Danny Rovira (Dannyrovira)Brooklyn, New York
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Darren Aronofsky's compelling big-screen telling of the biblical tale which is given a spectacular Hollywood treatment. Russell Crowe delivers an intense larger-than-life performance as Noah, the tough survivalist who was 500 years old when the apocalyptic deluge began. He hears the voice of God in his head that tells him to construct a massive ark to save humanity and some animals, for the end of the world is coming, the end by water, for it shall rain non-stop for forty days and forty nights. But Noah has other problems aside from the coming doomsday flood and the building of his ark, a ruthless and monstrous warlord named Tubal Cain, played superbly played by Ray Winstone who wants to hijack Noah's ark with his army of cut-throats. Fallen angels in the form of rock-creatures called "Watchers" help build Noah's ark, they are superbly voiced by Nick Nolte, Frank Langella and Mark Margolis. Astute direction by Darren Aronofsky with stunning CGI visual effects of the great flood that are truly realistic and breathtaking. Mr. Crowe is as strong-jawed and authoritative as the late great Charlton Heston's Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 classic "The Ten Commandments." It is Mr. Crowe's finest performance in years that is filled with conviction. This film also has fine supporting performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins as Noah's grandfather Mathuselah, Jennifer Connelly as Noah's wife Naameh, Logan Lerman as Noah's son Ham, and Emma Watson as an orphan raised by Noah named Ila. An inventive throughly entertaining motion picture that is not meant to be taken seriously, and may upset some religious conservatives because "artistic" license has been taken. It's meant only as an cinematic entertainment and thats all. Highly Recommended.
Jose Padiha's well-crafted, stylistically retro remake of Paul Verhoeven's superior 1987 sci-fi classic actioner and fan favorite is an enjoyable and entertaining film, but is also quite a different movie, it is tone-down in graphic violence and gore and is also missing the dark, biting satire of Verhoeven's groundbreaking ultra-violent original. Joel Kinnarman nicely plays Alex Murphy, a cop in a Detroit of the near future. Unfortunately Kinnarman does not have the acting chops that Peter Weller who played Murphy in the original film has, so his performance is no where near as compelling as Weller memorable turn. Alex Murphy is a good cop who fights crime as best he can, he makes the monumental mistake of investigating dirty cop deals, which gets him blown up by a bomb in his car. Enter the sinister OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars, superbly played by Michael Keaton who takes what little is remaining of the critically injured Murphy, and put him into a robotic armored body. Sellars see the chance to make billions by having half-man, half-machine police officers in every major city. But he did not count on Murphy still having a soul and his own will. Astute direction by Jose Padlha, with terrific supporting performances by Gary Oldman, Abbie Comish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Samuel L. Jackson who has a field day hamming it up as rabble-rousing TV personally named Pat Novak, it is a very amusing performance. Brilliant visual effects with some solid sparse action sequences. A good not great remake that cannot touch Paul Verhoeven's classic original. Recommend.
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.