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The Artist Movie Review

January 8, 2012

“The Artist” stars French actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo as two film actors working during the late nineteen-twenties through the early nineteen-thirties.

Dujardin is charismatic, funny, and really makes you care for his character. Berenice Bejo was just lovely in her role. And the two have some of the best chemistry I’ve seen in a movie this year.

I was skeptical about watching a silent film. I had never seen one before, but for this movie, it didn’t matter to me. It’s so enjoyable that you don’t even notice. You just go along with it.

One thing that surprised me about “The Artist” is how funny it was. The film is primarily a drama but there is plenty of good laughs to be had here. I know understand why the Golden Globes nominated it in the Musical/Comedy category.

I have to give a lot of credit to director Michael Hazanavicius for nailing the feel of a old-time film. It really felt like I was a movie from the ninety-twenties.

A lot of credit for this film’s success also has to go to composer Ludovic Bource. This guy had a huge responsibility as the person behind most of the audio in this movie and he crafted a score the fit the tone perfectly. It’s sad when it needs to be, it’s joyful when it needs to be, and it’s even intense when it needs to be.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “The Artist” is *the* good movie year. I found myself smiling throughout the picture and when it was over I was in a great mood. The audience I was with seemed to enjoy it as well. We all clapped when the end credits came on.

This movie has been a big Oscar contender and now I can see why. I would definitely prefer if it took home Best Picture over films like “The Descendants” or “Hugo.” I’m not saying it’s necessarily my favorite movie of the year, but it is up there on the list.

I really loved “The Artist” and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a good time at the movies.

For my final rating, I’ll go with a 9/10.

By: John D’Amico


Red State Movie Review (DVD)

October 21, 2011

Kevin Smith’s new film “Red State” came out on DVD this past Tuesday, and I just watched it. It never had a theatrical release here in America and I tried watching it on demand but that didn’t work out. So I had to wait for DVD.

I don’t really want to talk about the plot of this movie at all. I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just say it’s about three teenage guys, an organization similar to the Westboro Baptist Church, and a lot of crazy stuff happens.

The movie has two stand-out performances from Michael Parks and John Goodman. Parks essentially plays the villain and he does a good job at being creepy and menacing. Goodman plays an authoritative officer of the law and he really nails the character.

I wasn’t really too fond of the first twenty or so minutes of the film. It focuses on these three teenage guys and it’s not very interesting. But after the focus shifts away from them, the movie becomes very captivating.

This film is much more plot-driven than it is character-driven. And as much as I do like the story, the character development here was a little bit lacking. We don’t learn much about the backstory of any of these characters. I think the film could have also benefited from a longer runtime so we could have more time to get to know the characters.

But the things that work about the film really do work very, very well. So I was able to somewhat forgive these problems.

I give the movie an 8/10. Check it out.

By: John D’Amico

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