Reviews by Andreas_N
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Seth is wonderful in here. His mom actually deals with kids who suffer from this disease and she taught him how to behave and what to do. It is an astounding accomplishment for such a young actor to play such a difficult part so genuinely.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
Really shitty movie.My Movie Rating: 2 / 10
12 and Holding (2005)
Brilliant portrayal of kids losing their innocence. Scripted very much in the same narrative style as L.I.E., director Michael Cuesta once again perfectly examines the minds of young protagonists and that one moment in life when the world changes forever. Outstanding coming-of-age saga with awesome performances by the young cast. Watch out for it.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
13 ans (2008)My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
A great and very entertaining movie. It features elements from different genres. It is an action movie, a suspense-packed thriller, almost a gangster comedy and a drama. David Kaye is awesome, his part is very witty and an exact compound of all the elements above. He is sincere and genuine in the serious parts, which is especially obvious throughout the evolving father-son relationship with Kurt Russell's character. Then again he is brilliant in the funny sequences. Just think of the scene in which he shows his guns to Kevin Costner with this firm "Jesse-James-will-kill-ya" glance, or when he reacts so swiftly when the cops arrive at their bungalow in order to have the money hidden and Kurt Russell sitting next to him in front of the TV. That's awesome acting! Still some sequences are exaggeratedly staged, as I don't think a boy of about 10 years would go into the room where his mom is having sex as if it were nothing at all. The cast is great, almost breathtaking. I mean how many movies feature Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Christian Slater? The plot is thrilling and has hardly any pauses. The Elvis reference is very inventive and adds a very funny and glitzy element to the story. It's both sincere and entertaining, so... a very good movie!
My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
7th Heaven (1996-2007)
A very conservative family, but due to its background message a very good series. It deals with many rites of passage and with growing up in general, and it shows the strengths of a huge family as well as the daily problems and struggles that accrue. The characters are just awesome and wonderfully chosen.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Yeah, a great movie. It's both Haley's de-luxe performance in one of his most demanding roles and the visual artwork applied by Steven Spielberg. The mother-son aspect is really emotional. I also liked Jake Thomas' appearance, which was short but very smart and straight. Again, there aren't many young actors around who would have succeeded in playing Haley's character in here as sophisticated as he did. Wonderful movie. It's not one of my favorites though, as there's too much emphasis on special and visual effects to my mind that detracts the viewers' attention from the storyline.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
A.L.F. (1986-1990)My Movie Rating: 4 / 10
About a Boy (2002)
First of all I found the inner monologues of the two main characters an inventive and unusual feature. This added to the comedy aspect and caused hilarious scenes. In addition it added depth to the characters themselves, which is something comedies of this sort normally lack. To put this into the right perspective, some of the thoughts we are presented with are rather artificial, but still, the approach itself and its effect on the storyline is something that needs to be appreciated.
The plot is modest, but has some unexpected strengths. I was frankly surprised about the mix of realistic challenges of life and the comedy aspects, as I thought the latter would be the movie's emphases. However, they were in balance - the movie dealt with real problems many members of the audience are probably able to relate to. The comedy was sometimes too artificial, but it seems to have worked in this case.
Hugh Grant and his attitude towards life is one major theme, Nicholas Hoult's portrayal of Marcus the second prevailing one. The movie then focuses on these two characters and makes them influence each other - which leads to interesting changes and challenges for the protagonists, and that is what puts this movie above the ordinary.
I generally do not like Hugh Grant's humor. Here again he seems a bit uncomfortable as Nicholas' partner. He kind of aces his comedy parts with his very own sense of entertaining the audience, but as soon as it comes to difficult scenes demanding more than superficial acting, he seems - yeah, a bit uneasy.
Nonetheless, considering the general lack of sophistication comedies such as these aim at, this movie is an improvement. The father-son relationship which is subtly addressed lacks real emotional depth - again something which accrues from the movie's arrangement as a comedy - but is decent to watch and carries some messages.
I personally like Hugh Grant's philosophy of life - something many male singles will be able to relate to somehow - and the way he justifies his attitude. The changes which happen after he has encountered Marcus make this movie worthwhile, as they entail a character development and some messages of life.
'No man is an island' - Marcus' last words and his face as the closing scene made me appreciate this movie as a whole, because it really made its way off the corny trash and has managed to mix comedy with sincere issues of life - something hard to find.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Yeah, Elijah Wood as Huck Finn? Basically a perfect cast, but here he's a bit too immature for the part. Huck Finn is supposed to be about 14 years old in Mark Twain's novel, and a real rascal. Elijah has a too innocent and literal blue-eyed appearance in this case. Still, the story is nice, adapted for children. I would say, as Elijah hardly ever does anything bad, that the movie is okay, even above the average.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
The most complete adaptation of the original artwork by Mark Twain. The movie sticks to the novel painstakingly (as Twain would have said). There's only the scene with the houseboat missing I think, where Jim realized the dead corpse inside being Huck's father, and also the scene where the duke and the king fool the family by pretending being the English relatives of a dead man is left out, if my memory doesn't fool me. The two boys, especially Patrick Day as Huck, are doing a wonderful job as they revive two of the most famous characters in literature.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
A nice adaptation of Mark Twain's novel. It's interesting to see how the different movies dealing with Huck Finn and/or Tom Sawyer differ. I remember a sequence from this one where Huck and Jim are fooling folks in a circus ring with Huck pretending to translate Jim's strange jabber.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
It was okay. Nice images, nice story, nice adaptation of a well-known plot. In particular the kids turning into donkeys was nicely staged here. A solid 6.My Movie Rating: 6 / 10
Air Bud (1997)
Yeah, to be honest, I did like this one. Why? Because it is the story of a lonesome boy who finds a friend. It is a schmaltzy theme, especially when Kevin tries to abandon Buddy and starts to cry, but hey, he as an actor gives his best and almost succeeds. So, it's the themes and Kevin Zegers that made it worth watching for me.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
This one doesn't live up to the prequel. Kevin Zegers does his best, but even his performance can't save the story from being disappointing.My Movie Rating: 3 / 10
A masterpiece! I love this movie. It has touched me. Alexander's dreams and his determination never to give up on them. His dear commitment to Hephaistion, his relation to Bucephalos, and his bold ambitions to reach the end of the world, all of that appeals to me. Whenever I look into Colin's eyes, I see the boy who wanted to find the land where Heracles traveled to. I see the boy who tamed the black stallion and who rode towards the sun. I see the boy who talked to Aristotle about ruling the world. I see the boy who holds his father's hand, staring at the cave paintings, shivering in veneration. So... I see Connor Paolo all the time. That's what makes this movie so special to me. I see the overall character of Alexander in his eyes, which makes me feel I know him. The courage to fight for his dreams, the ambition never to give up, the endurance to take a stand and conquer. The ancient leader is portrayed decently and true to history, with all his failures and flaws, but with such power and credibility that make my eyes wet whenever he approaches the war elephants and whispers into Bucephalos' ears "You and I again, for the last time." I see young Alexander again, when he saved the stallion's life. Connor Paolo is outstanding, really. I'm a fan of his since this movie.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Aliens in the Attic (2009)My Movie Rating: 4 / 10
Les amitiés particulières (1964)
Beyond words. One of the finest ever.My Movie Rating: 10 / 10
Anche libero va bene (2006)
One of the finest boy performances in history.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
The Angel Doll (2000)
See my review at BA Reviews.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
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