Posts Tagged ‘Susan Sarandon’

“Speed Racer”: Ready, set, move around…fast!

May 25, 2008

Speed Racer

Everything moves in The Wachowski Brother’s adaptation of Speed Racer, everything, except for sometimes the camera. Tony Scott likes to make “talking head” scenes interesting by having the camera roll back and forth in front of the actors. I laughed out loud when in Man on Fire the camera dollies left and right while Denzel and Walken are grilling burgers. It was the most action packed cook-out ever.

Well, the Brothers say no to camera movement and instead take those “talking heads” and float them in front of the camera, left-to-right, sometimes right-to-left. Sometimes after the head floats by the people are talking in the background just behind it. It’s an effect that at times is invigorating and other times simply annoying. You don’t know where one character is at in relationship to just about anything around him. Everything in the movie seems to inhabit a fourth dimension. (more…)

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“Enchanted”: The Title Appropriate

December 7, 2007

Enchanted

I stopped watching Disney movies a long time ago. And I don’t mean the Bruckheimer or the Pixar films. I still see those. Though I missed Cars. No, what I’m talking about, are the Disney films with talking animals and fluffy songs. I stopped watching those, not because I outgrew them, but because they lost their charm. I missed Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and pretty much everything since which mainly consists of direct-to DVDs. Whatever charm they were missing they got it back in spades with Enchanted, and they really don’t even need a story, all they have to do is keep the camera trained on Amy Adams beatific face and there’s enough charm for 50 movies to come, and lucky for the audience that’s what the director has chosen to do. Her eyes are so big and full of life in this film that one can imagine her as one of those silent film bomb shells, innocent yet someone you can never stop dreaming about. And without the 100% commitment she gives to the role, the film would have been obnoxious as all get out. To be cute for a minute or two, or even a line of dialogue is a tough sell sometimes, but Adams keeps it going and keeps it fresh for two hours. So even parts of the script that could have been stagnant are alive. Slow down Phil, but what is the film about you ask?

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