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The Hunger Games
8 years ago via Flixster

I finally got down to watching the first two Hunger Games films after reading the novels and I must admit I came away surprised how well they were made. The first film in the series paints a realistic post-apocalyptic view of what the U.S./North America could turn into some day: a totalitarian dictatorship bent on hegemonic control, right down to deciding which children live and die (cough, cough, present-day China). If you're Chinese and you find this offensive, the truth hurts. Anyway, the only major knock I have on this film is Jennifer Lawrence looks more like a 30-year old than a 16-year old Katniss. However, I am sure finding a 16-year old actress with the acting talents of Lawrence was near impossible and my gripe is more petty and might rub people the wrong way as a petty complaint. But if you read my reviews you know I don't give a rat's ass what anyone thinks. Don't get me wrong. J-Law is the most talented young actress to come along in more than a decade and I have put great hope in her for the future that the art of acting is not dying with the present generation of young actors and actresses. At least not yet anyway. Lawrence's turn as Katniss is what carries this movie more than the special effects, story/script and supporting cast. Director Gary Ross does a superb job with great storytelling, action that was fun but not typical summer popcorn film over the top action, great special effects and most importantly, loyalty to the novels. Haymitch (played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson) was precisely how I envisioned and President Snow (delightfully played by Donald Sutherland) was dead on. Notice the Nazi/Roman correlations with the chariots and Nazi-esque propaganda machine. Julius Caesar and Josef Goebbels would've been proud. Does that offend you? If so, bite me. This is art, it's supposed to offend you or make you think. Great cinema and leaves you excited for the next installment.

The $1,000,000 Duck
8 years ago via Flixster

I saw this once when I was a child. This was only the 2,000th movie Sandy Duncan and Dean Jones did for Disney so it's like all the others; slapstick, lame dialogue and an animal with some inexplicable superpower (in this case a duck laying the golden egg. I thought geese laid golden eggs?). Great for a family who have nothing better to do on a Saturday night or lazy Sunday afternoon dreading going back to work/school the next day.

The Quick and the Dead
8 years ago via Flixster

Could have used a little more Unforgiven-esque darkness. Comes across as almost comical. Not sure what Sam Raimi was trying to accomplish but he experienced some failure in this film as it SHOULD have been totally freaking amazing an it wasn't. What's tragic about it is this is a great cast with a decent storyline. But I had serious, serious issues with the dialogue. It just sucked. It was silly. That's all it was to it, which is inconceivable considering the freaking cast: Russell Crowe, Leonard DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Gary Sinese AND Sam Raimi directing and they STILL can't come up with better dialogue with this? The movie could have notched itself up with the greatest westerns of all time. Instead, it falls flat. The misuse of an obscenely-talented cast is what's inexcusable.

Road to Perdition
8 years ago via Flixster

I recently gave this film my first viewing since I saw it in the theatres back in 2001 and I found new appreciation for it (and I came away loving this film when I saw it back then). Any film enthusiast will adore this movie simply because it's the final film appearance of the legendary Paul Newman. He's his classic self. So much so that you almost find yourself wanting to root for him only to realize the man is a cold-blooded mob boss that's protecting a monster (Daniel Craig), who ironically is his own son. I had forgotten how much I loved Tom Hanks portrayal of Michael Sullivan. It goes without saying what kind of a tremendous actor the man is but this turn is one of the only, if not THE only, dark roles he has ever played. It's a story of redemption but not for Sullivan. His "Road to Perdition" was paved long ago and no one simple act of goodness can redeem him. But Sullivan CAN save his son from taking the same path he chose. The father-son relationship is singular, powerful and leaves you feeling with hope but on the same token, you know Sullivan has to pay the piper at some point. But that path through hell that Sullivan must follow has a silver lining. Any good father would go through hell to save their son. Brilliant cinema and fantastic storytelling.