Wednesday, June 18, 2008

two sentence movie reviews:

movies i've caught of late, summed up short and sweet:

the savages - depressing, in an uninspired way. well acted, but i'm just tired of movies like this. C+.

semi-pro - same formula as all other recent ferrell vehicles (magnetic/clueless star at the top of his game, everything spirals downhill, miraculous recovery). ferrell is the shit but he needs a straight man to be at his best (a la old school). C.

the zodiac - high quality. jarhead was surprising, but this is likely gyllenhaal's best role. A-.

the kite runner - never read the book, but i enjoyed the flick. the notorious scene was pretty rough, and the crisis of conscience/courage that followed was engaging. B.

the happening - very dissappointing. i like night's stuff, really liked lady in the water [you're wrong hillary, it was a novel and interesting flick], but the acting by both leads in this one was surprisingly poor and the story didn't go anywhere. D*.

* upon further reflection i ammend this to a C-. i was dissappointed, but D is too harsh.


Blogger hillary said...

If by "novel and interesting," you mean "fairly stupidly plotted and weird in some bad ways (as well as good ones)." I still want to see The Happening, though. In fact, every time I hear how terrible it is, I kind of want to see it a little more.

Also, sir, have you seen Bubble Boy?

6/18/2008 3:24 PM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

an elaborate fable that takes place in a dinky apartment complex is a "novel and interesting" idea (even if you don't think it's a good one). like pan's labyrinth without the pomp/sophistication.

though i concede i in part may have been impressed because my expectations were so low.

6/18/2008 5:32 PM  
Blogger il Gatto Grande said...

"Pan's Labyrinth" was horrible, by the way.

6/19/2008 8:35 AM  
Blogger hillary said...

Saying the movie is novel and interesting is different from saying the idea is novel and interesting. I don't have any problem with the idea. I just think, for example, the banding together of folks with different abilities was done really clunkily.

6/19/2008 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Zig said...

I'd actually put The Savages in my top 5 of last year. Even though it deals with inherently depressing subject matter and has a wicked sense of humor about it, I would argue that the overall impact of the movie is genuinely uplifting, particularly the ending.

6/19/2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger kenniebloggins said...

I would give The savages a B- at best, so I might have liked it a little more than you. But not much. It kind of illuminates the lameness of the lives of half-ass intellectuals more than anything else. Yeah, those dudes were lame as fuck. I mean, a FEMA grant? Get a fucking job. PSH's character turned out to be the more likable of the bro/sis combo, which was a surprise, because I first sided with the sis. I think that's what earned the b- rating.

6/25/2008 8:24 PM  

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