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Memento

Leonard Shelby (played by Guy Pearce) is an ex-insurance investigator who experienced extreme trauma when he witnessed his wife’s murder. In the home invasion that ended his wife’s life, Leonard has killed one of the attackers. He then devotes his life to finding and killing the second attacker. His wife’s death is the last thing he remembers and due to a head injury he is no longer capable of creating new memories. Throughout his search he writes himself notes and reminders to keep some of the pieces together and give him a starting point each day. He faces a daily challenge to be sure of who he knows, what he knows and who he trusts. There is also a second story … this is told backwards … where in the opening scene he kills his assistant Joe Pantoliano (by Teddy Gammell) because he thinks Jo is the second killer – of course, this is the climax to the second story and each scene, shown in reverse order, reveals more and more about the story and the search. .

This is a cleverly told movie, expertly acted out by Guy Pearce and well supported by the resr of the multiple cast.  It is told in both black/white and colour – the forward sequence in black/white and the reverse in colour – the two scenarios meet at the end of the movie. You need to be alert throughout though just so you can keep track. 

It’s worth seeing. .

(Made: 2000)

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Movies

 

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LA Confidential

It’s Los Angeles in the 1950”s, when the cops are tough but mostly crooked, bribery is rife, people have lives full of mystery and the tabloids splash the dirty linen of the rich and glamorous Hollywood stars allover their front pages.  Things are rarely what they seem. A murder has gone down and the cops are investigating. Three very different officers are on the case, but for different reasons: Ed Exley (played by Guy Pearce) is an ambitious fresh young cop who seeks the truth, Bud White (by Russell Crowe) is an experienced, hard-nosed but sensitive cop who seeks justice at almost any price and Jack Vincennes (by Kevin Spacey) is more interested in Hollywood and making movies, than actually being a policeman. The Chief of Detectives (by James Cromwell) is more shifty than all the rest and he is highly influenced by the politics of the day, so he runs his department accordingly. Bud White takes a fancy to a glamorous call girl Lynn, (by Kim Basinger) who is involved in a business run by an elusive millionnaire (by David Strathairn) and a tabloid journalist (by Danny DeVito) is always close enough to the action to get dirt to publish to his waiting audience. 

This is based on James Ellroy’s novel of the same name which forms part of his “LA Quartet”.  That was a complex story and this movie also has many facets – but it is entertaining and all the bits meet up at a satisfying end. Watch for a cameo appearance by a very young and fresh-faced Simon Baker too.  It’s one of my all time favourite movies.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Movies

 

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The King’s Speech

“The King’s Speech” tells a true story of the British monarchy – how the newly crowned Bertie, King George VI (played by Colin Firth) battled to overcome a debilitating speech impediment and build self-confidence, particularly in the key royal task of public speaking. He was made King only because the rightful heir, his brother Edward VIII (played by Guy Pearce), decided to opt for life with American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson rather than be King. Bertie had tried various cures, all failed, until his wife Elizabeth, later the Queen, (accurately played by Helena Bonham Carter) dragged him to see a down-to-earth Australian elocutionist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush).

This wonderful drama is full of real people, well portrayed emotions and great performances. They are all excellent – one point of interest … look for Jennifer Ehle also – she is hard to recognize here in the role of Lionel’s wife. It is a very good movie.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Movies

 

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Animal Kingdom

“Animal Kingdom” is a 2010 Australian crime drama. After his mother dies from an overdose of heroin, 17-year-old ‘J’ moves in with his grandmother, the matriarch of a notorious crime family consisting of her three sons – J’s uncles … (an armed robber in hiding, a drug dealer and a villain in the making who follows the lead of his older brothers).  It is a violent movie – but not in the “blood and gore” sense  – it is the way that the movie violates your senses as it depicts how the family acts and interacts – it is alarming, sudden and shocking. It will show you a slice of crime-family life that is realistic and gritty. 

Jackie Weaver was nominated for an Oscar for her excellent portrayal of the matriarch, she deserves that nomination but I would have liked to have seen more of her character as her true mettle does not reveal itself until relatively late in the movie – and her habit of kissing her sons on the lips is rather unsettling! Fabulous work is contributed by Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Sullivan Stapleton and James Frecheville also. Each of these actors provides a character that is truly striking, unique and totally believable.  The script was inspired by a true crime family of Melbourne, Australia. It is very, very good.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Movies

 

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The Hurt Locker

I resisted seeing this movie for quite some time, although it had been recommended to me by several people. As action movies go, “The Hurt Locker” balances the chaos and utter violence of combat with the stress of conflict inactivity very well. It follows a squad of bomb disposal soldiers on a tour of duty in Iraq. Through compelling dramatic sequences it gradually counts down the days until the tour finishes. The key messages are clear and the people involved are realistically and honestly portrayed. Hand-held camera work very effectively adds to the depiction of chaos in the action sequences. It deserves all the Oscars. One point of interest for Australians – Guy Pearce appears in the opening scene – an uncredited cameo, I think.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Movies

 

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