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Tears of the Sun – Starring Bruce Willis

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 December 2011

Tears of the Sun (2003)  Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day (2001), Brooklyn’s Finest (2010)), starring Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction (1994), Unbreakable (2000), Sin City (2005), and many others), Monica Bellucci and others.  Tears of the Sun, a war film, follows a squad of U.S. Navy SEALs, led by the grimly charismatic Bruce Willis as Lieutenant Waters, in their attempt to rescue an American doctor, played by Monica Bellucci, and three missionaries in civil war-torn Nigeria, amidst the horrors of ethnic cleansing.  Short on dialogue, and character development, Tears of the Sun is full of atmosphere: shadows, ceaseless rain, lush vegetation, mud.  Willis’ Lt. Waters is a seasoned, determined military professional who, faced with the massacre of innocent civilians in this genocidal west African civil war, is moved to disobey orders, with inevitable dire consequences for many, including his dedicated squad of hard, but emotionally vulnerable men.  As good as Willis is, and however strong the cinematography, the weak screenplay and predictable events, especially toward the end, as well as the poor acting by the apparently talentless Monica Bellucci, drag the film down enormously.  Nevertheless, for the atmosphere, and the fans of the talented, squint-eyed, stubble-bearded Bruce Willis, Tears of the Sun may be worth watching.  It’s a shame its potential for a dark, brooding, emotional drama were not more fully realised. (PR)

See our posts on the film Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and on the films What Just Happened and Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis.

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Well – by Matthew McIntosh

Posted by the editors on Monday, 5 December 2011

Well (2003)(Novel)  By Matthew McIntosh    Well, McIntosh’s first novel, is a litany of vignettes of desperation, drugs, drink, delusion, disappointment, distress, disease, death and dysfunction.  There is no narrative line, as such, rather, McIntosh assembles, with a pointillist‘s touch, a canvas of dark greys, darker greys and blacks, painting an accumulative picture of the disarray of an assortment of, at best, working class residents of a northwest American strip mall suburban cultural desert.  In fact, Well, shows some promise on the part of McIntosh, though here, the voices of the characters are insufficiently distinguishable, and the repetition becomes tiresome.  The last third of the novel, in fact, is the most successful, where McIntosh ventures a bit further in voice and in narrative development.  Nevertheless, unless one is prepared to endure what one critic has optimistically called grunge meets Beckett, then perhaps it’s best to wait for McIntosh’s next novel, if one is forthcoming. (PR)

Note: The title, Well, refers not to well as in “doing well” but well, as in “at the bottom of a well.”

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Gozu (Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu)

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Gozu, Miike Takashi Yakuza Horror Theatre Poster

Gozu (Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu) (DVD) (2003) Directed by Takashi Miike (Thirteen Assassins, (2010), and the very soon to be released Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, (2011)), which will premier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival), starring Hideki Sone, Show Aikawa and others.  To begin with it is quite probably important to know that the title in Japanes translates, in English, to: “Grand Theatre of Perversion and Fear: Cow’s Head“.  That having been said, one is certainly less surprised to witness the series of rather bizarre scenes, interspersed with elements of what at least on the surface appears to be a yakuza thriller, that make up Gozu.  There is, admittedly, a bit of perversion, and a bit of fear, and, yes, a cow’s head, amongst other…curiosities. (PR)

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What I Loved

Posted by the editors on Monday, 11 April 2011

What I Loved

What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt, cover

What I Loved (novel) (2003) by Siri Hustvedt.  The New York art scene, love, personality disorders and murder. The book jacket calls it “a beautifully written and insightful novel about the way we live now” (Kirkus UK), and Geraldine Bedell, in The Observer section of The Guardian, says it is”…an intellectual page-turner…a ferociously clever book”.  Nevertheless, and though I thoroughly enjoyed Hustvedt’s “The Sorrows of An American“, I tend to agree with, which stated:  “A mannered, somewhat formulaic account of a critic’s long and complicated friendship with an artist, presented by Hustvedt (Yonder, 1998, etc.) with just a touch of melodrama amid the melancholy…told in a gossipy, insider’s tone likely to put off anyone not in (or interested in) the New York art world.”  I may even be tempted to go a bit further in saying that the writing  made me wonder, at times, how well Hustvedt really masters the English language.  Interesting in parts, but really rather tiresome in the long haul. (PR)

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Posted by the editors on Monday, 4 April 2011

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead cinematic release poster

 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003) (DVD) directed by Mike Hodges (Get Carter (1971), Croupier (1998)), starring Clive Owen (Children of Men (2006), Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Match Point (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006)), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter (1974), Spy Game (2001)), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange (1971), I Spy (2002)).  Despite it’s relatively impressive cast and the strong similarity in plot with Hodges’ 1971 cult hit Get Carter, starring Michael Caine,  I’ll Sleep When I’m Deada British gangster thriller, while evoking some interestingly enigmatic characters and relationships between characters, somehow disappoints in its post-post modern mission of portrayal of unresolved and conflicting, often rather sordid, ethics, leaving just too many options open to the viewer. (PR)

See our post on the excellent and iconic film Get Carter, also directed by Mike Hodges, starring Michael Caine.

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