Review: Machete (2010)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Been there, seen it. It seems I can’t take the same sort of action over and over again no more. I can’t even be bothered to summarize this “you killed my family, now I want my revenge” farce.

The first Rodriguez films I saw were Desparodo and his episode in Four Rooms, both pretty good. From Dusk Till Dawn was awesome at the time and for me Sin City marked the climax of his work so far. I also always like to see “From Dusk Till Dawn” bartender Danny Trejo and “Dawn of the Dead” Tom Savini aka “Sex Machine”. Apart from that, there is a lot of CGI blood, Hollywood mainstream characters and a few pretty cheesy punch lines. I do not get how Robert De Niro can play alongside “straight to DVD” Steven Seagal and “It wasn’t me” Lindsay Lohan. Let’s see it positively: if you are into straight trash and liked Rodriguez’s Planet Terror: this film may be for you.

3.5 / 10 – Very disappointing, cannot reach to the classics. Sorry Rob, I guess you are a goner…

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Review: Invictus (2009)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

A friend of mine (Hi, Simon!) asked my whether I’ve watched Invictus. “Never heard of it” I replied. He was going to see it for the sole reason it is a rugby film (he was gonna watch it with his rugby team 🙂 ), which is nothing that interests me. Still I gave it a try and I was very surprised. First, the film is very good, second, rugby is not the main plot and last but not least, after watching the end credits I was like: “WTF! Clint Eastwood again?” The old bloke’s last few instalments all were convincing and pretty much ingenious (@see my review of Gran Torino).

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

So it’s more like a political drama rather than a sports flick. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the Boks’ captain, both doing a great job. After watching the film it was fun to read some more trivia about Mandela and the South African rugby team. I cannot say whether the films portraits actual history accurately, but it sure was a pleasure to watch.

8.0 / 10 – Moving, inspiring, heart touching. Thanks, Mr Eastwood, for another enjoyable evening!

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Review: District 9 (2009)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

District 9 (2009)Aliens invading Earth. Humans invading Planet X. Seen it a thousand times.

District 9 takes a different approach off the beaten track and does so quite well. A big space ship had to make a forced landing on Earth in the 80s, where hundreds of aliens were rescued and given shelter near Johannesburg, Africa: District 9. This shelter soon became a slum and problems arose. This is where the film picks up – the day the aliens are about to be deported out of District 9 to be resettled somewhere else more remote.

The idea is great – even though I thought it was too simple I couldn’t remember a similar film (shame on me!). The documentary style is well done as well, not as claustrophobic as in [rec], not as hard on the stomach as in Cloverfield (I’ll never see that movie again!). Also Peter “Bad Taste” Jackson’s influence is easy to spot. See for yourself. 😉

I did not like the film drifting into an ordinary action shooter towards the end, I would have expected a more detailed view of the social and integration problems.

8.0 – A great film, that could have been even better if it had more of a story.

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Review: Gran Torino (2008)

Sunday, December 28th, 2008 | Language, Movies, Reviews, Vocabulary | 1 Comment

Holy sh*t! This one really blew my mind! First a word about Mr. Clint Eastwood, whom I want to give some kudos here. When I was a kid I associated the name Clint Eastwood with a gunslinger, nothing more, nothing less. He proofed me so very wrong, thankfully, just remember the Oscar winning Mystic River or Million Dollar Baby (not my piece of cake, though).

This time we see him as director, producer and main character. Again, you might think what could come out of an ordinary gunslinger being the sole responsible person for a movie? Right, horseshiat you say, but this one is definitely an exception that proves the rule!

Imagine yourself being an elderly war vet (gunslinger, anybody? jk) living in a suburb that becomes more and more of a slum. Gangs, bullies and some gooks (just using the term from the movie, no offence intended) moving into your old neighbour’s house. And then, one night, they step on your perfectly mowed lawn, smashing your precious garden gnomes …

This is just a very basic description of the story, no Gran Torino mentioned yet. I did this on purpose, not to spoil anything. I just want to make sure you get the idea and hopefully be teased enough to go see this masterpiece on the big screen! Try to see it non-dubbed, I wonder how they will translate all these wonderful swear words.

Perfect, a pollack and a chink!

How are you doing Martin, you crazy italian prick?!

Walts! You cheap bastard! I should have known you come in, I was having such a pleasant day!

Now, what’d you do, ruse some blind guy outta his money, gave him the wrong change?

Who’s the nip?

Oh, he’s the pussy-kid from next door, I’m just trying to man him up a little bit.


You see kid? Now that’s how guys talk to one another.

A must see! Thanks Mr. Eastwood!


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