Manic (2001) – Review

After an act of extreme aggression during a baseball game and a perverse, uncooperative interview with a psychiatrist (Don Cheadle), Lyle (Joseph Gorden-Levitt) find himself placed into a psychiatric ward. While in the ward, Lyle befriends Chad, an insecure rich kid, Lauren (Zooey Deschanel), a withdrawn, unsociable girl whom suffers from recurring night terrors, and Kenny, Lyle’s roommate who masks his experiences through silence and solitude.

As well as creating new friendships and influences, Lyle also has the misfortune of creating an enemy in Mike-an all affecting bully who, though pallid and gout, speaks as if he were the toughest gangbanger on the street and often finds himself in conflict with the other residents of ward as well.

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Catfish (2010) – Review

In 2007 filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost began to follow Ariel’s brother, Yaniv Schulman, and his relationship with a mysterious family over Facebook and later the telephone. Their ambitious project leads the three into unsettling months of enthrallment as the family in which Yaniv is engaging with has a secret they wish not to be discovered.

It is when the friends grow suspicious of the family’s legitimacy, that they begin an investigation in which has them traveling together so many miles across the country with but the single intention of confronting them face to face.

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127 Hours (2010) – Review

127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber who has the terrible misfortune of a boulder happening upon his arm in a canyon, trapping him isolated there for the slow, arduous yawn of five days. With a limited supply of food and water, Ralston’s only company is that of a single black raven that flies a solitary pass overhead each morning, fifteen minutes of sunlight he receives during each ascending sunrise, and a collection of recently recorded files on his video camera of two girls he met and waved goodbye to but only moments before.

During his desperate struggle for survival, Ralston examines his life through recollection, dream, and hallucination. As he discovers absolution he too finds what he believed once lost: hope, himself.

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Charade (1963) – Review

Told and presented in a Hitchcock-esque style, Charade tells of Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn), a woman who on the verge of divorcing her husband upon her return to Paris. When she arrives there, she is told of the unfortunate news of her husbands death and the missing lot of money he happened to leave behind.

As it so happens, there are a handful of men interested in her husband’s missing fortune. Upon the notion of her having it, the men harass and threaten Regina in the hope of her turning it over. Fearing for her life, Regina befriends the mysterious albeit charming, Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) along the way and the two develop a platonic romance and he soon becomes the only person Regina trusts even after her revealing of his secret.

Together, Peter and Regina collaborate in an attempt to uncover Regina’s deceased husband’s fortune all the while the two are believed by the murderous men to have it in their very possession. Read more of this post

Black Swan (2010) – Review

Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer, is the lead in “Swan Lake” who though is perfect as the delicate White Swan is unable to connect inwardly to a darker part of herself. If she is unable to do so, perfection will not be met and the possibility of being replaced by the younger, Lily (Mila Kunis), appears quite likely.

It is such, then, that she carries herself down, headlong, the path of darkness in an attempt to capture of the essence the Black Swan and become the perfect Swan Queen.

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The King’s Speech (2010) – Review

Upon the arrangement of Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), The King’s Speech center’s around Bertie (Colin Firth) and the unlikely friendship he forms with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) as together the two mechanically try to rid—through an unorthodox course of treatment and various exercises—Bertie of a stammer in which he has been acquainted with all his life. It is not until the death of King George V (Michael Gambon), his father, the abdication of the scandalous King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), his brother, that Bertie is crowned King George VI of Britian in a time when a nation is desperate for a leader.

As Germany’s troops failed to abandon Poland, it is such that Great Britain declared war upon Hitler’s regieme. Now, Bertie is to recollect all his sessions of therapy and deliver a war-time speech to inspire his great nation and unite them for the potential darkness that await in the shadows of the days ahead.

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The Fighter (2010) – Review

The Fighter is the true story of two close brothers, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dickie (Christian Bale). Dickie was once a professional welterweight and former champion whom of which now takes to cocaine regularly, while his brother, Micky, is a newcomer trained under Dickie’s knowledgeable boxing wing. However, the affect Dickie’s addiction has on their training leads to a devastating loss and with the help from Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), Micky decides it best to leave the guidance of his brother and train in Vegas.

It is in Vegas where Micky has the best of opportunities and it is there that he begins to make a name for himself be it only this time through matches he has won. After a long, arduous, fight that would not have hailed victorious if not for the help of Dickie, Micky’s next fight is the championship fight.

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Inception (2010) – Review

Don Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief whom of which infiltrates deep within a sleeper’s subconscious during their dream-state and extracts their most precious secrets. Cobb’s unusual skill and espionage have him a fugitive and distanced from his children living in America. The opportunity of Cobb’s final job presents himself with, upon success of completion, a clean slate which would in turn, grant him with the opportunity of returning home. However, the job itself is not so simple. Rather than extracting an idea, secrets, from a subject, Cobb is to plant one there—inception. He is to put together a team and implant an idea into the subconscious of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) a heir to a multi-billion dollar empire. The art of inception is a craft that requires one to delve deeper into the levels of a dream, an action of which is life-threatening and because of the depth they are descending could forever trap them in Limbo—an expanse of the subconscious not controlled by one individual—if improperly approached and executed.

To appreciate Inception, one must descend down the rabbit hole, farther than they themselves even imagined possible. Then do it all a second time over. Read more of this post

Ed Wood (1994) – Review

Ed Wood is a true story about Edward D. Wood Jr., a notorious Hollywood film director known for making what are believed to be Hollywood’s most awful productions. Most notably, the film explores his first picture, Glen or Glenda, a film about a cross-dressing male whom, like Wood himself, has an affection for doing so, and yet, is too afraid to tell his fiancée as well as Plan 9 from Outer Space, a film about alien’s that resurrect the dead and endeavor to cease human-kind from producing some sort of solar-powered bomb.

Burton’s Ed Wood does as well highlight Mr. Wood as not only a director and dreamer, but a wonderful friend.

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Moon (2009) – Review

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and his robotic assistant, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) are the only occupants of a moon-base facility that collects resources from lunar soil to help provide clean energy on Earth. As his contract is coming to an end, Sam is anxiously waiting to return home to his loving wife whom for the past few years his only contact with has been through the exchange of video emails. However, at the start of his last two weeks, he grows ill-fated and begins to hallucinate images of a teenage girl on the ship. During a routine pickup of ready resources from a harvesting machine, the same girl is briefly seen standing on the moon’s surface. Distracted, Sam crashes his rover and loses consciousness only to awaken later in his ship’s infirmary where, upon awaking, GERTY tells him that he is recovering from his injuries and forbids him to leave the ship. After sneaking out to investigate the scene of his accident, Sam discovers his body still inside the wrecked rover, alive and unconscious. After carrying his other self back to the ship, Sam and his doppelganger struggle to deal with each others existence as they try to unravel the mystery behind one other.

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