Brad Pitt stars as legendary Wild West outlaw Jesse James in Chopper director Andrew Dominik's cinem... read moreatic rendering of the events that would eventually bring about the death of the man rumored be the "fastest gun in the West." An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw. When Robert and his brother Charlie sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status. Casey Affleck stars as Robert Ford and Sam Shepard co-stars as Frank James -- Jesse's devoted sibling and partner in crime. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
. The film was shot primarily in Alberta and shows the sometimes beautiful, sometimes bleak prairie landscape. Dimi
Reviewed 22 months days ago
Incredibly shot and skillfully acted variation on the Western genre. The film has relatively little action, es
Reviewed 3 years days ago
. Every scene is beautifully shot that just adds to the experience. Needless to say I loved the acting by everyone and the mood t
A mischievous girl accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that ... read moreher words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all involved in a film that re-teams the filmmakers behind Pride & Prejudice to adapt the best-selling 2002 novel by author Ian McEwan. The year is 1935, and as the summer heat takes hold, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis watches her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), get undressed and go frolicking in the garden fountain on her family's country estate. The housekeeper's son, Robbie (James McAvoy), a childhood friend and recent Cambridge graduate, also witnesses the innocent act. When Robbie and Cecilia subsequently cross a particularly sensitive boundary and the scheming Briony accuses Robbie of an unspeakable transgression for which the boy is wholly innocent, the repercussions of her unfounded claim threaten to affect all three for decades to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
cAvoy but that boy deserves an Oscar for this one! His pain shows through his eyes in every single shot. The entire cast is fab, even Keira sodding Knightley plays her part well. The direction is a
Reviewed 7 months days ago
. This includes, but is not limited to, a 5 minute tracking shot that never cuts away. It's pure, unadulterated filmmaking that we see less and less of. Not onl
Reviewed 15 months days ago
. Beautifully shot. Stunning narrative. And that green dress?! Wow.
Into the Wild is writer/director Sean Penn's adaptation of the popular book by Jon Krakauer, a nonfi... read morection account of the post-collegiate wanderings of a young Virginia man, who divorces himself from his friends, family, and possessions in search of a greater spiritual knowledge and communion with nature. Upon his 1990 graduation from Emory University in Atlanta, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) walks away from a loving if dysfunctional family and sends his nearly 25,000-dollar life savings to Oxfam International. Instead of the normal life his parents planned for him, Chris rechristens himself "Alexander Supertramp" and heads west in his beaten-up automobile until it no longer runs, at which point he takes up hitchhiking. The goal on the horizon? Alaska. By hook or by crook -- but without his limited cash, which he symbolically sets aflame -- Chris/Alexander determines to make it to his personal promised land, with stops along the way to experience America and its people. These adventures include a kayak trip down dangerous rapids, a gig working in a grain mill, extended stays with a hippie couple and a kindly old widower -- and enough cold, hunger, and exhaustion to leave him emotionally defeated more than once. Meanwhile, his parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden) and sister (Jena Malone) haven't received so much as a postcard from him, and begin to fear the worst. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder composed the contemplative soundtrack. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi
. This is a beautifully-shot adventure and soul search worth seeing.
Reviewed 12 months days ago
.. brilliant.. Amazing.. Etc etc.. Sure. what Mccandles did was stupid. But wonderfully shot nonetheless..
Reviewed 8 months days ago
. Storyline is intriguing, interesting, beautifully shot and what a performance by Emile!! fantastic! Very sad story about an ideaology of the lead char
Alexandra Maria Lara,
Prolific music-video helmer and award-winning photographer Anton Corbijn makes his feature directori... read moreal debut with this biographical drama concerning the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Based on the book Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division by the enigmatic singer's wife Deborah Curtis, Control documents the life of a legend who changed the face of modern music but never lived to witness the remarkable impact of his life's work. The time was the late 1970s, and the post-punk explosion was just gaining momentum in England. At the forefront of this movement was a band named Joy Division. Formed in 1976 and first calling themselves Warsaw, Joy Division favored mood and expression over the aggressive stance that had come to define punk rock. The band was championed by Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, and collaborated with producer Martin Hannett on the album that would become their undisputed masterpiece -- 1979's Unknown Pleasures. But despite the band's rising popularity, lead singer Curtis was not in good mental or physical health due a debilitating battle with epilepsy and an extramarital affair, and hanged himself in his Macclesfield home on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour. Newcomer Sam Riley stars opposite Samantha Morton in the film that sets out to tell the definitive story of a true rock & roll legend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
...for me the fact the film is shot in B&W adds atmosphere (No pun intended!)
