If the only thing that keeps you going is your faith and you no longer know what you believe in or have stopped believing in anything anymore then you must feel quite lost and life may bear no meaning. “Garden State” is about twenty-six-year-old Andrew “Large” Largeman (Zach Braff) who is so numb and void of emotions that he has literally detached himself from everything and everyone around him.
When we zoom in on him in the beginning of the movie, he is lying in a white room in a white bed and he looks so pale, he might as well be already dead.
Together with Braff the viewer goes on a journey of awakening, of rediscovering life, of experiencing emotions, honest and heartfelt emotions.
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If you do not know anything about the man then judging from the title alone, you’d never guess what “Cinderella Man” is about. If you have never heard of Jim Braddock before then even better. Go see this movie, don’t read up on anything, don’t google for the name, just don’t. Go see it without knowing anything about it (like me). And don’t look at the poster! Oh no… too late!
OK, so you want to know more! Fine! It has Mr. enfant terrible Russel Crowe in it and MissChainsaw can’t act for a Massacre Renée Zellweger, which might make it even worse. “Miss?” Yes, that’s right, thanks to “legal language”, Renée no longer is married (or rather never was) and what is more, she was in “that” movie and what a performance she gave; nothing much has changed since then. The only time I thought her well cast was in “Nurse Betty” and I wonder why… but let’s not get sidetracked and rather focus on Braddock: the hero of New Jersey back in 1935.
That was one hell of a mid-season finale and what a cliffhanger! Surprise, surprise, “Battlestar Galactica” has already been renewed for a Season Three and it seems we may only have to wait until January 2006 for the second half of Season 2 (10 epsiodes). Only! In the meantime I shall dig through all the extras of my newly acquired “Battlestar Galactica – Season One (2004)” 5 Disc DVD Box, including the complete miniseries! No need to buy the separate DVD version of the miniseries!
So, Cain is a cylon! Is she? She must be! They all are! Anyway, Cain is pure wickedness! Or at least she has written “cylon trap” all over her pretty battlestar in bold capital letters. Or has she? Is it just another elaborate ruse concocted by the ever wicked, evil, sinister cylons to eradicate human kind once and for all and pave the way for the next step in evolution: a new race, half human half cylon, ushered forth into this world by the love between a human and a cylon! At least that is what we are made to believe in the case of Boomer but what about Starbuck. Remember? There is a second scar…
And then there shall be two babies! Male and female. Adam and Eve. Paradise. Spoiler? Oops. No! Just kidding. We will have to wait until next year to find out about that scar!
Having received praise at the Sundance Film Festival and winning the Woodstock Film Festival in 2004 as Best Narrative Feature, I thought I’d check out “Speak” featuring a 14 year old Kristen Steward who delivers an astounding performance as the traumatized teenager “Melinda”, on the verge of breaking.
Over the summer she was at a party with some friends and at some point gets lured away by one of the boys with whom she started to flirt and kiss and consequently gets raped. The viewer is told about this in blurred flashbacks as they happen to Melinda bit by bit throughout the movie.
Melinda starts to distance herself more and more from the people around her. She has decided not to speak about it and tries to suppress what has happened but to no avail. It just keeps surfacing again and again, either triggered by seeing the person that did this to her at school or by reliving it in her nightmares, torturing her very soul. Her choice not to speak about it only drives her further away from her parents and the world around her and only through art is she eventually able to express her anger and pain.
The mute viewer accompanies her on every step of this painful and slow catharsis, always hoping that she will find the courage to speak. This is not your every day popcorn movie and as dramas go, it has great emotional depth. Will she decide to speak?
The latest Jim Jarmush movie Broken Flowers is in the tradition of all Jarmusch movies a mood piece where you begin a journey, visit different places much like in a road movie and in the end return to where you came from not quite the person you were in the beginning.
Don Johnston with a “t” (Bill Murray) recently dumped by his girl friend and contemplating life in his newly gained solitude receives an anonymous pink letter claiming he has a son who might come looking for him. Only by sharing the news with his neighbor is Don coaxed out of his passiveness after much convincing. Without much to go on his neighbor and hobby detective commences to formulate a cunning plan to uncover the mystery and sends him on a readily planned road trip to visit his past, to “check in” on his former girl friends from twenty years ago.
Back in 1980 people were glued to the TV because of – believe it or not – Richard Chamberlain or rather Anjin-san, the character he played in one of the best miniseries ever: “Shogun“. A masterpiece.
Now I do not know about “Shogun” boosting the popularity of japanese food in America during that time or the trend of American-Japanese marriages or how many viewers really learned Japanese together with Pilot-Major John Blackthorne on his journey to become a samurai. But I can tell you this much: this journey is so gripping and vividly narrated and presented that you will be pulled into this world completely.
Toshirô Mifune playing Lord Yoshi Toranaga has such an incredible stage presence that you can just watch in awe. If you have seen any Akira Kurosawa movies you will know what I mean. On top of the brilliant acting the sets and costumes are all just beautiful and you can immerse yourself completely in this world riddled by feudal intrigue and political power games with Anjin-san right in the middle of it.
The Shogun DVD Box with an approx. run time of 547 minutes on 4 discs (plus 1 Extras disc) offers nice picture quality (fullscreen 4:3) and 5.1 DD Stereo sound and above all it delivers unmatched viewing pleasure for it’s value. Once you start watching you will not be able to stop.