Sunday, July 09, 2006
Movie Reviews: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DMC, THE MATADOR, & INSIDE DEEP THROAT
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Capt. Jack (Johnny Depp) owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), captain of the dreaded Flying Dutchman. He threatens to curse Jack to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation if he can't settle up. Soon-to-be-married Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) join Jack on a quest to find the Dead Man's Chest, which may contain a treasure that Jones will accept as payment.
Cast Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jack Davenport (more)
Director(s) Gore Verbinski
Writer(s) Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Ghosts, Swashbuckler, Theatrical Release, Sequel, Pirates
Release Date July 7, 2006
Running Time 145 minutes
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest is an extremely enjoyable adventure film thats about as polished as summer films can get. Gore Verbinski continues the general style from the original film by combining awesome visuals with a massive serving of action. Johnny Depp returns to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow with a great sense of glee. He clearly enjoys playing this character and it shows on screen. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly both do decent jobs in their return but they really dont add anything to the characters that was there in the first film. Bill Nighy is excellent as Davy Jones and serves as a worthy successor to Geoffrey Rush as this film protagonist. The characters in this film really drive the movie and make it easier to gloss over the films flaws. While Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest is an enjoyable film but this film has the same problem that the first film had, its too long. Some sequences, especially the action scenes near the end, seem to go on forever. Dont get me wrong, they are fun and engaging but at times they do get a bit monotonous. Secondly, this film is somewhat cartoonier than the original film in spots and gorier in other parts. It also perfectly sets up the upcoming 3rd film leaving just enough unfinished plot thread to leave the audience hungry for more. The good really outweighs the bad in this film, quite simply if you liked the first films style and action the sequel wont disappoint.
Julian Noble (Brosnan) is a hit man whose career has taken a downturn. Danny (Kinnear) is a salesman with a rocky marriage and even rockier finances. After they meet at a hotel bar, an experience in Mexico City makes them think that although they have little in common, they might be able to help each other.
Cast Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Dylan Baker, Philip Baker Hall
Director(s) Richard Shepard, Bob Yari
Writer(s) Richard Shepard
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Comedies, Theatrical Release, Hit Men
Release Date Dec. 30, 2005 New York/Los Angeles; Jan. 6, 2006 top 20 markets; Jan. 20, 2006 wide
DVD Release Date July 4, 2006
Running Time 96 minutes
MPAA Rating R
The Matador is a very odd movie, sometimes funny, sometimes quirky other times just odd. The characters in the movie dont tend to act very realistically and everyone involved is hamming up to a fairly high degree with varying degrees of success. Brosnan is on the top of the ham list but his character comes off as likable and funny. Greg Kinnear on the other had seems totally out of his element is this film, just like the Hope Davis. Both of their performances come across very hollow and unrealistic. The movie isnt really boring but at the same time its not really engaging either. The Matador does have a wonderful visual palette which litters the screen with all kinds of brightly colored locals for the action to occur. That being said, when the movie ends I didnt particularly feel good or bad about having watched the movie. Its just kind of there, a few laughs but nothing much thatll stick with you.
INSIDE DEEP THROAT
This documentary examines the cultural effects of the X-rated 1972 porn movie Deep Throat, which stands as the most successful independent film of all time, with a worldwide gross of more than $600 million.
Director(s) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Education/General Interest, Media Arts, Documentary, Theatrical Release, Adult, Film About Film, Sex, 1970s
Release Date Feb. 11, 2005
DVD Release Date Sept. 20, 2005
Running Time 90 minutes
MPAA Rating NC-17 - explicit sexual content
Inside Deep Throat is a fascinating documentary about the social affects of a porn movie on the American landscape. First off this film is fairly graphic; it is after all a documentary about a porno movie. So if you have a problem with that you should probably steer clear of this film. That being said, this is a very engaging, at times funny, other times sad film about the massive reverberations of a porn film that became the center of a firestorm. Deep Throat began a battle between free speech advocates and the religious right that is still raging today. Both sides are shown throughout the documentary but the religious right does come off as fairly silly, mostly due to their own words; there is a qu. This documentary is a great examination of social taboos and personal freedom and the effect on our lives as Americans.