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January 17, 2011

The American (2010)

IMDB:
The American (2010)

Plot:
An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.




Slow moving deep character study of an assassin and weapons maker was very well executed.

Rating: 6.5

[Viewing Date: 01/11/2011]

Posted by mark at 02:27 PM | Comments (0)

The Fighter (2010)

IMDB:
The Fighter (2010)

Plot:
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.




Christian Bale once again amazes with his ability to totally become the character of Dickie Eklund.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/17/2011]

Posted by mark at 02:21 PM | Comments (0)

Black Swan (2010)

IMDB:
Black Swan (2010)

Plot:
A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan.




Aronofsky's dark tale is not for the squeamish, and I found myself getting impatient for the ending, but the last 20 minutes almost made up for the slow first acts.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 01/16/2011]

Posted by mark at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

Code 46 (2003)

IMDB:
Code 46 (2003)

Plot:
A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.




Slow moving, lackluster tale of no measurable worth.


Rating: 4.5

[Viewing Date: 01/15/2011]

Posted by mark at 01:34 PM | Comments (0)

The Social Network (2010)

IMDB:
The Social Network (2010)

Plot:
A chronicle of the founding of Facebook, the social-networking Web site.




Excellent telling of the founding of Facebook by Fincher, great screenplay, and great performance by Eisenberg.


Rating: 7.5

[Viewing Date: 01/16/2011]

Posted by mark at 01:27 PM | Comments (0)

The Other Guys (2010)

IMDB:
The Other Guys (2010)

Plot:
Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.




Worthless waste of talent and time. Never laughed once. Even Farrell couldn't produce a smile. Wahlberg's house payment. 'nuff said.

Rating: 3

[Viewing Date: 01/16/2011]

Posted by mark at 01:15 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2011

The Vanishing (1988)

IMDB:
The Vanishing (1988)

Plot:
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.




Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/16/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:41 PM | Comments (0)

Go (1999)

IMDB:
Go (1999)

Plot:
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.




Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:39 PM | Comments (0)

Final Destination 3 (2006)

IMDB:
Final Destination 3 (2006)

Plot:
In this third installment of the Final Destination series, a student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself which seeks out those who escaped their fate.




Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:18 PM | Comments (0)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

IMDB:
Brokeback Mountain (2005))

Plot:
Based on the 'E. Annie Proulx' story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.




Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/14/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:16 PM | Comments (0)

Paycheck (2003)

IMDB:
Paycheck (2003)

Plot:
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.




Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/14/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:14 PM | Comments (0)

Dan in Real Life (2007)

IMDB:
Dan in Real Life (2007)

Plot:
A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.





Binoche and Carell have great chemistry in this feel good family fare.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/13/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:11 PM | Comments (0)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

IMDB:
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Plot:
Molly is an uneducated, poor, mountain girl who leaves her mountain cabin in search of a wealthy husband, respect and a better life.





Fabulous musical with Debbie Reynolds in the title role.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/10/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:06 PM | Comments (0)

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

IMDB:
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

Plot:
An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/09/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:03 PM | Comments (0)

The Orphanage (2007)

IMDB:
The Orphanage (2007)

Plot:
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.





Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 06/05/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:00 PM | Comments (0)

Wine for the Confused (TV 2004)

IMDB:
Wine for the Confused (TV 2004)

Plot:
John Cleese introduces wine to the average person with his expected humorous take.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/05/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:57 PM | Comments (0)

The Visitor (2007)

IMDB:
The Visitor (2007)

Plot:
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/05/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:51 PM | Comments (0)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Plot:
Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/22/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:48 PM | Comments (0)

Torn Curtain (1966)

IMDB:
Torn Curtain (1966)

Plot:
An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:46 PM | Comments (0)

Girls Rock! (2007)

IMDB:
Girls Rock! (2007)

Plot:
A documentary about four girls who transform their lives at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:42 PM | Comments (0)

Iron Man (2008)

IMDB:
Iron Man (2008)

Plot:
When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.





Rating: 7.5

[Viewing Date: 05/04/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:41 PM | Comments (0)

Cloverfield (2008)

IMDB:
Cloverfield (2008)

Plot:
Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.





Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 05/03/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:34 PM | Comments (0)

Cloverfield (2008)

IMDB:
Cloverfield (2008)

Plot:
Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.





Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 05/03/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:34 PM | Comments (0)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

IMDB:
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Plot:
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:26 PM | Comments (0)

Vera Cruz (1954)

IMDB:
Vera Cruz (1954)

Plot:
During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.





Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:24 PM | Comments (0)

Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

IMDB:
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

Plot:
A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:08 PM | Comments (0)

November (2004)

IMDB:
November (2004)

Plot:
Sophie Jacobs is going through the most difficult time of her life. Now, she just has to find out if it's real.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:05 PM | Comments (0)

I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

IMDB:
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

Plot:
A married man who daydreams about being with other women finds his will and morals tested after he's visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend.





Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/26/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:01 PM | Comments (0)

The Number 23 (2007)

IMDB:
The Number 23 (2007)

Plot:
Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/21/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:53 PM | Comments (0)

The Band's Visit (2007)

IMDB:
The Band's Visit (2007)

Plot:
A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/17/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:49 PM | Comments (0)

Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

IMDB:
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Plot:
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.





Rating: 6.5

[Viewing Date: 04/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:47 PM | Comments (0)

Return to Paradise (1998)

IMDB:
Return to Paradise (1998)

Plot:
Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.





Rating: 6.5

[Viewing Date: 04/13/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:43 PM | Comments (0)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

IMDB:
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Plot:
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.





Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 04/12/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:41 PM | Comments (0)

Notorious (1946)

IMDB:
Notorious (1946)

Plot:
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?





Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 04/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:27 PM | Comments (0)

January 08, 2011

Thunder Road (1958)

IMDB:
Thunder Road (1958)

Plot:
A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business.





Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:57 PM | Comments (0)

The Satan Bug (1965)

IMDB:
The Satan Bug (1965)

Plot:
A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.





Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:54 PM | Comments (0)

What About Bob? (1991)

IMDB:
What About Bob? (1991)

Plot:
A successful psychiatrist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a highly manipulative obsessive-compulsive, tracks him down during his family vacation.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/07/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:48 PM | Comments (0)

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

IMDB:
A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Plot:
The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/06/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)

Across the Pacific (1942)

IMDB:
Across the Pacific (1942)

Plot:
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz?





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/06/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:41 PM | Comments (0)

The Last Mimzy (2007)

IMDB:
The Last Mimzy (2007)

Plot:
Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/06/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:38 PM | Comments (0)

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

IMDB:
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

Plot:
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/03/2008]

Posted by mark at 01:32 PM | Comments (0)

Captain Blood (1935)

IMDB:
Captain Blood (1935)

Plot:
An enslaved doctor and his comrades in chains escape and become pirates of the Robin Hood variety.





Swashbuckling at its best.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/01/2008]

Posted by mark at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2011

Psycho (1960)

IMDB:
Psycho (1960)

Plot:
A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.





Still remains one of the few nearly perfect horror pictures.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 04/02/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:56 PM | Comments (0)

Save the Tiger (1973)

IMDB:
Save the Tiger (1973)

Plot:
A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.





Another great Lemmon performance. Excellent film to watch in preparation for Glengarry Glen Ross.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/30/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:53 PM | Comments (0)

No End in Sight (2007)

IMDB:
No End in Sight (2007)

Plot:
A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.




Great documentary covering the lack of planning and multiple mistakes made before and during the Iraq conflict. One can only mourn the fact that the same lack of end-game planning will seep into Afghanistan. *sigh*

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/30/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:45 PM | Comments (0)

Patterns (1956)

IMDB:
Patterns (1956)

Plot:
When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.




A good treatise on what happens when idealism and enthusiasm meets the cutthroat ruthless reality of the business world.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/30/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:40 PM | Comments (0)

Flesh and Bone (1993)

IMDB:
Flesh and Bone (1993)

Plot:
Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, but when his father returns, old wounds are reopened.




Good work from Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/29/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:36 PM | Comments (0)

Night Nurse (1931)

IMDB:
Night Nurse (1931)

Plot:
A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.




A great pre-Hayes Code film with Barbara Stanwyck playing the title role and Clark Gable as the creep who likes to punch women.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/29/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

High Sierra (1941)

IMDB:
High Sierra (1941)

Plot:
Roy 'Mad Dog' Earle is broken out of prison by an old associate who wants him to help with an upcoming robbery.




Bogart is big time creepy as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/29/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:29 PM | Comments (0)

The Tin Star (1957)

IMDB:
The Tin Star (1957)

Plot:
A cynical ex-sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience, and his gun.




Decent western drama with Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:26 PM | Comments (0)

In Bruges (2008)

IMDB:
In Bruges (2008)

Plot:
Holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.




Excellent crime drama. Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are amazing.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/23/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:23 PM | Comments (0)

Holes (2003)

IMDB:
Holes (2003)

Plot:
A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.




Fun but scary kid's romp.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/16/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:20 PM | Comments (0)

January 05, 2011

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

IMDB:
The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Plot:
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.




Gregory Peck's performance against type as a Nazi is sublime.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:13 PM | Comments (0)

True Grit (1969)

IMDB:
True Grit (1969)

Plot:
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.




"That's mighty bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!"

:)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/13/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:08 PM | Comments (0)

Marathon Man (1976)

IMDB:
Marathon Man (1976)

Plot:
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.




"Is it safe?"

Never was so chilling a question asked!

