"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Movie Review: Shergar (1999)

Hello, all!

I hope that this finds you all safe and healthy. I am sitting down to write this as I have some extra time on my hands. I was going to review an older movie, but then I realized that the two other movies that I have reviewed this month have been Irish, so I thought, "Why break the streak?" I just watched this movie a few days ago for the first time, so it is still fresh in my mind. Also, two of the actors from one of the movies I reviewed, Waking Ned Devine (1998), are in this! Enjoy my review!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free!


Shergar (1999):
(Loosely) Based on: The true story of the disappearance of the race horse Shergar.
A group angry at politics and wanting money, the I. R. A., decides to steal the retired racehorse named Shergar. They demand a ransom or threaten to kill Shergar. While all of Ireland searches the country, Shergar is hidden away at a farm run by a bitter farmer who agreed to help the group. The boy who works for him, Kevin, is horrified that this brilliant horse that he has heard so much about is having this done to him. Kevin promises Shergar that he won't be hurt and that he will take care of him, but with these dangerous men, what can he do?
"Well, that was a fine introduction."
Genre: Drama, Crime.
Length: approx. 95 minutes.
Costumes: 7, there is a scene where one person isn't wearing a shirt. Overall nothing incredible.
Script: 8, there are people saying the Lord's name in vain a few times, but other than that clean.
'"I can't be in two places at once!"
"Do as you're told!"'
Crew:
Directed by: Dennis C. Lewiston.
Written by: Dennis C. Lewiston.
Starring:
Tom Walsh as Kevin Doherty.
Ian Holm as Joseph Maguire.
Laura Murphy as Kate.
David Warner as Eammon Garrity.
Andrew Connolly as Dermot Concannon.
Mickey Rourke as Gavin O'Rourke.
Fintan McKeown as Det. Inspector Deely.
Jimmy Keogh as Father Doyle.
Alan Barker as Elliott Smyth.
Stephen Brennan as Mr. Faloon.
Virginia Cole as Mrs. Garritty.
Andrew Dixon as Chief Inspector Penfold.
Dave Duffy as Sergeant Mullins.
Julian Fellowes as Chambers.
Gary Lydon as Det. Sergeant Malen.
Graham Simmonds as James Simmonds.
Notes: Fintan McKeown and Jimmy Keogh are the two that are also in Waking Ned Devine (1998)!
Cinematography: 9, of course the scenery of Ireland was beautiful (even if it was a little off, my mom could tell that they filmed in a different part of Ireland than it was set.) There was one bit with the rain that I was really impressed with.
Cinematography by: David Lewis.
Music: 6, nothing memorable.
Music by: John Scott.
Quotes: 8, there was this one part that made me laugh because it made no sense. Kevin tells Shergar, "You destroyed them. You were like a pack of donkeys." (paraphrased).
Content: 7, there is smoking, some people and animals are killed by being shot, a gross thing, and a suggestive thing.
Originality: 8, there are lots of horse movies (and you have to love them, right?), but I don't remember another with this storyline. I did seen something that was going to happen, but I was so glad that it did!
Good For: horse lovers, anyone who likes movies set in Ireland.
Age Range: The things that I mentioned as content (mostly the killing) might be a little much for younger watchers just because it is pretty violent. I think it's rated PG-13, but that's the only reason.
Overall Score: 7.5
Bonus thoughts:
"Everything has a reason. We all touch each other on the way."
Those of you Lord of the Rings fans you might recognize the name Ian Holm. My family all agreed that the actor playing Joseph was really familiar and it wasn't until the end that my dad said, "It's Bilbo!"
I enjoyed this movie and will probably watch it again. Kevin was a great character and really easy to like, where you absolutely hated the villains. No one knows what really happened to Shergar, but what they came up with made sense. Also, I just really like horse movies.


Well, that's the end of the Irish movies reviewed this month! Sorry about the lack of photos, this isn't very well known. Has anyone else seen this movie? What are some of your favorite horse movies? Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Movie Review: The Secret of Kells (2009)

Top o' the day to all of ya!

