Although the movie credits never mention it, this thriller about voyeurism and its consequences is clearly a modern-day adaptation of Rear Window, that spectacular story about a peeping Jimmy Stewart. Now, Shia LaBeouf plays the role of a teenager who, after using binoculars to spy on his neighbors, stumbles upon a murder. And like the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. Curiously enough, the film accomplishes its goal: to entertain.
PERFECT STRANGERYikes! Have you ever felt mortified for an actor or singer in a really bad production? Bruce Willis and Halle Berry (an Oscar winner, no less), both of them stars who usually choose their projects well, this time around managed to pick what could well be the worst film in their careers. A psychological thriller about a journalist who pretends to be an assassin's friend, without a hint of thrill or psyches. And let's not even mention the end.
The premise is good. Supposedly, Lewis, a brilliant orphaned inventor, travels into the future and finds the most dysfunctional family in the world: the Robinsons, who will teach him (all together now) a great lesson in love. The problem, though, is that the combination of a Robots, like script with a Jimmy Neutron, like futuristic animation manages to produce a very Disney film. Yet another one.
What more can we say about this movie that hasn't already been said? This impeccable film directed by Stephen Frears arrives on DVD, and its great bonus, besides forever treasuring at home Helen Mirren's sublime performance as the Queen, is a "makings of" feature which reveals all that went into ensuring every detail was both realistic and royal.
Although he's better known as an actor than a director, Frenchman Mathieu Kassovitz, (Nino Quincampoix in Amélie), got behind the lens in 1995 and produced one of the most important films in French cinematography. Hate, as the title translates, is the driving force in this film, in which three young men bored with life in the suburbs take justice into their own hands... often, duly so and resorting to violence in self-defense.
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM - DVDKids will have the time of their lives with his creative story (which echoes of Jumanji and Zathura, but is nevertheless original), about a National History Museum guard who discovers that during his night shift, every character, animal and creature in the New York museum comes to life! It's a kid flick: Not meant for teenagers or adults, except, perhaps, parents who can't stand the idea of yet another Barney video.