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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National Treasure (***)

Starring Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, David Dayan Fisher, and Christopher Plummer. Nicholas Cage stars as the brilliant treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates in who discovers a secret from our nation’s past that will lead to the greatest adventure in history. (Disney)

Even thought I did not have super high expectations about this movie I was excited to go see it. The subject matter of treasure hunting has always been one of my favorites. Thanks Indiana Jones. Also the Illuminati undertone is always interesting, that being a very interesting subject to me.

The movie was paced just about right. There was a couple of scenes that did drag more than they needed to but it picked up again quick enough to keep me interested. Nothing too impressive on the special effects, what we did see fit the movie. It was overall very entertaining, really cool for kids. I give it 3 stars. It is not something you have to watch in the theater unless you have the money burning your pocket.

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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The Incredibles (****)

Starring Brad Bird, Spencer Fox, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Elizabeth Peña, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, and Sarah Vowell. From the creators of “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” comes this hilarious action-packed animated adventure about superheroes. (Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar Animation Studios) Read more…

Shrek 2 (****)

Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Julie Andrews, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders. The fairy tale continues as everyone’s favorite ogre faces his greatest challenge of all — the inlaws! (DreamWorks) Read more…

Reservoir Dogs (****)

It is hard to think that this movie came out in 1992, wow time flies. The first time I saw this movie it was thanks to my friend Biggie. It was sometime in 1996 and I remember it changing a lot about what I think about movies. This movie kind of introduced me to dialogue that was witty and made a movie flow.

Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Randy Brooks, and Kirk Baltz. Quentin Tarantino’s debut cult classic chronicles a jewelry heist gone wrong. (Miramax Films)

If you have not watched this movie in a while rent it, is on DVD now and I have not laughed this hard in a while. The movie is just pure joy. I have liked Tarantino a lot more since he was instrumental in bringing Hero stateside. I hope that it keeps on opening the door for Asian films to get out here.

Besides the good dialogue, Reservoir dogs has a great story line and just awesome acting. Sometimes I wonder if Tarantino is just lucky that he can put that much talent in one room or if he is just that good of a director that he makes every actor seem that much better. So have you seen the movie? Do you enjoy it?

Logtar 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
—–

buy at Amazon.com

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