Movie Review: The Ghost Writer (2010)

Politics. Not much to say about it. Part of me thinks it’s necessary and part of me thinks it’s fucking dumb (mainly because of certain moves by various politicians through the years). Basically politics is the biggest clusterfuck in our world.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Ghost Writer”.

We follow a man (Ewan McGregor) who’s been hired to go out to a remote island and help write the memoirs of former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). However as he is writing it and gathering information he starts discovering some interesting secrets from the ministers past. And as he discovers these things, his life may be in danger. So what did I think of the plot? It was really good. The first half of the film is more of a drama that is about the specter author working on the book and such. Then we have the second half which is more like a suspenseful thriller. However, the pacing is still great thanks to an overall solid mystery feel throughout the entire thing.

The characters are all layered and interesting. Ewan McGregor gives a great performance as the poltergeist wordsmith. Pierce Brosnan is great as the slightly shady former prime minister. Olivia Williams plays the wife of the former PM in the movie and she was great in the role. The awesome Jon Bernthal also pops up a bit in the movie, playing McGregor’s friend, and he was really good. Timothy Hutton also shows up briefly and he was really good in it. I’d say that all actors did a really solid job in this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Alexandre Desplat and it was pretty great. It’s filled with energy while still being suspenseful and somewhat eerie. It has a very old school feel to it which worked very well for the movie while also being pretty fun to listen to.

This movie was directed by Roman Polanski and he did a terrific job. It’s fantastically shot and it always has an uneasy feel to it as if it’s saying “Trust no one”. And I like that, it kept me on the edge of my seat even when nothing was really happening, which just shows how talented Polanski is behind the camera (Disclaimer: I do not condone any of the criminal acts he committed and he should be held accountable, I’m just saying that he did a great job directing this movie).

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Ghost Writer” is a pretty damn good political drama/thriller. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Ghost Writer” is a 9,80/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Ghost Writer” is now completed.

Ghost Rider is… “The Ghost Writer”.

Movie Review: The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Don’t worry, I have seen this “essential” movie before so you don’t have to lose your shit. It’s just that I haven’t seen this movie in a few years and thought it could be good to give it a little rewatch to refresh my memory of it. So now I’ve seen it (again) and now I will review it (for the first time).

Ladies and gentlemen, do you have… “The Sixth Sense”?

In this movie we follow child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) as he after getting shot, takes on a new patient. This patient is nine year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) who apparently can see dead people… who don’t know they’re dead! From that you might expect “Oh, it’s a horror movie then!”. But I wouldn’t really call “The Sixth Sense” a horror movie per se. I would say that it is a drama with thriller elements. Sure, there are parts that you could argue are straight up horror-related, but I counter with the fact that this movie never really tries to full on scare you, it just wants to get udner your skin and make you feel a little bit uneasy. Kind of like a thriller. But if you analyze the plot, it is really a drama-thriller, not a horror movie. Anyway, with all of that bullshit out of the way, I loved the plot. It built up a lot of suspense, it showed excellent drama and it was just overall really great. And despite knowing the final twist, I still think it is one of the greatest twists ever. I’m not gonna spoil it if you somehow haven’t seen this movie at all.

The characters in this movie (despite the unusual situation) all feel like real people, none of them simply felt like characters in a movie. And I think a lot of that comes from a combination of excellent writing and some pretty great performances, three in particular. First off we have Bruce Willis who is actually acting and playing a character not just being Mr. Grumpy action dude. Jokes aside, Bruce Willis is great in this movie, playing a very human character who you’d just wanna be friends with. Next up is Haley Joel Osment who gives possibly the greatest performance by a child-actor ever. And if not THE best, at least one of the best. The final performance I wanted to mention was that of Toni Collette who plays Osment’s mom. She was excellent in the movie, portraying every emotion you could ever mention. Yeah, she was great. Everybody was great.

The score for the movie was done by James Newton Howard who managed to create an atmospheric, creepy, suspense-building and beautiful score that has lingered in my mind ever since the movie wrapped up, it is that great.

This movie was directed by M. Night Shyama-Lama-Ding-Dong, sorry… Shyamalan. And he did a great job with it, perfectly building tension and never revealing too much of anything in the movie. He did a fantastic job directing the movie. He also did the writing for the movie which I also thought was pretty great.

This movie has been very well-received over the years. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #161 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 6 Oscars in the categories of Best PIcture, Best Supporting Actor (Osment), Best Supporting Actress (Collette), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Guys, “The Sixth Sense” is an awesome movie with a tense and beautiful story, great characters/acting, excellent music, great direction, great writing and one of the best twists in cinema. Time for my final score. AH! Dead person! Oh, it’s just Jeff. Envelope. Thank you. My final score for “The Sixth Sense” is a 9,88/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Review of “The Sixth Sense” is completed.

Shyama-Lama-Ding-Dong…