Title: Three Kings (USA, 1999) ★★★★ Director: David O. Russell Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze Date Viewed: January 17, 2011 Summary: In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
Stylized, violent, and oftentimes crude, Three Kings isn’t for everyone. Personally, I enjoyed it, but the sensitive nature of the movie’s subject has potential to offend.
Title: Black Swan (USA, 2010) ★★★ Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey Date Viewed: December 17, 2010 Summary: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan.
The Wrestler meets The Red Shoes. Mind-numbingly frantic and a shivery performance from Natalie Portman. The first time I saw this, I was awed, but the second time around, it seemed kind of ridiculous and laughably dramatic.
Title: The Departed (USA, 2006) ★★★★ Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin Date Viewed: January 15, 2011 Summary: Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy’s identities.
All the energy and suspense one would expect from Scorsese, and although the fast pace makes it hard to keep up, the cast does a seamless job holding the twists and turns together.
Title: 127 Hours (USA, 2010) ★★★½ Director: Danny Boyle Starring: James Franco Date Viewed: December 23, 2010 Summary: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
I’ve never been a huge Danny Boyle fan, but 127 Hours was surprisingly organic, despite the contrived exaggeration in Aron Ralston’s character (played by James Franco). I loved the saturation of the Utah wilderness, but felt that the script was a little shallow and could’ve been able to bring about a lot more emotion than it did.
Title: The Good Shepherd (USA, 2006) ★★½ Director: Robert De Niro Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, Alec Baldwin Date Viewed: January 13, 2011 Summary: The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man’s life.
Just finished this movie. Really interesting time piece, but the pace was much too slow for my liking.