Tuesday, August 07, 2007

two more movies...

I read Valejandras' blog today and it reminded me that I still needed to post my review of "The Bourne Ultimatum"... I supposed I could just copy and paste her review, but that wouldn't be too original now would it.
I really liked this movie. I don't want to say too much about it because like any thriller movie, the less you know the better. I will say this... The cinematographer (Oliver Wood) is known for his "shaky camera" technique. Normally I'm not a big fan of the shaky camera. That was the main reason I stopped watching NYPD. But I have to say, it didn't really bother me in this movie. There was one shot where we (and the camera) are looking over the shoulder of one of the characters and it was like we were sitting in the next booth over in the restaurant... like we were eavesdropping on the conversation - that was great camera work there. The other thing I liked about all of the "Bourne" films... The fight scenes. These have got to be some of the best choreographed fight scenes. And lastly, I LOVED all the spook stuff in this movie. It was great to see an action movie that actually had a storyline.

And I just finished watching a great DVD tonight...
Monsieur Ibrahim. Yes... it's a foreign film with subtitles. But a really good film. The acting was top notch by both the boy (Pierre Boulanger) and Ibrahim (Omar Sharif). This is one of those rare films that gets overlooked by the masses because it has subtitles. (Even on IMDB there is no plot synopsis!?). It's hard to describe the plot of the movie though, I'll try to give you the nutshell version... A boy in France is growing up (I think it was set in the early 60's or late 50's) in a poor section of town. His family life is less than ideal. He ends up befriending the local grocery store owner Ibrahim and ends up learning more about life from Ibrahim than he's ever learned from anyone else. A great slice of life type movie. The other reason I really like films like this... It transports me away from my daily grind here on the east coast and reminds me that this is a big world that we live in. I got to see a different culture (2 actually, French and Turkish) and I even learned a little bit about the Koran. Great movie. Put your frustrations of subtitles aside and go rent this movie.

1 comment:

valejandras said...

i really did enjoy the Bourne Ultimatum... i'm glad you did, too.

and you're right the fight scenes are so awesome!!


have a great day!