Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada) does give a very emotion filled performance, of course that got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. I didn’t realize she was capable of such a role. Playing a drug addict coming home for her sisters wedding, the tension starts right away in the family. She struggles to stay clean and be a part of the family again.

Directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), the film has a very raw down home feel. Some of the scenes go on a bit to long, such as the scene where everybody gets up and does there dedication to the couple, the toast scene at the table and even at the end of the movie once everything is wrapped up…the wedding scene goes a bit long. However, it is not to say that I really dislike them that way, in face it may be a necessary breather throughout the film since there are very intense and uncomfortable scenes throughout. And it may ad to the toast scene with everyone giving their “on par” toasts….then it is Kim’s turn and you feel for her that much more when she gives her toast.

Of course the highlight of the film is Anne Hathaway’s performance, overall this is a very good film. Probably not one to watch over and over for smiles, but for great acting and film making, this is a good film to choose to see.

Goldfinger

Goldfinger

It is hard to believe this movie is 45 years old now. James Bond, by far the longest running franchise in movie history. Goldfinger is one of my top James Bond films. In many ways, I think this one is what really jump started everything to come. This is the movie that introduced the mini adventures, nothing pertaining to the plot of the movie to come. In my opinion, this is also the film that brings the Bond villains and Bond girls to the forefront.

Gert Frobe (The Longest Day) makes a great Goldfinger, even though not speaking a word of english. All of his lines were dubbed in at a later point. Harold Sakata plays a villain with the over the top abilities similar to Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. And who can forget one of the most popular Bond girls ever, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore.
Everyone knows the plot to this, Auric Goldfinger tries to break into Fort Knox. Seeing this on bluray was like seeing it again for the first time for me. Some purists often think you need to see the movies with the original mono soundtrack, as for myself, I love seeing older movies with the updated Dolby Digital soundtracks. As with most bluray releases, the colors are very vibrant and blacks hold up very nicely, especially in the opening sequence with Bond swimming ashore with the bird on his head.

I am a huge Bond fan, but if I were to recommend Bond movies to non Bond fans, this would be on my list as one of the ones to see. This is Bond at his best!

Taken

Taken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken is a great action packed espionage film. I am guessing everyone has seen the trailers or TV commercials, so it is no big secret what the plot is. Bryan Mills’ daughter is kidnapped, and he goes to rescue her…and as he puts it “I will find you. I will  kill you.” The only thing I can think of to compare this to is Casino Royale. Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) character has the same ruthlessness and quick violent attitude as Daniel Craig as James Bond. Liam Neeson is perfectly cast in this role and delivers everything you’d expect.

Watching this on blu-ray, the picture looks great. The colors are rich and the night scenes are especially good with the blacks being…well…actually black. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the director’s cut and what I remember from the theatre, no significant scenes or anything that adds much to what was already there. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes their heroes to be human and with a bit of an edge to them. This one is worth catching for sure.