Partly Cloudy (2009): A Notable Short Film

Partly Cloudy Movie Poster

 

The Short Film:

 

 

Redeeming Qualities:

 

Showcases Pixar's truly inventive and out-of-the-box creativity. Light-hearted humour with an important moral message. Concept of storks delivering babies used as a platform for a deeper tale. Brilliant visuals.

 

Director:

 

Peter Sohn

 

Cast:

 

  • Tony Fucile (as the voices of Gus / Peck / Other males)
  • Lori Richardson (as the voices of Female Cloud / Human Mom / Other females)

 

Runtime:

 

6 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Animation / Comedy

 

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In Bruges (2008): An Underrated Gem

In Bruges Movie Poster
 

 

Director:

 

Martin McDonagh

 

Trailer:

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

 

My review:

 

I have to admit that when it comes to Colin Farrell, I have been quite disappointed by his overall selection of film roles as they have failed to make use of his unique charisma in a way that should have produced long-lasting and memorable performances. However, in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, he defies such low expectations and delivers what is perhaps his career-best performance. As the reluctant and shaky hitman Ray, Colin Farrell manages to connect with audiences from the get-go, showing Ray as a tormented criminal who has done a terrible mistake that deeply haunts him psychologically. What makes Colin impressive in the film is how natural his performance is; there is no hint of pretentiousness and arrogance in his character but instead a lot of warmth and humor, giving us a fully-dimensional character. He is joined on screen by Brendan Gleeson, who plays Ray's partner-in-crime and veteran hitman Ken. As with Farrell, Gleeson manages to be lovable as he steals every scene he is in, striking a winning partnership with Colin Farrell that is among the many reasons why In Bruges is such a delight to watch. But, if I were to choose one major aspect of the film's effectiveness it would have to be its setting, the city of Bruges, Belgium, the quiet and small town these two characters seek refuge to in order to avoid suspicion from the authority after a murder attempt goes awfully wrong. Through his calm, assured, and confident directing style, Martin McDonagh's camera allows the film to flow without a single hitch, resulting in quite the pleasant experience. The film might have been overlooked during its release due to Colin Farrell's dreadful track record but it does more than enough in the acting, writing, and directing departments to warrant special attention, in my eyes. Suffice to say, In Bruges is most definitely an underrated gem which almost all film-lovers will greatly enjoy.

 

Outstanding Performances:

 

  • Colin Farrell (as Ray)
  • Ralph Fiennes (as Harry)
  • Brendan Gleeson (as Ken)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 47 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Crime / Drama

 

RoboCop (1987): A Guilty Pleasure

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Synopsis:

 

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Creative visual effects. Cheesy and cringe-worthy dialogue. Peter Weller as RoboCop. The soundtrack. The campy atmosphere.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Paul Verhoeven

 

Cast:

 

  • Peter Weller (as Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop)
  • Nancy Allen (as Officer Anne Lewis)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

Action / Crime / Sci-Fi

 

Cinema in Pictures: Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger | السينما في صور: كريستوفر نولان، كريستيان بايل، و هيث لدجر

 

Christopher Nolan Christian Bale Heath Ledger

Director Christopher Nolan supervises actors Christian Bale and Heath Ledger while filming a scene from The Dark Knight (2008) | المخرج كريستوفر نولان يشرف على الممثلين كريستيان بايل و هيث لدجر أثناء تصوير مشهد من فيلم 'فارس الظلام' من انتاج سنة 2008

 

Moe At The Movies passes 10,000 Facebook Likes / مو و الأفلام يتخطى 10,000 معجبين في فايسبوك

 

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بعد عام ونصف تقريباً منذ انطلاقه، تمكن موقع مو و الأفلام من الوصول الى هدف جديد. هذا الهدف الرائع هو تمكن مو و الأفلام من تخطي عدد المعجبين بصفحة الفايسبوك للموقع ل10،000 معجب و معجبة منذ انطلاقه في يونيو عام 2012! لا توجد الكلمات الكافية التي من شأنها أن تجعلني أعبر عن مدى امتناني و شكري لكم جميعاً. فبفضل زياراتكم المتكررة سواء عن طريق فايسبوك، تمكن موقع مو و الأفلام الوصول لهذا الإنجاز الرائع الجديد! دعمكم المتواصل والمتميز للموقع يملأني بالفرح ويجعلني أكثر حرصاً و إصراراً من أي وقت مضى لكتابة ومناقشة الأفلام والبرامج التلفزيونية الجميلة معكم جميعاً. ويحدوني الأمل بأن تستمتعوا دائماً بكتاباتي في موقعي مو و الأفلام لسنوات عديدة قادمة. لكم امتناني الأبدي

اذا كُنْتُمْ من رواد فايسبوك و لم تزوروا صفحة الموقع بعد، فيرجى الضغط هنا

 

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Men in Black (1997): A Guilty Pleasure

Men in Black Movie Poster

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Tommy Lee Jones’s witty lines. Will Smith’s wacky and infectious performance. The creative and vibrant special effects. The “Memory Eraser”. The iconic theme song.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

High (Revisited once a year)

 

Director:

 

Barry Sonnenfeld

 

Cast:

 

  • Tommy Lee Jones (as Kay)
  • Will Smith (as Jay)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 38 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Sci-Fi

 

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007): An Underrated Gem

 
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Movie Poster

 

Director:

 

Tim Burton

 

Trailer:

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

 

My review:

 

Musicals have long been one of my favorite film genres. With classics like Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Sound of Music (1965), and Mary Poppins (1964) just a few of those movies that have redefined the genre and provided audiences with countless magical moments. The crop of musical films in the last two decades proved to be a mixed bag with only a handful achieving greatness. One of those motion pictures is undoubtedly Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is yet another collaboration between Tim Burton and his muse, cinema's chameleon, Johnny Depp. Here, Depp assumes the role of Sweeney Todd, the talented barber who is on a mission to avenge those who have wronged him and his loved ones. Playing the role of Todd's confidante and friend, Mrs. Lovett, Helena Bonham Carter gives yet another memorable performance that easily ranks amongst her best ever roles. The story of the film is set in London during the Victorian era which fits perfectly with Burton's deep fascination with gothic themes and ideas. The result is a visually stunning piece of cinema that superbly showcases the brilliant and witty musical scenes. It remains a mystery to me why such a well-made film seems to be forgotten by many. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is without a doubt an underrated gem.

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Johnny Depp (as Sweeney Todd)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (as Mrs. Lovett)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 56 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Drama / Horror / Musical