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A Friend of Mine

My Rating: 

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Favorite?: 

No

At times difficult to follow because of the imperfect subtitles that lagged the dialog by about two seconds, this was an interesting story of a quiet, self-dubbed "mysterious" guy who, through dissatisfaction with his high ranking job as an insurance investigator, starts to really live his life rather than float along.  Though very slow, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Hulu.com for sharing it :-)

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Stardust

My Rating: 

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Favorite?: 

Yes

Book/Novelization: 

Though apparently very different from the book (so my wife tells me, I haven't read it yet), Stardust is a really great romantic fantasy adventure loosely based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. Telling the tale of a certain Tristan Thorn and his week long trek into a hidden inner world for what started out as a quest to obtain a fallen star for the young lady he fancies, it quickly turns into much more, something richer and more meaningful. Along the way Tristan and his companion, Yvaine, encounter lots of unique characters, most notably an evil witch exquisitely played by Michelle Pfeiffer and a pirate / entrepreneur played by Robert De Niro in what is definitely one of the most unusual roles I've seen him in. One of my all-time favorites, and a movie my wife and I re-watch relatively often, we enjoy it that much.

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Heath Ledger dying so young is like..

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To continue the Dark Knight theme, I think that Heath Ledger passing away so young would have been like Jack Nicholson dying after making One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is such a breathtaking demonstration of acting ability. By this point in Nicholson's career he'd already received several major award nominations, as had Ledger, and each of these two movies (looked liked it) pushed each actor to their respective limits. Nicholson then went on to win several major awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 'Cuckoo's Nest. Of course my comparison is not without its irony - Nicholson went on to play the Joker in Tim Burton's original Batman movie in 1989. Food for though.

Reasons to see The Dark Knight

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In case you haven't seen it already, I present some reasons to see The Dark Knight aka Batman 2:

  • (at the time of writing) The Dark Knight is the highest rated movie on IMDB with a score of 9.5 average out of over 90,000 votes, beating The Godfather.
  • It was Heath Ledger's last movie and he was a great actor who's work we should respect and watch.
  • The reports I read way back when indicated he got so completely into his character that he had terrible problems pulling himself out of it afterwards.
  • Christopher Nolan directed and co-wrote it, and he did the last Batman Begins movie, The Prestige, Insomnia and Momento.
  • It has Christian Bale as Batman, who I've thought has been an awesome actor ever since making Empire of the Sun back in 1987 as a child. He also was in Equilibrium (yes, I liked it), The Machinist, The Prestige, and others.
  • It's not only a good comic-book flick but also a fantastic detective story. Yes, there's a real story in it.
  • There's an IMAX version with several scenes filmed specially to take advantage of the larger screen.
  • Because I said so? :)

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