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Dummy

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 28 March 2007 07:18 (A review of Dummy)

"Dummy" was a movie I had never heard of, but found while browsing the shelves of my video store. I didn't know what to expect from the movie, since I didn't read the summary, but I am glad I watched this movie.

It is a good movie about a man who decides to pursue his dream of being a ventriloquist, and the challenges he faces in pursuing that dream (which are, admittedly, few).

As the story develops, we learn about more about the main character (who seems a little slow at the start of the film, but is revealed to be an intelligent man with a great sense of humour), his sister (both still live at home), his unemployment counsellor, his only friend from high school, and a bit about his parents.

The casting was well done for this movie, and the acting is excellent. The story is also well done, and I found myself drawn into the movie from the start. This is a great movie that people should really find the time to watch.


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Magnolia

Posted : 10 years, 9 months ago on 24 March 2007 04:39 (A review of Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series))

"Magnolia" is extremely well done. With a well-assembled cast including William H. Macy, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and more, the characters are excellently acted. The story is great, and I could watch this movie over and over again just for the music, which is by Aimee Mann and completely fabulous.

I love watching this movie, even despite the fact that a couple of the actors in this movie are not my favourite actors. It is a great film, with a great story, cast, and music.


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Waiting for Guffman

Posted : 10 years, 9 months ago on 24 March 2007 04:31 (A review of Waiting for Guffman)

"Waiting for Guffman" has an excellent cast, full of great comedic actors like Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Brian Doyle-Murray, among others. And of course, Christopher Guest is great in this movie, which he also directed.

This is a wonderful mock documentary (mockumentary) about a small town about to celebrate their 150th anniversary, the play that is to be performed, its actors....and how they are waiting for Guffman, a critic from New York they all think may help them get to Broadway.

All the actors in the play are looking for a bit of fame, and the play itself is hilarious. This entire movie is extremely well done, very funny, and I could watch it over and over again.


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Emile

Posted : 10 years, 9 months ago on 23 March 2007 02:52 (A review of Emile)

This was a good film, which I took longer than planned to watch. I remember when it was being filmed here in Victoria - mostly because I was going to school when the crew invaded our campus....a campus that was used for the "university" exterior shot, yet is on the college campus and was not credited in the movie. Yet, the University is in the list of special thanks. Go figure.

This is an excellent film about a man trying to reconnect to the last members of his family, after travelling from England to Vancouver Island (Victoria) in order to be presented with an honorary degree. There are a lot of flashbacks to his past, and the flashbacks are well done, and flow really well with the story line in the present.


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