Monthly Archives: March 2010

Command Performance (2009)

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A very common styled action flick directed by Dolph himself, fairly average!”

Action icon Dolph Lundgren directs and stars in this film that finds the actor cast as a drummer who must become a hero. As the openers for a chart-topping singer at a Moscow show, Joe and his band think fame is just within reach.

Command Performance However, a group of terrorists has something else in mind for the concert and capture the singer–as well as the Russian president and his daughters.

Command Performance Joe might be used to pounding drums, but now he has to pound the bad guys in order to save the ruler and the three women.

Somewhere I have Never Travelled (2009)

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A quiet typical tale of a young girl with color blindness and big dreams. Worth a watch!!”

In a small secluded town by the sea, there live two lonely youths filled with angst and uncertainty. To the 15-year-old Ah-Guei, her world has always been different from others. Her eyes tell her that there are no greens or reds in the world. The only person she looks up to is her cousin, Ah-Xian. Ah-Xian has a big world-map and a whole bookshelf of traveling guides. He takes Ah-Guei on imaginary journeys out of their little town, into a world full of wonders.

Somewhere I have Never TravelledYet, the 20-year-old Ah-Xian harbors a secret, as he has come to realize that the only objects of his desires have always been people of his own sex. Ah-Guei and Ah-Xian dream and plan about that one day when they can fly away to a place where there will be no more loneliness or angst.The boy dreams about going off to the Great New York with his beloved. And the girl she dreams about sailing to a little island in the Pacific. And on that island, no ones world would be shaded with green or red. Every one of them would be color-blinded, just like her.

The Broken (2009)

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A confusing thriller gone wrong in many places!”

Lena Headey (300) stars in this disturbing horror film as a woman who glimpses someone who looks just like her.

The BrokenIn her search for answers, she comes to the startling realization that her loved ones may be involved in this sinister mystery.

The BrokenTHE BROKEN is directed by CASHBACK’s Sean Ellis, and it also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR) and Melvil Poupaud (BROKEN ENGLISH).

Layer Cake (2005)

My Rating: 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Craig in a style never seen before. Must watch crime thriller!”

LAYER CAKE, a riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK, marks the directorial debut of producer Mathew Vaughn (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) and stars Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller and Michael Gambon. Sleek, well dressed and polite, our unnamed hero (Daniel Craig) is a consummate professional. Treating cocaine and ecstasy like any other commodity, he has made a fortune for himself by keeping his hands clean and staying under the radar. Having made the decision to retire, his aim is to break free from the world of crime, drugs and violence and live a simple, quiet life with the money he has amassed.

Layer CakeBut before this can happen, crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) wants two last favors from him. First, he must track down the missing, drug addict daughter of powerful criminal Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon). Second, he must negotiate the sale of a huge shipment of ecstasy with The Duke (Jamie Foreman), a loose cannon petty crook playing well out of his league. What should be routine transaction is anything but and nothing goes according to plan. Instead, duplicity and hidden alliances become the order of the day, in a struggle for power that reaches from the crack dens of London to the highest ranks of British society.

Layer CakeQuickly he learns he is part of a machine much greater than he imagined, and getting out won’t be quite as easy as getting in. Sony Pictures Classics presents a Matthew Vaughn Production, LAYER CAKE, starring Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller and Michael Gambon. Written by author J.J. Connolly (adapted from his novel of the same name), the film is produced by Vaughn, David Reid and Adam Bohling. The Executive Producer is Stephen Marks, Director of Photography is Ben Davis, Editor is Jon Davis and Production Designer is Kave Quinn.

In the Loop (2009)

My Rating: 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Best political comedy ever. WOW to politicians in Britain!”

IN THE LOOP is a fast-paced, lancet-witted ensemble comedy from first-time film director Armando Iannucci, based on his satirical BBC sitcom, THE THICK OF IT. The film tracks the lies, misunderstandings, good and bad intel, and PR blunders that escalate into a full-blown (fictional) crisis in the Middle East over the course of a few days, in a few conversations and meetings, in a few corridors of British and American power.

In the LoopThough played for laughs, the movie demonstrates how the most incidental factors (leaked papers, hastily spoken soundbites) and players (aides, interns, and low-level government officials) can influence the course of history. The pitch-perfect cast does a great job with Iannucci’s script, improvising just enough to maintain the pseudo-documentary feel of the TV show. Even when the action gets loose and rollicking, the tone is tightly controlled satire, and the humor emerges organically from the situations and relationships at hand.

