Les Miserables is not what I would call a musical but rather an opera as I would argue. When there is only a handful or less of words spoken without song in a film as epic as this, song no longer compliments or emphasizes but rather is the language. This is an important distinction to make right off the bat as it may be a decisive line. Opera is not everyone’s thing and I thought it was not mine but understand if you can give Les Miserables a chance, if you can get into the language of this film, I can promise one of the greatest cinematic experiences of this year.
I’ve often thought of the gambling film as a subset, or at least an extension, of the con artist film. Characters are often driven to the edge of society, living score to score, never able to settle in one place. Tazza: The High Rollers is a gambling film, based on a manhwa (comic), which is centered around the Korean card game Hwatu. Like most gambling films, you don’t really need to know how to play the game in order to understand the stakes, you just need to know and understand who the characters are.
I'll start off my review saying that I am a massive fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of the RIngs trilogy. All three of those films are fantasy masterpieces in my book and is one of my favorite film trilogies of all time. For being a fan of Lord of the Rings, I was both skeptical and excited for The Hobbit. I was excited to return to Middle Earth, however, with the high frame rate and expanding the film into a trilogy I was concerned that Jackson was turning this into more of a visual cashgrab. No need to worry LOTR fans, this installment is sure to please all of you regardless of the issues with 48 frames per second.
I had never watched The Blue Lagoon growing up, but I’d always heard two things from the kids who had seen it: it has nudity, and the two main characters are relatives who fall in love. I knew it was about to kids (played by Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins) who find themselves stranded on a tropical island, but it was never clear to me whether they were brother and sister (gross) or cousins (still gross, but not quite as much).