Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
INVICTUS gets off to a good start with a potpourri of distinguished talents.
Stir slowly …..
There’s the charismatic veteran MORGAN FREEMAN.
Running alongside, there’s thespian MATT DAMON.
With CLINT EASTWOOD helming the production, it’s a stellar ensemble ….
It’s as good as you can get.
Now, stir briskly ….
INVICTUS has scored the following nominations and wins, so far:
MORGAN FREEMAN (Academy Awards Best Actor nominee)
MATT DAMON (Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor nominee).
Plus the wins:
National Board of Review (NBR) Freedom of Expression Award 2009.
NBR Award for Best Director CLINT EASTWOOD
NBR Award for Best Actor MORGAN FREEMAN.
Now, Stir Well …..
Here’s the STORYLINE in a nutshell:
INVICTUS the movie is largely a biopic of NELSON MANDELA, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
He was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Way before his presidency, he was an anti-apartheid activist, fighting against racial discrimination, irrespective of white or black domination.
MANDELA served 27 years in prison till 1990, spending many of these years on Robben Island.
After his release, he helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa.
He once stated:
“Resentment is like drinking poison, then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
Admittedly, our lives improve only when we are prepared to take chances, yet the first and most difficult is to be honest with ourselves.
Can we be that stoic?
Can we be like MANDELA?
So, instead of drowning in bitterness, we need to forgive the ones who hurt us and move on.
MANDELA cherished honesty and compassion,
He embraced forgiveness and humility,
and the ideal of a democratic and free society where all persons can live together in harmony and equal opportunities.
INVICTUS is a CLINT EASTWOOD film.
His works have always stemmed from an understanding of races, a feel for words and a detailed eye that follows and grows character.
INVICTUS is a beautifully crafted film, a celebration of, as well as a lament for South Africa’s past, charge with emotional and subjective power.
MANDELA persuaded FRANCOIS PIENAAR played by MATT DAMON, the Captain of the South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country, in a belief that the universal language of sports can overcome any political odds.
MORGAN FREEMAN steps into the shoes of MANDELA and lives the role.
He stands tall in his portrayal of the former South African President, striking an imposing figure of firmness, yet with eyes that sparkle with a deep sense of genteelness,
It is a compelling and thoughtful movie that’s imaginative and deeply affecting, even long after you’ve left the theater.
Final Stir …..
Will MORGAN FREEMAN eventually walk away with the Academy Awards 2010 for BEST ACTOR?
Make a good guess!
This MOVIE REVIEW is written for
Friday, February 19, 2010
It's really one stark word.
To those who wouldn’t want to know, it’s a prophetic revelation on the imminent destruction of our World … Doomsday.
We are all world weary and who wouldn’t be with constant reminders that the end of the world is coming …
What with giant quakes, death destructive tsunamis, mindless terrorisms, the brutalities that pit man against man and our own ravaging of the earth’s crust in recent years ….
the demise of this world may be sooner than we think!
Don’t think so? Then THE BOOK OF ELI tells us otherwise -
The Movie is post-apocalyptic in treatment actually.
Paradoxically – in the beginning, we’ve arrived at the end of the world.
CAMERA pans across this chilling, horrific wasteland of vast emptiness, broken highways, rotting corpses and desolate cities that are left from indelible marks of a massive catastrophic destruction.
Quite an ugly scene of despair and desolation.
So we take this as the aftermath of a nuclear war?
You watch this solitary man with a glazed look played by the brooding DENZEL WASHINGTON as he trudges for 30 years across the hinterland that was once America.
He’s one of the lucky survivors …..
He has, in his grip, this titular sacred book that holds the key to saving humanity.
The advertising tagline proudly says:
” Some will kill to have it,
He will kill to protect it.”
DENZEL WASHINGTON takes on the role of the savior.
He’s a warrior, not by choice, but out of necessity.
Yeah, hell hath no fury when he is challenged.
He’s guided by a “higher power” and given the task of protecting this book and taking it to its final destination.
It’s a book written in Braille (spoiler here) which our hero has memorized the entire content, from over 30 years of re-reading it.
Now throw in the perpetual baddie played by GARY OLDMAN as the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen.
OLDMAN is a sadistic, power hungry rogue who is searching for the ultimate bible so that he can possess the knowledge no one is aware of.
He also has a foster daughter (MILA KUNIS) who takes an immediate fancy to DENZEL to fuel complications.
THE BOOK OF ELI has soul searching religious undertones, but it tries to stay clear of being a religious movie.
The overall mood is grim, dark, dismal.
It’s aimed as a sci-fi thriller, directed by the HUGHES BROTHERS.
Shooting in high definition digital (with the Red camera), the film has little to offer that’s new in terms of substance and plot.
We have been offered an onslaught of doomsday flicks in recent years
and it is always this little babe or that little kid that the screen hero has to protect, as it holds the secret to saving mankind.
THE BOOK OF ELI is no different, except A-listers DENZEL WASHINGTON and GARY OLDMAN are lured to add credence to this stylish movie.
It’s a tough plot made enjoyable by reasonably good acting.
DENZEL is a skilled archer and smooth shooter in the movie and in various key scenes, he shows how he alone can gun down armed assailants a la Hong Kong triad movie style. Kudos.
Yet in the final ending, when the camera zooms in on his face, we find that he is actually blind (another spoiler), presumably from the super intense bright flash of a nuclear explosion.
If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, then this one’s for you.
And if you can stay out from being too biblical or being too much of an altheist, then here’s one film that should not be missed.
It’s pure entertainment!
This MOVIE REVIEW is written for
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"TOGETHER" is touted as SINGAPORE MEDIACORP's YEAR END-CUM-ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION FOR 2009.
You will be more than pleasantly amazed.