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I haven't talked about movies I've seen in a while...I think it's time for a movie roundup, don't you? 

Inglorious Basterds was good, and I recommend it IF you're not squeamish about seeing blood. Basically, the movie is quentessential Quentin Tarantino, so you can expect laugh-out-loud moments mixed with rivers of gore. Brad Pitt was excellent (and that's saying a lot for me because I'm not a huge fan of his). I was most impressed by the actress who played Shoshanna, Melanie Laurent. I'd never seen her in anything before -- her filmography on IMDB mostly consists of French films -- but I think this might be her big break in America.

Also... 

I went to see All About Steve with my roommate last weekend. I was unimpressed. Even Sandra Bullock's goofy charm mixed with Bradley Cooper's sexiness could not save this movie. It wasn't completely terrible...it just wasn't what I was expecting, I guess. What is with Sandra Bullock lately? When is the last time she made a truly decent movie?  Remember While You Were Sleeping and Hope Floats?...she did some good work back in the 90s.

 But, wait, there's more... 

I saw The Professional (a.k.a Leon in the UK) for the first time ever last week. Oh my God, why had I never seen it before now?!? Jean Reno is fantastic as Leon, the professional hit man, and then-twelve-year-old Natalie Portman is adorable as a little girl whose entire family is killed by dirty DEA agents. What an interesting role for her...it's a kid role, but there's just an incredible amount of maturity about it. But when you're faced with a situation like what happens in the movie, you don't have much choice but to grow up overnight. I can't say enough about Gary Oldman as Norman "Stan" Stansfield. He is so good at playing bad. I actually prefer him in good-guy roles -- *points to icon* -- but there really is no one better when you need someone to play a heartless bastard. ;-)

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elodiek
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
"Leon"! (It's the French title too.) I haven't seen it in a while but it was really good. :)
13_pines
Sep. 12th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
It was fantastic! (I think Leon is the title everywhere except the US.)

Do you know who that actress, Melanie Laurent, is? I figured since you're from France, you might know of her.
elodiek
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've heard about her but IB is the only movie I've seen with her.
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