Russell Peters: Notorious
Now watch comedy rockstar, Russell Peters up-close and personal with his new act and his trademark lightening fast improv with all new material as part of his Notorious World Tour 2013.
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David W (es) wrote: It's surprisingly more entertaining than the others. Still stupid
Adam E (nl) wrote: The only reason this gets half a star is for a semi humorous flashdance sequance and the fact it has boobs in it and a wee bit of blood. There really is nothing else to recommend to people from this movie. Low budget and it feels it. The acting is awfull all the way through, the gore is nothing special and the boobs are well boobs i guess. Good but you can see boobs anywhere it seems now! The story is tripe. instead of it been set in one site and only happening to tourists or waylaid travellors they decide to move the procedings on the road. This makes no difference as the same poor jokes and awfull acting ensue. The original had a sense of fun about it and some quality scenes. This is essentially the same minus the fun parts. There really is no need to watch this if you have seen the first.
Shehryar R (kr) wrote: Little Miss Sunshine begins with Greg Kinnear's character stating that "there are two kinds of people in this world: winners and losers." This sort of optimism assumes that life is in someway perfectible, and is the foundation the institutions in the Western world, but especially in the United States. The Protestant work ethic that is central to the American mythos states that it is hard work and discipline that guarantee one's salvation. Even divorced from its religious origins the American brand of capitalism still is based on the premise that anyone is capable of success if they work hard enough to achieve it. However this also has the effect of marginalizing those who do not succeed and compounds their misery by stating that their discomfort is deserved since they must be incompetent or unmotivated. Little Miss Sunshine chronicles a dysfunctional family's journey to get young Olive Hoover a victory at a child beauty pageant. Little Miss Sunshine challenges the modern notion of success as a path to happiness by providing audience with an alternative message: to find happiness even when losing. Each character strives to find a specific vision of success associated with certain ideologies or social roles. In the first two minutes of the film, the father of the household, Richard Hoover, pitches his self-help program, "9 Steps to Success", to an audience with unswerving reverence to the idea that "there are two kinds of people in this world: winners and losers" but that "inside each and everyone... is a winner waiting to be awakened". Richard in effect strives for the capitalist vision of success: not only is he an entrepreneur taking risks and willing to engage in competition to find success but the service he is trying to sell, motivational speaking, capitalizes on aspirations for self-improvement. Richard's conformist views are contrasted with his son's unorthodoxy. Dwayne envisions success as Friedrich Nietzsche imagined it: as an ubermench (in English it is often rendered as "overman"). Dwayne can be seen reading Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra in the opening sequence, he has a large portrait of Nietzsche in his bedroom and can even be seen wearing a shirt with "Jesus was wrong" written across; a reference to Nietzsche's quote "God is dead". Dwayne embodies the Dionysian spirit as he rejects the order thrust upon him by society as he despises the mundane life of his household and his determination to find glory surfaces in his constant exercise as a means of self-enhancement. He strives to join the Air Force Academy above all else, even keeping a vow of silence until he enters it and learns to fly over everyone else, literally become a person who is "over man". Sheryl Hoover at first glance embodies the ideal modern mother. She is the primary source of income for the family as Richard's life coach business is yet to take off and she also seems to have considerable influence over decision making in the household. She at the same time is a nurturing and open minded mother willing to explain difficult concepts to her daughter, Olive, such as suicide and homosexuality. Frank Ginsberg embodies intellectual success, as he is the self-proclaimed "preeminent scholar" of Marcel Proust. However the film reveals that upon inspection all the family members have trouble sustaining or attaining their success, causing them immense sadness and frustration.This contrast is captured in the opening title sequence, which features Frank frowning, looking pale and sickly, and wearing a hospital gown in artificial and gloomy lighting juxtaposed with the title Little Miss Sunshine. Frank in spite of being on the surface very successful as a scholar is suicidal and "deeply unhappy" as he had a breakup with a younger man and in the resulting turmoil he lost his job, his title of preeminent Proust scholar and the affection of his ex-boyfriend to his rival. He reveals all of this to Olive while eating lunch with the rest of the family uncomfortably listening, allowing family tensions to surface revealing a family unit that is wholly dysfunctional. The uncomfortable discussion matter was juxtaposed with the warm sepia tones of the household and the bright natural lighting. The film challenges the other archetypes of success as well. The image of a kind hardworking mother gives way to Sheryl's barely contained frustration with the other members of the household. Sheryl is shown trying to sustain a strained relationship with her husband, Richard. Richard himself despite raving continually about success is projecting his insecurities because he is a failure as he doesn't have a stable job and instead of being a motivational speaker his speeches tend to be abrasive and preachy. It is only when his books were declared unpublishable that he hesitates to discuss success and because he ill-equipped to handle disappointment he starts becoming self-loathing and bitter for the remainder of the film. Dwayne is shown being dedicated and steadfast to his goal of flying aircraft but at the same time full of angst and anger. This is tension erupted