Dr. Strangelove. It was even funnier and more brilliant the second time around.
Eastern Promises. Very disappointing. Too little actually happened.
This month I have mainly watched
Fourth Kind - liked it, very well done - 8/10
Paranormal Activity - OK but slipped into cliched horror and ultimately disappointment - 6/10
Irreversible - the most miserable, pretentious film I've seen for some time. Better than Memento, but then again a DVD stuck in the gullet would be better than Memento - 5/10
Moon - Watchable but why did they reveal the "secret" so soon? - 7/10
Eden Lake - Possibly the best of that type of film. Unfortunately that isn't saying much - 7/10
In The Loop - Tried too hard but worth watching if you've broken your leg and the TV's on - 6/10
Crank 2 - Bad. There were some scenes that were good and some scenes that would have been good in the right movie but overall it's pretty shitty. It's like a pile of shit you have to dig in to find a tiny piece of gold or two.
From Paris With Love - Very cool if not taken too seriously. I expected some kind of Bruce Willis movie and I wasn't too off with that. John Travolta played a very cool and unusual (at least for him) role in this one and I wonder if the movie would have been as good without him. I think not.
Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino, 2009)
Tarantino has done it again!... The trailers and the publicity surrounding this movie makes it look like a Brad Pitt vehicle... And perhaps it was a good idea to draw the audience that way... But who would've thought that he'd make you watch a funny and suspenseful, and not to mention beautiful, foreign-language film instead?!... This movie is genius!... The man deserves all praises... The dialogue is delicious, the characters memorable, and the music fits with every scene and I mean every scene...
And one review I read was absolutely right--this movie was more about the love for movies, our love for movies, than actually about World War II... One main character owns a movie theatre; there's a film-buff soldier turned movie star; one is a famous actress posing as a female agent; one lieutenant is a professional film critic; they mentioned Garbo, Chaplin, Emil Jannings, Clouzot, G.W. Pabst, David O. Selznick among other film personalities; we learn that nitrate film back then were highly flammable (and took an excerpt film footage from Hitchcock's Sabotage); the soldiers were playing movie character card-guessing in the thrilling tavern sequence; and one of the most important scenes in the film takes place in a movie theatre...
Oh, actually the only thing I didn't like about the movie was Eli Roth... His face just annoys me and I hate his acting... Blech!....
LONG LIVE YOKO KANNO!!!
Gran Torino. I was a little disappointed with it at first--the script and the performances were awkward at times, and the film doesn't have a subtle bone in its body--but as the story got going I liked it much better. Good film.
Jeremiah Johnson. I think it's a beautiful movie, and for some reason it is also, for me, one of the most emotionally affecting movies I've seen. I've seen it four or five times now, and every time it fills me with feelings of vastness, solitude, beauty, and loss.
Also, Moon and Se7en. Both good.
Finally saw THE LOVELY BONES. Nowhere near as bad as the critics said, and actually quite moving. Also syncs up pretty well with my Buddhist beliefs.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
- George Orwell
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
- Richard Dawkins
Just purchased and watched the blu-rays of Casablanca and Doctor Zhivago.
Both excellent movies but Casablanca had a few processing anomalies. Still F-ing fine after all these years.
Doctor Zhivago was of course excellent in all ways. Even at 3 hours and 17 min it rarely dragged. And of course David Lean's direction and cinematography is always spectacular.