Cindy and Lucy are eighteen and going away to college. As a ritual they must rid themselves of the dirt of their small home town (Allburg) by swimming in an abandoned church crypt. They jump in and begin talking about sex when Lucys crucifix falls into the water and drifts down to land on Czakyr's (an ancient vampire) head, apparently waking him up. Some time onwards a school teacher from a nearby town, Mark, gets directed to Allburg to help Lucy and her grandmother, who are suspected to be in trouble. Lucy becomes the target of a town turned vampire because of her 'virgin blood'. Mark, Lucy and an old wino shack up in an abandoned building outside of town but eventually get lured back to Allburg by the locals. There, with a giant glowing cross spearing the front of their Toyota, they take the town on and battle Czakyr.
Shawn S (gb) wrote: The cast is amazing, the story is intricate, the visual effects are astonishing, and the action is exhilarating.
Lex J (gb) wrote: buena pelicula!! algunas cosas me confundieron como todo ese rollo sobre que el era un genio crei que sacarian algo mas sobre eso! en fin james franco es cool!
Harry W (de) wrote: Catch a Fire caught my eye mostly as a Tim Robbins political thriller, but moreso as a film directed by acclaimed Australian film director Phillip Noyce.Catch a Fire has its bumps along the road since the plot is rather slowly paced and the story is fairly basic and limited to a small space, but it's still enjoyable.While the film takes place on a small scale despite being part of a significantly larger picture, there is no denying the intense and shocking effect of the political crimes that take place in Catch a Fire. Its material has all been explored before in other films on a larger and more intense scale, but in Catch a Fire director Phillip Noyce reminds us that his directional talent has not decreased in his many years as a filmmaker and that his ability to tackle apartheid and terrorism is intelligent and strong.The drama in Catch a Fire is strikingly powerful most of the time, and while there are some periods of waiting around for massive drama to strike, Catch a Fire manages to keep its atmosphere intense thanks to the drama that the screenplay deals with in its story and dialogue, combined with the efforts of a dedicated cast and cinematography which is mostly claustrophobic and therefore enhancing the intense visual experience that Catch a Fire aims to be.Combining Shawn Slovo's script with Phillip Noyce's direction, Catch a Fire turns out to be a surprisingly effective film which has a sufficient amount of drama to it to carry it through 101 minutes of cinema.But the main source of success in Catch a Fire comes from the performances of the two lead actors.Derek Luke's performance is one of absolute incredible strength which has a tenacious grip over all the intense political drama that Catch a Fire explores. In his finest performance since Antwone Fisher, Derek Luke manages to combine the intense elements of his character's physicality which comes naturally to him and comes out with a powerful effect. His talent is similar to Chiwetel Ejiofor's but played off in a significantly smaller scale film, and Derek Luke proves to make an intense lead with a real grasp over his characterTim Robbins' South African accent is flawlessly convincing in Catch a Fire because it is never excessive or ridiculous, but rather realistic and sensible. He manages to integrate his accent finely into his line delivery and follow it up with the kind of intense stare that an actor like Dennis Quaid uses to convey intense drama. It works, and so Tim Robbins' dark and intense performance is one of his strongest since his Academy Award winning role in Mystic River from 2003. He has a real intense tenacity over his character and director Phillip Noyce ensures that he gets everything out of Tim Robbins that he truly can.So Catch a Fire is an intense and excellently acted film with enough intelligence and strong direction to overshadow the faults of its pacing
James H (es) wrote: Sort of a redneck Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, but not as good. It does have some funny moments, but too much of it falls flat. Odd casting, only Billy Bob Thornton seems to be well cast. Charlize Theron makes a good effort though.
Carole S (mx) wrote: A random find on Netflix. It's historical, has some good actors in there, the Sun King's reign, and I was bored. It seemed like a good mix. But alas....'tis not amazing and profound like many reviews had promised. Was it something that entertained me? Sure! Was I overly impressed? No. The acting was decent, besides for the lovely Uma Thurman. Please, please stick with action flicks. Dramas are not your strong suit my dear. It really isn't. It's like Brad Pitt attempting comedy. Please stay away from my dramas and my historical films. I BEG YOUUUUUUU!The romance between Vatel and Anne was awkward as all Hell. I love the guy who played Vatel and he did a wonderful job. But ugh...maybe if Anne was played by someone NOT Uma Thurman. Was the romance even real? If not then please don't add it. NOT every movie needs a romance. I would have been fine with Vatel's story. If it was a real thing...wow...a SUPER impossible love. I must research this......The shining glory of this film was the fact that it was told in Vatel's POV. He is one of the best in Europe and everyone, including the King, wants to hire him. However, Vatel is loyal and dedicated to the Duke. It was lovely to see what it takes to enchante the court of France during the Sun King's reign. It was hard to please that fellow as everyone knows. It was rough and tough, but the results that Vatel and his crew made was beautiful!NOT THE BIRDS! GAH! I cried during this scene. I cannot say what happens, but I was NOT pleased. Anne is NOT WORTH IT VATELLLLLLLLLLLLL! *sobs*The ending was good, but it done very cheesy. A wonderful actor, but the scene was done cheesy. In the end, this was okay. My expectations MAY have been to high and it let me down. Plently of good actors (except for one who needs to stay with action films), and an interesting story line, a great time period for a drama. The romance was awkward. The ending was cheesyily done. I was bummed. It was entertaining and I LOVED it was set in Vatel's POV, but it let me down on a whole. In the end...I shall stamp this with 2 stars.Re-watch?: No
Adam D (it) wrote: Not nearly as good as I was expecting it to have been
Jeff W (ag) wrote: i love jheri curl in this movie!!! pop it and lock it!!
