31 January 2006

Movie #15

Unbreakable. Best superhero movie. Ever.

Better than sixth sense.

And I contend, that since this movie has a very weak reveal, that if Shymalan had made this movie before Sixth Sense, Signs and the Village would have been better movies. People wouldn't have judged this film as harshly, had Sixth Sense's ending not been so... "holy crap."


Robin Wright Penn is absolutely underrated as an actress. Her work is so sublte in this film.
When she comes to visit him in his room and asks him if he's cheated... god. So powerful.

This movie is stronger, better, and more evocative than all the rest of Shymalan's movies... combined.

Chilling is a good word to describe this film.

Many of the scenes are filmed in one take, capturing the true emotion and volitilty of the actors.

F**k. I wish the kid in this movie had play Annakin.

I cry at the end of this film. Just absolutely gut-wrenching. Two impossibly powerful scenes in a row. You're made of stone if you can resist the juggernaut of empathy this movie evokes.

QUOTE: Again I prayed, again I found meaning. Three days ago, my 12-year-old nephew got on that train with you. I'm sorry I can't react to your survival with the standard, "It was the hand of God. It was a miracle". I'm fresh out of those.

29 January 2006

Movie #14

The Great Escape. Known as the most accurate movie ever made, every event (with the exception of the motorcycle chase) really happened.

Filmed IN Germany, a real camp was built near the black forest in order to capture the true landscape.

Who needs fiction when you have WWII stories like this?

Another ensemble-cast movie... maybe one of the biggest ever. Look at the names:

Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Hannes Messemer, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Angus Lennie, Nigel Stock, Robert Graf, Jud Taylor, Hans Reiser, Harry Riebauer, William Russell, Robert Freitag, Ulrich Beiger, George Mikell, Lawrence Montaigne, Robert Desmond, Til Kiwe, Heinz Weiss, Tom Adams, and Karl-Otto Alberty

Holy monkey!

Of course, an American company made it, so the Americans steal every scene, but the brits really make this movie for me. Coburn as an Aussie is great too.

I really can't mention anything about this film, because its all in the acting and details (which you need to see), but if you somehow missed it in the 30+ years since its release, um... take a day off from work and watch it.

But hell, Steve McQueen + Motorcycles = great film anyway. So. See it again.