Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Six different stories set in different times in the past, present and future feature the human quest to rebel against authority in various forms, a lawyer finding his humanity through a slave, a composer his equality to his mentor, a reporter fighting a corrupt system, an old man's fight for freedom, an artificial slave fight for justice and a man's quest for courage against tyranny. Though some stories are better than others, the film suffers because of the mix and match of different styles and genres.
Based on the novel by David Mitchell, the audacity of the filmmakers deserve utmost respect and admiration but the film ultimately fails because of the monumental ambition involved. While there are brilliant parts and magical moments, it doesn't add up altogether with convoluted message works better in the trailer than in the film itself. The tech aspects are first rate but the film's cast equals its ambition where the same actors play several characters with mixed but never-the-less entertaining results.
The ensemble cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon amongst others. The actors shine in some sequences but fail in others. 1001 Films' coverage of current releases.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Directing duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a successful adaptation of the TV series that's utterly entertaining. A pair of rookie undercover cops are sent back to a high school to catch a drug dealer with hilarious consequences. Popular TV shows that are dated can be tricky to adapt to the big screen but Lord and Miller along with their talented team managed to hit the right notes that's a fresh take. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum stars with hilarious performances that's tailor made for their talents. They also produced the film while Hill collaborated on the script with writer Michael Bacall. The supporting cast includes Ice Cube and Dave Franco along with some surprise guests. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tate Donovan, Scoot McNairy and Clea DuVall amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of current releases.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Director Matthew Akers made his feature debut with this fascinating documentary with co-director Jeff Dupre. A portrait of performance artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Akers and Dupre deliver an effective film with the use of archival footage, interviews and footage of her live performance at MOMA that gives context and insight into the mind of an artist. Abramovic is present throughout the film which makes the film more compelling. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.