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June 25, 2012

Hachi: A Dog's Tale








Director - Lasse Hallström

Genre - Drama/Family


This is a lesson in love and we are forever indebted to this canine 'Hachiko' named after the figure eight (8) in Japanese for teaching it to us. Based on a true story which occurred in Japan circa 1920's, this little film starring Richard Gere (an actor who steadfastly refuse to be washed up) crept up on us and took us by complete surprise. We tried to withstand its powerful grip on our emotions but it was futile. Tissues and handkerchiefs weren't even enough to stem the tide of what this did to us. We had to find someone to talk to immediately after. Might even have to start a small support group with those who are similarly affected so we can pull through. Any of you out there? Please? We need HELP.

~In loving memory of Kangoo~

4 STARS!

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June 18, 2012

Moneyball








Director - Bennett Miller

Genre - Biography/Drama/Sport


Based on a real story, Brad Pitt is the 'adapt or you die' General Manager of Oakland Athletics, a baseball team with very little spending money. Going up against teams with deeper pockets and losing badly, he puts all his trust on a math wizard and the rest, as they say, is history. The movie doesn't really tread on unfamiliar grounds. The 'us against them' theme has been a part of American cinema for a long time. Films based on sports, especially those centered on actual events get made regularly because the drama on these exciting games are already so pronounced there isn't really any need to make anything up. Half the battle in creating a credible and fascinating story has already been won. You would think that with such meaty material to work with, the director could have taken more risks though. There weren't any scenes which would put this on an exclusive list of classics like 'The Natural' or 'Field of Dreams'. Philip Seymour Hoffman was completely under-utilized too in a thankless role. Brad Pitt did his job well but we've seen better from him. Still, if you don't think of the missed opportunities, this is quite a winner.

3.5 STARS!

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June 10, 2012

The Iron Giant








Director - Brad Bird

Genre - Animation/Action/Adventure


It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when animation broke out of its box and became so much more. Japanese anime artists with their wildly inventive ways and Pixar with their technology know how and plain good storytelling have certainly pushed the envelope. 'The Iron Giant' stands proudly with the best of cinema, its grasp of human emotions and courage in direction as good as if not better than most films using real actors and real locations. A strong anti-violence message is prevalent in the script too, showing mankind's tendency for war rather than peace in all its ugliness. Brad Bird didn't just direct an animated feature here. For us, he actually performed a miracle of sorts. He made us old geezers feel hopeful and willing to believe again.

5 STARS!

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June 1, 2012

I Shot Jesse James








Director - Samuel Fuller

Genre - Drama/Western/Romance


Directed by Samuel Fuller, this Western is not cut from the same cloth as those of its era. Robert Ford is portrayed here as a man forever living in the shadow of notorious bank robber Jesse James. After killing his leader and friend, Bob becomes even more haunted by the man, his memory of Jesse's death at his hands and those who saw him as a cowardly swine eating away at him day by day. It is Robert Ford's state of mind which we are offered the front row seats to and it is a tragedy that he himself created, having sealed his own fate with that shooting. Fuller's film was made decades before "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" starring Casey Affleck. We prefer the new update but bear in mind, this was done aeons ago, and Fuller's script still pack a mean punch.

3 STARS!

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