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April 17, 2007

Some movies I’ve seen recently:

Star Ratings:

0 stars- Offensive.  The actors should be ashamed to have been involved.
1 star- Awful.  Total waste of time/money.
2 stars- Pretty bad.  Drugs and/or alcohol may improve the experience.
3 stars- Not too bad.  Not a waste of time, but I wouldn’t buy it.
4 stars- Good movie.  I’d watch it again.  I might buy it if it’s on sale.  Really cheap.
5 stars- Awesome movie.  Worth spending money on.

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days:  I thought this was going to be a lot more painful than it really was.  I hate watching movies where two generally decent people are thrown into a situation where they’re compelled to act horribly for the sake of X material benefit.  But props to Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey for not only making this funny, but for also playing out the inner conflict in subtle ways.  The ending is predictable (it’s a chick flick, it wouldn’t be good if they didn’t get together in the end), but it’s at least more plausible than most chick flick endings.  (3 out of 5 stars)

Flags of Our Fathers:  A decent movie for it’s genre (Quote unquote real WWII movies).  It jumps around a lot, the characters are often rather flat, and when one of the female characters was introduced, Mr. Eastwood did everything but stamp “Gold Digging Bitch” on her forehead.  But for all that, it does do a good job of exploring how the men were exploited by the government, and the cynical calls for patriotism have some pretty deep echoes.  (4 out of 5 stars)

Transamerica:  Bonus points go to whichever make-up artist managed to make Felicity Huffman look so convincingly transsexual.  It’s subtle, and quite well done.  The interactions between the characters are funny, and painful, and deeply human.  Definitely more than the sum of its parts (pun intended).  Highly recommended.  (5 out of 5 stars)

The Prestige:  It’s pretty, and unexpected, and kinda twisted.  And if you need me to tell you that it’s a good movie, you’ve been living under a rock.  (5 out of 5 stars)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend: This is another one of those “Frat Pack” movies that I swear is supposed to be all about the exploration of the human condition through comedy.  It’s the only way I can accept that these sorts of movies keep getting made.  While it’s a decent enough little movie and unpredictable enough to not be totally boring, there are plot holes deep to push a Persian messenger into.  (3 out of 5 stars)

Ginger Snaps:  Lycanthropy as a metaphor for teen angst, puberty, and STDs all rolled into one weird package.  It’s a classical “B” horror flick.  Complete with randomly weird bad acting, interestingly bad special effects, and karmic retribution for anyone who isn’t a virgin.  It’s a good movie to get drunk and watch with your friends on Halloween night.  (3 out of 5 stars)

In The Mood For Love:  A romance set in 1962 Hong Kong.  Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are two people who discover that their spouses are having an affair with each other.  There are a lot of interesting artistic elements in this movie.  You have to pay very close attention not only to the subtitles, but also to the body language of the actors.  The facial expressions are so minimal and yet so expressive.  The plot does get a little lost towards the end, but it’s otherwise an excellent movie.  (4 out of 5 stars)

Marie Antoinette: Kirsten Dunst makes a great teen queen.  Frivolous, brainless, and angsty.  I do like that they explored the relationship between Louis and Marie, which is often left out of movies.  It’s a very pretty costume drama.  But Sofia Coppola doesn’t go too terribly out of her way to introduce anything resembling plot.  (3 out of 4 stars)

Some TV stuff:

Stephen King’s Desperation:  It’s just like the book, only shorter and with some major plot elements left out.  Basically, just like every other made for TV Stephen King movie.  I didn’t hate it.

Stephen King’s Rose Red: Stephen King does the haunted house.  And never really quite explains why the house is haunted.  It was a good ghost story.  He’s done better.

Gargoyles Season 1:  Watch this space for more fan girl squees later.  Season 2 will be rapidly devoured by the end of the week.  It will be mine.  Oh yes, it will be mine.

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