Review Round-up

  • 12/4: Half Nelson (Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, 2006) 4.0 ~ Surprising and off-putting story of imperfect people struggling to make a difference. Worthy also because it eludes the pitfalls of the white teacher in an inner-city school film.
  • 12/3: Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931) 5.0 ~ How have I managed to miss this classic all these years? A landmark of the pre-war monster genre.
  • 12/1: Wordplay (Patrick Creadon, 2006) 3.0 ~ Actually manages to downplay the oddity of its subjects unlike similar movies like Spellbound, Trekkies or Cinemania. I guess calling Bill Clinton or Jon Stewart word-nerds could be dangerous.
  • 11/29: Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff, 2006) 2.0 ~ After the Ghost World /Bad Santa snarkiness dies out, there’s little left in this limp attack on pretension.
  • 11/28: Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006) 4.0 ~ Pedro again disseminates lush mysticism and beautiful yet troubled women. Penelope Cruz reminds everyone that she can act if given the opportunity.
  • 11/27: Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 3.0 ~ Messy adaptation of the Tom Perrotta satire, featuring a strong performance by Jackie Earle Haley. Looser and more ambitious than Field’s In the Bedroom.
  • 11/25: Elektra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio, 1973) 2.5 ~ Dated story of a motorcycle cop (Robert Blake) who longs for a better life. A companion piece to Easy Rider in anti-Establishment cinema.
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Posted on December 5, 2006, in Film log. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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