Ten-word movie reviews #19

Gone – Decent thriller starring Amanda Seyfried; nice twist at the end.

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol – Easily best in franchise; forgot I was watching Tom Cruise.

Letters to Juliet – Watch it for Vanessa Redgrave; she is luminous and brilliant.

Billy Elliot – A boy, his dream, and the always amazing Julie Walters.

Brassed Off – Enjoyable true story about a colliery shut down; fantastic soundtrack.

Griffin and Phoenix – Sentimental and weepy; the kind of movie I need sometimes.

The Dark Knight Rises – Mindblowing ending to Nolan’s vision of Batman; pitch perfect cast.

My Life So Far – Firth is good; Mastrantonio shouldn’t have tried a Scottish accent.

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18 Responses to Ten-word movie reviews #19

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I haven’t seen any of those but I’d like to see the Batman movies. Once it leaves the theater, though, my odds of seeing it are pretty slim.

  2. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    I’ve got to see the Batman movies… 🙂

  3. Stephanie
    Twitter: qbibliophile

    Nice feature! 🙂 I love Billy Elliott.

  4. Helen Stringer
    Twitter: hcstringer

    Love Brassed Off. Pete Postlethwaite is superb. I remember taking my dad to see it when he was visiting me in Los Angeles. They shot most of it in Grimethorpe in Yorkshire where he did a lot of work (research on fluid bed combustion) in the 80s. It was one of the most prosperous and productive mines in the UK, but Maggie Thatcher had it closed down (along with the majority of other mines) as part of her vendetta against the miners. It’s now flooded and will never be reopened. These days the UK imports lower quality coal from around the world. Great job – thanks, Maggie.

    Anyway…when my dad saw what she’d done to Grimethorpe, he cried.

    The music is all played by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, one of the best brass bands in the country. I love the mellow sound of British brass bands.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Helen – I went online after watching Brassed Off and read all the history surrounding it. It was very timely – I watched Billy Elliot one day, which was dealing with the earlier colliery strikes, and then Brassed Off the next day, in which they reference those earlier strikes.

  5. Natalie ~ the Coffee and a Book Chick
    Twitter: coffeebookchick

    Amanda Seyfried drove me nuts in Letters to Juliet, so you are absolutely SPOT ON to advise that instead, it’s Vanessa Redgrave who is the one to watch! I thought she completely carried that film and her story was much more interesting than the young love affair. I wish they had gotten rid of that aspect completely, it seemed so fake! Vanessa Redgrave was AMAZING in it!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Natalie – Amanda Seyfried didn’t but me as much as she did you, but paired against Redgrave – there was simply no comparison. What a classy lady!

  6. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    I completely agree about Mission Impossible, Letters to Juliet and especially Batman…”mindblowing ” indeed. I need to check out Gone.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – We’re having a Mission Impossible movie marathon with my folks over Labor Day weekend – my boys haven’t seen any of them yet!

  7. heidenkind says:

    I liked Letters to Juliet, but it was super-cheesy at the end. And when I say something’s cheesy, you know it’s painfully cheesy. :p

  8. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    We LOVED the Batman and MI. I’m not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but that is just a damn good movie.

  9. Kailana says:

    I forgot about Letters to Juliet. I wanted to watch that and never did!