Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

The 40-Year Old Virgin

Title: The 40-Year Old Virgin
Year: 2005
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring Cast: Steve Farrell, Katherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Rated: R

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February 3, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Relationships, Romance | 7 Comments

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Title: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Year: 2004
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
Rated: R

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What if you could erase painful memories from your mind? Is it possible to completely erase someone from your mind? What are the moral implications involved? These are some of the questions posed by this movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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January 16, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Relationships, Romance | 10 Comments

Closer

Title: Closer
Year: 2004
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen
Rated: A filthy, dirty R

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Closer is based on a play, which makes sense given the very small cast. There are only four characters in the whole film, and the plot focuses entirely on them. For such a small cast, Closer has a complex story, with elements such as love, loneliness, jealousy, trust, deception, betrayal, and lust.

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December 2, 2005 Posted by | Drama, Relationships | 2 Comments

Hero

Title: Hero
Year: 2002
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring Cast: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, and Donnie Yen
Rated: PG-13

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Since the international success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, over recent years Chinese swordfighting films have suddenly become more mainstream. Whereas for decades they were considered campy and cheesy (it’s soooooo obvious they’re on wires!), loved by only the biggest film geeks, these days Chinese swordfighting films have been elevated to the level of Artistic Foreign Independent Film. Or something like that.

But I digress.

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November 12, 2005 Posted by | Action, Fantasy, Relationships | 5 Comments