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Nine, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on February 7, 2010

Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Fergie, Kate Hudson

Score: 4 / 10

Reviewed by pjowens75

The movie NINE is based on the Broadway musical “Nine” which is based on the Fellini film “8 ½”, and if you add those together, you get 26 ½. This, of course, has absolutely no bearing on anything at all, except that I was thinking of all this nonsense during the movie itself.
It isn’t that NINE is a bad movie, it just has no spark. It’s like that old fast food commercial, “Where’s the beef?” And that’s too bad, because it’s gorgeous to look at. It’s set in Italy in the 1960’s, and director Rob Marshall and director of photography Dion Beebe have done a marvelous job of capturing the look and feel of the times. And if that were all this movie was about, it would score quite highly on the meter. Alas, there are actors involved, and that’s where things fall apart.

Daniel Day Lewis plays a renowned director about to embark on his latest project. Problem is he has no idea of what it will be. It seems he has lost his muse, which has always been the women in his life. And as he tries to recapture the spirit that has built his reputation, each one of these women makes an appearance, almost all inexplicably dressed in lingerie. And, since it’s a musical, each one sings a song…a truly forgettable song. Five minutes after the closing credits, you can’t recall a single melody. It’s as though each one phoned in their roles, from Penelope Cruz as his stereotypical current mistress, to Fergie, whose music videos have more life.

A spark of hope arose with the appearance of Sophia Loren as Lewis’ mother. Unfortunately, she was confined to the background and never given an opportunity. Look, if you are going to cast one of the greatest Italian actresses of her day in a film, for gosh’ sake, give her something to do. Here it seems her only purpose is to lend a note of authenticity to the entire proceedings. Even the always consistent Dame Judi Dench seems to realize she’s getting nothing back from her fellow actors, and tries too hard to make up for that.

If there is a bright spot, it is Marion Cotillard as his long suffering wife, who is finally getting fed up with his philandering. She is believable throughout her all too brief appearances, and manages to make her musical number (a solo without the scantily clad backup dancers) both poignant and convincing, although for the life of me I can’t remember either the words or the tune. It’s very sad that, in a film filled with beautiful women in lingerie, the only one worth watching was the one who remained fully clothed. She is the only one who invests anything into her role, including Lewis whose acting style just doesn’t work well with a musical, even though he looks like he belongs in sixties Italy.

Which brings us back to the heart of the matter, which is: there is no heart to this matter. Set in a time and place that should be bursting with life, this film has none.

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Nine – Korean Poster

Posted by LiveFor on November 21, 2009

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Nine – Trailer. Fergie is a whore..well that’s what it says

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

Directed by Rob Marshall (who is also going to be directing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Nine is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).Out on 18th December 2009

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Rage – Trailer for film starring Jude Law in drag, Judi Dench, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2009

RAGE-4-ADefying the usual conventions of film, Rage is the new cinematic creation from ground-breaking writer/director Sally Potter. Using a radical narrative structure focusing entirely on individual performances, Rage builds a tragicomic portrait of people persuaded to reveal their secrets in the midst of a crisis. The film consists entirely of a dynamic series of interviews, as if shot by a schoolboy on his mobile phone. He goes behind-the-scenes at a New York fashion show during seven days in which an accident on the catwalk turns into a murder investigation.

This is the film that features Jude Law as a transvestite supermodel. There he is in the photo below.
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Starring Jude Law, Judi Dench, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and Eddie Izzard

Out on 24th September 2009

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Nine – Trailer and Photos – If you liked Chicago then this one is for you

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

Here is a trailer and some photos for Nine. It is a musical in the style of Chicago which I thought was terribel, but that’s just me.
The musical tells the story of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), a producer, a mistress (Penelope Cruz), a film star muse (Nicole Kidman), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), and his deceased mother (Sophia Loren).
Nine is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha). The screenplay was adapted by filmmaker Anthony Minghella and Michael Tolkin. The film is based on Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8½.

So Fergie is in this, will.i.am was in Wolverine and Taboo was in Street Fighter. What will the last Black Eyed Pea, apl.de.ap, star in?

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Quantum of Solace, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on October 19, 2008

Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
Running Time: 106 minutes

This review by Ali

Where does a character go once he’s been reinvented? Stripped down to the bare essentials, the James Bond of Casino Royale – the 007 that Ian Fleming would have approved of – proved extremely popular with audiences and critics alike, enough for them wipe the slate clean and agree to start afresh. Bond now rebooted, battered physically and emotionally, therefore comes into this sequel a fully-formed, grounded character with places to go: a man with drive, reason, purpose. But despite his passport getting a workout thanks to a jet-setting narrative that takes him half way across the globe, the James Bond of Quantum Of Solace goes precisely nowhere. At times, you feel you can see the character – and by proxy the writers – actually thinking, “So what now?”