St. Patrick's Day was two days ago, March 17th, and I am still in the Irish mood. I mean, I'm always in an Irish mood, but this month especially. Therefore, today I am reviewing another Irish movie! This one is so neat, and the animation is incredible! Enjoy!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free!


The Secret of Kells (2009):
"I have seen the book, the book that turned darkness into light."
Under the orders of Abbot Cellach, Kells is building its wall to keep the people safe from the Northerners. When the island of Iona is attacked, Brother Aidan seeks shelter there as he is keeping safe a treasure: the book that when finished is sure to bring light to the world. Brother Aidan makes a friend with Abbot Cellach's young nephew, Brendan. Brendan is eager to help out in any way that he can, and goes into the forrest for supplies where he meets a new friend. Will the wall of Kells hold when the Northerners come, and will the book be finished?
Genre: Adventure, Animated, Family.
Length: approx. 71 minutes.
Script: 10, no bad words. "From tiny berries great images come to life."
Crew:
Directed by: Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey.
Written by: Tomm Moore & Fabrice Ziolkowski.
"There's nothing you can't do when you have your friends to help you."
Starring the voices of:
Evan McGuire as Brendan.
Christen Mooney as Aisling.
Brendan Gleeson as Abbot Cellach.
Mick Lally as Aidan.
Liam Hourrican as Brother Tang/Leonardo.
Paul Tylac as Brother Assoua.
Paul Young as Brother Square.
Animation: 10! Ah! As I said in my intro, this is spectacular! I love the 2D style and the amazing references to the book are so good. I just love it, and I'm sure that you all will, too.
Music: 9, on my notes I wrote, "Oh, the music is pretty!" All throughout it is really good and ties it together nicely.
Music by: Bruno Coulais.
Quotes: 8, "If there are no books, all knowledge would be lost for eternity."
Oscars won: Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, but didn't win.
Content: 7, there is some death, violence, scary images, and a crude joke or two.
'"Old fools should keep quiet."
"Unless young fools want to listen."'
Originality: 10, oh, this story is so cool! I've never seen anything like it. Though it is only a little over an hour it doesn't feel that way because there is always something happening.
Good For: people in isolation (hey, that's us now), fans of amazing animation.
Age Range: As I said, there are some scary things, but it is overall perfectly family friendly. Anyone over 8 should be fine. But, as always, if you have a very sensitive child it might be hard.
Overall Score: 9!
Bonus thoughts:
Ah, this movie. For me, it's one of those movies that when I think about it I am pretty indifferent, but whenever I watch it I think, "That was stunning!" I like it a lot, in fact it is probably one of my favorite animated films. My little sister hates it. It's funny because the main characters are named Brendan and Aisling and my family first watched this because we know people by those names. Brendan is so lovable and Aisling is very doubtful, but I love their friendship. So good! This movie also has some pretty funny bits. I cannot forget to mention Pangar Bán. As my mom said: "If I ever have a cat I am going to call it Pangar Bán, even if it is not white."



Your turn! Have any of you seen this? Isn't the animation gorgeous? Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Monday, March 16, 2020

Movie Reviw: Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Hello, all!

It is March, and what I always think of is St. Patrick's Day! And while all celebrations have been cancelled because of the coronavirus, watching movies in the comfort of own homes isn't cancelled! Therefore, I am reviewing an Irish movie that my family loves to watch. Enjoy!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free!


