Again, another lame attempt at an actual thoughful entry, because I’m pressed for time. Still under the weather and hoping to make it through this before the Nyquil kicks in.
- 11/1: Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007) 4.0 ~ Gorgeous and lyrical, but slightly coma inducing. Binoche is pitch-perfect here.
- 10/31: Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952) 4.0 ~ Need to watch this again, when I’m not overtired/jetlagged. What I saw was sublime and, for Kurosawa, restrained. But much too slowly paced for full attention.
- 10/28: Get Smart (Peter Segal, 2008) 2.0 ~ Sorry, Maxwell Smart is too good at his job to be loyal, overtly interesting enough for this spoof. Plus the jokes disappear when the action ramps up.
- 10/28: Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) 4.0 ~ Wow, noir/sci-fi? Features some whacked-out dialogue and supporting characters. Nothing short of alien abduction would have surprised me by the end. Of course, this will be added in the Spielberg/Lucas remake.
- 10/27: The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007) 3.0 ~ Pacing, believability of script kept it from higher rating. Fassbinder fave Hanna Schygulla carries it well in the final third.
- 10/25: Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, 2008) 3.5 ~ A bit overwrought, and the lesser of the two Abu Ghraib movies in the last 12 months. Still, Morris scored Lynndie England, man.
- 10/22: Hancock (Peter Berg, 2008) 3.0 ~ Yep, the third act’s a problem. But Berg managed to deliver up to that point.
- 10/21: Baby Mama (Michael McCullers, 2008) 2.5 ~ I like the characters. I just stopped laughing.
- 10/18: Midnight Meat Train (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2008) 1.5 ~ Vinnie Jones, I always suspected you’d look equally good in either slaughterhouse gear or a two piece suit.
- 10/17: Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957) 3.5 ~ Dietrich and Laughton face off. Too clever, like many an A. Christie play, but Laughton delivers on a juicy-ass role.
- 10/15: Lou Reed’s Berlin (Julian Schnabel, 2007) 2.5 ~ I love VU, Lou solo less so. This uneven mood piece? Strictly for fans. Don’t settle for walkin.
- 10/13: The Visitor (Tom McCarthy, 2008) 3.5 ~ Smells like White Guilt. But engaging stuff from R. Jenkins.
- 10/11: /Halloween/ (John Carpenter, 1978) 3.0 ~ I’ll forgive a lot for that opening “tracking” shot.
- 10/10: Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954) No Rating ~ Still trying to decide what to make of it. What exactly was that? Western spoof classic or downright failure? Deserves a rewatch.
- 10/9: Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney, 2007) 4.5 ~ Essential, gutwrenching. I actually longed for Harold & Kumar. Instead, McCain gets face time.
- 10/7: Frozen River (Courtney Hunt, 2008) 3.5 ~ Yep, Melissa Leo is mesmerizing. And it’s a simply told yet complex film.