Monday, February 4, 2008

Catching up with the movies---

I was hoping to do some Good, Bad and Ugly's for these films.....but the aforementioned issues got in the way. So I'll just encapsulate:

Away From Her: Quite a lovely touching film. Julie Christie deserves the Oscar for this one. A nice, quiet, flowing performance. No big scenes, just a solid job from beginning to end. The movie even ended on a slight up note, which was pleasant.

Eating Out 2: Sloopy Seconds: Ok, I laughed at some stuff, but overall this was pretty bad. Yes, the actors were pretty to look at, but that is why the internet was invented. Watching a movie, I want to watch a movie, with characters and story.

Rambo: He blows shit up! It was comforting to see gratuitous 80's violence on the screen again. The story and characters were massively simplistic, but just enough to keep me going. Who doesn't love watching someone get an arrow through the face, then get blown up by a land mine?

Norbit: Solely watched because of the Oscar nomination for Makeup. I've seen a glimpse of hell.

Atonement: Not as good as I hoped. The ending "twist" did not work in the context of the film; it left a rather bland feeling behind. As the movie ends up being predicated on the twist, it deadens the movie a little.

2001 Maniacs: A little too goofy for it's own good, at least the gore effects were done well. Robert Englund was a hoot.

Surf's Up: It's ok, but entirely predictable. How this beat out The Simpsons Movie for the Best Animated Film nomination, I'll never know.

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