“Arbitrage” Review

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Arbitrage (2012)

Richard Gere plays a successful businessman, Robert Miller. Miller is a busy man, shuffling two distinct lives: one in which he is a self-made millionaire and a family man, the very face of respectability and success; and another where he is a deceitful and unfaithful husband keeping a beautiful mistress on the side, while also being an intelligent business fraudster. When a car accident shutters the well-thought-out balance of his double life, forcing him to start covering his shameful deeds, it becomes unclear whether or not he has already gone too far on the road of lust and deceit to be able to surface unharmed.

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“Skyfall” Review

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Skyfall (2012)

For those who are not used to Sam Mendes’ work and its quality, ‘Skyfall’ may appear like another action flick of average quality, just another James Bond film, full of the same tricks recycled once again. But this is Sam Mendes film, which means that this first impression is false. ‘Skyfall’ is a delightful surprise which has the potential to exceed everyone’s expectations. The film is intelligent, stylish, funny and very well acted. It is certainly much better than the previous two films in the James Bond series. In this film, James Bond, who is badly wounded on the mission to Turkey and unfit for service, embarks on yet another mission to stop a former ‘…00’ MI6 agent from completing his evil plan.

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“Frailty” Review

Frailty (2001)

  The story is told through a character who introduces himself as Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey). He tells an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) of his childhood – a family of three: father (Bill Paxton) and his two sons. Initially a happy family, things turn for the worse when the father begins to experience a series of religious visions, prompting him to commit a series of gruesome murders. As the father’s insanity escalates, his two sons are forced to confront their own sense of right and wrong. 

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“Miller’s Crossing” Review

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Loosely based on Dashiell Hamett’s “Red Harvest”, ‘Miller’s Crossing’ is an intelligent gangster film shot in the style of a film noir, directed by Joel Coen, and produced by Ethan Coen and Mark Silverman. The film centres on Tom Regan (Gabriel Byrne), who is the “right hand” of Leo O’Bannon (Albert Finney), an Irish-American political boss, running a Prohibition-era city somewhere in the US. Leo has a “beef” with Johnny Casper, a gangster and his Italian rival. Leo’s girlfriend is Verna, whose brother Bernie Bernbaum has a contract on his life and is wanted dead by Casper. The idea here is that by “giving” Bernie for Casper to kill, Leo and Casper can come to a peaceful understanding and agreement. However, Leo is reluctant to do so because of his girlfriend, who wants to see her brother alive. Tom thinks that Leo is making a mistake. However, Tom also has an affair with Verna, seemingly being in love, and therefore is also, at least “deep inside”, is trying to protect her. When Tom starts to “play” both sides, some unexpected events start to take place.

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“Drive” Review

Drive (2011)

 ‘There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain’

Starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, ‘Drive’ may give the impression of being another cheap Hollywood crime thriller filled with pointless action scenes and meaningless dialogues. However, this first impression is false. Compared to other action films, ‘Drive’, is, in fact, gold itself found on top of some pile of garbage. With an amazing soundtrack, cast, performances, script and, above all, that nostalgic and unforgettable 80s feel to it, ‘Drive’ becomes an impressive movie, giving off brilliance of some kind of a cult movie, maybe only comparable to ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976).

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“A History of Violence” Review

A History of Violence (2005)

 **SPOILER ALERT**

Since David Cronenberg’s ‘A Dangerous Method(2011) is coming to the UK’s cinemas February 2012, I thought I would review one of my favourites of this director’s films – ‘A History of Violence’. Cronenberg excels himself in this film, portraying violence at its very raw. 

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