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Freedom Writers (DVD) 11/04/2009

A Written Freedom

Freedom Writers (DVD) OVERVIEW OF THE MOVIE I started browsing for any titles about writing recently. I even visit my local video store looking for titles related to writers, writings or similar subject until I came across with this movie, Freedom Writers. I was hooked by the title and a bit intrigue with what this movie all about. To satisfy my curiosity, I immediately grab a copy. Applying new tips learned about writing a movie review, I did watch the movie couple of times first before actually started my review draft. Jotting down my observation, taglines and reaction while watching the movie is not my usual habit but for the sake of getting a clearer picture of the details, I did it as suggested. Anyway, let me take you a closer look at the movie. If you’ve seen Robin William’s movie, Dead Poet’s Society , I must say that Freedom Writers is the modern version of it . Setting of the story was similar; such as the transference reaction between the teacher – student relationship or vice versa, were obliviously noticeable in both. Freedom Writers narrates the true story of high school teacher Erin Grunell (Hilary Swank), who miraculously helped out her disinterested students to start a crucial turning point in their lives. Though she was inexperienced, her genuine love and passion for teaching was her greatest gut. Erin or Miss G to her students was a freshman English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School at Long Beach back in early 90’s. Racial discrimination has been the major issue around ...

Wanted (DVD) 09/04/2009

Wanted Movie Review

Wanted (DVD) Wanted is based on the comic book of the same title and is written by the Scottish comic book writer, Mark Millar, directed by Russian director, Timur Bekmambetov . The movie was released in the US last June 2008. Plot Overview The story started up with the character of Wesley Gibson (Mc Avoy), a young mid 20's account manager bound on his office cubicle with his unfriendly manipulative boss. With best friend screwing up his girlfriend; has no money in the bank, suffering from hypochondriasis, (an anxiety related disorder in which he suffered some sort of fatigue when under stressful situation)- he is simply a "loser". But despite that, he tries to control his temper. He kept himself reserved, detached, dissatisfied with his desperate too ordinary life. He has no idea of who really he was, until Fox (Jolie) suddenly came up rescuing him from an assassination treat to his life because his alleged father has just recently killed and he has the next target. Fox reveals that she and his father were both member of the secret assassin group called the Fraternity. Wesley or Wes is introduced to Sloan, the leader of the Fraternity. He couldn't believe that he has a special skill when Sloan asks him to shoot the wings of flies which he actually did it right. He explains that his anxiety problem is not a panic attack but rather it is a special ability that he and his father possess. His heart was able to pump extra amount of beats per minute when he was triggered by stress, giving ...

Defiance (DVD) 08/04/2009

Defiance Movie Review

Defiance (DVD) Just recently seen this movie and I must say that this is certainly one of the best war adaptation movies that I've seen. I always love watching war/epic movies amongst other film genre. I don't know but I never fail to notice that in every war movie, there is always a certain principle that is fought even to death. Defiance film was based on the true events written by Nechama Tec in her book, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. It was all about the untold story of the Beilski brothers who have done significant contribution among their fellow Jews during the Nazi German occupation. Directed by Edward Zwick, a well known top film producer and director. Among his remarkable work are films such as Shakespeare in Love, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond. Of course, with the good reputation as one of the best James Bond superhero, Daniel Craig give good catch on this movie. STORY OVERVIEW: The setting of the story was in 1941 during the when Germany occupies Belorussia. SS death squads and local police murdered around 50,000 Jews in a matter of weeks and a million more awaits their death. The Bielski family was among the thousand families that have tasted the bitterness of losing the members of their family. But Bielski brothers Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), Aron (George MacKay) manage to escape those ruthless Nazis and fled to the nearby Lipiczariska Forest. Hiding in the woods, the older Bielski brother Tuvia (Daniel Craig) came to rescue his brothers. Not knowing how ...

The Shawshank Redemption (DVD) 08/04/2009

The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review

The Shawshank Redemption (DVD) I didn't know this movie until I've read a comment from a review on the tv series Prison Break that Shawshank Redemption seem to be the original concept behind this popular series. I'm a big fan of Prison Break that's why I eager to see Shawshank too. I've read positive reviews about this movie also and noticed its consistently high rating from various movie review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB and yahoo movies. Ratings are the first thing that really attracts me when searching for a good movie to watch and so I thought this one is a must see. Shawshank Redemption is actually an old movie. It was released way back in 1994. Critics said that it didn't get much popularity then until it was released on video. Today, Shawshank Redemption is known to be the finest film of the 90's and the greatest prison movie ever made. The movie was based on the short novel "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by the well know novelist, Stephen King. PLOT OVERVIEW The story took place somewhere in 1940s and the scene started when with Andy Dufresne was on his car drunk and was in front of the house of her wife's lover. Next scene was in the courtroom where Andy was pled guilty of murdering his own wife and her lover, though he never admitted the committing the crime. He was sentenced to serve two life sentences back to back one for each of his victims. He was sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison. From the start, Andy is known to be a soft spoken, aloof, innocently looking inmate ...
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