Okay, for six weeks this blog has been a shambles. My apologies.
Work’s been crazy, as I’ve taken a promotion. We took a vacation to Aruba, which was wonderful, relaxing and devoid of blogging. And we’ve been keeping up a house with a kid and a kitten, which is always challenging and time-consuming.
And while I was doing much better about movie-blogging after watching movies, I’ve found myself unable to find the time or effort to give a proper amount of coverage to the movies I’ve seen lately.
Subsequently, I’m a whopping TWENTY-FOUR movie reviews past due. I completely suck. Although my lack of regular blogging was not exactly unheard of, it also is the first time this year that I didn’t blog about movies I’d seen. I’m finally admitting defeat, and doing a quick 140 characters or less review dump here, Twitter-style. In other words, on top of being a slacker, I’m also really, really lazy.
So, I’m sorry. If you’re interested, read on.
- 10/7: Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton, 1928) 4.0 ~ Slighter story than other Keatons, but a cavalcade of stunts. What an athlete Buster was.
- 10/5: Bigger Stronger Faster* (Chris Bell, 2008) 3.0 ~ A bit wronghanded in approach of cheating to succeed, but eyeopening doc about perf. enhancers.
- 10/2: Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut, 1960) 4.5 ~ New Wave Hitchcock story spliced w. plenty of humor. Chas Aznavour = amazing.
- 9/30: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008) 3.5 ~ Still too long for comedy, but some good writing for women this time espec. Mmmmila Kunis.
- 9/25: The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006) 2.5 ~ Take Princess Bride, add a dash of Wizard of Oz. Mix well w/ Pan’s Labyrinth. Funky visuals, but the story?
- 9/22: Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008) 4.5 ~ How do you do an uplifting 9/11 movie without 9/11? I’ll spare you the wirewalking metaphor.
- 9/22: Burn After Reading (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2008) 2.0 ~ Not without its charms, but came off as overworked & flat. I think I liked The Ladykillers more.
- 9/21: Snow Angels (David Gordon Green, 2007) 3.0 ~ Wickedness, sadness and meandering. Good performances, but not unlike a trudge through a snowy field.
- 9/19: Speed Racer (Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, 2008) 2.5 ~ MUST. KILL. SPRITLE.
- 9/17: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) 4.0 ~ Woody should always pair Scarlett with a more competent actress. Bardem/Cruz steal scenes ruthlessly.
- 9/17: Redbelt (David Mamet, 2008) 2.5 ~ Mamet’s Karate Kid. Ejiofor rocks, everything else comes up short. But I loves me some Mantegna.
- 9/15: Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958) 3.5 ~ Heist goes bad, played for laughs. Too much slapstick, but gorgeous, influential.
- 9/14: Cassandra’s Dream (Woody Allen, 2007) 2.5 ~ Ebert called it: It’s a lesser Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Also, no Tomei.
- 9/11: 21 (Robert Luketic, 2008) 2.0 ~ Spacey’s having fun with collegiate card counters. Too bad the viewers don’t.
- 9/9: /Little Miss Sunshine/ (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006) 3.5 ~ It’s still my kind of movie: humor, bitterness and family.
- 9/5: The Honeymoon Killers (Leonard Kastle, 1970) 3.5 ~ Low-budget true crime cult fave. Bizarre and f-ing awesome. John Waters’ wet dream.
- 9/1: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986) 3.5 ~ Dated but still disturbing. Riskier than Funny Games.
- 8/31: Chicago 10 (Brett Morgen, 2007) 2.5 ~ Animation/video game stuff doesn’t work at all; however, the archival footage succeeds. So, 50% success.
- 8/26: Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols, 2007) 3.0 ~ Which Greek tragedy/Shakespeare play is it channeling? I forgive Michael Shannon for Bug.
- 8/23: Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller, 2008) 2.5 ~ Works early, but it wears thin. Uncredited Tom Cruise gets points for self/mogul parody.
- 8/23: Pineapple Express (David Gordon Green, 2008) 2.0 ~ Duuuude. Totally too long. James Franco is funny. Everyone else… dude.
- 8/23: Performance (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell, 1970) 2.5 ~ Too hippie for me: get a haircut! Groovy visuals though.
- 8/21: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Bharat Nalluri, 2008) 3.0 ~ Perfectly passable piffle. Amy Adams can do little wrong so far.
- 8/19: Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 2008) 2.5 ~ M. Pitt just doesn’t do it for me here – not the same sense of calm, bored terror as the original.