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Arbitrage by tincolor

Richard Gere is a fabulously rich but miserably married investor that is about to sell his business just as he runs into a problem when his lover dies in a car accident. Gere must keep everyone from knowing both about the crash as well as the fact that he’s covering up huge losses in his business. I guess what sets this movie apart from other similarly themed  films (Wall Street) is that this film doesn’t go out of its way to vilify Gere, you know he’s a bad dude because of the things he does, but everything else suggests that he’s the hero. So at least there’s that going for it. Otherwise just a pretty good movie that doesn’t quite do enough to leave a lasting impression. Watchable plus.

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Final Analysis by tincolor
August 10, 2012, 1:47 am
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Richard Gere is psychologist to Uma Thurman who is sister to Kim Basinger who is married to mobster Eric Roberts who at some point in this movie is going to die. This movie has so much in common with Vertigo that it feels like the author just threw all the characters and plot points in a hat, shuffled them up and then rearranged everything to be slightly different. If you really really like noir films and don’t care if they aren’t very good or original, then I guess this one is sort of worth checking out, but mostly it’s just boring and predictable. Watchable.

Vertigo by tincolor
August 8, 2012, 3:56 am
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Alfred Hitchcock’s “best movie ever” is about James Stewart, a retired detective suffering from vertigo who is tailing Kim Novak, a blond chick who has a nasty habit of being possessed by the dead and trying to kill herself. The technical aspects of this movie are amazing, flawless! The way Hitchcock uses the camera to tell so much of the story is a truly amazing feat. Unfortunately, the plot does gets a little murky. Why do Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak fall in love with each other in the first place, and why does everyone put up with Jimmy Stewart even though he’s pretty much a total asshole? The movie definitely suggests answers these questions, and you don’t even really need answers to enjoy the film, but still the whole thing does come off feeling a little contrived. Worth watching.

Executive Decision by tincolor

Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt and David Suchet (Damn, who isn’t in this movie), all pile on to an airplane and do an action movie. Like The Hunt for Red October, The Rock and of course Air Force One, the appeal of this movie is that it all takes place in extremely close quarters. And that set up is OK, and the execution is legitimately suspenseful at points, but still, it just feels a little too typical. A low worth checking out.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) by tincolor
June 23, 2012, 5:57 am
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Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are Swedes on the trail of a murderer whose last crime was committed more than 50 years ago. My main complaint with this film is it has too much plot. The book is some 600 pages for God’s sake, trim it down! In the end there is just so much going on and so many characters to keep track of that it doesn’t feel like you’re following the investigation in real time, but instead just watching the summarized police report. Still, there’s enough here to entertain. Watchable.

Carlito’s Way by tincolor
May 4, 2012, 2:57 am
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Al Pacino is out of prison and he’s reformed! But his past, his pride, and this plot just won’t let him walk the straight and narrow. Brian De Palma, you’ve finally done it! You’ve made a movie that isn’t more bad than it is good. There’s still a lot of De Palma’s funky camera angles to be found here and the voice over narration that pops up throughout the movie is pretty bad, but the film’s two major action scenes are some of the most exciting and suspenseful I’ve ever seen. Worth checking out.

The Devotion of Suspect X / 容疑者Xの献身 by tincolor
May 4, 2012, 2:50 am
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Mathematical genius Tetsuya Ishigami lives next store to Yasuko Hanaoka and her daughter, who have recently killed Yasuko’s husband. This movie is based on a series of popular books about, Manabu Yukawa, an eccentric physicist who sometimes moonlights as a detective. In this movie, Manabu is pitted against one of his old school buddies, who has conspired to hide the murder of Yasuko’s husband. As is typical with many modern Japanese movies, there’s a lot of melodrama that feels all the more forced when you notice just how weak the plot is. Watchable.

Primal Fear by tincolor
Richard Gere is a lawyer and Edward Norton is a snot nosed kid accused of doing murder. Oh man, here it comes, the twist ending that’s so twisty and turny you probably saw it coming from the start of the film. The motives behind all of these characters make no sense. I can’t believe Edward Norton got an Academy Award nomination for this. Barely watchable.

Cache by tincolor
December 13, 2011, 2:37 pm
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Cache (Hidden). One day a family begins receiving mysterious packages on their front doorstep. Inside are VHS tapes showing hours of footage of the family’s house. Not bad, probably good, but also probably not a movie that I’ll ever need to see again. Worth checking out.

Presumed Innocent by tincolor
December 13, 2011, 2:13 pm
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Public attorney Harrison Ford is accused of a crime that he may or may not have committed. This movie plays out like a very long episode of Law and Order. In other words, very standard fare. Watchable.

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