When a gold ingot and a severed human head are discovered in a small provincial town, the rush to solve the curious case wavers between tragic and darkly humorous in this defiantly original film from Linda Linda Linda director Nobuhiro Yamashita. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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Matthew P (ag) wrote: A film like The Open Road isn't one that you watch for the beginning or conclusion. The beginning is there to set up some reason for the characters to hit the road, while the ending is something that you are going to be able to figure out after about 15 minutes have passed. You're watching a film like this one for two reasons: The characters, and the situations in the middle of the film that the characters get into. There are three main characters in The Open Road. The first is Justin Timberlake playing minor-league baseball player Carlton Garrett. His father is played by Jeff Bridges, and acts as the antagonist of the film. He's not a villain, but he antagonizes everyone else. The final major character of the film is Carlton's ex-girlfriend Lucy, played by Kate Mara. The beginning of the film sets up the plot. Carlton's mother (Mary Steenburgen) is in hospital with some illness, and requires surgery. She is refusing to sign the necessary forms that will allow the doctor's to perform the surgery. She tells Carlton to find his father -- a man he hasn't seen in years -- and bring him to her; she'll sign the forms when this happens. Carlton and Lucy take off to find Kyle Garrett, a retired professional baseball player. They find him fast enough, many states away, but after losing his wallet, they trio have to drive back to Carlton's ailing mother. Kyle doesn't want to go, for numerous reasons, while Carlton and Lucy are determined to get him there. And if you think you know exactly how the story ends just from reading the review so far, you are probably correct. But that doesn't really matter. What does matter is the interactions the characters have with one another, and also the events that occur in-between these interactions. If both are interesting, the movie will be more or less just as entertaining, because you won't be thinking about the plot. You'll be living in the moment, and if you enjoy that, any predictability will fail to matter. Unfortunately, the latter part of this isn't really present in The Open Road. I did enjoy the interactions between the characters though. Each character has numerous problems with the others, and these problems each get explored in-depth. However, the events that occur while on the road are less interesting. They primarily consist of Kyle attempting to ditch Carlton and Lucy, often resulting with him ending up in a bar or hotel. It gets tiring quickly, especially with the lack of variation given. Performances in this film were mixed, and not just with the differing actors. Timberlake does a decent job in some parts of the film, but in others he seemed out of his element. Jeff Bridges also suffers from this, and while he isn't as inconsistent as Timberlake, there are scenes where he didn't seem to care about the production. The supporting cast is better, possibly due to us not getting to see them as often. Something that I believe I should make clear is that I do not view this as a comedy -- not one bit. There was not a single moment in the film that made me laugh, and I'm someone who really enjoys independent comedies. It's a road film, yes, and that often makes it seem like a comedy right off the bat, but don't go into the film expecting a comedy, despite what it might claim. You do get your typical awkward dialogue, but it doesn't result in much, and it isn't funny. If I do have one major complaint about The Open Road, it's the fact that it is highly predictable. Now, this doesn't detract from how enjoyable it is, but it does make it just another run-of-the-mill road films. Had it decided to go a different route with its conclusion, it would have ended up being more memorable and recommendable, just because it has that surprise factor. But yes, you are likely to guess exactly how it ends, and how certain character arcs are resolved. The Open Road is a film where you know how the overall plot is going to turn out -- or at least, you can make a pretty solid guess -- but the journey, not the destination, makes the film. In this case, the characters and their interactions are fun, but the situations that they get themselves into are not. It's uninspired, and frankly somewhat boring. It's not a bad film by any means, but not one that you need to rush out and see either. It's decent, but lacking in entertainment or enjoyment, and contains average acting and an unfunny script.
James H (br) wrote: Two of the greatest kill seems ever.
Christina E (br) wrote: An absolute MUST SEE movie!!!! Possibly the best Sherwood has made so far. Amazing story! Much better acting! Decent action sequences! Makes you laugh, makes you cry, and challenges your heart. I love this movie! I can't wait to see what this church does next. God has really used their movie ministry in a powerful way! Compared to a lot of the trash Hollywood dishes out in a year, this movie is a great relief to see. This movie does not contain a perfect plot. This movie does not contain top-notch Hollywood actors. What this movie does have is power. It targets a key current issue in America. We need fathers that will rise up and lead their families as a godly example. Be COURAGEOUS!
