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The Spotless Mind

Musings of a Non-Film Reviewer. I pay, I watch, I comment.

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Foreign – 2008

POSSESSION (Joel Bergvall, Simon Sandquist, 2008)

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Nobody puts Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the corner.

Rating: 1/5

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YES MAN (Peyton Reed, 2008)

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Do you still remember the last time that a Jim Carrey movie actually made you laugh out loud? This movie definitely didn’t do the trick. Although he tried his best to contort his face and do an even more manic version of his usual characters, this was nothing more than Liar Liar Redux. And incredibly less funny.

There was an inspired bit involving Carrey singing Third Eye Blind’s Jumper to a man on the ledge but everything else was just ho-hum. Even the adorkable Zooey Deschanel looked depressed to be in this movie.

I’d gladly settle for another Ace Ventura sequel.

Rating: 2/5

TAKEN (Pierre Morel, 2008)

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It’s probably the best Luc Besson movie that he didn’t direct.

Liam Neeson gives a standout performance securing his spot as the thinking man’s action star. This movie is the ultimate nightmare of all parents. With this and Hostel, I’m actually having second thoughts on that European vacation fantasy.

That said, the movie raises a lot of questions that will probably make the self-righteous’ heads explode. An eye for an eye might make the world go blind but it makes one hell of a popcorn flick, too. Morality gets thrown out the window for comeuppance.

Now that’s what I call an action movie.

Rating: 4/5

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle, 2008)

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I wasn’t a complete fan when I initially saw this movie a few years back. Most of the scenes felt contrived, all in the spirit of being the ultimate feel-good movie of the year.

Surprisingly enough, it held up pretty well in repeat viewings and there were so many more things to love this time around. I began to appreciate all the metaphors, the general atmosphere, the frenetic jump-cut editing, and the eternal belief of happily-ever-afters.

The movie was faulty to an extent but in the end, it was clear that you should never ever lose faith on an underdog.

Rating: 5/5

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