Waking Ned Devine (1998):
'"Sometimes..."
"Sometimes, that's a good start."
In the town of Tullymore everyone is excited because someone won the lottery, but no one knows who it was. Two villagers, Jackie and Michael, decide to find out the lucky winner and become his or her best friend in order to get some of the money. They are finding no clues when things take a serious turn and they find themselves caught up in a few lies. They need the help of the whole town, but will they get it?
"You're a country boy, Jackie, do you think you can out-smart a man from the city?"
Genre: Comedy.
Length: approx. 91 minutes.
"Don't rush me."
Costumes: 7, there are several times where people aren't wearing anything, at all.
Script: 6, there is some swearing and name calling.
'"Have we won?"
"No, but I got my apple tart brought out to me."'
Crew:
Directed by: Kirk Jones.
Written by: Kirk Jones.
Starring:
Ian Bannen as Jackie O'Shea. "I've always walked my way around the hills and the fog."
David Kelly as Michael O'Sullivan.
Fionnula Flanagan as Annie O'Shea.
Susan Lynch as Maggie O'Toole.
James Nesbitt as Pig Finn.
Eileen Dromey as Lizzy Quinn.
Kitty Fitzgerald as Kitty.
Maura O'Malley as Mrs. Kennedy.
Robert Hickey as Maurice O'Toole.
Paddy Ward as Brendy O'Toole.
Adrian Robinson as Lotto Observer.
James Ryland as Dennis Fitzgerald.
Fintan McKeown as Pat Mulligan.
Dermot Kerrigan as Father Patrick.
Jimmy Keogh as Ned Devine.
'"Where are we going, Ned?"
"Into the light."'
Paul Vaughan as Narrator (voice).
Cinematography: 8, there are some fun things. The scenery of Ireland is gorgeous, of course!
Cinematography by: Henry Braham.
Music: 10, I don't know what it is about this score, but I love it! So, so, good!
Music by: Shaun Davey.
Quotes: 9, "Finish cleaning up those intestines."
Content: 5, this is where it gets a little sketchy. My main problem with one part of the storyline is that Maggie has a son, Brendy, but no one knows who his father is and is always asking. Things like, "It must be me!" or "You know it's me". The first several times I watched this it when right over my head and I didn't even notice it, but the last couple of times I have been surprised because I didn't remember that that was in there. Also, there is drinking, smoking (including a child smoking), suggestive material, and death.
Originality: 9, I admit that I have never seen another movie like it, and I probably never will!
'"Would I spend my time on this beach if I were a millionaire?"
"Ai, I believe you would."'
Good For: anyone looking for a comedy, for anyone who has lost someone.
Age Range: I've been watching it for a long time, I don't remember how old I was when I first watched. It is rated PG and I agree with that.
Overall Score: 7.5!
Bonus thoughts:
'"Do you understand it?"
"Not a word."'
This movie though a few things are a little crude, is so funny! Whenever I think of comedies, this one comes to the top of my mind. I have gone through phases where I didn't like the storyline, but overall I've decided that I like the message. This film probably isn't for everyone (I know that I was bored the first few times), but if you watch it and like it, you'll really enjoy yourself.


Now, if any of you have seen this, let me know because I have never met anyone who has! If not, does it sound like something you would like? Thanks for reading, everyone! Please stay healthy and take care of yourselves so you and your family don't get sick! Happy St. Patrick's Day in advance!

MovieCritic

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Movie Review: Leap Year (2010)

Happy Leap Day, everyone!!

The opportunity for bloggers to post on February 29th only comes every for years so you don't want to pass it up! Even though I've been blogging since the last Leap Year, 2016, I started in July so I missed this! Therefore, this is rather exciting for me.

I'll be reviewing a movie that I watched specifically for this purpose. Let me know what you think in my thoughts!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This review is spoiler free!


