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1. In Bruges - 4 StarsColin Farrell. When I hear the name I cringe. I feel he is one of the most overrated actors in the history of film. Luckily in the movie "In Bruges" Colin did not have to do a lot of acting. He did not have to change his accent which he never seems to be able to hide in other roles. He did not have to seem intelligent, he did not have to watch his language. This film was made for Colin Farrell. Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes played their roles tremendously as I expected them to. I believe this was the first real "dark comedy" I had ever seen and I am now in love with the genre. I don't want to go to much into the plot of the movie but the director and cinematographer accomplished an amazing feat by turning such a drab town into a circus. I believe this movie should have won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the year.
4. Doubt - 3.5 StarsIn my opinion Colin Farrell is to actor as Meryl Streep is to actress. I just don't see it, and I'm not saying I'm right. However, this film is a perfect fit for her as well. Amy Adams is perfect in her role, I don't know a lot about her work so I don't know if that was to be expected. Last but not least, Philip Seymour Hoffman was outstanding. This guy is one of my favorite actors, he steals movies and it is amazing to watch. The pace was very slow, but for some reason I loved it.
5. Burn After Reading - 3.5 StarsWhere was this? This movie was hiding during all of the award ceremonies. I compare it to "In Bruges", another dark comedy with naive characters. Like "In Bruges" the movie relies on excellent dialogue one minute and complete silence the next. The movie starts slow, as it must to introduce a huge cast, and suddenly it speeds up and then it's over. Things that don't make you laugh in the beginning will make you laugh at the end when everything comes together. Excellent film.
Honorable Mentions:Revolutionary Road - 3.5 StarsThe Reader - 3 StarsMilk - 3.5 StarsForgetting Sarah Marshall - 4 Stars (a 4 star comedy doesn't beat a 3.5 star drama IMO)The Dark Knight - 3 StarsThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 3 Stars
So do you want our recs? Or just discuss those movies you put out here? And is your rating system 1-4? 1-5? You have a movie you describe as "overrated" as 4, and a movie you call "excellent" a 3.5, I'm not sure I get the system. However I love the thread idea, am an avid film watcher and a professional filmmaker, and love talking about movies with people. TP for getting this started, I'll be sure to check in...
I love movies, I love reviewing them. TP for you Matt (although aren't we in 2009? )
Paranormal Activity: 3.5 StarsIt is 2:10, I am extremely tired, but the though of sleep hasn't even crossed my mind. This is the first time I have been scared after watching a movie since the first time I saw "Session 9" when I was about 10 or so. Paranormal Activity is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I loved it. I'm extremely happy and I have been humbled since just last week I was discussing with my girlfriend that scary movies don't scare me. I really don't know what to say about the movie itself. I wish I hadn't seen the trailers but considering the fact that I am so interested in films it would be pretty hard for me to have not seen it.There were so many moments where I experienced dread, thinking something was going to happen, and nothing did. There were also so many moments where I was comfortable, thinking nothing was going to happen, and then all of a sudden, something did. I don't want to go into detail because I really think everybody should see this movie, and it should be seen in the theater.I'll answer any questions anybody has, but I'm not really in the mood to write a good review, I'm way too tired and just trying to keep myself occupied.