Posts Tagged Matt Damon
Promised Land: film review
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on January 6, 2013
Description: When he’s dispatched to a small town similar to one he grew up in, a salesman [Matt Damon] for a natural gas company grows conflicted.
“You offered us money. All we had to do to get it was be willing to scorch the earth beneath our feet.”
This quiet film shows both sides of the natural gas issue through the eyes of a small farming community that’s struggling with a failing economy. As a natural gas company swoops in to buy up land, various people consider their future options. Will money from the company improve their lives or will the natural gas development exploit them and destroy their values? Wish it covered fracking in a bit more detail. Wonderful, thoughtful script by Matt Damon and John Krasinski and superb acting by Damon, Krasinski, Frances MacDormand, Rosemarie Dewitt and Hal Holbrook.
Promised Land is provocative and even confusing with a great twist. I got a bit teary at the end. Matt Damon’s character gives this speech to a farmer about how he grew up in the Midwest and couldn’t wait to get out of there and how the guy is most likely subsidized by the government and he didn’t understand why he’d keep on doing something that was so unforgiving and so outdated. To me that’s honest and makes complete sense. As much as people don’t want to give up the way things are, sometimes change needs to happen. We could re-allocate our resources in different ways. We need to embrace progress and change and move into the future without harming each other, our environment and animal.
–review by Amy Steele
Starring: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances Mac Dormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
Director: Gus Van Sant
Screenplay: Matt Damon and John Krasinski
Studio: Focus Features
Rating: R (for language)
Release Date: January 4, 2013
FILM: September/October films on my radar
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on September 19, 2011
The Rum Diary
starring Johnny Depp
based on novel by Hunter S. Thompson
— an American journalist working in Puerto Rico during the 1950s seeks a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots
The Ides of March
starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney
–idealism. dirty politics. Ryan Gosling.
starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
–story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball team using computer-generated analysis to draft players
Machine Gun Preacher
starring Gerard Butler
–story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese child-soldiers
starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney
–a woman witnesses a bus accident and the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan
–comedy about a young man’s battle with cancer
Martha Marcy May Marlene
starring Elizabeth Olson
–a woman flees an abusive cult
The Skin I Live In
starring Antonio Banderas
written and directed by Pedro Almodovar
–a plastic surgeon creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on August 15, 2011
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on July 15, 2011
*remember not to touch your face so much. germs. germs. germs.*
directed by Steven Soderbergh
FILM: Two sentence REVIEWS of Green Zone, Alice in Wonderland and The Ghost Writer
Posted by Amy Steele in Film on March 21, 2010
GREEN ZONE [Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Adams]
–Surprisingly compelling thriller and morality tale. The film delves into the politics and ethics behind the search for WMDs during the Iraq War.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND [Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp]
–Women rule the underworld in Tim Burton’s trippy take on the classic children’s story. Red Queen vs. White Queen while a plethora of dreamy and psychedelic encounters abound for a confused Alice.
THE GHOST WRITER [Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams. Kim Cattrall]
–Landing a cushy writing gig for a former-Prime Minister involves sleuthing and peril in this exceptional, taut thriller.
All films are currently in theaters.
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