A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars is part of the Dollars trilogy by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood in the lead role. It is a Classic and definitely worth watching. I rate it 8/10.

After The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, we had to of course watch A Fistful of Dollars, part of the Dollars trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns.

Clint Eastwood’s unnamed character arrives in a town where a feud is going on between two families. He then tries to make money by playing one against the other.

The trilogy is of course a classic by Sergio Leone and I have no idea why I hadn’t seen Fistful of Dollars or For a Few Dollars More before.

I would rate A Fistful of Dollars 8/10.

Borat

Borat is a comedy which includes all sorts of crass humor. It’s good and funny if you enjoy such jokes. I liked it and rate it 7/10.

Since Borat seemed like my kind of comedy, off I went to the theater with a friend one weekend to watch it. However, in keeping with the tagline for the blog — The art of keeping up with yesterday’s blogging — you are reading about it now about 7 weeks later.

Borat – Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is good if you like crass humor and don’t mind ethnic jokes or potty humor.

Sacha Baron Cohen has his own style which he perfected in Da Ali G Show. I like such humor and so laughed during most of the movie.

While those people in the movie who didn’t know that all this was an act brought the laughs on themselves, I can imagine Kazakhs might be miffed at Borat’s portrayal of their society.

I rate the movie 7/10.

Casino Royale

I am a big fan of James Bond and have seen most of the 007 movies. Casino Royale features a new Bond actor and is different than recent Bond fare. I rate it 7/10.

I am a fan of Bond movies and have seen most of them. So we went to the theater to watch Casino Royale.

This movie features a new Bond actor, Daniel Craig. And a new Bond too as his character becomes 007 at the start of the movie. This marks the movie out to be different than the typical Bond fare. For example, Bond does get hurt. He doesn’t have as many gadgets as in recent movies and has to work hard. The charm is of course there. And then there is Bond falling in love too!

Overall, this was a good movie. I would rate it 7/10.

The Fountain

We watched The Fountain in the theater on our anniversary. It is a good movie about eternal life, love and death. I rate it 8/10.

On our anniversary, we went to the theater and watched The Fountain. It is not often we get a chance to watch a movie in the theater, so that was fun.

Was it an appropriate movie for celebrating our anniversary? Yes and no. The Fountain is about love, death, and eternal life. It has three parallel stories situated 500 years apart. The plot is about trying to escape death and find eternal life and then finally embracing death as being a sort of eternal life.

I liked it very much, though Amber was a bit depressed and didn’t think it an appropriate choice for the occasion. I rate it 8/10.

The Syrian Bride

This is a good movie about a marriage across the ceasefire line between Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria. Family estrangement, conservatism, clash between Israeli and Syrian bureaucratic requirements are all depicted well. I rate the movie 8/10.

The Syrian Bride is about the travails of an Druze family in the Golan Heights. Of course, they are in a way stateless. So when a girl in the family is to be married to a Syrian guy crossing the border becomes an issue and red tape rears its head.

There are a number of other threads and subplots about other members of the family. There is the estranged older brother of the bride who was excommunicated from the clan because he married a Russian. There are the tensions between the aspirations of the older sister and her husband’s fear of societal reaction.

It is a good movie, worth watching. I would rate it 8/10.

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now is now a part of the culture. It is a movie about a Colonel gone bad (and mad) in the Vietnam War. Francis Ford Coppola did some great work here. I rate it 8/10.

Apocalypse Now is so famous that it doesn’t really need a review from me.

Now there is a new version out on DVD called “The Complete Dossier” that includes both the original theatrical cut and the longer Redux version. I think parts of the Redux make the movie better but it also increases the length by quite a bit and make it a bit slow.

I had seen parts of Apocalypse Now now and then on TV and was thoroughly familiar with all the famous quotes. But I wanted to watch it completely and properly.

It took us a while to watch it as with a 2 year old one has to be careful. So we had to wait for her to sleep before we could watch it.

Overall, it is a haunting movie about the Vietnam War. I would rate it 8/10.

The Man Who Copied

This is a Brazilian movie about a young guy who trying to impress a girl copies money and gets in trouble. It is a good movie and I rate it 7/10.

O Homem Que Copiava or The Man Who Copied is a Brazilian movie about a poor photocopier operator who falls in love with a girl and follows her around. To impress her, he decides to copy a 50 Brazilian Real bill to buy something from the store she works in. As the story progresses, he gets into more trouble as he finds ways to make some money.

Overall, it is a good movie. I rate it 7/10.

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been made into multiple movies and TV series. This latest version is good, though not as good as the BBC miniseries. I rate it 7/10.

The latest movie version of Pride and Prejudice reminds me more of Bride and Prejudice than the BBC miniseries (which was the best). And I have actually forgotten the book completely by now, so cannot compare the movie to the book.

Overall, this version was good. We liked it enough to watch it, but it isn’t great either. I would rate it 7/10.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a classic Spaghetti Western. While I enjoyed the movie, the print restoration job wasn’t very good and at times it looks washed up. Overall, I rate it 8/10.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo) is a classic Spaghetti Western.

I had seen parts of it on TV multiple times, but never before had seen the whole movie together. So that was a good experience.

However, the print restoration job for this DVD is not that good. At times it looks washed up.

Overall, I would rate it 8/10, but if you haven’t seen it you haven’t seen anything.