Author: taylorj617

The Damned United

The “The Damned United” is a film about rivalry, and the hazards of man’s selfish ambitions. This 2009 film, directed by Tom Hooper, stars Michael Sheen as the newly appointed manager Brian Clough of the English football team (soccer to those on this side of the Atlantic) Leeds United. Clough is a “cheeky lad” to say the least, but he is passionate about the game and has the skills to take any club to the top with the help of his partner Pete Taylor (played by Timothy Spall). The movie spans the course of a six year period beginning with Clough and Taylor managing the small-town team of Darby and leading them from the bottom of the second division to the top of the first division of English football. But early in their career, they have a shot at the number one first division team Leeds United, headed by manager Don Revie (played by Colm Meaney). Clough sees this as his chance to move himself (I mean his team ahem) up the ladder. But Clough is snubbed by Revie, and this sparks a mad vow by Clough to out-do Revie at any cost. Later on, after Clough leads Darby to an eventual league championship, he loses his job with them due to his disrespectful and selfish ways. So when Revie steps down from his managerial position with his rival...

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The Invention of Lying: Honestly, Worth Seeing

Imagine a world in which there were no lies (think “Liar Liar” on a global scale). People told you just what they thought about you and you can tell the bank how much money is in your bank account. In this movie written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson, this world is a reality, and not necessarily a very nice one at that because apparently the world has a pretty pessimistic outlook on their fellow man. But hey, honesty is the best policy, right? Not up until the point when Mark Bellison (played well by Gervais himself) isĀ  fired from his job, evicted from his home, and rejected by the love of his life has a lie ever been told on the face of this earth. But somehow or another, Mark realizes that he can tell the woman behind the counter at his bank that he has $800 in his account as opposed to $300 and she believes him! Which leads to, you guessed it: The Invention of Lying. What a man could do with such a power… Mark tells his dying mother, afraid of disappearing into nothingness after death, that instead of such a fate, everyone receives a mansion and gets to hang out with all their friends, in a touching scene between the two. The love interest, played by knockout Jennifer Garner, has gone out...

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“Once” Maybe Twice

Okay, so I like a good romance from time to time, and I like music. So I should have really enjoyed “Once,” a sort of romantic/ musical/ docudrama right? Well, maybe. “Once” begins with a shot of our main character (played by Glen Hansard) on the streets of Dublin playing the guitar for money. Now this may sound like the beginnings of some sappy, goofy singer/ songwriter love story film, and it sort of is. But with something else going for it: this guy is really good. Seriously. So, he ends up meeting this Girl (yes, that’s her name) played by a darling Marketa Irglova via an impromptu vacuum repair job, and one thing leads to another and before you know it, they’re in a music shop singing a duet. Girl on piano, Guy on guitar, singing, the whole nine. And you know what, I gotta be honest, I was in love. These two got it. Right away we see the girl’s affections for the guy sparking. Then we learn she has a kid and is married! Doh! Guy lives with his father in a small apartment now, after having his heartbroken by a cheating girlfriend, which makes for some good songwriting angst. Guy is falling for Girl too, but with their current circumstances, one wonders how things will ever work out between them. Now, one of the most...

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