Directors Cut

December 9, 2006

Scent of a Woman (1992).

Filed under: Brilliant movies. — directorscut @ 1:37 am

You will not like what Al Pacino has to say in “Scene of a Woman”. He’ll test your utmost hearing abilities with his precise words, and he’ll get personal.

But end of the day, you will find “Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade” as a true, assertive, miserable, suicidal, charismatic, womaniser, mean and “frustrated with life” over 50 blind old man..

I know these are lots of (bad) qualities for one man – but that’s how strong Al Pacino’s character in this 1992 Darma was. An actor who pulled off brilliant roles like Donnie Brasco, The Godfather, Scarface and Dog Day Afternoon, “Scent of a Woman” remains his only acknowledge by the Academy Awards.

The story goes like Charlie, played by Chris O’Donnell, is a hard working, dedicated but poor student in a rich school. So instead of visiting his parents for Thanksgiving, he decides to take up a part-time job of baby-sitting. The problem comes when the baby he was supposed to take care of – is a retired Army man.

Situation : Charlie is getting instruction from Pacino’s niece, as they are about to leave for the weekend.

Niece – “He has a drinking problem. Don’t allow him more than 4 in a day”.

Her Husband – “If you can keep him to 40, you’re doing a good job”.

I hope you get an idea of the troubles Charlie – a young teenage boyscent-of-a-woman.jpg was in. Anyways, he goes ahead to meet Al Pacino, who has different plans altogether. Within minutes his relatives leave, he takes Charlie all the way to New York and the madness follows..

Retired Colonel was on his last journey, and wanted to do anything and everything that comes into his mind. He also was so good at instructing people (which Army officers are normally), that Charlie had no option but to follow him.

Ok then. I have told you nearly 40% of this brilliant film by Martin Brest, but all of the middle part. Like a good story – “scent of a woman” has a very good beginning and a very enjoyable end. There is Tango, a bad principal, Gabrielle Anwar and a Farrari Ride as well. I highly recommend it, provided you have the brains to understand cinema.

Otherwise avoid. Hoo aa..!!

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November 30, 2006

Phone Booth (2002)

Filed under: Brilliant movies. — directorscut @ 12:08 am

After “Liberty Stands Still” and before “Cellular”, where both the films concentrates on hostage and phone connection, Phone Booth was written by Larry Cohen and directed by Joel Schumacher in 2002.

Both writer and director are well proven Hollywood film makerphone-booth.jpgs, and they have done a very good job with this every-second-changing hostage thriller. But the way Colin Farrell acted as a man at the gun point – I have to say that this one is his best movies of all time.

Stu – a New york publicist and a dishonest husband, uses one specific phone booth to call his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) time and again. A crazy sniper in the adjacent building, on fine day calls him and proves that he is capable of shooting Stu any time he wants.

Stu goes about doing whatever that caller/sniper asks him to do and in the process – creates a scene on a busy road.

Rest is something you yourself will want to know but what I can promise you is if you can understand the typical Big Apple accent – you are in for a very thrilling 81 mins.

Note
: Watch out for the end. I mean the very end as at the very last minute – there’s another twist to the Phone Booth.

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