This is unlike any concert film you’ve ever seen. Besides putting you in the front row of performances by some of the royalty of music, it captures the moments we didn’t see on tv- the backstage moments of stars meeting stars- artists preparing for their performances. Seeing Paul McCartney’s pre-concert rituals (a manicure???!!! Who knew!!) are an eye-opener. It’ priceless seeinging McCartney watch the performances that preceded his own.
Roger Daltry, Roger Waters , Adam Sandler , Chris Rock and Kanye West are just a few of the featured. More revealing was what it took to organize an event of that magnitude a mere month and change after the disaster that hit the
The film has some tender moments. I melted seeing the late James Gandolfini answering the telethon phones . Also riveting : watching the director of the televised show , whose job is like the conductor of an orchestra.
Best of all: misson accomplished. Over 50-million dollars raised and distributed by The Robin Hood Foundation to help local groups deal with the aid at the ground zero level.
By Derek Sante - Review Nation
Following the storyline from Thor to The Avenger’s and back to this current Thor film, we find Odin’s Son in the midst of cleaning up the mayhem and destruction his half-brother Loki created. It is some months after he left The Avenger’s and over two years since he left his newfound love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth. Always thinking of her no matter what world he is on, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shocked to find that she has left Earth.
Traveling to the planet, he finds her dazed and infected with a weapon of sorts. In a world of technology, she cannot be cured. So he whisks her away to his home of Asgard in hopes of finding the truth and saving her mortal life.
Of course, this only prolongs the amount of trouble she is in as enemies from the past emerge. Dark Elves and their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) awake to find a universe that has forgotten them, so they set forth a new introduction led by a path of destruction. War breaks out as the Asgardian realm is caught unaware that the life of a human woman and the possible annihilation of their universe hangs in the balance. Old grudges are awakened then quickly put aside as anger, redemption and selfish revenge take hold.
The eighth film from the Marvel catalogue since the rebirth with Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World strives to attain a huge weekend at the cinema. This new chapter brings much to the table including characters and graphics are solid with an interesting storyline arcing through this comic book realm. Though I must say, the ending was a bit of a let-down for me, not the result mind you, but how we got there. I felt no emotional tie to this Thor or even to Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of Odin. They both felt stiff, though I’m not sure where in the development they lost me. In addition, the film's plot starts a couple storylines that go nowhere including a love triangle that never was.
Did I have fun though? Sure. Thor: The Dark World has lots of action, fantasy and graphics to feed the masses. Most of which, will be running to the theaters in hopes of a glimpse of Avenger’s past and future. I do expect to see a large box office as well, but not quite in the Iron Man range.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 1hr 51mins.
Movie Trailer - Thor: The Dark World
Based on a much-beloved book that was a best seller for 6 years, “The Book Thief” mainly shines a light on everyday Germans who were just struggling to get by themselves during the Holocaust- Germans who were no fans of the Nazis.
This is the story of 12 year old Liesel Meminger, who is given up by her mom to foster parents in a tiny rural German village. Tragedy strikes during their train trip to the countryside when Liesel’s younger brother dies enroute. Liesel isn’t aware her mom is giving her up to save her life. The mom is a gypsy and knows she is doomed by the Nazis.
Liesel’s foster parents are a hardened, impatient Rosa (Emily Watson) and a loving Hans (Geoffrey Rush) , who teaches Liesel to read, ultimately giving her a passion for the books which were banned and burned by the Nazis.
As Liesel settles into her new life and becomes fast friends with a village boy, the new family’s life is turned upside down when a Jewish teenage boy shows up at their door. He’s the only child of a man who saved Han’s life in World War One. Hans had promised the dad he’d always take care for his family. Of course, if the hidden Jew is discovered, the entire German family will end up dead or in a concentration camp.
This is a surprisingly sweet film, an inspiring story of how one girl’s courage inspired everyone around her.
13 year old Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse is just tremendous, along with the always impressive Emily Watson and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush.
Do take your tweens and teens. Even for adults, this is a fresh look at the Holocaust, through the eyes of the everyday , powerless German.