October 22nd 2011 7:11 am
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This is Mickey, the one who co-wrote the movie reviews with Topper. We just had not watched a lot of movies since the last post.
Early this morning, my mother found Topper in my bedroom. My parents, who I have to live with due to circumstances, rushed her to the vet, but they couldn't do anything. She was gone, despite putting her on oxygen.
I have barely cried, but when I updated Topper's profile here and saw "Today is my Rainbow Bridge Day" after updating the profile, I nearly lost it. I don't know how to react now.
Topper was approximately 19 years old.
May 18th 2011 1:57 pm
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Human "Robert Langdon" (Tom Hanks) is back, and he has only a few hours to solve a mystery to save thousands of what Mickey calls the "Catholic faithful", and top candidates for role of something Mickey calls "pope", before an incident which will kill them all as they await the annoucement of who the new leader of the church will be.
Now, "Langdon", along with a human woman who helped create something called "antimatter" in a lab, must figure out the clues and save the faithful of the world's largest church.
Let me say first that this is much better than the original movie, which I barely remember seeing with Mickey (I don't believe Munchkin was around). You really don't need to read the novel that the movie is based upon to enjoy it according to Mickey, who is not a big reader.
There are some really good performances in this film, especially from the human, Hanks, who proved himself as a solid leading man many times Mickey told me. Here, he really shines as a leading human.
There is some serious problems with character development with supporting characters, especially with the female human, "Dr. Vittoria Vetra" (Ayelet Zurer), whose antimatter stuff is being used as a weapon, and "Camerlengo Patrick McKenna" (Ewan McGregor), who turns an interesting plot twist that Mickey, Munchkin nor myself expected at the end, but isn't seen as much as I would like.
Another problem with this movie is that it is obvious that they opted for green screen for many scenes depicting Roman Catholic churches within Rome's city limits (the church, according to Mickey, refused to allow the movie to be filmed at the locations since the church declared the book offesive to the church). A barely trained eye (which I have since I learned TV production back in high school) could see the actors were in front of a green screen. These effects will become noticeable to the untrained eye as the film ages, and special effects advance.
One thing this movie does pretty well is that it gives very little time for the human audience to breathe between action and plot advancing scenes. You get excited as "Langdon" and "Vetra" get closer to the murderer(s) as they discover new clues.
Despite not being able to shoot on location, and the threat of a strike at the time, a human called Ron Howard did a great job in the director's chair as usual. He was able to use interesting camera angles to help tell the story nicely.
I can't really say I noticed the soundtrack of the movie, since I barely pay attention to instrumentals since that's not my style I listen to (my late daughter, Phantom, would pay more attention to the TV thing Mickey likes to watch). I do notice that it helped the scenes, and in this movie it did.
If you see this on any of the movie channels like HBO, or on something Mickey calls Netflix, check this one out.
May 18th 2011 10:40 am
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"Gorge Cassidy" (Paul Newman), a.k.a. "Butch Cassidy", and "Lonny Longbaugh" (Robert Redoford), a.k.a. "The Sundance Kid, are two of the greatest robbers in the history of the Old West. They pulled jobs on banks and trains with an expertise that made them famous from coast to coast.
Now, years after being out of the business for about two decades, they decide to pull one last bank heist in Bolivia, with the help of a school teacher (Katharine Ross) with romantic ties to both men.
I have to say that I am pretty disappointed in this film. I found it to be slow, with not enough action considering the topic of the movie. It dragged so much that I noticed spending more attention to my computer than watching the movie itself on cable television.
One thing that stood out was the on-screen relationship between Newman and Redford. This is what carries the movie I believe, and most likely why this movie is called a classic now. You feel as if the two are not just partners in crime, but friends with the ribbing that they give one another.
Another problem with this movie is the soundtrack. The only piece of music that is memorable is Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head by BJ Thomas, and that was a weird tune for a Western set in the Old West. If you ask me, the song was just an odd choice.
I also barely enjoyed Ross as "Etta Place". Her character was barely developed if you asked me. It appeared that she was there as a romantic interest, and to help teach "Butch" and "Sundance" Spanish for their attempt at robbing the Bolivian bank.
If you expect a lot of gunfights, you are mistaken on this one. Of what there is in the movie, they are short and well placed.
The cinematography is hard for me to judge since Encore Westerns used a pan-and-scan format. I had to deal with only half of a scene when two people were talking to one another. But, from wide shots, I could see some spectacular scenery, including the famous scene when the title characters jump from a cliff into the water.
Because it was declared a classic, I've been wanting to see this movie. I am highly disappointed in it.