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LINCOLN (2012) – My rating: 10/10

What a Great Movie                                                                                       LincolnI saw the latest release of “LINCOLN” (2012) and I highly recommend it to all. It delves deep into politics but it’s not boring and you may learn a thing or two. The stars are endless, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, and Gloria Reuben to name a few. Therefore you can expect it’s not amateurishly acted. Despite what you may have heard about Abe Lincoln, this movie really puts it all into perspective. It’s as if this movie had a telescope into today’s issues. I laughed, I cried, I applauded and I even commented a couple of times (out loud). Although the movie was 2-1/2 long, it was time well spent. BTW: Don’t miss the opening scene — Steven Spielberg, as always, jump starts your emotions! I say it’s a MUST SEE!

[Lincoln won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Achievement in Production Design!]

TAKE SHELTER (2011) – My rating: 6/10

Looking for an ending!
Why do critics and potential critics get so damn philosophical when critiquing a movie?
  What ever happened to being entertained or even conveying a simple message?

I will be the first to admit, Take Shelter is a confusing movie!  The wife, given the circumstances of her husband’s background, justifiably did not believe in him. Somewhere in this story, she decides to stick by him. In the end, she and their daughter sees what he sees. The audience deserves to know why their daughter was deaf, whether or not the weather was what it seemed to him and some rhyme or reason as to what happened in the end.

WE WERE LEFT HANGING AND THAT’S NOT GOOD OR ENJOYABLE. THERE’S NO CLOSURE WHICH MAKES THIS A WASTE OF TIME. WHERE IS THE MESSAGE IN THIS? Also, this movie was too slow, I had to fight to stay awake. The end make me wish I lost the fight — scenes were soooo…long, too many breaks of pure silence and finally, an ending that came without explanation.

If you have to make up the ending according to your take on this movie, you will also have to make up the answers to why his partner ratted him out, or if the rain had color to it, or if they actually were at Myrtle Beach. I didn’t want to have to rewrite the story.

I can only give this movie a 6 out of 10 — I don’t like to be left hanging!

ADAPTATION (2002) – My rating: 7/10

A Little Boring, Even for an Intellectual!
AdaptationAdaptation has the potential to be great but was a little too slow/boring and too confusing for my taste. Nicolas Cage did a superb acting job, playing twin brothers, Charlie and Donald Kaufman, with totally different personalities.

I thought too much emphasis was put on minor details. Long drawn out scenes about orchards and all the thoughts of Meryl Streep’s wish list for life, left me confused and somewhat bored. The movie moved back and forth through each character’s thought process leading up to the writing of a script that couldn’t get written because each character had a block of some kind. I hated the ending because lives were destroyed to get to the bottom line, a movie about flowers.

Because the acting was superb, I rated it 7 out of 10.  Adaptation took a long route to get to its destination. I couldn’t help but notice several people nodding off throughout the movie theater.  Adaptation is not for everyone.

AMERICAN HISTORY X (1998) – My rating: 10/10

A Lesson in Hate!
AmericanHistoryXAmerican History X is an excellent movie on the effects of hate and what hate feels like. Ed Norton deserves an academy award for his performance. He played a hateful, enraged murderer, a vulnerable, confused inmate and a man trying to get back on track starting with saving his younger brother. This film is emotion packed, well acted and well directed. American History X sends a powerful message. A must see!

BIRTH (2004) – My rating: 6/10

A Deceitful Movie!
BirthWhy oh why did anyone make this movie? It was slow, dull and down right deceitful. The trailers would have you believe you’re in for a mysterious ride but in fact, you’re in for another unresolved, waste of time, money sucking, open-ended flick.  Birth’s concept was done before in a 1989 release of “Chances Are”, which was in good taste, with a good story and a good follow-up. The ending tied up all the loose ends, unlike “Birth” which left us hanging.

I truly want my money back — everyone in the theater agreed that “Birth” sucked. Not even Nicole Kidman could save this one.

Wait for cable!

CAST AWAY (2000) – My rating: 7/10

CastAwayTom Hanks’ performance was excellent but the movie was boring. I’m not sure what the message was. Cast Away offered little action and not much entertainment and certainly no message. Helen Hunt’s role was minimal at best. She did a good acting job but overall Cast Away is insignificant. As much as I love Tom Hanks — this was too much of him.  I was bored most of the movie and found nothing new or entertaining about Cast Away.  I recommend waiting for the video!

THE CELL (2000) – My rating: 10/10

TheCellAn Honest Review!
This futuristic movie is for deep thinkers. Imagine being able to get into someone’s mind, see what they see, hear what they hear and feel what they feel. While this could open up a world of knowledge as well as mental healing, it’s very dangerous.

If you can get past Jennifer Lopez’s terrific posterior, this movie has something to say and gives you something to think about. The special effects and costumes are great. A must see movie for those who are able to absorb this mind chiller.

CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE (2003) – My rating: 8/10

Action, Action, Action!
Cradle2theGraveThis movie was definitely action packed. There was some pretty fancy filming going on as several fights were paralleled at once. I enjoyed this movie because of the action. The plot was the typical family member held as a hostage until my demands are met and of course they never have any intention of returning your loved one. DMX is turning out to be a pretty good actor and I think his marshal art skills are as good as any I’ve seen — of course he’s no Jet Li but he holds his own.

Jet Li is his usual non-talkative self with an iron stone expression throughout the entire movie. His face is as stiff as his body but this works because it shows discipline. There were so many sub plots in this movie that it actually kept me interested. As in all these type flicks, I cannot believe people are being killed all over the place and no one reacts. One shoot-out like that would send our town in a tizzy and I live in NY.

Tom Arnold was funnier than he had been in the previous flick and Anthony Anderson was great in a role he seems to have perfected as his own. He’s in an awful lot of movies right now. I’d like to see Anthony break out of this stereo type and get into a more serious role.

The strangest thing in this movie has Eminem rapping the opening scenes — he dominated over DMX and Obie. It’s all good — I liked the movie and the music.

DUETS (2000) – My rating: 10/10

It’s all in How You Market a Movie!
DuetsWhen I saw the coming attractions for “Duets”, I thought it was a backward, hick town, country singing, stuffy, boring movie. Boy was I surprised when I finally got to see it. The singing was excellent, the story was excellent and the acting was superb. What a brilliant idea to mix very good singers with some not-so-great singers to create authenticity of non-professional karaoke singers trying to win the pot. I was most impressed with Andre Braugher and Paul Giamatti. This is definitely a feel good movie. It’s safe to say, the wrong scenes were chosen to represent this movie.

HART’S WAR (2002) – My Rating: 9/10

More Than A War Story!
HartsWarThis movie is slightly over 2 hours and a little drawn out in spots. None-the-less, it’s message was loud and clear. Hollywood is beginning to expose, in depth, the plight of the black man — perhaps offering additional perspective into the problems between blacks and whites today. Bruce Willis gives an outstanding performance as does Terrence Dashon Howard as the black lieutenant who was framed and Colin Farrel as the Lieutenant who defended him. I classify this movie as HEAVY and worth seeing. There is much to be learned from Hart’s War.