Black Snake Moan

I just watched a really powerful movie – “Black Snake Moan“.  High quality, and I’m not talking about the DVD copy.

I liked this film from the first seconds.  Before it even started, it positioned itself as a blues movie.  And I love blues.  Gladly, the blues vibe, the atmosphere, and the soundtrack lasted through the whole film.  Some great stuff there, with the “Black Snake Moan” song scene being one of the best music scenes I’ve seen in the movies.

I liked the story and the way it was told.  It was very worked through.  Sometimes predictable, sometimes unexpected, but really followed through.  Probably the fact that the director Craig Brewer was also the one who wrote the script has something to do with it.

Also, there was really good acting.  Samuel Jackson played a character who was (or at least looked) much older than he is.  He did a really good job at that.  Christina Ricci, that little girl from the “Adams Family” … well, she’s not little anymore.  And she’s steaming hot. But not only that, she is a good actress too.  Her character in this movie was rather complicated, but she managed it just fine. Justin Timberlake pleasantly surprised too.  I just recently watched a film with him, and he is so different here that I didn’t even recognize him until the closing titles.  This guy too can act. And he seems to be picking up quite a lot of practice recently.  Also, there were quite a few good supporting actors in the film, so that the whole thing felt like real, like they are indeed inhabitants of a small rural town.

This film, although entertaining, is not purely entertainment.  It feels like it was done, because the filmmaker had something to say, something to show. There are a few things to think about during and after the movie…

Overall, a really nice film.  Strongly recommended for any fans of good acting, drama, and or blues music. 8 out of 10.

The Man

The Man (2005)I’m not even sure I picked “The Man” up because of Samuel Jackson starring in it. Most probably it was just a random choice.

Directed by: Les Mayfield
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Luke Goss, Miguel Ferrer, Susie Essman, Anthony Mackie, Gigi Rice, Rachael Crawford, Philip Akin, Christopher Murray, Joel S. Keller, John Hemphill, Kathryn Greenwood, Carrie Cain-Sparks, George Ghali
IMDB raintg: 4.9
My rating: 2.0 **
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Coach Carter

Coach Carter (2005)Just by the title of it, I knew that “Coach Carter” would be one of those films that I like. When I learned that Samuel L. Jackson is playing the leading role, I was 100% sure of it.

Directed by: Thomas Carter
Genres: Drama, Sport
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri’chard, Rick Gonzalez, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum, Ashanti, Texas Battle, Denise Dowse, Debbi Morgan, Mel Winkler, Vincent Laresca, Sidney Faison, Octavia Spencer
IMDB raintg: 6.9
My rating: 7.0 *******

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Samuel L. Jackson

IMDB is a ultimate movie resource. Not only it provides with a quick information like ratings, casts, and production on most movies you will ever going to see, but it also has everything you want to see when following up a movie – soundtrack listings, photos from the set, quotes, discussions of other people who saw the movie, etc. One particular feature that got me interested recently is actor’s biographies. IMDB provides a nicely summed up short biography, with a list of interesting facts from the life of actor or actress, personal quotes, and much such.

I’ll use Samuel L. Jackson as an example to kind of information you can find out without searches, comparisons, and translations. Why him? I find him interesting. I have seen him in many movies and he always delivers good acting. It does automatically mean that the movie he plays in will be good, but at it assures that there will be at least some quality acting. I respect him for that. And I am interested in knowing a bit more about people that I respect.

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The Patriot Games

Watched “Patriot Games” on DVD. This is a really good action movie. The old type of action, though. The kind where bad guys piss off the good guy, shoot him, threaten his family, etc, and than this good guy stands up and goes to kick some bad guy’s butt.

Apart from being very predictable and going along the usual lines, this film is very good. It has a good story, wraps everything around CIA and politics, which looks very timely, has a bunch of celebraties (Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones) and it does provide for a good entertainment.

I’ll rate this film as 7 out of 10 as it is everything it was supposed to be. Worth a rent surely.