Reviewed 21 months days ago
. This is nicely shot and framed with some excellent performances. However, it follows the trajectory of many a male
Reviewed 2 years days ago
it's a pitty they didn't shot this film in color. but maybe if it's not a b&w movie. it won't be a great heavy piece.
A desperate man in serious debt attempts to wipe his account clean in the most permanent way imagina... read moreble, only to find himself saved from a grim, self-inflicted demise by his selfless attempt to rescue another would-be suicide in director Luc Besson's tenth outing as a director. André (Jamel Debbouze) is a debt-ridden 28-year-old who has until midnight to pay back 40,000 euros to one of Paris' most ruthless gangsters. When the menacing Franck (Gilbert Melki) has his thugs dangle André over the edge of the Eiffel Tower soon thereafter, the debtor who views himself as an American on a technicality seeks the help of the U.S. Embassy to no avail. After failing to convince the local police to lock him up for his own protection, André, sensing death is eminent, determines to end his life on his own terms. As André steps over the edge of the city's most awe-inspiring bridges and prepares to take that fateful plunge, he suddenly notices a statuesque blonde in a little black dress preparing to meet her maker in a similar fashion. As the woman leaps into the Seine, André instinctively jumps in to rescue her. Resting safely on the shore after looking death straight in the eye, the sorrowful pair soon finds their fates inexorably tied. Though André initially scolds the ravishing Angela (Rie Rasmussen) for attempting to deprive the world of such stunning beauty, she bitterly assures her one-armed savior that her physical perfection is without question only skin deep. Nevertheless the aggressive blonde betrays her own negative self-image by pledging to stick by André through thick and thin, and the unlikely duo soon sets out on a mission to solve André's formidable list of problems and get his life back in order again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Beutifully shot in black and white, this is a welcome return to directing for Luc Besson.
Reviewed 6 years days ago
I >LOVE< this movie! Sort of a cross between "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Wings of Desire". Shot in
Wang Lee Hom,
Tou Chung Hua,
Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shangh... read moreai that details the political intrigue surrounding a powerful political figure named Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. Spanning the late '30s and early '40s, the movie introduces us to Hong Kong teen Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei), a shy college freshman who finds her calling in a drama society devoted to patriotic plays. But the troupe's leader, Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom), isn't just a theater maven -- he's a revolutionary as well, and he's devoted to carrying out a bold plan to assassinate top Japanese collaborator Mr. Yee. Each student has an important role to play, and Wong puts herself in a dangerous position as Mrs. Mak; she befriends Mr. Yee's wife (Joan Chen), and slowly gains trust before tempting him into an affair. While at first the plan goes exactly as scripted, things suddenly take a deadly turn and Wong is emigrated from Hong Kong. Later, in 1941, the occupation shows no signs of ceasing and Wong is simply drifting through her days in Shanghai. Much to her surprise, the former actress finds Kuang requesting that she resume the role of Mrs. Mak. Now, as Wong again gains intimate access to her dangerous prey, she must struggle with her own identity in order to pull off the performance of a lifetime. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Beautifully shot drama set in the second Sino-Japanese war, exploring themes of identity, deception, and coercio
Reviewed 2 years days ago
Beautifully shot, surprisingly explicit but a bit on the slow side. Still well worth a watch
Reviewed 3 years days ago
. Each shot is perfectly-framed and expertly-crafted.
Actress Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-nominated role and director Shekhar Kapur steps back int... read moreo the director's chair for this belated sequel to the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic Elizabeth that explores the 16th century romance between the "Virgin Queen" and noted adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Michael Hirst teams with William Nicholson to pen the screenplay, and actor Geoffrey Rush returns to the role of Sir Francis Walsingham. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
It was beautifully shot. The cast was great. I loved Cate Blanchett and Samantha Morton in this... pretty good sequel t
Visually minded filmmaker Tarsem Singh returns to the director's chair for the first time since The ... read moreCell (2000) with this psychologically complex tale of a hospitalized paraplegic with a curious knack for storytelling. Unable to free himself from his sterile confines, the immobile patient's deepest fears form the basis of a dark story that he shares with his young companion -- a little girl who visits his room as she recovers from a nasty fall. As the eerie tale unfolds, reality and fantasy gradually merge to form a strange world in which anything is possible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
. Tarsem chooses each shot with precision.
The greatest visual treat is near the end of the film. One of the characters
Reviewed 12 months days ago
the Fall combines breathtaking visuals along with wonderful storytelling, and the fact that it was shot in over 20 different countries over a four year period with no CGI is mind-blowing. Lee pace is
Reviewed 21 months days ago
Every single shot in this film is a work of art. You could freeze-frame it at any point, and have a photo fit for