In the LoopPeter Capaldi, reprising his TV role, is hilarious as a foulmouthed, perpetually het-up Director of Communications for the British Prime Minister. Mimi Kennedy gives a droll but heartfelt performance as an antiwar U.S. diplomat and shares some touching and funny scenes with a more subdued than usual James Gandolfini as a U.S. general with surprising views on war. And Tom Hollander quietly steals the show as the hapless British Secretary of State for International Development whose careless remark in an interview sets off the events that catapult him into deeper waters than he has ever been in.

Lemon Tree (2008)

My Rating: 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “My first Israeli movie. Love the natural touch, and Hiam’s absolutely fantastic as ever!”

Salma Zidane (Hiam Abbass), a 45 years old widow from a small Palestinian village in the West bank, finds herself at war with the Israeli Minister of Defense (Doron Tavory) who built his house on the green line border between Israel and the occupied Territories on the edge of Salma’s lemon grove. soon enough the Israeli security forces claim that the grove is a threat to the safety of the minister and issue orders to uproot the lemon trees. salma, whose son is in America and daughters live far away from her, decides to fight for her trees.

Lemon Tree

She embarks on a legal journey all the way up to the Israeli Supreme Court. Salma is joined by a young Palestinian lawyer, Ziad Daud (Ali Suliman), who fights against a wall of clever military lawyers who have the backing of the government. Ziad, 34, divorced from a Russian woman he met while attending law school in Moscow, falls in love with Salma. Their love affair is a complicated and dangerous one as Palestinian widows are not free to do whatever they like, certainly not fall in love, certainly not with younger men…

Lemon Tree

Salma realizes that she has inner strengths that allow her to continue her lonely quest, despite the pressures put on her from both sides – Israeli and Palestinian. Salma is fighting for trees that were planted by her father over 50 years ago, trees that have absorbed blood, sweat and tears like the whole region. She will not let them be cut down just to satisfy absurd security requirements.

On the other side of the grove, Mira Navon (Rona Lipaz-Michael), the Minister’s wife, is also undergoing a major change in her life. After fulfilling her duties for so many years, and despite the new house and her husband’s new and powerful job, she feels unhappy. The clock is ticking away and there must be more to life than her share so far. The events around her invisible new neighbor gradually raise her awareness of her husband’s approach to the whole affair, and she finds herself defying what is expected of her. A bond is created between the two women, each of them discovering a new life ahead of them, each in her own territory, across the deep border between them.

P.S – Check Hiam’s “The Visitor” and also “The Syrian Bride“.

The Final (2010)

My Rating: 2/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Waste of time with kids and a foiled plot!”

In the scenic and remote county of Rocky Branch, Texas, the Workley ranch house would become the infamous scene known internationally on the internet as “The Final.”  Dane, an awkward student with a deadly vendetta and suicidal tendencies, leads a group of outcasts who plot to avenge the years of humiliation they faced by the popular students at Hohn High School.

The FinalEmploying ideas inspired both from their classes as well as from horror films they watched, the outcasts turn the tables on the popular students who made sport of them. After receiving a lake-house granted to him in his uncle’s will, Dane and his friends, Jack, Ravi, Andy and Emily prepare for a single night that will leave their tormentors scarred for life… physically and emotionally.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

My Rating: 2.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Losing a lot of time with drama, there’s very less time for real comedy!”

Romantic-comedy regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker finally unite in this fish-out-of-water laugher. The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?But it turns out all they may need is a change of scenery: when the Morgans witness a murder and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide from the killers, their marriage shows signs of recovery. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? also stars Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, and Elisabeth Moss.

The Road (2009)

My Rating: 5/5 STARS

MovieStudio Quote >> “The post-apocalypse reality, beyond-limits-intense performance by Mortensen!”

The realistic face of 2012, the movie. What if no one had a plane like Cusack in ‘2012’, then? This is the answer and you need to see this.

After the Oscar-winning success of the adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, another of the author’s works arrives on screen.

The RoadViggo Mortensen stars in THE ROAD, a thriller that is set in a bare, post-apocalyptic America, where a father and son struggle to survive.

The RoadDirector John Hillcoat previously teamed with star Guy Pearce on the critically acclaimed Western THE PROPOSITION.

The Blind Side (2009)

My Rating: 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Very Touching and Sandra’s Award-winning performance makes it lot professional!”

Drama. “The Blind Side” depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential.

The Blind SideAt the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome.

The Blind SideAs a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.