Archive for the 'Movies' Category

A History of Violence

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

With eight bad guys shot and two slain, A History of Violence lives up to the violence part in the title, I guess. Other than that, don’t expect much. Sure, the head wounds are pretty graphic. But moral conflict? Search of conscience? Dilemma? Evolving characters? Shades of grey? Ambiguities? Anything that would actually make it interesting? Nah…

Still, it manages to get overall positive reviews.

Lord of War

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Somehow, Lord of War lacks substance. Or something. Mixed reviews.

Maybe I should just lower my expectations?

On the other hand, Netflix has been really good recently.

The Constant Gardener

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

First decent movie I’ve seen this summer.

The Aristocrats

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

A man walks into an agent’s office …

Four Brothers

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

If you like vigilante justice, maybe this one’s for you. As for me, I’m still waiting for this summer’s first good movie.

Grizzly Man

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

Go see Grizzly Man, a documentary by German director Werner Herzog.

GRIZZLY MAN explores the life and gruesome death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. The film is a powerful cautionary tale about modern man’s relationship to wild nature as it follows Treadwell’s journeys to Alaska, where he lived among the grizzlies and grew to love them. Treadwell’s crusade to defend the grizzlies tragically ended when he–and his girlfriend–were attacked and killed by a rogue grizzly in October 2003. GRIZZLY MAN is a gripping and epic adventure story in the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s classic Into Thin Air and Into the Wild.

Very positive reviews, too.

The Edukators

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

In case you were wondering, The Edukators really isn’t what you might call mainstream. It had its moments despite some lengths. I’d say it passed. Don’t take my word for it, though: I’m probably biased, watching this German movie in German (original title: Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) at the Aquarius in Palo Alto, CA. Some critics liked it, I guess.

March of the Penguins

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Take your kids to see this one. It’s well worth watching.

Hustle & Flow

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Plot Outline (IMDB): With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful rapper.

Nah, I’m not so convinced. Of course, you may beg to differ.

Wedding Crashers

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Plot Outline (IMDB): John Beckwith and Jeremy Klein, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Clearly.

I give it a 73 percent fresh.