We pick up with Bond, James Bond, mere minutes after the finale of Casino Royale – in Italy with the sinister Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) in the boot of his car, nursing a painful looking leg injury. But perhaps British intelligence isn’t what it used to be. “We used to be so paranoid,” laughs White, “looking over our shoulders, thinking you were listening to our conversations. But you didn’t even know we exist!” White claims his organisation Quantum – think SPECTRE but without the awesome lairs – has men everywhere, and he’s not wrong. Bond travels to Haiti, London, Bolivia and Russia chasing Quantum goons, principally the weasely Dominic Greene; a smarmy eco-crusader in public, but reptilian facilitator of evil deeds behind closed doors. Think Al Gore gone insane with power.

Bond’s arc here ought to be revenge; the death of Vesper Lynd the righteous cause. But Craig’s emotionless visage is so blank, the script so bereft of character, Quantum Of Solace feels like just another day at the office for 007. Sure, he kills a few people he shouldn’t. He breaks the rules. He goes off the grid. But what kind of Bond would he be if he didn’t? It isn’t until the final scene that you’ll actually remember Bond’s motivations, so meaningless are his exploits up until that point.

Craig, it must be said, is excellent. Any doubt he could inhabit the role must surely now evaporate. His Bond is a real bruiser: smacked, cracked, bleeding and beaten from pillar to post, Craig looks like hell in the best possible way. The problems with Quantum Of Solace should not fall at his feet. This is the best Bond he could be given the circumstances.

No, the issues are with the studio’s choice of director in Marc Forster. This is a man who knows how to put dramatic audiences through the wringer (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner) but he’s completely out of his depth handling a franchise this large. High-tempo sequences, like the opening car chase and an extremely Bournian rooftop pursuit, are disorientating in the extreme: too fast, too sloppy and too ruthlessly edited. Often, things change in the blink of an eye – one second Bond is lying on his back, the next he’s jumping out a window, the next he’s swinging from a rope. It’s often impossible to keep up.

Fight scenes often seem practised and stagey (Bond smashes an opponent through a wall with ridiculous ease), while one shot sees 007 riding a motorbike… at about 25mph. These are all hallmarks of a director unfamiliar with action; perhaps former Paul Greengrass protege Dan Bradley should be held responsible (it would certainly explain the feeling of deja vu – as Bond jumps through yet another window, you may feel like yelling, Alan Partridge style, “STOP GETTING BOURNE WRONG!”).

What’s more, the realistic tone struck by Martin Campbell in Casino Royale has taken something of a leave of absence here. MI6 use flashy, over-the-top Minority Report-style holo-computers, when anyone who reads the papers knows that British intelligence can’t even hop in a taxi without leaving their laptop in the back. Bond, leaping on a bad guy’s bonnet, finds time to fire of a clunky quip before his bullet. Amalric’s bad guy lurches uncomfortably from believably slimy to ridiculously evil, lunging at Bond with an axe in a final showdown. Though I hesitate to compare it to Indy’s infamous ‘fridge’ escape, the scene where 007 jumps out of a plane without a parachute and survives seems a little too far-fetched even for a Bond movie. All we ask is for some consistency – this isn’t Crank, this is Bond.

This is not a disaster on par with Die Another Day. In fact, in parts it’s quite watchable – Craig is a magnetic lead, those piercing blue eyes are quite the attention grabber. Judi Dench, meanwhile, is once again magnificent; all British reserve, stiff upper lip and frosty delivery (a low-key scene with M at home, removing her make-up while issuing orders, is perhaps the most disarming in the entire movie). The Bond girls look the part, too, even if Olga Kurylenko (ticking the boxes marked ‘feisty’ and ‘headstrong’) lacks personality and Gemma Arterton (Agent Shagwell) lacks any decent screen time. On a second viewing, perhaps the topsy-turvy storyline settles a little – a menagerie of accents does mean some important plot points will be missed first time around.

But make no mistake, Quantum Of Solace is a crushing disappointment. Try as you might, you’ll be unable to invest in any of the characters – now Bond’s heart has been broken, it’s like nothing ever changed and the character exists simply to get to the next location and car chase and gun fight. It’s a perfectly average action film, certainly better than the last few Brosnan outings. But when Casino Royale set the bar so high, it’s not acceptable for a follow-up to simply stroll under it. Once again, Bond finds himself at a cross-roads, standing still, without direction. So… what now?

I don’t like the fact they’ve gone from the realism that was in Casino Royale, but I’m still going to go and see it on the big screen. What do you think of that? Are you going to see the movie? Did you enjoy Casino Royale?
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New Quantum of Solace photos

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2008

Columbia Pictures has released new photos from the new James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace“. Opening November 14, the Marc Forster-directed action-adventure stars Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen and Joaquin Cosio.

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