Ally C (us) wrote: Telstar: The Joe Meek Story is an odd film to be made given the slightly limited nature of its subject. If you know of Joe Meek, the mercurial producer and 'British Phil Spector', your curiosity will be piqued with a slight possibility of disappointment. If you don't know who he is, the likelihood id, you won't bother. Given mixd reviews on release, Telstar is a fine piece of British filmmaking benefitting from an energetic performance from its eponymous anti=hero played by Con O'Neill. Telstar was the name of a number one record by the Tornadoes, produced by Joe Meek in 1962. It was named after the first satellite to relay television signals in the early sixties and this fact is a neat metaphor for Meek himself, a mediator between his musicians and the signals and tones he managed to produce and the audience he attained to sell his product to. Meek is shown as a typical rags to riches to rags again character and the film falls into over-dramatising some scenes involving his fall with some shoddy acting and unnecessary scenes. In truth, the film could have been half an hour shorter but the scenes involving Meek and his band The Tornadoes' rise to fame and his subsequent descent into mental and financial meltdown are fantastic. Kudos goes to James Corden and most of the supporting cast, especially Tom Burke as Meek's co-songwriter Geoff Goddard who tries in vain to vie for Meek's affections throughout the film. JJ Field's 'Heinz' is a let down although the character was poorly written and Meek's attachment to him never really becomes believable. Telstar is O'Neill's film however and his performance is staggering. A pilgrimage to 304 Holloway road is worthwhile as you look up at the black plaque commemorating Meek and imagine the insanity and the great music that came from behind its walls.
Aaron H (br) wrote: As a composer of "experimental" music earlier in my life, I could relate to just about every aspect of the Adam Goldberg character's life (except for the sexual relationship with a beautiful art gallery owner). The sparse crowds, resentful performers and moneyed "fauxhemians" in particular resonated with me. I also enjoyed other quirky touches, especially the unnamed bass clarinetist, simply called "The Clarinet." My own studies in composition came to an abrupt end when my work turned toward lampooning "experimental" music, something that the composition department at my school didn't look upon kindly.
Cain L (mx) wrote: Fine, off putting at some points, but still genuinely entertaining comedy film.
Eugene B (de) wrote: Glistened by Daniel Day-Lewis' flawless performance, the film undertakes a greed-driven story under the light of an oil-boom-era and turns it into an eerie sensation. There Will Be Blood is upheld by Paul Thomas' Anderson's masterful direction, disturbingly-powerful score and once again, Daniel's stroke of genius, which is still considered one of the actor's more recognizable pieces of work. 4/5
Maryla M (it) wrote: This is a movie that shows hardly any violence or blood but still remains tense and scary.
Zach T (nl) wrote: Intense and amazing, Tokyo Godfathers is a heart-warming and thought-provoking film. And damn, Kiyoko is a miracle baby!
Bill P (de) wrote: Stupid, but hilarious
Tian L (es) wrote: far inferior to the original - incoherent, unexciting fights. craps all over my childhood memories.
Jojo H (au) wrote: This movie is pretty bad, but it is one of my guilty pleasures because there is actually a bit of enjoyment to be had in this film if you don't take it too seriously.
Jason M (it) wrote: Interesting example of a good film adaptation of terrible and abstract source material. You have to be a fan of William S. Burroughs to enjoy this adaptation of his 1959 novel. The novel was meant to be non-linear and abstract, weaving various drug-induced visions together into a novel. Somewhat similar to Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, where the story is largely non-sensical. I am not a fan of the story, but tolerated the film adaptation for David Cronenberg's recreation of creatures. The film's disastrous financial performance of $2-3M at box office upon an over $17M budget is very much what it deserves, so I thought I would go easy on it's rating by giving it a generous 6/10 solely for its adaptation. However as a film to recommend to others to see, I would give this a generous 4/10. The average of these ratings is 5/10.
Luciano J (us) wrote: Mais interessante como registro histrico mesmo...
Eddie B (nl) wrote: It's funny how future Jason writers are pretending this movie never existed... and they're doing the right thing.
Bob L (ag) wrote: Joshua acts in an illogical manner.
Jeffrey H (au) wrote: Ahh the American spirit of winning no matter what the cost. This doc really gives a glimpse at the topic of political consulting and its true cost. If nothing else, interesting to see the process and results of failed strategy but sadness from what resulted.
Michael M (au) wrote: A stupid boy one has no empathy for (because he's an idiot) and little to no chemistry between the actors. Stunned at the positive reviews for this.