The Taming of the Scoundrel
A rich farmer is well known for being very unkind. He's misanthropic, misogynous and cantankerous. Until he meets by chance a gorgeous girl...
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Jed D (ca) wrote: Why, are Luke Goss, Val Kilmer and Vinnie Jones doing B Films? Great actors. Horrible, movie.
Robert H (ru) wrote: FOOTNOTE is the second Israeli film I've seen and while it felt rather insular in the cultural sense, it did explore some interesting themes and had a great sense of humor. The story is about a father and son, both professors of Talmudic literature. The father has largely been forgotten, his only significant achievement being a mention in a footnote in someone else's book, while his son is more celebrated. However, the dynamic between them changes when the father is selected (errantly) to receive the prestigious Israel Prize for his life's work. One thing the film does really well is explore the sometimes contentious relationship between parent and child. Eliezer (father) and Uriel (son) Shkolnik both have the same profession, yet the son's success in light of the father's failure certainly must have weighed heavily on both of their consciences. And when Eliezer is mistakenly nominated to receive the Israel Prize, his son comes to his defense since it would vindicate the decades of work for which he had previously gone unrecognized. There was also the subtle element of comedy and self-deprecating humor that seems to be part and parcel of the Jewish experience. It wasn't exactly laugh-out-loud hilarious, but there was some excellent situational humor as well as some ribbing on cutthroat competition in academia. Still, given the subject material it was a little hard for me to get into the film completely. The single element which I did connect with was the idea that a parent at some point might give up on their child, as I have had similar fears in the past. The film also had a somewhat unsatisfying ending, although it probably didn't have to show everything in order to be effective. The film was subversive enough without seeing what you know is coming. If there's one actual complaint I have, it's that the score was a little overpowering at times. Sometimes, more is less. Overall, the subject of academia is something that's a little too "inside baseball," particularly when it's about the Talmud (I'm not a Jew), but FOOTNOTE has some interesting themes that allow you a way into this story about a father-son rivalry.
Daniel M (it) wrote: pretty good for a cheezy TV movie. some of the acting was bad but that is to be expected. biggest drawback was billy ray cyrus. couldn't act his way out of a paper bag
Megan G (au) wrote: this is a really good movie :)
Stuart E (it) wrote: Infinitely quotable off-beat indie comedy. Comedies starring SNL alumni and Diedrich Bader are usually something to stay away from (It's Pat, Superstar, Vampires Suck, Meet The Spartans...*shudder*) but this one is a diamond in the rough. I think the entire movie must have been paid for by the repeated pimping of Smirnoff Ice, Sun Chips, and Crystal Geyser water.
Dustin M (gb) wrote: Pretty cool, but lacks the high budget fight scenes... which I find to be a significant piece of the puzzle fo this movie. Other than that, its an excellent "The Oustiders" and "Goodfellas" hybrid.
Hayley (ag) wrote: great todd bosley was so funny
Troy K (jp) wrote: Interesting story, but it just never grabbed me?
Gray E (nl) wrote: Ugh. You should avoid this one even more than "Monkey Business!"
Jorge D (ca) wrote: Reflections of Life with another Mr. Pacino's show...
Christopher E (br) wrote: Emotionally driven and well directed, "I Am Legend" is one of smartest apocalyptic films in recent memories.Robert Neville is one of the last survivors on earth after a cure for cancer went rogue. As the plague hit, billions were wiped out and vampiric entities took over. By day, this man scowers the city for supplies and hides at night. With Samantha (Dog) by his side, he will work to find a cure at ground zero.Next to films like "Concussion", this is also one of Will Smith's top performances. I think if there's anything you can take from this film, it's his ability to excel in the role and deliver more than a few emotional moments. In a very reclusive and apocalyptic film, the actor has to be able to bring out the emotions and mental state of their character through small bits and with intangible objects, and he does a wonderful job here. I really like how he shows the state of mind that Neville is in and how he's halfway lost his sanity. His performance brought me to tears on a couple occasions and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have chills down my spine.I've seen this in multiple reviews and many people were not satisfied with the visuals at hand. Personally, I didn't have a problem with them considering they weren't the prime focus of the movie. The director did a great job of showing you just enough and when the time called for it, the full reveal wasn't too shabby. Considering the writer/director knew where this movie was going and they knew that the vampire creatures weren't the primary focus, the visuals will suffice. The movie also does a great job of relaying this isolated feeling toward its audience. The film starts out with an interview, giving you the low down on what went down. Then, the first sequence in the movie magnifies the scope of the situation at hand and you truly feel like our character is alone in the city. There's this eery feeling throughout and I felt like there was the constant threat of danger. It's the little things that really creates this environment at hand, such as Robert Neville talking to mannequins, golfing on the wing of a fighter, losing your food to a pack of lions, or having your only friend be a dog, everything really adds up in the end and makes this film memorable.I've watched this film on multiple accounts by now and I've enjoyed it more each time. It's so interesting to find all these little foreshadowing details hidden discretely on screen and I still get emotional in the same scenes. This is an excellent, underrated film, and a true example on how apocalyptic movies should be filmed.
Pete K (ag) wrote: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson managed to do something very fun with this movie: they combined several Tintin stories into one and came up with a whole new Tintin story for us to enjoy. I'm sure the movie looks fine on a regular screen, but having seen it on an IMAX screen, I'd probably not want to "downgrade". If you have a real IMAX screen in your area, splurge for the biggest screen in town. It's well worth it.A note to the parents wondering if they can take their children: the Tintin stories were definitely written for boys, but girls will be equally entertained by this movie. There is no bad language, nudity, or graphic violence, but there is gun-fighting, explosions, pirate-swashbuckling, and high-speed chases. Death scenes are done off-camera, but the audience will still be confronted with a body count after the gunfire subsides. Herg was not above killing off characters in his stories, and it may be a plot device that young American children have not been exposed to if their animation "base" is the Disney movie catalog. Nevertheless, the theater was packed with boys and girls as young as 5 on the day I went, with both their parents *and* grandparents in tow, and there was no child outbursts or families shuffling out due to the film's content. I sat next to a young lad who couldn't have been more than 7, and at the end of the movie I turned to him and asked, "So, did you like the movie?" He nodded happily.The animation is AMAZING. It is probably some of the best animation I have seen in a the last 20 years, and Jackson's Weta Digital has gone from being known as just a digital special effects house to a full-on animation studio. The voice actors were all perfect choices as well: Jamie Bell (who replaced Thomas Sangster due to a delay in the project) as Tintin has that soft boyish tone one would expect, while Andy Serkis cements himself as the quintessential Voice Man of the early 21st century. His depiction of Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock (basically the same voice) are so far from the now-familiar Gollum / Smeagol voice that he created for the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (and will reprise in the upcoming 'Hobbit' movies) that it is both amazing and spot-on at the same time. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do a fine job as The Thompson Twins, but are not given enough lines to be that impressionable. I'm sure they took the roles because they were huge fans of Tintin growing up, and knew that they would be called upon to do the voice in the sequel. (Yes, there will be a sequel, and quite possible even a third movie - huzzah!) One character that is a wonderful surprise addition is voiced by opera singer Kim Stengel, and her performance is simply glass-shattering. Whether you're a fan of the original stories or you've never heard of the young man with his faithful dog Snowy, be prepared to enjoy this movie!