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Kyle H (kr) wrote: Upon watching Steve Rash's 2012 film Crooked Arrows, I was blown away. More specifically, I was shocked by how awful this movie was. For trying to sell itself as an original movie about a less than mainstream sport, the sole fragment of originality is that it's the only recent large scale movie about lacrosse. With a variety of shoddy characteristics, a clich storyline, and derogatory stereotypical racism, Crooked Arrows does not live up to its expectations. Set in present day New York, the heart of lacrosse country, a falling apart Native American based high school team appears to have no way to climb out of the depths of their dismal start to the season. In a (much) less than surprising turn of events (dare I warn you with a spoiler alert?), the team starts to find success. Examining the elements of this film, the acting, line delivery, and script all leave much to be desired. Seemingly out of place expressions and sloppy timing are rampant, and combining the two with a basic and cheesy script certainly does not disguise the subpar acting. What could have been an enthralling and powerful storyline is instead received less than half-heartedly as a shallow and ironic joke. Everything that is intended to be serious and filled with emotion comes off as empty and unintentionally laughable. Additionally, just when you think this movie can't possibly get any more clichd, it does. There are three different instances of "unexpected" heroins; the interest conflicted coach, weak-link player, and impossibly dilapidated team that all exemplify the overused and groan worthy triumph that is the zero-to-hero. If you just cannot get enough of the rags-to-riches or worst-to-first storyline, this movie is for you. In many ways this film resembles a lacrosse version of Remember The Titans or We Are Marshall, except worse. I could manage to bear a clich filled movie if it was at least presented in a creative and compelling way like those two films. As far as direction is concerned, a dismal performance is more than a compliment. Not only is the opening scene of ancestral Native American lacrosse a poor representation of that culture, its oversimplification for the movie's purposes serves more as an insult to Native American people than as a bridge to the rest of the film. No, Steve Rash, simply dressing a few actors with war paint on their faces and sending them howling after a ball is not a very effective transition scene, especially when the players' devotion throughout the rest of the movie is disposed towards honoring their own people's history. Throughout the movie typical stereotypes are presented, from Maug, described as a savage that can "catch and eat a deer with his bare hands", to the wise elder stereotype with character Crooked Arrow. The offensive oversimplification of important history and unoriginality of not even slightly moving away from the most common stereotypes does not impress. If you could not already tell, I would not highly recommend this film. Poor movie characteristics and a superficially clichd plot combined with racism towards Native Americans do not make a recipe for success, and is especially not worthy of your valuable 105 minutes. Take your time elsewhere, anywhere else.
Eric H (gb) wrote: It really pains me to say this, but A Good Day to Die Hard is a muddled, frustrating affair. As good as Bruce Willis continues to be as John McClane, and as fun as the action sequences are, it clashes with ugly cinematography, an unremarkable premise, and a VERY vanilla performance by Jai Courtney, with Willis often having to be pushed to the back. As it stands it's an okay action film, but it's the weak link in the Die Hard chain.
Joel G (ag) wrote: The film Gran Torino is the complete embodiment of a Drama. Clint Eastwood has done something that no one has done. Hell, I watched an 80-year-old Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, take a bubble bath and I didn't bat an eye. What he did was make a fictional tale about the current state of America from the point of view of a racist old war veteran. And who better to play a racist war hero none other than the Director and writer himself, the legend in his own right, Clint Eastwood. To myself, I just have to wonder how an 80-year-old man made this epic tale. He includes even his whole life and his story into this character up until the closing credits. He captures you with the raw truth of this world in a way that you could never imagine, through the eyes of a racist old man. So in a way he made a movie about the world through Clint Eastwood's eyes.The character this tale surrounds is Clint Eastwood's character, Walt Kowalski. However, it's not just Walt that embodies this world it's also the characters that surround him. He starts the movie as a racist old Polish-American man set in his ways. Unbeknownst to him he will make the transition into selfless hero. Each person he meets along the way helps him see the world he once knew a bit more clearly. And I must say again Clint Eastwood wrote this movie and directed so the avenues he takes to prove his powerful point seems bizarre in the fact that you forget Clint Eastwood for a bit and picture Walt. Walt is a man who fought in the Vietnam war and killed many Vietnamese soldiers because he was ordered too and because he had too. He lets the viewer constantly know that he hated it. Fast forward through all the pains of war, a movie in and of itself. He comes back to America and marries the Girl of his dreams, Dorothy. They have a beautiful traditional life together and they have two sons, Steve and Mitch. He worked in a ford factory, there in the motor city of Detroit, Michigan, inadvertently giving his sons a privileged life he can never relate to. And as he gets old and his wife dies he loses the one human being who truly gets him, Dorothy. The time is now, the millennial era, Walt is standing at his wife's funeral watching as his family file into rows with utter disgust. His grandchildren showed little to no respect for their grandmother's funeral. For example, his eldest granddaughter wore a halter top. This was just an opening example that he had a genuine hate for everything disrespectful no matter what race. When he refers to any white person he meets throughout the film he calls the Irish and Italian slurs. But his true connection is shown when he becomes a father like figure to a Hmong boy named Thao. The truly amazing part of this tale was