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The movie is over the top, yet minimalistic. It's extremely violent, but still sweet. There is an amazing soundtrack that pays homage to the 80's perfectly. Hopefully word of mouth gets this film and director Nicolas Winding Refn the credit they deserve.
For the most part, it's a normal teen movie about a girl and a guy breaking up, getting together, etc, but it is also filled with beautiful shots and perfect dialogue. Eileen Boylan also does a phenomenal job in her first starring role. Director John Humber made his directorial debut after spending the past 7 years as a Production Assistant on various films and even just acting as an assistant to stars like Orlando Bloom. Film festivals in 2008 seemed to notice it as well. It won Best Film at the Charlotte Film Festival and First Glance Film Fest, as well as Best Screenplay in the Phoenix Film Festival. Dakota Skye is an incredibly well-made and well-written micro-budget movie shot for only $150,000. So, if you were looking for something new on Netflix, I highly suggest this.
Michael Bay on the set of Transformers (Public Domain mage via Wikipedia)
Synopsis: The Autobots battle the Decepticons... again.
Steven Spielberg (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)
This fifth feature in Terrence Malick's eccentric four-decade career is a beauteous creation that ponders the imponderables, asks the questions that religious and thoughtful people have posed for millennia and provokes expansive philosophical musings along with intense personal introspection.
Bridesmaids, a film produced and written by its start Kristen Wiig along with Judd Apatow was able to tap into a large comedy audience and came through with an impressive $26.2M opening. The film's R rating doesn't seem to be hindering its success any. It is full of raunchy comedy, hilarious gags, and a great chemistry between stars and Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
Reese Witherspoon (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)
Jacob Jankowski, played by Robert Pattinson, is suddenly orphaned and hops aboard a passing train hoping to find work and a new life. The train he chooses is a part of the Benzini Brothers traveling circus, where he is able to find work in the midst of the Depression. As a veterinary student, he's given the opportunity to work with the animals, and in turn, work with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the star performer who is also married to August (Christoph Waltz), the man who runs the business. The developing love triangle is the focal point of the film. Jacob thinks he is the better man, and August's rage is proving that to be true. Their fight to win the love of Marlena creates genuine emotions for these characters. The chemistry between Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon is often weak and a little forced, but the incredible acting of Christoph Waltz carries the movie.