Denzel Washington delivers one of his finer ‘tortured soul’ roles. Thought the choice of music throughout was a bit uninspired. John Goodman back on form.
“Honey, could you hustle us up a couple of daiquiris and a cocktail weenie? On second thought, just bring the booze, I brought my own weenie. Oh, she’s offended. And she should be. I’m a pig. And I hate me. That’s what we have in common, nurse Rached. We both hate me.”
The amount of effort that has gone into this movie is almost overwhelming. Prompted me to undergo my own mini investigation of my own, so I can see why it prompted a re-opening. Donald Sutherland’s scene stole the show.
“Fundamentally, people are suckers for the truth. And the truth is on your side, Bubba.”
The Descendants (2011)
The love for Hawaii in this film is quite something. George Clooney shines in one of his most emotionally complex roles. Up there with About Schmidt but Sideways remains my favourite Alexander Payne movie.
“Goodbye, Elizabeth. Goodbye, my love, my friend, my pain, my joy. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.”
Django Unchained (2012)
Didn’t enjoy quite as much as Inglorious but still incredibly entertaining nonetheless. Highlights for me were Samuel L. Jackson and the brilliant score. Maybe a little more of the long and tense dialogue and I’d regard it the same as I do Inglorious!
“Take her out? Why?”
Corpse Bride (2005)
Gorgeously animated but a little underdeveloped in terms of story. Particularly liked how the dead appear to be happier than the living. Loved the musical numbers.
“There’s an eye in me soup.”
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Charming and staunch Coen brothers comedy that’s just as funny as Lebowski or Fargo without the obscenities / dark undertones. A shame that Clooney and the Coens have only collaborated on one additional occasion (to my knowledge). Amazing how they can create something so whimsical in contrast to No Country For Old Men and True Grit.
“We’re in a tight spot!”
Fast-paced fast-cutting montage of unfolding events, slow down for scene between protagonist and best friend/lover, repeat. The first movie where I decoded Scorsese’s method. Still as good as any of his other offerings.
“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”