that Walt thought Thao looked like a young Vietnamese boy who he shot cold bloodily during the war. In one of the beginning scenes of the movie Walt held a gun to Thao's head, He must have had a flashback of the war. This instance in the movie was due the fact that Thao was told by his Cousin's Gang to rob Walt's Gran Torino, his most prized possession. The Torino was built straight off the line in a Ford Factory Walt worked at. And this car has been admired by many throughout the movie, from his Granddaughter to the gangs and everyone in between. Now back to Thao's influence on Walt's life. Thao is a young man around high school to college age with no ambition or motivation. He is rather easily talked to by a gang into stealing Walt's car. And if not for Walt scaring him away with his gun, the whole situation would have turned out quite differently. After that incident Thao rejected the gang and was put into a situation where he was saved by Walt, who scared the gang away with a gun. Thao's Hmong family, who were so thankful, brought Walt into their family as well as have Thao work off the damage he's done for stealing his car. During this time, they grow a bond that Walt describes towards the end of the movie as one he's never had, a father son bond. After Thao's service is done Walt still keeps him under his wing as well as becoming more acquainted with Hmong. Even learning that they fought on the same side during the Vietnamese War.Without spoiling the beautiful ending, I will describe the one powerful plot lines that take place before the touching end. It's the day Walt gets Thao a job and some tools. Their day's journey begins with Walt taking Thao to become a man by showing him how men talk at Barbershops, they used racial slurs in the nicest way possible to someone different. Next he got a construction Job with a Union. And from my knowledge that is very hard to get unless you have connections. Finally, he brought him some tools on a loan that Thao would pay him back. Thao thankfully takes this new motivation in life and works towards a better future. I will not speak on what happens next to not spoil this film for anybody that did not watch it yet. By the way, please watch this film. For those who don't know what that sequence of scenes showed, it showed Walt truly gaining a son who he felt a connection to. Not to say anything bad about his own children, even though Clint Eastwood gave his son Scott Eastwood a bit part in this movie. This is Walt gaining a son who looked like the boys he killed in the war and learning to love him like a son. Also this isn't a white savior movie Eastwood, I believe strategically, has his character call himself the "White devil." I can say I've watched this film many times and it has made me appreciate all of Clint Eastwood's other movies. It's a spaghetti western situated in Detroit Michigan during the year 2008. He brought his entire career into this movie the action, the drama, and he even sings the closing credits; an ode to his career in Jazz music. Even though this film could've been the ultimate form of self-gratification from Clint, I believe this is the ultimate form of Art from a man who's had a career as hard as stone.
Zachary B (jp) wrote: Great location and film, but little else. Story was interesting but dragged on and on. Attempt at emotional ending certainly failed.
Private U (ca) wrote: You just can't go wrong w/ maestro Zeffirelli
Ali M (kr) wrote: The dreadful plight of illegal immigrants to the U.K. has been highlighted in a number of films, including Michael Winterbottom's 'In This World' and Channel 4's miniseries 'Sex Traffic'. While Nick Broomfield was motivated by the tragedy of the deaths of Chinese cockle-pickers in Morecombe Bay to abandon his normal style (of self-led investigative documentary) to film a dramatic reconstruction of their story.
Katy T (ag) wrote: Stephen Dorff as Candy Darling is quite amusing. And I love Lili Taylor.
Luis G (fr) wrote: beautiful, really beautiful images
Deenie C (jp) wrote: If you enjoy "freeing your mind," then watch Eraserhead -- and most likely, you will watch it several times, gaining new and creepy perspectives with each viewing. An unsettling and disturbing masterpiece.
Robben M (jp) wrote: I lied. This film is brilliant. Ken Russell has converted me. I now sternly believe that Russell is not only one of the most influential filmmakers of the 21st century, but probably one of the most important. I'm probably insane for saying that, especially for LISZTOMANIA, but as they say, "time kills critics, my dear."
Ilsa L (fr) wrote: While the inevitable comparisons have been made of this movie to "Bonnie and Clyde", "Boxcar Bertha" is an entertaining movie in its own right and is well worth watching.
Hunny S (mx) wrote: a very strange film...
Byron B (ca) wrote: nominated for best picture by NBR and at oscars
Bily T (br) wrote: How To Train Your Dragon is an okay movie I wouldn't say it's the best DreamWorks movie like what everyone says about it but it's no way the worst as they have been worse DreamWorks films before.This film has a good story not DreamWorks good but just good, a good set of characters, a great set of cast members, as always for DreamWorks amazingly done animation, some funny jokes and a great soundtrack.But problems with the film is that the story is a bit cliched I mean not all of the film has cliches but most of the time there was some cliched. Another problem is that not all the jokes were that funny I mean there are some funny jokes but not all of them hit my mark like how they should do but they just don't and I don't get that.Now that I've now finally have seen all the 2010 DreamWorks animated films I have to say that I find Megamind as my favourite from DreamWorks that year How to Train Your Dragon is in the middle and Shrek forever after is the worst from the year.Now if I would recommend you watching it or not is a really hard thing to think about I mean if you are a fan of DreamWorks you can give it a shot, fans of Dragons in general can have a go, any fans of the original book the film is based on they can have a shot too but if anyone is not those kind of people then this isn't the movie for you.I give How to Train Your Dragon a 7.5 out of 10 not a terrible movie but is not a good movie if you want to watch it I'd give it at least one watch before giving your own thoughts on it.
Kelly F (ca) wrote: nice movie. nothing great, but cute. the kind you watch when you're working on a weeknight at home.