Archive for November, 2008

“Twilight”: Ooooo, Maybe if I keep my head tilted and look out from under my brow I too can loo…hey, this movie isn’t bad.

November 30, 2008
The jumping and flying effects in Supergirl were more believeable...and yes you can see the wirse in this picture.

The jumping and flying effects in Supergirl were more believable...and yes you can see the wires in this picture.

I learned something about women while watching Twilight, or maybe Mormon women that relate to 15 year old girls: they want someone that very badly wants to have sex with them, but won’t! That’s what makes Twilight the dreamy fantasy that it is. Most guys that badly want to have sex with someone, will try to in any way they can. Most, not all. The vampires, at least Edward Cullen, a dreamy sparkly vampire played by Robert Pattinson, is the epitome of this pseudo sexual metaphor that has all the women around the world swooning.

I have no idea what the book reads like, but this metaphor and the movie itself is actually pretty good. Though the metaphor goes a touch too creepy when sparkly Edward admits to having watched his love in her bedroom while she slept for months on end. The director Catherine Hardwicke makes something of what could have been a display case movie, all candy canes and special effects. She lets these characters live and breath the awkwardness and emotional turmoil of their age.

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“Australia”: The never never far away land of magic

November 30, 2008
This tender picture is moments before Darwin isn't bombed.

This tender picture is moments before Darwin isn't bombed.

I saw four movies on Thanksgiving Day: Twilight, Quantum of Solace and Australia. Wait, isn’t that three? You might be asking yourselves. Not only is Australia as long as two movies, Baz Luhrman, the visionary director, couldn’t decide what movie he wanted to make more, so he made both of them.

On one end Australia is a fairy tale, with real and intriguing magic and lore. Full of locations with names that make you feel like you stepped into Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz, which is referenced in the movie not only through song, a silly retelling of the story and showing the actual movie but also from lifting the general plot out of Oz and grafting it onto the film; that being a group of eccentric characters travel together across a dangerous landscape so they can find themselves and beat the bad guys.

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Role Models: Oscar! Oscar! Oscar!

November 20, 2008
They know how to play innocent.

They know how to play innocent.

Okay, wow! I saw Role Models Friday (just after Quantum of Solace, yes a good night) and then a second time the very next day. And get this, I laughed equally as hard both times. Time Magazine recently made a case for comedies getting Oscars based on this movies…I agree.

Paul Rudd over the last 2 years has become one of my favorite actors to go see. There’s so much honesty in his face. He hides nothing from you. That’s where the center of this film lies, in Rudd’s honesty. He plays a man that doesn’t know how much he needs human connection, so he pushes it away. You can see his anger, and sadness and relate to it, and laugh at it.

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RocknRolla: Highly Entertaining

November 20, 2008
The train is already here.

The train is already here.

Here I finally sit forcing myself to write only because I enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s new movie RocknRolla so much! A little rusty and I saw the movie about a month ago, so bear with me.

You may remember his other films Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, both enjoyable but somewhat flimsy models of what cool is (Brad Pitt was the best part of Snatch). For every great portion or moment there was an equally awkward and heavy handed moment that showed Ritchie to be a purveyor of style but lacked the true tools to tell a completely engaging story. I haven’t even found the time to watch his complete misfires Revolver or Swept Away. Alas, I am here to proclaim to you that RocknRolla may simply be one of the most enjoyable movies I’ll see this year.

 

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Changeling: Can’t Decide How to Approach Itself

November 20, 2008
Rosemary's Maybe

Rosemary's Maybe

If you were to go to a concert, full symphony orchestra, and you sit down ready if nothing else to be carried away for the next hour or two into the beauty of another world: crescendos, melodies and variations then you realize about 30 minutes in that all you’re going to hear for the next hour and a half is a single trumpet player bleeting the same note over and over again, I imagine you’d be a bit underwhelmed and frustrated. Great music, like a great movie has to have ups and downs. Even if they’re minor and subtle.

In Clint Eastwood’s new drama The Changeling everything plays at pretty much the same note from beginning to end. The movie is so detached from itself that there are no emotional ups and downs. Angelina Jolie, while suitable, hits that same reoccurring note as well, and the music lingers never adjusting to suit the events of the film. I don’t need to have my head beaten by a hammer, but it could be that Eastwood’s hands off style of directing is finally starting to show that perhaps he needs to be a little more hands on when considering the plotting of the story.

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Quantum of Solace: Rough Around the Edges and Liking It

November 19, 2008
Chasing down the neigh-sayers.

Chasing down the neigh-sayers.

The new Bond film, Quantum of Solace, has a really slick energy behind it. At moments almost a little too stylized for it’s own good, but I’m not complaining! I like style, especially when there’s an intriguing story, and this particular one picks up right where the last one left off. Finally a soap opera for dudes, that doesn’t include the Saw films.

And who doesn’t want to see Daniel Craig grow into the role of the Bond we remember, and when we get to the Bond we remember, will we want him again? (Judging by other reviews they’d rather have a character that feigns emotions, rather than has them!) This new Bond…rebooted Bond…is so intriguing and driven. Craig adds more nuances to Bond than most actors do with “serious” roles. Driven by things he doesn’t quite understand himself. Calculated coldness and emotional turmoil and he’s still got a sense of humor that pokes it’s nose through on occasion. And sometimes he doesn’t say anything at all. What can he say? If you don’t remember Casino Royale, this is an injured man.

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