Archive for April, 2010

“Treme”: Won’t bow.

April 12, 2010

Inspired.

And out of the darkest night golden plumes dance down the street towards the camera; like a Phoenix rising out of the ashes and mud and destruction of New Orleans. “Won’t bow! Don’t know how!” this man, this Chief proclaims. And chills ran down my spine.

Already Treme, the new HBO series created by Producer and Writer David Simon (the creator of one of the greatest television series of all time, The Wire) and Eric Overmeyer (who’s worked with Simon on The Wire, and Homicide — a show which I will now have to watch), has distinguished itself from every other show on television, ever. Characters’ dialogue already feels like they’ve been around for 5 seasons. Imagery that will already be considered iconic. (more…)

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“Green Zone”: Uninspired Passion

April 12, 2010
It’s tough to look this good while spouting exposition.

The scariest piece of intel I got out of the new pseudo political actioneer Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, the team that brought you the last two Bourne films, is how the Government and the CIA really don’t get along. If what they dramatize in the movie is even remotely true, we’re screwed. This isn’t a simple jurisdictional problem. These organizations and the decisions they make force change on cultures.

About a half hour of the movie deals with these issues, but you see, this is secondary. What the Green Zone wants to do is give a fictional time out to the people who sent us over to Iraq in the first place and to give us an outlet for our rage over the falsifications of the WMDs that led to war. Our everyman is a disgruntled soldier named Miller (Damon) who decides to help out the CIA to find out what’s really going on as every WMD site they show up at…has no WMDs…bum bum buuuuum! (more…)

Greenberg

April 11, 2010

Keep your eyes on this up and comer: Greta Gerwig.

Los Angeles seems to, more than any other place, harbor the sort of people that let their past cripple them. Narcissists of self-annihilation; they wear their wounds on their tongues so they can suck everyone else into their universe and take them down as well. They pull people in requiring companionship, and push people away because they’re afraid they might destroy something good. The characters in Greenberg have the capability to become these sorts of people. Each character clings to a past pain, whether it’s from a relationship they just got out of (a very typical thing in LA), to friendships that have floundered. Considering this serious and  somewhat depressing trajectory, Greenberg is really very funny. (more…)

“Clash of the Titans”: Bleeds your pocket book and soul

April 11, 2010

You can't run from bad dialogue.

How does one go about making Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson look like bad actors? It may be the only thing Clash of the Titans succeeds at. Let’s take a look.

In this update, heroic grandstanding and cheapo monsters have been replaced with hollow whispering and nifty creature design. Characters come and go as needed with very little reason for being there in the first place. In fact the only reason for most of the characters to exist is to help out during the much advertised scorpion scene or to die stupidly during the incredibly boring Medusa scene. (more…)

“Hot Tub Time Machine” = Flux of Brilliance

April 11, 2010

The 80's were so colorful; now is so...boring.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hot Tub Time Machine. I wanted to enjoy myself a little. Instead, I’ve seen it twice and laughed from beginning to end both times. It contains one of the most incredible running gags I’ve seen in ages (thanks to Crispin Glover), and a knock out comedic performance by Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), who finds a place between angry and vulnerable, lovable and annoying – it’s brilliant, worthy of accolades. Thankfully, Hot Tub is very aware of it’s hook, but doesn’t live off that. (more…)