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

30 Days of Night (2007)

IMDB:
30 Days of Night (2007)

Plot:
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.




This is one of my favorite dark demon films. The arctic setting is perfect.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:03 PM | Comments (0)

Libel (1959)

IMDB:
Libel (1959)

Plot:
A California commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interviews with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, that he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney. The Canadian, the baronet, and the actor were all prisoners in the same German camp during the war and escaped together. One of them disappeared during the escape. Was he Sir Mark or Welney?





Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

Trial (1955)

IMDB:
Trial (1955)

Plot:
The story of a murder trial where a Mexican boy is accused of the death of a Caucasian girl. The two-faced attorney (Arthur Kennedy) who takes the boy's case is only interested in defending him so he can exploit his Communist-backed organization for their own underhanded purposes. He and his organization bring in an idealistic law professor (Glenn Ford) who agrees to represent the boy in court.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:52 PM | Comments (0)

The Paradine Case (1947)

IMDB:
The Paradine Case (1947)

Plot:
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/07/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:44 PM | Comments (0)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

IMDB:
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Plot:
Myra, a self-styled psychic in London, concocts a scheme to gain celebrity. She convinces Billy, her weak-willed husband, to kidnap the young daughter of wealthy parents. She and Billy will demand money, and then she will go to the parents with extra-sensory messages that will help the police find the child and the ransom. The plan unfolds beautifully, except that after her first visit to the parents, the police want to check her out. He's scared. As her delusions worsen, Bill realizes Myra may not want the child found alive. Behind it all is also the death at birth, years before, of their only child, whom they've named Arthur and who is Myra's contact with the beyond.




Fantastic, creepy thriller!!!


Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 03/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

The Talk of the Town (1942)

IMDB:
The Talk of the Town (1942)

Plot:
An escaped political prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.




Great fun with Cary Grant and company.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/05/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)

On the Beach (1959)

IMDB:
On the Beach (1959)

Plot:
The residents of Australia after a global nuclear war must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.




Decent post-apocalyptic war theme.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/04/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:13 PM | Comments (0)

A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

IMDB:
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

Plot:
The Roxbury Guys, Steve and Doug Butabi, want to get into the best club in town, and also hope to open their own club. Vivica, a gold-digging supermodel, and her friend Cambi try to work the Roxbury Guys for their money, only to find out the pair is broke.




The nightclub scenes alone keep the smile on my face.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/03/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:10 PM | Comments (0)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

IMDB: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Plot:
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.





Slow paced, yet sublime story of the historic event. Affleck and Pitt both do an excellent job.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/02/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:08 PM | Comments (0)

Frenzy (1972)

IMDB: Frenzy (1972)

Plot:
A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he's the wrong man.




Summary says it all, shot magnificently with the expert eye of Hitchcock of course.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/01/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:31 PM | Comments (0)

The African Queen (1951)

IMDB: The African Queen (1951)

Plot:
In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.




Classic Bogart/Hepburn action romance continues to please with every re-visit.


Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 02/26/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:25 PM | Comments (0)

The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

IMDB: The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

Plot:
A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's an explosion. NASA loses contact for two minutes, but the pair are rescued and safely returned to Earth. Eventually it becomes evident that neither of the astronauts are quite the same.





Decent slow burn suspense flick.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/28/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:15 PM | Comments (0)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

IMDB: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Plot:
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.





Gives a whole new meaning to blue blood.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/24/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:12 PM | Comments (0)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

IMDB: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Plot:
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.





Amazing tale of man facing the challenge of his own body's disability.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/28/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:17 PM | Comments (0)

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

IMDB: In the Valley of Elah (2007)

Plot:
A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.




Excellent work by Tommy Lee Jones in this story of the dangers soliders face even off the battlefield.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/20/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:03 PM | Comments (0)

American Gangster (2007)

IMDB: American Gangster (2007)

Plot:
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.




Another fair Ridley Scott crime film with many of the usual suspects.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/19/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:44 PM | Comments (0)

Michael Clayton (2007)

IMDB: Michael Clayton (2007)

Plot:
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.




Excellent cast, great story, well directed script. Who could ask for any more.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/19/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:36 PM | Comments (0)

Ella Enchanted (2004)

IMDB: Ella Enchanted (2004)

Plot:
Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.





What can I say, I love Anne Hathaway.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/17/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:33 PM | Comments (0)

Off the Black (2006)

IMDB: Off the Black (2006)

Plot:
An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nolte) gets a younger friend (Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.





Another great performance by Nick Nolte, somewhat typecast, but still enjoyable.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/17/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:27 PM | Comments (0)

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

IMDB: Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Plot:
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel.




Fine directorial debut of Ben Affleck, good acting from his brother Casey, and great performance as an unsympathetic mother given by Amy Ryan.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/17/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:19 PM | Comments (0)