Leap Year (2010):
After a woman's boyfriend doesn't propose to her, so decides to follow her him to Ireland to carry out a tradition where every February 29th, where it is switched: a woman can ask a man to marry her. With bad weather she gets stuck far away where she wants to be and pays a local man to drive her to Dublin. A long, long, trip ensues, and while her companion at first seemed intolerable, she begins to find herself relying on him. But, could he have a past that she doesn't know about?
'"You know what I'm talking about."
"I never know what you're talking about!"'
Genre: Romance, Comedy.
Length: approx. 100 minutes.
Costumes: 6, nothing great, and we see people in their underclothing.
Script: 6, a few bad words here and there as well as some name calling.
"Throw them in the wash, it'll be grand."
Crew:
Directed by: Anand Tucker.
Written by: Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont.
Starring:
Amy Adams as Anna Brady.
Matthew Goode as Declan O’Callaghan. "You're a con artist."
Adam Scott as Jeremy Sloane.
John Lithgow as Jack Brady.
Noel O'Donovan as Seamus.
Tony Rohr as Frank.
Pat Laffan as Donal.
Alan Devlin as Joe.
Ian McElhinney as Priest.
Maggie McCarthy as Eileen.
Peter O'Meara as Ron.
Kaitlin Olson as Libby.
Cinematography: 9! This was the one thing that I really liked about this movie, the lovely shots of Ireland!
Cinematography by: Newton Thomas Sigel.
Music: 8, bonus points because I heard a few songs that I know ("Irish Rover" and "Tell Me Ma"), but other than that not memorable.
Music by: Randy Edelman.
Notes: Okay, so the geography is absolutely incorrect. She is stuck in Wales and wants to go to Dublin so she takes a ferry and ends up in... Dingle? As someone who has been to Ireland, I know where Dingle is, and Wales is way, way, way closer to Dublin than Dingle.
Quotes: 6, really not very quotable, but I did find the continual suitcase joke funny.
"Can I help you into the car, Louie?"
Content: 8, it is a romance so there is kissing, and a few suggestive things, in addition to gross things, fighting, and blood.
Originality: 4, I'm sorry that this rating is so low, but the whole plot was so predicable and I feel like I've seen it a million times. So cliche. The setting of Ireland was fun, but that was the only thing to distinguish it.
"You can dish it, but you can't take it, can you?"
Good For: People who want to see images of Ireland.
Age Range: Besides the few things that I mentioned this movie is clean and fine for all ages to watch it! It depends on who would be interested in the story.
Overall Score: 6.5!
Bonus thoughts:
Let me get this out first: This movie is very clean and I really appreciate that. I just didn't like it because of the fact that it was so predictable. If you feel like watching a rom-com this could be in your options, but I don't need to see it again. I wasn't really paying attention while I was watching because I was cleaning and playing with dogs, but I got the idea.


Have any of you seen this movie? Did you like it better than I did? Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Movie Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Hello everyone!

*cue adventure music*

Today I will be reviewing a very famous and popular adventure movie starring someone who got his start in my favorite movie, Star Wars (1977). Crack your whip, and let's swing into the action!

Appologies that these pictures are all really in bad condition and small, my computer was not liking me today!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This review is spoiler free!


