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Children of Men (#59)

This was really good. Not quite what I expected, but in a good way (my expectations related purely to screenplay structuring and the fact that I completely forgot about the screenplay… is really amazing actually). Exquisitely directed by Alfonso Cuaron and well deserving of its three Oscar noms for editing, cinematography and adapted screenplay. Clive Owen is just amazing. Seriously, the way that man can portray emotions without moving a single muscle is really under praised. Also loved Michael Caine and Julianne Moore, neither of whom felt like they were acting. They just were these people in this world. I loved the use of music and that the emotions and third act never felt heavy handed. Really an exquisitely done gem film.

Beyond Borders (#51)
I thought this was terrific. First off, it reminded me how much I love Clive Owen and how I need to get back into the habit of watching everything he’s connected with. No one does rugged-good-guys-with-compromised-morals-but-really-making-an-effort-all-the-same better than he does these days. This movie also served to remind me that hate Angelina Jolie as much as you want for being a gorgeous superstar and whatnot, she’s also a damn good actress and there’s an actual reason she’s so well respected in the industry. Supporting actors Noah Emmerich and Linus Roache round out the film beautifully (particularly Emmerich). I also always forget about Martin Campbell when I’m thinking about directors I’d like to work with, but he’s really great. (Even though I have to ask who thought it was a good idea to use Papyrus as the credits font. Papyrus? Really? Were those made by a 6th grader?) Great story both in terms of love and wider international themes. I completely loved it.

Beyond Borders (#51)

I thought this was terrific. First off, it reminded me how much I love Clive Owen and how I need to get back into the habit of watching everything he’s connected with. No one does rugged-good-guys-with-compromised-morals-but-really-making-an-effort-all-the-same better than he does these days. This movie also served to remind me that hate Angelina Jolie as much as you want for being a gorgeous superstar and whatnot, she’s also a damn good actress and there’s an actual reason she’s so well respected in the industry. Supporting actors Noah Emmerich and Linus Roache round out the film beautifully (particularly Emmerich). I also always forget about Martin Campbell when I’m thinking about directors I’d like to work with, but he’s really great. (Even though I have to ask who thought it was a good idea to use Papyrus as the credits font. Papyrus? Really? Were those made by a 6th grader?) Great story both in terms of love and wider international themes. I completely loved it.

Another one of those actors who has only gotten better with age. :)

Another one of those actors who has only gotten better with age. :)