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Movie Review: The Contract

The Contract is a movie about hit-men. So, yes, that could be argument enough. Of course it’s going to be good :)
It has a couple of neat touches, since it’s like a “rough outdoors thriller”, and has John Cusack (who played a hit-man in Grosse Pointe Blank) playing the unwilling hero. Morgan Freeman plays the gentle old serial killer who has ha heart. And there are some younger hit-men out there who don’t really play nice. And conspiracies. You know, the usual stuff. Well played, and rather a good flick.

Verdict: See

March 26, 2007 at 09:21 4 comments

Movie review: The Holiday

The Holiday. Yay, a romantic comedy. And, well, a decent one at that. I’ll admit that my major reason for seeing this movie was Shannyn Sossamon . in a minor part, but, well, it kind of worked. Except for a couple of things. The big one? Cameron Diaz can’t act. At all. The only movies where her casting has been palpable has been the kind of movies where she only was eye-candy (The Mask, There’s Something About Mary) but as soon as she starts to (tries to) act, it all falls apart. Oh, yeah, she doesn’t work as eye-candy either. The major problem, however, was the length of the movie. It goes on FOR EVER. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes long. So, it goes around in a slow, slow, pace, mostly centered around a hysterical Diaz, and it never, ever, seems to end. It is, however, kind of “romantic”, and you do get a lot of minutes for the money.

Verdict: Don’t see.  

March 26, 2007 at 09:10 1 comment

Ah, the sweet cultural differences…

Perhaps we would need these here in Sweden? I surely hope not…

Don’t beat her

March 19, 2007 at 12:03 2 comments

IMDB’s keywords

I love IMDB. Truly. Probably one of the best sites on the net. The recent general overhaul of the layout and features, has brought some unwanted changes, however. Most notably: Plot keywords. They’ve always been there, I suppose, but now they are right up at the top. And, they tend to be huge spoilers. Just looking at the first page for the movie I just saw, gives away the following key words (yeah, sorry for spoiling it, but it is to prove a point): “Beaten To Death / CIA / Bigotry / Racial Tension / Breasts”. Now, not only are they wildly exaggerated (this is in no way a movie about breasts (sadly, considering the actors :) ) and nor is it about bigotry and racial tension. There is, however, someone being beaten to death in it. I really don’t see the need for these keywords. Perhaps that is because I generally don’t select movies based on whether or not someone gets beaten to death in them. Or, perhaps it’s just an example of when the features that CAN be made, SHOULD NOT be made. If you click on “more” keywords, you can read 30 something other keywords, where some are really… interesting.

This is seems like the perfect feature for anyone looking for an evenings entertainment watching movies with topics like “Wetting Pants“, “Shot In The Forehead“, “Corpse” and of course everyone’s favorite: “Pregnant Woman Murdered“. Everyone should be able to find movies to their liking, but… come on, at least stop spoiling the movies. And some accuracy would be nice.

March 19, 2007 at 00:25 Leave a comment

The Good Shepherd

A movie packed with stars… About spies! Now, that’s potential. It is, however, a really loooooooooooong movie. And, having a main character that doesn’t speak, we’ll, that’s the kind of role that’s more suited for some other actor than Matt Damon. I do like Damon, but in more verbal parts. Or, as a kick-ass Bond-like agent. As a socially awkward, silent, elderly man? No, not my first choice. And, while I do guess Angelina Jolie was wearing make-up to match her supposed age, she still looked way to hot to be believable. Oh, and it’s worth noting that this is fiction, though in a real setting. No documentary, and the persons are mostly made up.

This is the kind of movie you’ll enjoy if you are really interested in history, or the actual craft of spies. That is, tedious, meticulous, planning and manipulation. And, the absence of normality. If, however, you have a more casual interest in the subject you’ll find it to be boring and far to long. So, for the general public: Don’t see. For spy-geeks: See.

March 19, 2007 at 00:06 1 comment

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