Feb 12, 2013

Movie Review: Lincoln

http://gcaggiano.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/lincoln-movie-poster.jpgIf you're looking for a history lesson, that's what you will get.


Lincoln takes us to the time when the Civil War was in full throttle in 1865 America and its reelected president is torn between bringing the war to an end or rethinking his Emancipation Proclamation which even though freed most slaves to fight his war but had not made slavery illegal. Only a constitutional amendment would rid America of its racism.

Not an easy task, not a pleasant decision, the struggle is very evident through out the movie.

too many opinions, too many negotiations, be it political (in the congress) or family (his wife and son) it was INTENSE.

By the end of it all you just want to scream at the screen..EFFIN FINALLY!?!?!??!

The Acting:

Story aside, the acting was plausible, as expected

Daniel Day-Lewis did a fabulous job, he was a great Lincoln. However, personally i think he was out shined by Tommy Lee Jones. that man is a legend.
Sally Field as always brought perfection to the screen to say the least.

The one that stole the show for me was James Spader perfectly named Bilbo ^_^

I didn't see much of Spielburg 's influence in the film, nothing spectacular.

over all a good saturday afternoon movie. NOT worth watching at the cinema.

B points 

Feb 6, 2013

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/850436/thumbs/o-ZERO-DARK-THIRTY-570.jpg?4There's little to be said about American CIA/FBI movies that you don't already know.

Last week i watched Zero Dark Thirty (yes i know this is overdue)..

If you haven't, i won't tell you not to, the main character "Maya" is very raw & dull..but you end up rooting for her
And the progression of the movie is so slow, that at some point you start thinking "What am i doing with my life? Why am i here?"

However, I will tell you this, you will probably be very curious as to how true the events  & how real these characters are..

Story Line:

The story is of CIA chick Maya and her first experience in prisoner interrogation following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on Sep 11th and her pursuit in capturing 'OBL' Osama Bin Laden

She is not a big fan of the whole process but quickly learns that it is the only way. She adopts the entire sole responsibility of capturing OBL by catching and interrogating the closest Al-Qaeda members and curriers to him. Finally in 2011, with many (slow) events and leads she finally *believes* she cracked it, they send off the Navy SEALS (The Canaries) to kill or capture Bin Laden. But is he who she says or where she says he is?

Dun Dun Duuuunnn

Some parts of the movie was shot in Jordan and India - it was very veryyyy VERY obvious. The overuse of Arabic was so annoying that i lost complete interest in the movie. They tried to sell the idea that people in Pakistan speak Arabic? really? REALLY? you had all that money but couldn't afford to research this?

So many little details that have escaped logic or common sense actually ruined the entire experience for me.


- Watching events that took place in 2005 on a computer screen on Google Chrome! (Google Chrome launched in 2008)
- When chasing the messenger down in the streets of 'Pakistan' you can see an Indian flag)
- CIA agent & Kuwaiti guy, in a bar, with girls..dancing and drinking (Alcohol is forbidden and there are no bars or clubs in Kuwait)
- and finally, my personal favorite was when the Jordanian inside guy (the doctor) is approaching the camp for super meeting, he is in a white car, driving through the desert, dramatically zig zaging through all the security checks, and driving super fast, but when the car pulls up to the building, it is maroon.. -_- yes..maroon 

At the end of the day if you have time to spare, watch it..if not you're not missing much 
& it's not a cinema movie (meaning you can watch it home)

B Points