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The Dawn August 28, 2006

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A shoe string budget, not the best acting, made by amateurs, but a damn good Film.

Reported to be the first full length sound Movie made in Ireland and produced by Film makers who were not by any means experts. It was made in 1933 I believe, although IMDB shows a release date of 1938 in the US. My details on this are a bit sketchy as it’s a hard film to find. My Uncle loaned it to me on a Video, he had recorded the film over 20 years ago on Channel 4. Most of my information is from him as he personally knew some of these people.

This is a Film about the Irish fight for Independence and tells the story of Malone family, their conflicting ideas on the war of Independence and their struggles to break free of their families past.

The film was shot in Kerry and Killarney. Killarney being the center for the Irish film Industry back in the 1910s, the boom been lead by the ‘Kalem Company’. A permanent Kalem film Studio was to be built in Beaufort County Kerry but due to the outbreak of World War I this never happened. Some say that had it been built Ireland could have been the Hollywood of today.

Nacho Libre August 18, 2006

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I should really be talking about “Taxi Driver”’s 30th anniversary release and Bernard Herrmann’s fantastic film scores that he had done on this film and many others. Most of you will know him for his Scores on many of Hitchcock’s films including “Psycho”, “Vertigo”, “The Birds” and “North by Northwest”. It is interesting to note that his first and last scores would be on two of the Greatest films ever made, “Citizen Kane” in 1941 and “Taxi Driver” in 1975. He had completed the score of “Taxi Driver” on Christmas eve 1975, later that evening he died at his Hotel. Many of these classic films wouldn’t be the same without his score.

But, unfortunately I missed the 2pm showing of “Taxi Driver” that day and it was the only time that it was screened. So instead I went to see “Nacho Libre”.

Directed by Jared Hess, the same guy who directed “Napoleon Dynamite” which I had just seen a few nights previously and ultimately that was the reason that tipped the scales in favour of me going to see “Nacho Libre”.

Jack Black plays the lead role as Nacho, the wrestler who wrestles so he can buy food for the orphans. Based on a True story.
This would be one of Black’s weaker films, while funny in parts it’s not as good as “School of Rock”. It’s a film aimed at a younger audience, you can usually tell how young the audience they are aiming for by the number of Fart gags, and this film had many. Still, I don’t claim not to laugh at that. Some Farts were well placed, others had no use and wasted the genuity of the fart gag.

So overall it’s not the most entertaining film I saw that weekend. I was entertained a lot more by “POTC” (Pirates of the Caribbean). But if you want a few giggles and pass the time then sure, go see it.

Favorite Quote: “Come on. Don’t be crazy. I know the wrestlers get all the fancy ladies, and the clothes, and the fancy creams and lotions. But my life is good! Really good! I get to wake up every morning, at 5AM, and make some soup! It’s the best. I love it. I get to lay in a bed, all by myself, all of my life! That’s fantastic!” - Nacho

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest August 15, 2006

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I like to be proven wrong about things.
When I saw “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” back in 2003, I thought it was a fun film but thought it overhyped by the general movie going audience and didn’t really think it deserved a sequel. I wasn’t planning to see POTC:DMC until maybe it was broadcast on the Movie Channel. But I’m glad I didn’t wait. I’m glad I went to see this film, I’m glad I was wrong about it. It’s not perfect but it’s a fun film. Here’s why…

It never takes itself too seriously. Which can be nothing but good for a film of this type. The parts I really enjoyed were the action scenes, all of them, they were all great. In particular, the scenes with the Kraken, I have seen theis sea monster in pictures, mostly just art work and I have read the legends about it, to see it on screen like this was quite spectacular especially when the crew of the Black Pearl fought back against the monster, I never saw that in any of the books, I loved seeing how they fought the Kraken. Other parts that were fun were the sword fights between three of the characters involving a windmill, it was exciting.

What was scarficed in lue of this? Characters, the relationships between them and the…love story? But that’s ok, personally I liked the scenes without Kiera Knightly more. Even though she is a babe she seemed to be not needed for much in this movie.

Johnny Depp was at his finest as always as Jack Sparrow. But I liked his moments in the first film more, as I said, a lot of action takes up the character scenes I felt, but no real complaints about that, I just wanted more.

Seeing Geoffrey Rush return at the end put a big smile on my face, he is a character I had sorely wanted to return and had no idea he was coming back. Here’s hoping we see Barbossa take on Davy Jones in the next one! So, yes, absolutly I’ll be there sitting in the Cinema next Summer to see “Pirates of the Caribbean 3: the worlds end”.

Favorite Quote - “‘I’ am the sea.” - Davy Jones

Miami Vice August 11, 2006

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What were you expecting to see? “Rush Hour”? Or perhaps something closer to the “Starsky and Hutch” remake? Maybe if Gong Li had done some Martial Arts moves, would you be happy then? This is what I was thinking as the movie patrons shifted uncomfortably in their seats, sitting up for the action parts and in the scenes where plot and character development went on they whispered to each other “this is boring”. The last time I heard talk like that was when I went to see “Sin City” last year. Does anyone actually know about the films they are going to see? Or do they just chuck the stereotypical two cops film into a comedy action movie category?I like Michael Mann. He makes great movies “Heat”, “Collateral” . He has also worked on great TV shows that I grew up watching “Crime Story” and “Miami Vice”. “Miami Vice” was a cool show that helped define the 80s. The Movie is as cool as the show, updated for the 90s but still has the fast car, beautiful women, love scenes, action and even Phil Collins. But unfortunately Eddie Olmos didn’t reprise his role as Castillo.

 The Movie is the most beautifully shot film I have seen this year, the scenes around Miami at night are particularly stunning. The story is deadly serious, so don’t expect any wise cracks or looks. To me it’s very much like the original series. Except extended and bigger with higher production values. Colin and Jamie capture the characters well. Gong Li isn’t thrown in for her looks, she plays an important role and does it well. The relationship between her Character and Farrell’s is one of the most interesting parts in the film. 

One thing I did find funny at the very end was the way Farrell as Sonny was walking into the Hospital. Watch the way his shoulders and arms swing.

It’s a film I’d gladly add to my DVD collection.

 Favorite Quote “Time is luck.” - Isabella 

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