Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Unlike Moulin Rouge, which was over the top campy and unrealistic by intent (well thats what I thought about it), this movie by Baz Luhrman could not decide what it wanted to be: campy, serious - a war movie, a movie criticizing the way Australia treated the Aborigines/mixed children ...
In the end it was just too long, too predictable and outright boring. A few "pluses" for good landscape cinematography and the little boy Nullah.
Detective Dee - Mystery of the Phantom Flame
An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
To draw comparisons between this movie and the first new SHerlock Holmes with RDJ isn't too far fetched. Di Ranji is a former investigator of the justice ministry that was imprisoned for not supporting/rebelling against the new regent. With mysterious deaths happening (people burst into flames) he is released and searches for the unknown assassin. The trailer I have linked a few posts before this one promises a much faster paced movie, but the wire-fu fight scenes are OK and refreshingly innovative (fighting deer!).
The movie loses points for its mixture of magic & crazy science (Holmes has to deal with crazy science only) and the somehow typical "sacrifice for the greater good of the realm" stuff you find very often in Chinese movies. It also lacks the irony of RDJ as Holmes.
7/10 - it is OK to rent, but I'd rather watch the Sherlock again
Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby.
Although there is a wide range of characters, this movie pretty much is a DiCaprio one man show. The movie is dark and gloomy and shows how the main character slowly "loses is marbles" (well, or has lost them a long time ago). I can't write a lot more, without including spoilers for those who have not seen it. Why won't award a "nine" for it? Sometimes I wished it went on with a faster pace. Perhaps it would be interesting for you to see in with a vivid memory of Sucker Punch, as they deal with a related topic (and Sucker Punch had to much pace in the story telling).
8/10 (although at the upper edge of eight....might change that after a few weeks of thought)
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris to be sold into prostitution.
Liam Neeson doesn't really have to act in this movie, he just had to look grim and kick, punch & shoot people. He never seems to have any doubts that he will accomplish his mission and he does not show any remorse for killing about two dozen people, including shooting a friend's wife. Being a vigilante and taking the law into his own hands has to come with a price IMO. It is a good action movie, but you should not escape this plot "unharmed" in any kind of way.
Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
If you liked the first one, you will like the second one too. Of course it is only slightly based on the original works of A.C. Doyle, but if you see it as an buddy/adventure movie (not so mysterious this time), it will entertain you for two hours. RDJ as Holmes feels like he is the 19th century brother of Jack Sparrow, but I did not get tired on all the mannerisms, as most of them were funny enough. With the exceptions of Watson & Moriarty, all other characters where a little bit under-used (like Simza, Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes etc.) I liked the short appearance of Rachel McAdams, too.
9/10 - because it was not in 3D