Part II: Becoming Jane, The Pacifier, The Dark Is Rising
Becoming Jane centers on a love affair British novelist Jane Austen (Hathaway) began as a 20-year-old -- with brilliant, roguish Irishman Tom Lefroy -- that inspired her career as one of the world's great romantic writers. The movie also looks at how the writer's relationship with Lefroy helped create the male characters in Pride & Prejudice.
REVIEW: Becoming Jane is one my favourite Austen-related movies. I had to re-watch it after reading her biography, just to see how close it was. Indeed, it follows the main points of her story but they changed a lot since there a few things know of her life. Becoming Jane, is easily watch-able than any other Austen-related movie (for her or her books). The environment of those years is lighter in the movie...it's more fun and it doesn't feel that distant. So while they must a lost a little in the "environment" part, the acting saved it. For me, it's one of the best jobs of James McAvoy and i could really feel the connection between him and Anne Hathaway.
Lastly, i loved how they portrayed everything that made her change as a writer, her stubbornness and of course the ending. If you like period films, i think you should totally give it a watch.
Also in: Julie Walters (Harry Potter Series), Maggie Smith (Harry Potter Series), James Cromwell (Green Mile, I-Robot), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe)
Vin Diesel redefines what it means to be an action hero in the heartwarming family action-comedy The Pacifier. Diesel stars as Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe who, as an elite member of the world's fiercest and most highly trained force thought he was prepared to take on any duty no matter how perilous or impossible... until he tried baby-sitting. Assigned to protect the five out-of-control children of an assassinated scientist working on vital government secrets, Shane is suddenly faced with the juggling two outrageously incompatible jobs: fighting the bad guys while keeping house. Replacing his usual arsenal of wetsuits and weapons with diapers and juice boxes, Shane not only must battle a deceptive enemy but wrangle teen rebel Zoe (Brittany Snow), sullen 14 year-old Seth (Max Theriot), 8 year-old Ninja-wanna-be Lulu (Morgan York), as well as 3 year-old Peter and baby Tyler - not to mention their off-beat Romanian Nanny (Carol Kane). But while drop zones, demolitions and destroying enemy targets come naturally to Shane, he has no idea what tough really is until he pits his courage against diapering, den-mothering and driver's education. He's truly a SEAL out of water, and now it's up to this one-time lone warrior to take on the most important mission of his life: keeping a family together.
REVIEW: The movie itself has nothing special. Hollywood taking its "huge-strong" guys, is something we have see again and again (and they still doing it). Unfortunately, Vin Diesel didn't really convince me. He couldn't get really into his role. It was out of his waters, and you could see it clearly. The kids though, they did a pretty good. Of course at the end the kids get to like the guy, and use everything he show them to save the day. Even after all this, the movie still it's fun. The relationship between Vin Diesel and the kids creates some good laughs, from times to time.
The first film adaptation of Susan Cooper's acclaimed The Dark Is Rising Sequence tells the story of Will Stanton, a boy whose everyday life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of the Old Ones, a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. As he uncovers a series of mysterious clues, some dating back to the founding of Britain and others going all the way back to biblical times, Will discovers that with the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in his hands.
REVIEW: An epic fantasy movie! I had to re-watch this one, cause i wanted to remind myself its story and see if i pick up the books. I can't compare it with the book but it seemed okay. At first was going with a normal speed of events but after the half of the story, it started moving faster like they had to finish it. From special effects i can't complain. As for the actors, i hate the guy who is Will and the witch. Every time they had scenes i feeling out of the movie. They couldn't keep the atmosphere. I don't know if it's just me, but i also felt the same for the Will guy at his movie Race To Witch Mountain. The movie is really well done though, so give it a chance.
A thing that surprised me it's that they picked the 2nd book of the series to turn it into movie.