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This is a fantastic movie starring the so-gorgeous-I-could-eat-him-with-a-spoon Benicio Del Toro, and the so-gorgeous-I-could-spit Halle Berry.  Berry plays Audrey Burke, a woman whose husband Brian (David Duchovny) is murdered. She invites Brian’s lifelong friend, recovering heroin addict Jerry (Del Toro) to stay with her and her two children.  Previously she had always hated Jerry, but when they share a house, they end up provided comfort and understanding for each other, as he was the only person who was as close to her husband as she was (indeed, she gets upset when she discovers that Brian told Jerry things that he had not told her).

I’ve said it before…I know I’m biased, but Benicio Del Toro really is a superb actor, and his skills are shown off perfectly in this film.  He has an ability to convey so much emotion, and he made it impossible for me not to care about Jerry.  Halle Berry also did a great job, as the grieving widow; this role should dispel notions that she is not a good actress.   It is an emotional movie – it made me cry several times, and I was still crying when it ended.  Definitely one to watch again at some point.

Year of release: 2007

Director: Susanne Bier

Writer: Allan Loeb

Main cast: Benicio Del Toro, Halle Berry, David Duchovny

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When troubled rich girl Emily (Alicia Silverstone) fakes her own kidnapping to get her father’s attention, she ends up getting more than she bargained for!  Her plan is that her father will pay a ransom and she will then be found safe and well in the trunk of her car.  However, car thief Vincent (Benicio Del Toro) is unaware of all of this when he steals the car, with Emily in it!  When he discovers that he has not only stolen a car, but has also unwittingly stolen a person, he just wants to get Emily away from him, before he winds up getting blamed for the kidnapping which she faked in the first place.  Initially he and Emily can’t stand each other, but as they spend more time together, they grow to respect each other and find an understand that neither of them has been able to find anywhere else.  Meantime however, Emily’s Uncle Ray (Christopher Walken), is on their tail…

I really enjoyed this movie.  Alicia Silverstone is as cute as a button in the part of the feisty Emily, and Christopher Walken gives a great performance, as always.  But this movie really belongs to Benicio Del Toro.  Now I might be slightly biased, because I think Benicio is more delicious than a bar of Green and Black’s chocolate wrapped in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, but there’s no denying that he is perfect for the role of Vincent, who may be a car thief, but who  has an air of naivety, and – car theft aside – only wants to do the right thing.  I’ve always thought that he is a great actor, who can convey an emotion with just a slight change in expression – he also possesses great comic timing.

This is the perfect kind of movie to relax with, and one I can definitely see myself watching again sometime in the future.

Year of release: 1997

Director: Marco Brambilla

Writers: Max D. Adams, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

Main cast: Benicio el Toro, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken

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This is a cool little movie.  I was predisposed to liking it I guess, because it stars the utterly luscious and swoonsome Benicio Del Toro, a man upon whom I can happily feast my eyes!

However, to reduce Del Toro to mere eye candy would be to do him an injustice.  He is a terrific and charismatic actor, and he is super in this film.  The other main star is Tommy Lee Jones – another man who can make a film worth watching just by being in it.  They both bring their characters to life, and make them easy to believe and invest in.

The premise of the movie is that Aaron Hallam (Del Toro), A decorated US Special Forces Operative, has gone on a murderous rampage, seemingly without motive, and Lieutenant Bonham (Jones) is the man reluctantly brought out of retirement to hunt this killer down.  Bonham is the man who trained Hallam and turned him into the killing machine that he now is, and probably has a better idea of his mindset than anyone.  However, Hallam is also able to correctly anticipate Bonham’s methods.

The chase takes place through the woods and through a city, and there are many great action scenes in this film.  It is a pretty straightforward thriller, although Hallam’s state of mind is never fully explained (is he mad, or is he bad)?  And what are the reasons for his rampage?

Two great stars elevate this from good to great!

Year of release: 2003

Director: William Friedkin

Writers: David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths, Art Monterastelli

Main cast: Benicio Del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Connie Nielsen

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This is a truly outstanding movie, and watching it is like being on the proverbial emotional rollercoaster.

Sean Penn is Paul, a critically ill mathematician; Benicio Del Toro is Jack, a former convict now trying to help rehabilitate young offenders; and Naomi Watts is Christina, a young mother and wife, with a murky past.  These three unconnected people move into each other’s orbit due to a horrific car crash which impacts on all of them in different ways.  All three leads are great, but Del Toro and Watts in particular are simply outstanding.

This film deals with grief, passion, love, guilt and anger.  It had me hooked from beginning to end.   The first 30 or 40 minutes are somewhat confusing, as it shows segments of the lives of all three characters, but they are shown totally out of sequence, jumping backwards and forwards in time.  I watched, imagining that it would all come together and make sense, and it did so, about 45 minutes in.

It was one of those rare movies that left me feeling emotionally drained – the way it is shot out of sequence is unusual, and I couldn’t tear myself away from it, even to make a cup of coffee!

I had this movie on my shelf for a long time, and wasn’t really sure that I felt like watching it – however, I am extremely glad that I did so, and will definitely be watching it again.

Year of release: 2003

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga

Main cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts

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