The Final Cut (**)

I do not remember seeing previews for this movie before. I really went into with little expectation. The only thing I had heard it was that it was a good movie and that it could make me cry. I have watched the movie twice now and I still do not know if the movie was good or not.
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Maria Full of Grace (***)

Starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae, Orlando Tobon, John Alex Toro, and Yenny Paola Vega. This was one difficult movie to watch. It is even tougher to review it now. I am not even sure where to start. The movie is the story of Maria, a 17-year-old Colombian that is dealing with life as we all do in a every day basis. Her world seems to be coming down on her to the point that she makes the decision to become a mule for a drug trafficking ring.

The movie is very well done, and even though it was produced in the US it was true to Colombia in both the Spanish spoken as well as the human interaction. The story was very well told, but a lot of the empty subplots I could easily fill in by being from that country. That is where my first issue with the movie starts. The way that Maria interacts with her family is not truly explained by the movie. Her struggle to be rebellious about giving money to her family clashes with the real reason she is becoming a mule. Her ultimate goal would be to help her family out. That is just the beginning of my problems with the movie. There are too many to bring up in just one post.

Colombians in movies are portrayed as thugs, mules or drug lords. It saddens me to see my country always portrayed that way. I cannot remember the last movie from Hollywood that I saw where a Colombian was actually in a role that showed a better face of the beautiful land that I am from. It is a reality that Colombia has problem both political and socio economic. I was born there and I never had anything to do with drug trade, my family is not involved in any way. I sometimes feel like the drug traffic is a cross that all Colombians have to bare as unfair as it might seem.

This is a movie review so I will stop my rant, and tell you that I do recommend you see the movie, but please keep in mind that while this is a window onto the life of a drug mule it does not represent all that Colombia is. Also keep in mind that this woman is doing this not because she wants to get rich, but because she believes this is a way to help her family and to help herself. While I do not agree with her Choice in the movie, I know this is the cruel reality that plenty of people have to live, not only that but many of them die as a result of it. Watch it, be open-minded and let me know what you think.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Blade Trinity (**)

I am so dissapointed that my favorite movie franchise had to end this way. Assuming that they do not try to make another bad sequel. Blade being one of my favorite characters in the comic book managed to stay in that place because Weasly Snipes is such a good actor and martial artist.

The rest of the movie was garbage. The main villian was nothing more than special effects gone wrong, and just killing people that could not put up a fight. Against blade he really seemed powerless. The rest of the cast I do not even want to comment on, because even though they did a good job it did not fit the movie. I felt a couple of times like I was watching a teen movie mixed with an action flick.

In the end I concider this a rental, specially if you are a Blade fan. But I would not buy the DVD when it comes out, it is not worth it.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Anger Management (***.5)

I felt that Adam Sandler had been losing it lately. Mr. Deeds was a movie that I did not enjoy as much as I did his earlier work. I have always liked him and thought it was funny but never have really commited myself as a fan.

Anger management is a move in the right direction for Sandler. This movie really made me laugh. I am not saying that it is a classic but I think it is way better than anything else he has done since little Nicky in the comedy genre. Jack Nicholson really makes this movie come alive. I really think he should do a lot more comedy. Robert Deniro has done excellent with his comedies and I think Jack should really explore this real.

The movie is paced well, and even thought is it not a constant laughtrack the funny moments do carry on from scene to scene. This is a definate rental, if you love Adam then a must own.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
—–

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Run Lola Run (****)

It’s difficult to create a film that’s fast paced, exciting, and aesthetically appealing without diluting its dialogue. Run Lola Run, directed and written by Tom Tykwer, is an enchanting balance of pace and narrative, creating a universal parable that leaps over cultural barriers. This is the story of young Lola (Franka Potente) and her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). In the space of 20 minutes, they must come up with 100,000 deutsche marks to pay back a seedy gangster, who will be less than forgiving when he finds out that Manni incompetently lost his cash to an opportunistic vagrant.

I think that foreign film is not just underrated but also very underexposed. It is not only fast paced and full of action, but the soundtrack never lets you go. Techno playing in the background with lyrics that are haunting (“I wish I was the hunter.”) that Franka Potente actually contributed her voice to.

The movie is beautifully shot, with excellent camera work as well as a still picture effect for different story lines that is very captivating. It makes you just sit there in expectation of what is going to happen next. I have not seen a film that has gotten me this excited since Boondock Saints. It should be available in your local video store, go rent it!

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
—–

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