Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Portman’

“My Blueberry Nights”: An Odyssey of Great Portions

April 14, 2008

My Blueberry Nights

Wong Kar-Wai can make anything look sensual. In all my life I’ve never seen a blueberry pie that made me want to kiss someone, but the way he shoots the ice cream melting down the sides of a mound of blueberries is so romantic you want to go out, find a girl and spend the rest of your life with her and that’s in the first five minutes.

In his new film, My Blueberry Nights, that romantic feeling is unloosed upon the audience. It however begins to wear after awhile before coming back to a redeeming final few minutes of sumptuous filmmaking.

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“The Darjeeling Limited”, Wes’ newest

October 8, 2007

darjeeling limited

I loved Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It was an adventure that a kid might have imagined. What kid doesn’t imagine finding a rare shark at the bottom of the ocean. It was a dream that reminded me of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. It’s too bad Spike Jonze is directing it, because Anderson would be the perfect fit. The dry absurdity he bring to his movies sits well with my own personality. And that sharp humor is put to good use in The Darjeeling Limited, a story about two brothers coerced together by their eldest third to reconnect as family and spiritually on a trip through India. The brothers are played respectively and wonderfully by Owen Wilson, as the eldest who after a near death experience brings them together. The middle child by Adrien Brody, who seems to be most affected by the emotional trauma that split them apart. And the youngest by Jason Schwartzman, a novelist who’s too afraid to admit that his books are based on real events. It’s good that Anderson writes movies about wealthy people, because they can go anywhere they wish at any time they wish allowing for a far more expansive journey. Here though the money isn’t the cause of their inner turmoils.

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