se7en [1995]

When an unknown killer (Kevin Spacey)takes the law into his own bloody hands and starts killing people because they have fallen prey to one of the seven deadly sins—Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride—rookie detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) and veteran Detective Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) reluctantly team up, given their differences in opinion, to chase down this insane psychologically disturbed killer whose efficiency is more unsettling than the things he does to his victims.

This is the movie that gave Brad one of the biggest breaks in his movie career and Morgan is, as always, incredible in the role of a detective. The movie falls snugly into a practical mold with no logical loose ends. I loved it for its attention to detail, unmatched thrills and unforgettable plot, especially the ending where ‘something’ happens to Brad’s girl Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow).

[Duration: 1 hr. 57 mins.]

Chick Flick

You’ve Got Mail [1998]

The internet was a fresh entry into society and online dating was fast becoming a craze. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is a businessman whose career is not exactly going anywhere at the moment. He feels something is missing in his life and that he’s too old to be going on living the same way. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) unwittingly finds herself in a similar pair of shoes. Funny thing is they’re business rivals, what with he wanting a property she’s got and she unwilling to let go of her father’s heritage. What happens when sparks fly online and fires get started in reality?

I enjoyed this flick if for no other reason than because one of my favorite silver-screen romantic pair-ups are Tom and Meg. There was so much comedy, emotion and what’s-gonna-happen-next moments that before long I’d sat through the whole movie, which turned out to be one I’ll never forget.

[Duration: 1 hr. 59 mins.]

Animation Flick

Anastasia [1997]

Reliving the glorious past when the mighty Czars ruled Russia and incorporating two especially infamous historical characters, the priest-charlatan Rasputin (voiceover by Christopher Lloyd) and the sole surviving heir to the Czar throne, the last daughter Anastasia (voiceover by Meg Ryan), this masterpiece of an animation feature will leave you gasping with joy, shock and entertainment as Anastasia who doesn’t remember anything about her glorious past discovers thrill, romance, friendship, hope, danger, betrayal and victory as she finds her way back home where she belongs.

One of my all-time favorites, from the musical score to the rich collection of voiceover talents, this movie is worth every second of its run-time because it has what it takes to make you believe again.

[Duration: 1 hr. 30 mins.]

Comedy Flick

Bridesmaids [2011]

Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is an unemployed pastry chef whose age and ambitions are pushing her to the point that she starts losing herself in doubt. When she’s asked to be maid of honor on her best friend Lillian‘s (Maya Rudolph) special day she’s ecstatic but a bit jealous as circumstances remove, understandably, remove her of that privilege. Then come the bridesmaids who are one wacky mixture of women, especially the incredibly unconventional Megan (Melissa McCarthy). Together they all share pre-wedding ups and downs, especially a bunch of downright crazy moments, during which their friendships are tested their resolves for a better life grow.

For a comedy flick filled with ‘LMAO’ moments there’s also a perfect balance of drama and meaning, rendering this flick a must-see. Melissa is super-funny in this movie and Kristen’s acting talents need to be given a lot more credit in a lot more movies.

[Duration: 2 hrs. 10 mins.]

Fantasy Flick

Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles [1994]

Spanning several decades of vampiric existence, Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) finds himself recalling his past when he was turned into a vampire thanks to the insidious plans of Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) whose origins are as shrouded in mystery as are his intentions. When the modern age comes along Louis finds hiding a far better bet but soon ends up setting an appointment with Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater). This interview reveals his entire life’s experience and all the losses, love, heartaches, betrayals, horrors and murders that took place in it.

This is what vampire movies are all about. Instead of only focusing on their good looks, wealth, lust, blood thirst and other ‘vampiric’ elements, the plot takes you through what it means to be human and feel longing and despair. After all a vampire was human before they turned, right? I enjoyed so many plot-ideas in this movie and feel it truly has set the standard only a few other flicks in the genre have succeeded in reaching.

[Duration: 2 hrs. 2 mins.]

Horror Flick

The Rite [2011]

Growing increasingly curious about a very interesting part of the Catholic Church, namely the department that deals with exorcisms, Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) travels to Italy to learn more perhaps even become part of the process, whereupon he meets a lecturer on all such things Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds). His plans start out disappointing until he is introduced to Father Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins) whose exorcism rite with a certain patient confirms a lot of semi-truths Michael has always wanted confirmed. Things go downhill with the ‘patient’ Angeline (Alice Braga) and lessons turn into nightmares.

It wasn’t all that horrific a movie, in my opinion. Having a lot of similarities to the classic legend The Exorcist, this flick is awesome because the inimitable Anthony Hopkins stars in it. Some of the ideas that are shared in this flick are also rather captivating.

[Duration: 1 hr.53 mins.]

Drama Flick

The Color Purple [1985]

Celie Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg) has only known sadness, disappointment and pain her whole life. Being an African American woman at a time when things with equality were rather stilted, she feels her life is a mess nobody can clean. Making it special in their own ways with their presence in it are local singer-star Shug Avery (Margaret Avery) and a woman whose tongue is sharper than her caution Sofia (Oprah Winfrey). They learn from each other, inspire change and see some measure of happiness in a life that seems averse to granting it to them, especially where the men in their lives are concerned.

With an outstanding performance by Oprah and Whoopi, and not to forget Celie’s husband Albert played by Danny Glover, this movie follows in the tradition of the bestselling novel (by Alice Walker) and highly successful stage play after the same name. It touched me real deep and left me thinking after the human will to survive and human nature to sense emotional pain on a very deep level.

[Duration: 2 hrs. 27 mins.]

Classic Flick

Singing In The Rain [1952]

Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) are up and coming actors with a dream to make it big. From singing, dancing and comedy, they’re ready to display their skills. Don attains a huge name for himself while Cosmo, his best friend, doesn’t mind being there to support him behind the scenes. Starring opposite the already infamous Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), they become Hollywood’s star couple on and off the screen. However, the innocence and good nature of Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) makes Don think twice about where his heart really belongs. As he starts wooing her he realizes she’s the one.

In a time where producers are ready to stop conforming to the silent-movie craze and introduce ‘pictures with sound’, there’s plenty of room for comedy, unforgettable film-moments and some of the best on-screen characterizations of all time, not to forget sublime music. I found all this to be an understatement where this movie is concerned, because Singing In The Rain is more awesome than anyone will believe before they sit down to see it.

[Duration: 1 hr. 42 mins.]

Comments

  1. nice reviews. I’ve not seen most of these, except the first one. Will make a note

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