when Dwayne discovered that he could not join the Air Force Academy as he is color blind and went berserk in the rear seat before screaming corrosive things to the rest of the family. All of these events capture the lack of fulfillment these ideologies or social roles have to offer those who subscribe to them. However the film makes the case that family, though imperfect, remedies disappointment through empathy and shared affection. The cheery sunlit hues that omnipresent in the film gives an atmosphere of cheeriness that incongruent with the obscene and sometimes dreadfully depressing moments in the story, but at the same time it highlights the idea of contentment and acceptance. This tension between what society expects from the individual and what the individual desires is played out most spectacularly in Olive. Watching beauty pageants on television it is clear that society expects young girls like Olive to aspire to meet certain standards of beauty. However, Olive unlike most in the rest of her family is driven not primarily by success but by happiness. When given the choice between eating chocolate ice cream and staying thin for her performance at the child beauty pageant, Olive chooses to eat the ice cream because it makes her happy. The film makes her to be ideal girl as she shows no fault in her behavior for majority of the movie as she wasn't seen bickering with the rest of the family and the most troubling events are averted with her expressing her affection for others. However the child beauty pageant is filled with participants that are over sexualized even as children as most put on spray tan, lip-gloss and are extremely thin. Olive, completely ordinary for her age group, is made to feel abnormal when compared to the rest of the participants. However, Olive then satirizes the event by starting a strip tease, as children are allowed to be sexualized in ways that conform to the pageant's taste but overtly sexual themes such as strip teasing demystifies the underlying sexual nature of the event. Olive also chose what made her happy in spite of being kicked out of the event and with her family cheering her on and congratulating her on the way home, accepting her as she chooses to be. Little Miss Sunshine reminds its audience that it is not necessary to find success to find happiness, and that the many of the visions of success given to us by society are often not worth having to begin with or worth defining self-worth through.References:Little Miss Sunshine. By Michael A. Arndt. Prod. Marc Turtletaub. Dir. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Perf. Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, and Toni Collette. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006.
DEE WASH THE KING (de) wrote: A bgeautiful movie about a man who grew up in a boarding house in upstate New York and the woman that unselfishly raised him.
Lee M (mx) wrote: The rich, gorgeous music and the wistful pastoral scenes create a rhapsodic mood that the rest of the film doesn't really sustain. The rest of the film -- a modern-day fable about love and commitment -- is clunkily rendered, clouded by an avalanche of murky symbolism.
Joseph W (kr) wrote: I first watched this in my philosophy class at school & I was shocked by how good it was! Racism is such an important topic & was used extremely well in the film! I thought the black & white sequences were brilliant & Edward Norton did an outstanding job as the lead!
Pauline R (fr) wrote: great story of the great patsy cline
Simon D (us) wrote: It really is quite odd how the Coen brothers have stuck rigidly to their stories of love, betrayal, revenge, and murder. They like to spin a tangled web of romantic deceipt as they did in this, their first film, and many more to follow. It is entertaining, but I'm just surprised that they have made so many films with such similar stories.
Michael W (de) wrote: Avenging angel gains brutal retribution against the drug ring who killed her agent boyfriend. Pam Grier in dominant form; the undisputed queen of the blaxploitation genre. Very similar to Grier's previous film COFFY.
Graham B (mx) wrote: The fifth and fortunately last of the original 'Apes' films.Since Conquest, humanity has destroyed itself in a nuclear apocalypse and Caesar has established a city of apes with the remaining human survivors as second class citizens. After a reconnaissance mission into the nearby forbidden city to seek out recordings of his murdered parents, he attracts the attention of mutant humans who are dwelling in the underground radiated city. The humans follow the apes back to their home and declare to level it killing everyone. Caesar must lead a climatic battle to defend their home against the mutants humans and also against the threat of the war mongering gorillas led by General Aldo, who seeks to rule Ape City for himself.Clearly the storyline barrel has been dredged and there is not much to see here. The poor script and micro budget make it look like what it ultimately is. A feature length pilot for the subsequent TV series. I'm not sure what else the story could have done, but as Beneath and Conquest were unusually good sequels it would have been good to finish on a high note. Alas not the case.
arlyn c (ru) wrote: one of my most favorites have it
Colin S (au) wrote: Fairly basic action vehicle with some great gun fu scenes, with the added twist of the protagonist characters being largely "over the hill", even if the actors who portrayed them don't seem to be so much. Slightly distracting is the concept that Willis and Parker have a romance going on when it seems that he's conceptually old enough to be either her father or grandfather, and sadly Freeman suffers a too-well-worn fate for the token African-American, but this is all forgivable considering the good humour, the chance to see Mirren go nuts with sniper rifles and submachineguns, plus the bonus of Willis in a brutal hand-to-hand with the ever-likeable Urban.
Derek T (es) wrote: Slash and gore is all this was about. Thoughtless plot. So dumb.
Jacqueline M (gb) wrote: Would love to see this movie added to your list
Suraj S (es) wrote: It's not a movie you're going to remember. It is one of those throwaway bland family movies that you can watch just to pass the time.