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Orhan D (us) wrote: Dervi? Zaim is the most terrific director of the Turkey.
Jordan R (br) wrote: His first film is Murderball,? the 2005 documentary about competitive rugby played by paraplegics. His new film is Monogamy,? a feature about a couple on the verge of marriage and a husband-to-be with a bad case of cold feet. Synonymous titles are not the only thing Dana Adam Shapiro(TM)s movies have in common. They(TM)re both excellent. Rashida Jones and Chris Messina star as Nat and Theo, a soon to be married-couple living in downtown Manhattan. When Theo is not shooting wedding photos, he has a side gig he calls Gumshoot. People hire him to follow them surreptitiously and take random pictures. One day he receives an e-mail from Subgirl, a hot blond whose private pleasures can sometimes be seen in public. Reviewing his photos of the girl, Theo is reminded of the lack of intimacy between himself and his bride to be. With Monogamy,? Shapiro was aiming for what he calls a European-style relationship drama combined with a De Palma thriller and amateur YouTube-style porn. That(TM)s mostly what you get with the new movie, but without the explicit content. Often the biggest challenge for a filmmaker switching from documentary to drama is working with actors. Shapiro deftly manages his cast, eliciting a performance from Rashida Jones that is eminently superior to previous work in forgettable studio movies like Cop Out.? In Monogamy,? she is natural and never reaching; slipping easily into the role of an everyday girl with everyday concerns. As strong as she is, her character is subordinate to Messina(TM)s as he stalks Subgirl with mounting temptation. Much of his work is done solo, watching and soon obsessing over her extracurricular activities. The expression on his face seems neutral, but there is no mistaking what is going through his mind. Not just an actor(TM)s director, Shapiro demonstrates canny shot selection and smooth editing in his montage sequences. The scene in which Theo photographs Subgirl in the park is captivating, escalating and purely cinematic. Doug Emmett(TM)s camera floats freely through dingy bars in long, uninterrupted takes. His nighttime streets are saturated black with pools of incandescence, and his daytime sidewalks are peopled not with extras but everyday pedestrians. As good as it is, Monogamy? is not without its weak points. Do people often hire someone to photograph them unwittingly? And the unexpected plot twist concerning Subgirl disappoints with an affirmation of the conventional. Quibbling aside, Monogamy? is everything it sets out to be. The dialogue scenes are sincere and smack of reality, the characters and places feel like ones we know and when the talking stops, montage sequences open up the movie, providing a compelling narrative kick. Nothing much is at stake in Monogamy,? but it is a fine character piece exquisitely told. For Dana Adam Shapiro, it is a first feature that augers a promising career to come.*** (out of four)
Jason W (fr) wrote: A few funny parts, kids liked it mostly. I couldn't get over that all the cows, even the males, had big jiggly udders. Disturbing.
Jessyca F (ru) wrote: Great acting I must say, but I'm not very fond of cheap freudianism and excessive zooming.
Tyler S (us) wrote: Matt Damon can do comedy. Not a bad little film here. An interesting premise as two brothers are literally stuck together. They travel to Los Angeles in search of an acting career and get involved in some pretty funny situations. Nice cameos from Cher and Meryl Streep.
Jacob R (mx) wrote: It's no Life of Brian but its far from being Little Nicky.
Alex I (de) wrote: Least menacing child ever.
James M (br) wrote: Top Gun meet your brother Days Of Thunder---Cruise trades in Flight Suit for Racing suit !!!!
Matt M (mx) wrote: A blood drenched love triangle based among a group of Australian skinhead between the leader of the neo-Nazi group, his best friend and an epileptic helpless girl. Violence and tension, as well as a powerful performance by Crowe. However, it's hard to emotionally connect with this film until the final sequences.
Tristan W (gb) wrote: I enjoyed age of extinction! I really like it! Why do hate it!?
Scott A (ag) wrote: Oddly very entertaining. Its like WWE, Survivor and SAW mixed together. Some bad acting is expected and if memory serves, the ending kind of sucks.