Orlok W (gb) wrote: Billy Casper Has Come Unstuck in Grime--Gritty slice-of-life drama, powerfully handled by all concerned!!
scott g (mx) wrote: entertaining enough bbc dramatisation of the famous novel, it does get off to a very fast paced start, and does keep up momentum throughout its second half, a interesting post wartme tale of double crossing and espianage, some good production value and al performances ar enjyable
Susan G (gb) wrote: Alive Inside is beautifully filmed, and tells the story of something so simple, yet so remarkably profound. One social worker discovering what is missing in the lives of many that suffer in the prison of their own minds. Personalized music - and the transformation of mind and spirit of people that appear to be dying inside, suddenly becoming "alive inside." Any critic that has any harsh criticism about this important film, is simply not evolved or they are fortunate to not know someone with a debilitating disease. I have seen amazing results by using music in my work in elder facilities and I have seen the power of personalized music transform the lives of the residents, and the family. Toe tapping, sudden bursts of opera singing, displays of joy or tears, or an overall a sense of calm and ease from these elders are no small things. On top of that, increased appetites and alertness. It's not a mere observation this film is highlighting, there is science behind this. Research shows that personalized music enlivens, stimulates positive memory and eases agitation for people with these diseases. There is clear evidence for a decrease in the use of sedating medications. Alzheimer's and Dementia are horrific, and any film that raises awareness of what can be done to help ease the despair of the person who has it, and their family - should win awards - and that's why Alive Inside is a the award winning documentary that it is. That's why it is receiving standing ovations, and why people laugh, cry and delight in the joy of what personalized music can bring. Nationally by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple from 5 million to 16 million, and these neurological diseases are considered epidemic in the United States. The kind people that put this film together are warm-hearted people that are devoted to a worthwhile cause, and deserve only applause for the massive efforts. Dan Cohen and Michael Rossato-Bennett, and their entire team have created a very important piece of work.
Jon C (ag) wrote: For a prize fighter, winning is everything, but if you're a loser when you climb into the ring, you're still going to be a loser when you come out, even if you KO your opponent. Such might be the moral of this very atypical sports movie, starring Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges as aspiring fighters in the lower echelons of the boxing game in and around Stockton, California.John Huston was one of the most commercially and popularly successful of mainstream Hollywood directors, making such major classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen, yet most film historians and critics have been reluctant to rank him among the best cinematic artists. Fat City makes it hard to see why: this gritty, realistic film is one of those great films which surprises you by how much more it seems like real life than like a movie. Keach and Bridges both give what may be their best performances, and Susan Tyrrell, an actress better known for stage work, gives an unforgettable performance as an alcoholic barfly, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, and she should have won.Fat City is not at all a typical sports film, which by Hollywood convention must show a hero overcoming early difficulties to rise to stardom, nor is it really about boxing, though it includes an extended fight scene which may be the best ever included in a Hollywood film -- the fact that Huston was a prize fighter himself in his youth no doubt adds to the authenticity of the prize ring atmosphere. But this is a film about people, very flawed people who manage to hold onto some shreds of integrity and to be kind to one another, despite the fact that they are all in their own desperate situation. The atmosphere of the seedy towns and endless fields of California's Central Valley, a rare location for major films, is portrayed with great vividness and accuracy.All in all, not a fun film, but an unforgettable one.
Jason M (jp) wrote: Decent comedic timing makes a passable movie.
Kevin P (gb) wrote: Al Pacino slaapwandelt zich door een veel te makkelijke rol voor de legendarische acteur die omringt wordt door overdreven poetische scnes die meer inhoud moet bevatten dan ze eigenlijk hebben. Ook een dieptepunt is een ronduit irritant Harmony Korine, die zijn rol je doet twijfelen of iemand enige vertrouwen had in het project.