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981):
In 1936, an intercepted message shows that the Nazis are looking for the Ark of the Covenant to become the most powerful army. Archaeologist and professor Indiana Jones decides that he needs to find it before they do, so he seeks out an old friend who might have a key to the whereabouts of the Ark. Going to Nepal he learns that his friend is dead, but his daughter might still have what he is looking for. Joining with her they travel to Egypt and other places looking for the holy object. Which will find it first? Or was it never meant to be found at all?
'"We must hurry, nothing to fear here."
"That's what scares me."'
Genre: Adventure, Action.
Length: approx. 115 minutes.
Costumes: 6, nothing really great and there are a few times when someone isn't wearing a shirt.
Script: 7, there is some name calling, a few bad words, and a name being taken in vain.
'"I'm working on it, I'm working on it!"
"Well, whatever you're doing, do it faster!"'
Crew:
Directed by: Steven Spielberg.
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, & Philip Kaufman.
Starring:
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. "I hate snakes!"
Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood.
Paul Freeman as Dr. Belloq.
John Rhys-Davies as Sallah.
Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Toht.
Denholm Elliott as Dr. Marcus Brody.
Alfred Molina as Satipo.
Wolf Kahler as Colonel Dietrich.
Anthony Higgins as Major Gobler.
Vic Tablian as Barranca & Monkey Man.
Don Fellows as Col. Musgrove.
William Hootkins as Major Eaton.
Cinematography: 8. Not the best that I've seen, but there is always a lot going on and it is handled pretty well.
Cinematography by: Douglas Slocombe.
Music: 10! Okay, story time. It was with this movie and Pirates of the Caribbean that I first realized hat there was music playing during movies. One time my dad got a birthday card that when you opened it the score from this movie played. My sisters and I loved that card and would open it a hundred times a day until it finally drove my mom crazy and she had to put it where we couldn't get to it!
Music by: John Williams.
Notes: There are some Easter eggs in this movie. I've seen them, but this last time through I blinked at the wrong time and missed them. I'll give you a clue, this was written by George Lucas and look in the hieroglyphics.
Another thing that my dad pointed out is that in one part they are measuring things and they had the wrong size. My dad noticed this because they said what height it needed to be and when they stood it up it was taller than Harrison Ford, when it should have been about his height.
Quotes: 7, standard lines, so not too quotable, but okay.
"Holy smokes, my friends! I'm so glad that you're not dead."
Oscars won: 4: Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects.
Content: 5, there are spiders, snakes, skeletons and bodies, people being burned, blood, killing, smoking, drinking, suggestive things, & kissing. Someone dies by being impaled and there is a lot of blood (I wrote it in my notes as someone being 'spiked') as well as someone walking into an airplane propeller. Okay, there is one part that I have never watched, because Indy yells, "Close your eyes!" so I always do. I'd say it's about a three minute section and from the sounds of it and what my sister tells me (because she didn't close her eyes) it is really violent and involves a lot of death. She also thinks that it is important to the story which makes sense to me because I am always very confused after that.
Originality: 7. This movie is a cultural thing because there are quite a few famous scenes that are referenced to a lot. I just recently learned that some of them were actually based on some Uncle Scrooge comics, which is why I'm taking off a few points. It is also Biblically incorrect because in 2 Maccabees 2:4-8 it says that Jeremiah hid the ark of the covenant in a cave where no one could find it until God gathers his people together. I can let that detail slip, because the message of the movie is that the Ark of the Covenant:
"Is something that man was not meant to disturb."
Good For: adventure and action fans, Harrison Ford fans.
Age Range: This movie is rated PG, but never believe the ratings of 80's movies. There is a ton of violence, and I'm usually absolutely okay with that because it doesn't bother me, but there are some things in here that made me look away! One example is when someone who is driving gets shot in the arm and blood sprays onto the windshield. Because of this, and all of the other things I mentioned it the Content category, I would rate this PG-13. But, as always, it does depend on the person who is watching it.
Overall Score: 7!
'"How?"
"I don't know! I'm making this up as I go!"'
Bonus thoughts:
Sallah is my absolute favorite! I just have to mention him to give some credit.


This is my entry in The Harrison Ford Blogathon, hosted by Sat in Your Lap! When I saw this I knew this was the perfect time to talk about how he played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)!
For the blogathon:
A really funny thing is that no matter what I tell my younger sister, she never believes me that Han Solo and Indiana Jones are both played by the same person! She has only seen bits and pieces of this one and her comments crack me up!

[My sister walks into the room]
Sister: Who's that?
Me: Indiana Jones.
Sister: No it's not! Indiana Jones has a beard and doesn't wear glasses!
Me: Yes it is, he's a professor. And when has he ever had a full beard?

[Next scene]:
Sister: Who's that now?
Me: Still Indiana Jones.
Sister: No, he looks different.
Me: Trust me, it's him.
Sister: But he's wearing weird clothing!

[Next scene]:
Sister: *gasps* There's Han Solo!
Me: I told you!
Sister: When did he get here?
Me: It's been him the entire time!
Sister: Nope, he just got here.

[Next scene where Indiana is wearing his usual outfit]:
Sister: There Indiana Jones is finally!
Me: *sighs*

It shows a good actor if he can fool my sister that many times. I think that Harrison Ford does a good job of playing Indiana, and I can't ever see anyone else playing him.


Check out this post HERE to see all of the other entries in the blogathon! Thanks to Michael for hosting!

Thanks to all of you for reading! Do you have a favorite scene in this movie?

MovieCritic
"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles