Category Archives: Drama/Silent

I don’t really like this part, but some are really touching! This will carry all the Family Drama, Emotional Love and stuffs like that. Sniff!

The Book Thief (2013)

My Rating : 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Sophie and Rush portrays a masterful performance in this literature/war masterpiece.”

A young girl (Sophie Nelisse) living with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home in this war drama adapted from Markus Zusak’s book by screenwriter Michael Petroni (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) and director Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).

The Book Thief

Liesel Meminger, a young German girl growing up in Nazi Germany, is the star of the show. She’s also the chief book thief in the novel, which is narrated by Death. When Liesel’s foster parents decide to give refuge to a young Jewish man hiding from the Nazi regime, the characters grow and change in horrible and beautiful ways.

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The Rover (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Pearce and Pattinson team up to deliver some rock solid unbeatable acting.”

Guy Pearce stars in this post-apocalyptic Western about a lone-wolf drifter who joins forces with a wounded man to pursue a sadistic band of thieves. A decade after the collapse of the western world, Australia has become a lawless wasteland.

 The Rover

As desperate outsiders pillage the country’s precious mineral resources, taciturn Eric (Pearce) travels from town to town searching for signs of life. Then, one day, Eric falls prey to vicious thieves who steal his car. In the process of making their getaway, the thieves abandon Rey (Robert Pattinson), their wounded partner in crime.

Meanwhile, Eric vows to reclaim his most-treasured possession by whatever means necessary, and forces Rey to help him track down the men who left him for dead. Scoot McNairy and David Field co-star in this grim tale of revenge from writer/director David Michôd (whose script for the 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom took the Best Screenplay prize at that year’s Australian Film Institute awards).

Enemy (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie no matter what, has a intense 3 second ending shot which will keep you thinking and breathing heavily!”

Adapted from author José Saramago’s novel The Double, director Denis Villeneuve’s enigmatic drama Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detached college professor whose life becomes hopelessly intertwined with that of his doppelganger — a sexually insatiable actor. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated man who’s more comfortable lecturing to college students than he is making love to his lustful girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent).

Enemy

One day, on the advice of a colleague, Adam sits down to watch a romantic comedy and what he sees on the screen leaves him deeply disturbed: A supporting player in the film credited as Anthony Clair (also Gyllenhaal), is Adam’s spitting image — right down to the distinctive scar on both of their chests.

Compelled to track down his onscreen look-a-like, Adam soon locates Anthony in Mississauga, and begins obsessively tracking his every move. Later, Adam’s ongoing search for answers prompts him to pay a visit to his own eccentric mother (Isabella Rossellini), as well as and Anthony’s pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). But it isn’t until Adam and Anthony finally come face-to-face that the details connecting them become truly uncanny.

Locke (2013)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Tom Hardy is undeniably an acting powerhouse and this one man show is absolute proof!”

Written and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), Locke tells the adrenaline-fueled story of one man’s frantic race against time. Tom Hardy and Tom Holland star in a film produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley.

Locke

In Locke, Tom Hardy plays a man who drives from Birmingham to Croydon in a BMW. He makes the journey in the late evening, setting out at around 8pm, and the traffic is fairly light. The man’s name is Ivan Locke. He’s a married construction engineer, with a thick beard and dependable jumper, and he spends most of the trip talking on his in-car telephone. We hear both ends of each call, although no other actor appears on screen.

Locke

Around half of his conversations are about the logistics of pouring concrete. Locke is one of the most nail-biting thrillers of the year. At first, as Ivan’s car pulls away from a building site, the soundtrack ticking like a stopwatch, you wonder if Locke might be one of those films in which an ordinary man finds himself suddenly surrounded by an action movie. In fact, it’s the opposite: the crisis is deeply ordinary, and its the man that drives the action.

Joe (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A ruthless and violent drama revolving around an innocent boy, a savage real-life homeless man and ex-con Nicholas Cage.”

David Gordon Green’s Joe stars Nicolas Cage as the title character, the foreman of a work crew hired to poison trees before they are cleared from land owned by people who plan to develop it.

Joe

One day, 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) arrives at the worksite looking for a job for both himself and his alcoholic, shiftless father. Joe hires them both, but the self-destructive dad is quickly told never to return.

Gary, however, earns his keep, and soon he begins to think of Joe as a father figure. However, Joe has a prison record, and a problem keeping his explosive anger in check, and when a local man develops a grudge against him, both Gary and Joe must take a stand. Joe screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Jobs (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The one thing I like about this movie is that it’s like Idris Elba’s Mandela, it not only show’s how historic the characters were but exposes their dark sides too.”

