Danny Rovira (Dannyrovira)Brooklyn, New York
Danny's Recent Reviews
Jean-Marc Vallee's captivating true-life human drama about a homophobe Texas electrician and rodeo rider named Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey in an extraordinary performance that is his best work to date. He has contracted AIDS in the early days of the crisis, circa 1985. The film chronicles Woodroof's establishing the "Dallas Buyers Club" that provided AIDS patients with antiviral drugs that were banned by the FDA, but were proven to be effective. Woodroof in the hospital meets another AIDS sufferer named Rayon, a transgendered, stunningly played by Jared Leto. Woodroof teams up with Rayon to fight the system. McConaughey's transformation from a self-centered, bigoted loner, to determined man of the people is truly inspired, he lost 40 pounds to play the role, but he sells you with his subtle, and sublime performance, and Leto's marvelous turn as Rayon, who is a delicate damaged soul, is both moving and heartbreaking. Astute direction by Jean-Marc Vallee, with superlative supporting performance by Jennifer Garner, Denis O' Hare, Steve Zahn, Griffin Dunne, and Dallas Roberts. But this film clearly belongs to McConaughey and Leto, who deliver two of the most impressive Oscar worthy performances of the year. Highly Recommended.
Kimberly Peirce's serviceable remake of Stephen King's careering making 1974 best-selling novel, and Brian De Palma's 1976 classic horror film masterpiece, in which Sissy Spacek gave an emotionally powerful Oscar nominated performance as the mistreated and tormented Carrie White, who was gifted with the power of telekinesis, and Piper Laurie who also received an Oscar nomination for her chilling turn as her maniacal, deeply religious mother, Margaret White. This time two wonderful actresses Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore play those two iconic roles. Chloe Grace Moretz is an intriguing young actress, who delivers a fine, sympathetic performance as Carrie White, the shy, bullied, outcast who unleashes her supernatural powers to exact a fiery vengeance against her tormenters at her high school senior prom, Julianne Moore delivers a quite effective performance as Carrie's religious, abusive, and unbalance mother, these two actresses are the best things in this film that is pretty effective, but somewhat disappointing because it just inmates the original film as best it can, and offers nothing new. Solid direction by Kimberly Peirce, with some impressive visual effects. Entertaining and worth a look, but the original De Palma classic remains the best screen adaptation of Stephen Kings novel "Carrie." Recommended.
Danny's Favorite Movies
One of the most important cinematic achievements of the 20th century, a visually sumptuous and dramatically charged movie masterpiece. Francis Ford Coppola 's brilliant and controversial Vietnam war epic, about a intelligence assassin Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen in a haunting tour-de-force performance who is given a hazardous mission upriver into Cambodia to track down and terminate with " extreme prejudice," a renegade officer who has gone insane Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando in a superbly effective performance who leads his legion of Montaghard tribesmen on random genocide missions, the trip up river becomes a mesmerizing odyssey full of surreal encounters, this classic film has some of the most remarkable scenes ever filmed, one of them being the famous Huey helicopter gunship attack on a Vietcong village, led by Robert Duvall in a monumental Oscar-nominated performance, as Lt.. Col. Kilgore who loves to play Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" as his fleet of helicopter gunships bombards the villagers, Kilgore's line that he "loves the smell of napalm in the morning" is one of the most oft-quoted lines in the annals of the cinema. Impeccable performances from the supporting cast that includes Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Samuel Bottoms, Albert Hall, Lawrence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and G.D. Spradlin, staggering Oscar winning cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, with a perfectly eerie and insidious score by Carmine Coppola & Francis Ford Coppola, and a magnificent production design by Dean Tavoularis. Francis Ford Coppola masterful direction captures the true hellishness and insanity of the Vietnam war, a truly unforgettable and stunning hallucinogenic movie experience, that earned 8 Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola "Apocalypse Now" is number 28, on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest films ever made. Highly Recommended.
Director Don Siegel's landmark, trend-setting classic police thriller which is one of the most defining films of the 1970s. Clint Eastwood delivers a bold, charismatic performance in the iconic role that made him an international superstar as the laconic, hard-boiled, uncompromising San Francisco police inspector from the homicide division "Dirty" Harry Callahan, who's cocky cynicism and inset sense of self-justice makes his character realistic and likable despite his flaws, from the very first scene we get the impression that Callahan is the kind of guy who will go against the rules and do things his way to get the bad guys, often at the exasperation of his superiors. "I shoot the bastard, that's my policy" he tells the mayor and it sticks throughout the film, his dialogue with criminals is delivered behind the barrel of a devastatingly lethal foot-long Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum pistol, the most powerful handgun in the world, he taunts one wounded bank robber with the film's most famous line, "Do you feel lucky?," Well, do ya, punk?" Callahan is out to stop a psychopathic sniper and sadist named Scorpio, one of the most heinous villains in cinematic history, he is brilliantly played by Andy Robinson in a unforgettably chilling performance who has murdered a young women and has threatens to continue shooting innocent people, killing one a day until the city pays him the ransom of a $100,000, Callahan will stop at nothing to put an end to Scorpio murderous spree. Superlative supporting performances by Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon and John Larch. Brilliantly filmed on location in San Francisco, with energetic and stylish direction by Don Siegel, gritty and haunting cinematography by Bruce Surtees and a wonderful jazzy score by Lalo Schifrin. This is the original rogue cop movie and a milestone in its genre, but it is the powerful macho mystique conveyed by Eastwood's superb performance that makes this film so memorable. Highly Recommended.