Before I started watching this movie people were telling me that this is a boring film and that it is not that good. I beg to differ. It is a well made film by long time director Brian DePalma. The film is filled with pretty good performances by a good cast. The Black Dahlia stars Josh Hartnett as detective Bucky Bleichert and Aaron Eckhart as detective Lee Blanchard. Also as the love interest of Lee Blanchard is Scarlet Johansson and in Bucky Bleichert's life is Hilary Swank.
The story takes place during the late 30's to the late 40's during which a gruesome murder of a young girl called the Black Dahlia occurs. Detective Bleichert and Blanchard take the case even though that they usually don't take murder cases and they have to solve the now most notorious unsolved murder in California history. The screenplay for the film is well written using James Ellroy's novel of the same title. The story moves along in a fast pace and it can be a little hard to keep up at first until you get used to it. It is a well plotted mystery with great twist and turns that keep you guessing til the end. All the characters play important roles due to some kind of involvement in this case.
I can understand why people would find it boring because if you can not get used to the pace of the story telling than you will sit there bored to death. It moves a little fast for itself sometimes but overall a great entertainment. I enjoyed the mystery and truly did not know what was going on until the ending credits began rolling. A great mystery definitely worth watching
This movie started off brilliantly just what i had hoped for, humour and action - fantastic. But after that point things became predictable, for an action movie there is too much romance involved. The rolls were carried out amazingly well. But i do hope if there is a third to drop the romance, more action, and please dont let it be as predictable.
I have watched many horror films in my time, and this was more like a comedy. The plot line (if you can call it that) was so predictable. The film itself made no apparent sense. And the camera work could have been made better by a 10 year old.
I would say do not go and see this movie, it's a waste of time and money.
While watching this movie I noticed that it was able to accomplish something some movies couldn't in the short period of time given in the story itself. It allows you to become acquainted with the family the story focuses on quickly but effectively so that when something happens you care about them. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume a father to two boys and husband to the beautiful Kelly Preston. It also stars Garret Hedlund as Billy D. the leader to a gang that is after Nick. Now Aisha Tyler stars in this film as Lt. Wallace and John Goodman is a gun dealer and gives orders to Billy and his thugs.
The film is about Nick Hume's "perfect life" which includes a great job and a loving family, but then in an instant this "perfect life" is taking away from him when his oldest son is killed during a gang initiation. This takes him and throws his life completely out of whack. When he is about to testify against the one who killed his son the lawyer says that they want to scare the defense into a deal that would only get the guy 3 to 5 years in prison. He is not happy with it and decides to not testify and take care of it himself by killing the one that killed his son. By doing this it starts a war with Billy and his gang.
Now that seems like a simple plot and to be truthful it is but the way the story builds the character development so quick and how it pushes the story along it really works. The oldest son is killed not even a half an hour into the film and yet you fell like you had more screen time to get to know him and care that if he gets killed. Kevin Bacon is great in this role and the movie is intense. Some of the action scenes are a little brutal but very effective. The action is almost at the same level of brutal as Running Scared(2006). Its an intense film and I had a great time watching it.
In Hong Kong Auteur Wong Kar-WaiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, Elizabeth, played by singer NORAH JONES, has just been dumped by her boyfriend after a five year relationship and she takes time out at a New York cafÃƒÂ© where she consumes lots of blueberry pie and meets the owner, Jeremy, (JUDE LAW).
After a while she takes off on a trip across the country. In Memphis she encounters a sad policeman, (DAVID STRATHAIRN), and his ex-wife, (RACHEL WEISZ).
And in Nevada thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spaced-out gambler NATALIE PORTMAN.
Watching MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, the first English-language film from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, you wonder if IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE would have seemed as corny as this is if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been able to understand the language.
Seemingly inspired by Wim Wenders, with its Ry Cooder score and its road trip format, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS is both clichÃƒÂ©d and trite.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beautiful in an artificial kind of way. The cinematography is by the great Darius Khondji and Wong is always adept at making the mundane look gorgeous Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and some, not all, of the songs are good, though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a fan of Otis ReddingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Try a Little TendernessÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The acting, too, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad at all. NORAH JONES has a presence which suggests she could make the transition from singer to actor, and DAVID STRATHAIRN and RACHEL WEISZ do what they can with their dialogue. WEISZ is especially impressive in one scene.
MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS was highly anticipated when it opened the Cannes Film Festival last year, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quite a disappointment.
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY is a sequel which picks up the story of Hellboy, played by RON PERLMAN, where the 2004 original left off.
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s working for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence under the supervision of his boss, Tom Manning Ã¢â‚¬â€œ played by HollywoodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answer to John Clark, JEFFREY TAMBOR. His co-workers include his fiery girlfriend Liz, (SELMA BLAIR), who, unknown to him, is pregnant, and the Piscean Abe Sapien, (DOUG JONES).
They are magical creatures who are helping humanity, unlike the evil Prince Nuada, (LUKE GOSS), who wants to assemble three parts of the magical crown which will enable him to summon up the invincible Golden Army.
In between the two Hellboy films, visionary director Guillermo del Toro made PANÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LABYRINTH which was a big success with a wide audience.
Probably the people who loved the invention and soaring imagination of that film wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be attracted to HELLBOY 2, which is a shame because Del Toro is as inventive as ever Ã¢â‚¬â€œ this film, which is often very funny, couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been made by anyone else.
Not only are the creatures amazingly conceived, but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lovely sense of humour to it all as Del Toro references horror movies of the past and even the work of John Landis.
The climax is a battle on top of giant revolving cog-wheels, which is splendidly staged. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot to enjoy in HELLBOY 2, which, without Del ToroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision, might have been a grim experience.
Ray, (COLIN FARRELL), and Ken, (BRENDAN GLEESON), are Irish hitmen who have just carried out an assignment in London where somethingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gone wrong. Their boss, Harry (RALPH FIENNES) orders them to hide out in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. Ray is not at all impressed.
Ray meets Chloe, (CLEMENCE POESY), who seems to be working on a film being shot in the city, and she allows him to take her out to dinner. They also encounter Jimmy, (JORDAN PRENTICE), a dwarf actor working on the film.
Irish playwright Martin McDonagh directs his first screenplay with IN BRUGES and the influence seems to be one part Harold Pinter, one part David Mamet and one part Quentin Tarantino.
The film has the flimsiest of plots, and for quite a deal of the time the dialogue, though always amusing and pointedly non-PC, is quite desultory.
But somehow, despite the contrived conclusion, it all works marvellously, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thanks to some terrific performances. COLIN FARRELL has never been better as the not-very-bright Ray. BRENDAN GLEESON exudes calm and determination as Ken, and RALPH FIENNES, who makes a belated but very engaging performance as their ruthless boss, Harry, is just great.
As the enigmatic Chloe, (CLEMENCE POESY) is splendid. Despite contrivances, the screenplay is quite cleverly put together, and though the film is pretty violent, it gets by on its witty dialogue.
As a bonus, the canal city of Bruges provides a timeless backdrop to this very contemporary yarn.
Three Hollywood veterans star in BONNEVILLE Ã¢â‚¬â€œ JESSICA LANGE, KATHY BATES and JOAN ALLEN.
LANGE plays recently widowed Arvilla who has to make the difficult choice between letting her stepdaughter, (CHRISTINE BARANKSI), bury her late husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ashes beside his first wife or scattering them as he said he wanted. The price is the house she and her husband lived in.
Her friends Margene and Carol insist she hand over the ashes rather than lose the house so the three take off from Idaho in ArvillaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1966 Pontiac Bonneville to deliver the urn to the memorial service in Santa Barbara.
This is very much a middle-of-the road movie. Not too many surprises, although the fact that the three are Mormons brings a slightly interesting dimension.
Tom Skerrit, who plays a truck driver they meet on the road and who ends up romancing Margene, looks embarrassed. And he should. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an awful subplot.
The director was Christopher N Rowley making his debut from a story he developed with screenwriter Daniel D. Davis. Why do they have to put their middle initial in the credits?
These three fine performers deserve better material than this although all put on a brave face.
"Antwone Fisher" has a good directing debut for Denzel Washington. An angry sailor with a troubled past is sent to see a navy physchiatrist (Washington, who forces him to come to terms with his past. A bit slow-paced at cliched at times, but the acting is good and the screenplay was actually written by the real Antwone Fisher, on whom the film is based.