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THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

A film by Terrence Malick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

The summer days of a family in waco Texas in 1956. The eldest sons notices the conflict with his parent and his father’s teaching.

A great film by Malick an ambitious film. About this family in Waco Texas in the 50’s who has 3 sons and the father teaches his sons about life. The thing is it is about life, beauty of the earth, and his father and his oldest son. A father who is consume by his work, and have strict rules. Life was simpler back then and people was letting their window open even their door without worrying that someone was going to get in and rob you. Life was flowing in the summer. Malick make sure showing the that as the camera moves slowly in the direction of the wind. The boys are trying to grow and finding who they are. They are secrets going around. Like I said they never lock the doors and windows back then it was awesome, a friend of mine told me back then they never lock the windows and doors. People were nicer back then and were doing BBQ inviting each other having fun in the summer. Real nice film a great one at that By Malick about birth, life and death. Beautiful cinematography especially at the beginning of the film. You light think that Brad Pitt ‘s character who has a crew cut that was the thing back then that he was a strict disciplinarian, yes he is back then that is the way it was now days some parents does not discipline their kids or if they do, it is not strict enough. Later on his eldest kid understood why he was so strict pay attention to the dialogue, that is part of growing up. Remember one thing we have little time on this earth and in a blink of an eye it can be over.

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THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

FAIR GAME (2010)

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A film by Doug Liman. 

Cast: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison. 

The bush administration has decided to go to war with Iraq.  Finding reasons to go to war supposedly found out that a African country Niger is make Uranium to build nuclear weapons.Joseph Wilson, ( Sean Penn) a former ambassador to Niger, was sent to seek evidence. He found none. In fact he found that such sales would be impossible . His report was tossed out in the garbage. His wife works for the CIA as a covert operative. The U.S. goes to war. Obviously that made Josephs angry and wrote an article of what he did found or din’t found. Some how Robert Novak wanted to discriminate him and leak that his wife was a CIA agent. Plame,( Naomi Watts) under a variety of aliases, ran secret networks of informants in Bagdad and other Middle Eastern cities. When the administration blew her cover, several of her informants were killed. Cheney’s aide, Scooter Libby, was tried and convicted of obstruction of justice and  sentenced to prison, his sentence quickly commuted by Bush. Dick Cheney was outrage because he wasn’t pardoned. Hey dude life goes on. The film is based on books by Valerie Plame Wilson and Joseph Wilson. Saddam Hussein had no WMD, the CIA knew it the White House knew it. The evidence was ignored. Naomi Watts played Valerie not like a hero but like a CIA operative/mother/wife and her acting is outstanding. Sean Penn plays Ambassador Wilson, who is aggressive is outraged by the way administration leaks try to destroy them and he fought back as hard as he could. He put up a great fight. Fair game was portrayed realistically. There this should be a topic for discussion and everybody is going to have a different opinion.

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GANGSTER SQUAD (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A film by Ruben Fleischer.
Cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
It’s 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O’Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O’Mara to lead the unit. O’Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen’s people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen’s organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it’s the cops.

This film is loosely base on real event. They had to tone down the tommy gun shooting and reshot them du to the Aurora Shooting. This film was good wit an all stars cast but it is too Hollywood they should went independent film it would been better. His film has the familiar look and feel of a gangster classic. To me it has a feel like the untouchable and that film was better. Not to say I like Gangster squad. The film gets down to business and introducing the characters who are going to take down Mickey Cohen. There is an impressive car chase, and some gun blazing action scene. Great performance by Sean Penn. Also Robert Patrick’s performance as the grizzled older gunslinger. I call it a guilty pleasure film.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (2012)

A film by Paolo Sorrentino.
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch.
Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having not been seen for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father’s humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Muller – an event he is determined to avenge his father. This Must Be the Place is a great flick, probably the best movie of 2011, great story, amazing acting, a photography that leave you speechless. It’s a must see. Plus it make you smile. Sean penn is at his top of his game. A superb performance.
Frances McDormnad did very well, sean and Frances deserved each other.

SWEET AND LOW DOWN (1999)

A film by Woody Allen

 Stars: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton ,Woody Allen

A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world. We follow Ray’s life: bouts of getting drunk, his bizzare hobbies of shooting rats and watching passing trains, his dreams of fame and fortune, his strange obsession with the better-known guitarist Django Reinhardt, and of course, playing his beautiful music.