Tag Archives: Javier Bardem

Collateral creates a disagreement

6 Aug

Collateral-film

Michael Mann’s Collateral is one of the best modern noir films of the 21st Century, although my partner in crime (Chuck) completely disagrees with this statement.

Like Mann’s previous film Heat, Collateral was shot entirely in Los Angeles and the environment comes through. Tom Cruise uncharacteristically plays an antagonist while Jamie Foxx serves as the hero in this film about a hitman (Cruise) getting into a cab and “asking” the cabbie (Foxx) to bring him to five locations to carry out his “business.” I believe the stars are dynamic together and each give one of the best performances of their career, but my partner feels they are wrong for the parts. Screenwriter Stuart Beattie creates two original characters that help keep the film grounded in a game of cat and mouse. Mann allows the tension to build, which has become a trademark of his thrillers. Collateral has substance, whereas Chuck thinks he is caught up in his style.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: B-

Skyfall drops in a great movie

9 Nov

Bond is back with a vengeance! After the mediocrity of Quantum of Solace there was a lot of pressure on the cast and crew of Skyfall to deliver a great film for James Bond’s 50th anniversary in film. It delivers and much more. Thanks to Director Sam Mendes and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, the Bond tuxedo once again has the license to kill. Skyfall is a smart script filled with action and a talented cast that makes the future of the franchise in good hands.

Skyfall’s James Bond aka 007 (Daniel Craig), once again is on a mission, but soon his loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. MI6 comes under attack due to the villainous Silva (Javier Bardem) and 007 must track down and destroy the threat at all cost.

You do not have to be a Bond fan to enjoy this film. After twenty-three films, Bond is better than ever.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B

The Sea Inside moves with grace

6 Nov

One of my regrets is letting this film sit on my shelf for a year before finally putting it in the DVD player. I knew the movie had won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2005, but there it sat collecting dust, until I saw Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.

Based on a true story about Ramon Sampedro’s (Javier Bardem) quest to legally end his life on his own terms because of diving accident that left him a quadriplegic. The majority of this film takes place in Sampedro’s bedroom where he is confined to his bed. Alejandro Amenabar’s skillful storytelling and direction keep this film moving gracefully by balancing a number of personal relationships with Sampedro. Each person he talks with has a different kind of interaction with him that ranges from love to frustration to despair. Bardem’s performance is simply beautiful. He is truly one of the most gifted actors working in cinema today.

WORD COUNT: 158

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: B+