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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

In the Comments section on each page, feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings about the films discussed here.

Lights! Camera! Action!

True Grit

True Grit

This handsome remake of John Wayne’s 1969 film comes with a tight script, fine performances, and stylish direction. Young Hailee Steinfeld shines as a 14-year-old girl out to track down her father’s killer in the 1880s American West. Truer to the Charles Portis novel, the Coen brothers film is very good, but falls short of greatness by failing to engage the audience emotionally.

***½ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


2010 • 1 HOUR, 50 MINUTES
PARAMOUNT PICTURES • SKYDANCE PRODUCTIONS

STARRING
• 
JEFF BRIDGESMATT DAMONJOSH BROLIN

ALSO STARRING
• 
BARRY PEPPERHAILEE STEINFELD

WRITTEN BY
• 
JOEL ETHAN COEN (WRITTEN FOR THE SCREEN)
• 
CHARLES PORTIS (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY)

DIRECTED BY
• 
JOEL ETHAN COEN

2010 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (10)
• BEST PICTURE (LOST TO
THE KING’S SPEECH)
• BEST ACTOR: JEFF BRIDGES (LOST TO
COLIN FIRTH FOR THE KING’S SPEECH)
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: HAILEE STEINFELD (LOST TO
MELISSA LEOFOR THE FIGHTER)
• BEST DIRECTOR: JOEL & ETHAN COEN (LOST TO
TOM HOOPER FOR THE KING’S SPEECH)
• BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (LOST TO
THE SOCIAL NETWORK)
• BEST ART DIRECTION (LOST TO
ALICE IN WONDERLAND)
• BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (LOST TO
INCEPTION)
• BEST COSTUME DESIGN (LOST TO
ALICE IN WONDERLAND)
• BEST SOUND EDITING (LOST TO
INCEPTION)
• BEST SOUND MIXING (LOST TO
INCEPTION)

Brothers

Brothers

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World