February 2013

Not the first time….




I must say I do like the ITV Studio produced “Mr Selfridge”. Well made, good acting, intriguing storyline. See it.


With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural mountain area. When the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a weeks time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other peoples business. She refuses to listen, even after her father’s brother, Teardrop (John Hawkes), tells her he has probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed…

This slowpaced emotional drama has been praised everywhere and after having seen Jennifer Lawrence in a couple of other movies I have taken an interest in her. She has the future for her in the movieindustry. I missed out on seeing “Winters Bone” when it was released and I got hold of the dvd the other week. However, I will not go in the same footpaths of praisal as so many others have done. I think “Winters Bone” fails to engage me as a viewer due to its numb pace and almost boring narrative, despite the fact that the storyline is of a very tragic nature. Jennifer Lawrence is very good as Ree. But, the movie felt slightly clichedriven and floaty in the structure. I did not find “Winters Bone” such a gripping cinematic experience as many reviews claims it is. (3 out of 5)


At the Yellowstream University, there is a strong rivalry between two of the college fraternities. When they are not mooning everyone they pass and throwing garbage on the lawns of rival frats, the members of the Pi Kappa Delta fraternity are mainly interested in drinking and… well, drinking. When a campus- wide farting contest is announced, J.J. ‘Gross-Out’ Gumbroski (John Distanti), one of the Deltas, is all too eager to stand up, bend over and defend the honor of his fraternity and win the prize money…

I saw “King Frat” in the early 80s and it is a shameless rip off of “Animal House” which came out a year earlier. John Disantis character Gross-Out is of course an extremely bleak Bluto Blutarsky rip off. And one can find so many other things in “King Frat” that points in the direction of “Animal House”, and the former is hardly close to the greatness of the latter. But, in some weird way I did slightly enjoy reseeing the idiocy of the Pi Kappa Deltas. Catchy title song as well. (2 and a half out of 5)


The paratrooper Robert Miller (Toby Kebbell) has returned to England and the outskirts of London from the war in Afghanistan and he can not really manage to adjust to being a civilian again. He is damaged on the inside and his mind is still in warmode. His friend and former paratrooper colleague Chris Turner (Tony Curran) introduces Miller to his brother Chris (Tony Curran), who seems to be part of an intelligence agency revealing terrorist cells within the borders of England. Soon enough Miller is involved investigating certain people who are supposedly connected to terrorist activities. At the same time Miller is on the collision course with the local hoodlum Jones when trying to help his neighbour Fahad to get Fahads brother out of the gang run by Jones. The clock is ticking for Miller…

I red about “The Veteran” in my movie “bible” Total Film and it sounded interesting. As Total Film said, “The Veteran” is some sort of mix between “Taxi Driver” and “Children Of Men”. Toby Kebbel is quite good as Miller. He plays Miller with a calmness that shows at the same time that there is a timebomb within waiting to explode. I reckon the pace was quite slow for the bigger part of the movie, but in a way when all hell breaks lose in the end that is compensated for sure. I reckon all hand to hand combat scenes and as well the shooting scenes were so well done and felt extremely authentic. Big plus on that. However, “The Veteran” felt as well at times quite scattered in the setup and scenestructure. It lacked a bit of a flow and a 100 percent logic storyline. And I reckon the radiant Adi Bielski could have gotten some more screentime. But, not too shabby all in all. (3 and a half out of 5)


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