Swing Vote’s Joshua Michael Stern takes the helm for this biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, and tracing the Apple co-founder’s career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry’s most admired innovators.

Jobs (2013)

By focusing on the key moments that drove Jobs’ success and the conversations that made him such a controversial figure among critics, Sternand screenwriter Matt Whiteley present an intimate portrait of a driven, deeply complex man who dedicated his life to revolutionizing the way we use computers.Josh Gad, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, and Dermot Mulroney co-star.

Jobs (2013)

It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology — and the world – forever.

 

Drive (2011)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Ryan started off a little spooky, but the movie rocked entirely. It’s different and it was smooth as a criminal!”

Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).

Drive

After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals.

Drive

But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.

Incendies (2011)

My Rating : 5/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >>
“A RIPPING performance by Lubna Azabal with a story which will haunt you all night. I loved the cinematography, screenplay and the emotionally devastating climax – splendid!”

“Incendies,” the powerful, and powerfully uneven, French-Canadian Oscar nominee for last year’s best foreign film, is an intimate epic. Set largely in a fictionalized Middle Eastern country, it’s about momentous issues – retribution and reconciliation in the wake of war – but plays out as a detective story framed through the eyes of a single family. It begins in present-day Montreal as twin adult siblings Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) are notified by a notary of two unusual requests in their mother’s will.

Incendies

A sealed envelope is presented to Jeanne with instructions to deliver it to the children’s father, even though they were raised by their mother, Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), to believe he had died a heroic death many years before. Simon is also presented with a sealed envelope, to be delivered to a brother they never knew existed. Simon at first angrily rejects the whole thing, but Jeanne, a mathematician with a meticulous curiosity, travels to her mother’s Middle Eastern homeland and attempts to unravel the mystery. The real mystery, as Jeanne soon discovers, is her mother’s past life before she immigrated to Canada, about which the children knew nothing. The director, Denis Villeneuve, has based “Incendies” on the play “Scorched,” by Wajdi Mouawad, that was constructed as a series of long, lyrical monologues.

Incendies

For the most part he’s done a strong job of paring away the poeticisms; the film rarely betrays its theatrical roots. Alternating between the present and flashbacks to Nawal’s harrowing past, Villeneuve sets up a deliberately disorienting structure that mimics the children’s confusions (and ours). Nawal’s homeland is clearly meant to be Lebanon, and her time there parallels the 15-year civil war between Christians and Muslims that began in the 1970s.

Incendies

As a Christian, she fought in that conflict, and the scenes of her torture and imprisonment are chilling and also, in some ways, eerily transcendent. Nicknamed by her guards “the woman who sings,” Nawal seals herself off from madness by crooning soothingly to herself. Azabal, a Belgian actress, has a feral, mesmerizing power. On her sullen, aghast face can be read war’s true transcript. Without her performance, “Incendies,” overlong at 130 minutes, might most often resemble a pastiche of allegorical overreaching and high-caliber melodrama, although Villeneuve stages an attack on a Muslim bus by a Christian militia that brings home the terror of warfare in a way few films ever have.

Incendies

Such outbursts of power undercut the film’s too neat resolutions. By the end, it’s as if a Greek tragedy had degenerated into a neater, tidier universe. The film’s moral lesson – that violence begets violence – isn’t exactly a showstopper, and the balm that is laid on Nawal and her riven family can’t quite compensate for the poison that preceded it.

 

 

Rabbit Hole (2010)

My Rating : 3/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >> “Nicole sports a fabulous performance after so long, but the flick is slow!”

RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss.

Rabbit Hole

Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.

The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH).

Rabbit Hole

Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

Rabbit Hole

RABBIT HOLE is directed by John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) from a script by acclaimed playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The cast, led by Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS, Actress in a Leading Role, 2002) and Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart, includes two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Actress in a Supporting Role, 1986; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Actress in a Supporting Role, 1994), Tammy Blanchard, Miles Teller, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney and Sandra Oh.


The Killer Inside Me (2010)

My Rating : 4/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >> “A very rare country style violence flick which involves class performances and a foolproof plot!”

Based on the legendary novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, Michael Winterbottom’s THE KILLER INSIDE ME tells the story of a handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy named Lou Ford (Casey Affleck).

The Killer Inside Me

The film takes place in an idyllic West Texas town in the early 1950’s. As a lifelong resident, Ford has difficulty juggling his long-term girlfriend Amy (Kate Hudson), the prostitute named Joyce (Jessica Alba) that he mistakenly falls for,

The Killer Inside Me

and the sociopathic tendencies inside him. In Thompson’s savage, bleak, blacker than noir universe nothing is ever what it seems.