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Tag Archives: microreview
Within the first 10 minutes of Bullet you see nekkid dudes and a good eye-stabbing. That’s some quality craft.
This is a story about Butch Stein (Mickey Rourke), AKA “Bullet” who gets out of prison and gets right back into the game (general thuggery) about an hour after being paroled. But get this – he was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit! He ain’t no snitch, see?
Don’t worry, they’ll attempt to give Bullet dimensions as the movie plays out.
It took me a while to figure out this film, but after the first few minutes, I settled in to enjoy. It’s purposely frustrating to watch; my friends and I made some “movies” in high school (that makes me an expert in film, you know) so the premise of Living in Oblivion was not completely lost on me.
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos) plays Nick, a filmmaker struggling to complete a movie despite constant setbacks with the crew, the location, and with himself. Living in Oblivion takes place during one day of filming – but this day also includes three separate stories about this same day, and the message about whose story this really is gets blurred with the hopes and dreams of the cast. The star actress is Nicole, played by Catherine Keener (Death to Smoochy, Where the Wild Things Are), who has her own struggle with her career, trying to shake off her “shower scene in Richard Gere movies” reputation.
The movie we are watching is an exploration on filmmaking, extrapolating these frustrations into a dream world. The first parts are, consecutively, the dreams of Nick and Nicole, while the third and final “real” scene of their Living in Oblivion movie is an intentional dream sequence, complete with spooky fog machine and top-hatted dwarf.
Despite this, there is some linear continuity between the what happens to the cast, telling the audience what is truly important and real: a script which Nick writes exploring his love for Nicole is actually Nicole’s own dream, possibly exploring her feelings for Nick. We see the evolution of cameraman Wolf from an artsy cinematographer to a man whose life is comically falling apart – just as the film shoot is falling apart for Nick.
I’ve been a fan of X-Men since I was 10, so of COURSE I’m gonna go see it on opening day.
Let me step back and say that although I have a deep-seated love of the X-Men, I am not a fan of the comic book drama, with its alternate storylines, returns from death, retcons, and all around soap opera shenanigans. I can suspend my disbelief with the best of ‘em, though, and I find most of the Marvel movie franchise easy to swallow. This installment of the X-Men saga was pretty good, and the glimpse into the past pulls together what we know of this group of mutants.
The beginning scenes are almost stereotypic tragedy of the nascent anti-hero. It does get better, so let’s move on from Nazi Germany to the swingin’ 1960s, where mutants are among us and humanity is unaware of the building showdown with this new “race”.
I do like the slow reveal of who these new….old… characters are. I’m still iffy on James McAvoy* (Last King of Scotland) playing the role, not because of his acting abilities, but because it’s hard to compare the playboy-esque, boyishly good looking Charles Xavier with the crippled, bald Patrick Stewart role of the future/present. I did like the allusions to the future Professor X, though, so I won’t spoil them here.
Speaking of spoiling, there was a cameo in the movie that set my heart aflame, but you’ll have to figure that out on your own.
I was happy to see Moira in the movie. I must admit that I have neglected her character for much of my fandom, but I do like the presence of a non-mutant in with the team. Vicariously we can live through the bewilderment and disbelief: “my bullets don’t work” and “these guys are strange but still part of humanity” even if some of them don’t want to be. Moira is played by Rose Byrne**; totally didn’t recognize her as the smug bitch from Bridesmaids (another good movie).
Since I missed out on the crowd-crushing world premiere of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie (AKA: Battle of the Sideburns) in Tempe on Monday, I had to wait to see my most anticipated movie of the year.
It was awesome!!! Oh Wolvey, you’re so… heavy.
Sweeney Todd is a beautiful love story just in time for Xmas.
This remake has Johnny Depp! It’s no Edward Scissorhands, though.
Brick is an awesome movie, I strongly recommend it. Even though I have seen maybe 5 movies this year, I can confidently say this is the best one. It’s even starring little Tommy from 3rd Rock from the Sun!
This movie has a great trenchcoat detective flavor to it, with its set of code words, gratuitous smoking and convoluted trails. But it’s much more than that.
Saw the Chronicles of Narnia movie last night. It was very good, pretty close to the book with some dramatics and quips added. I loved the books as a kid, and of course was drawn in by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe animated movie.
I really recommend you go see it, I NEED them to make the rest of the books into movies…
Saw Ghost in the Shell 2, which was great. It had a dog, so that already makes it better than the first movie on that factor alone, plus it has much less incontinent mind-spew timed to animated mouth flapping than the first one.
I have yet to see the TV show, so cannot comment. The first Ghost in the Shell movie was one of the very first shows to make me dislike anime. It took a lot of other shows to make me trust in anime, after my sweet and non-threatening introduction by way of dubbed Sailor Moon.
I’m highlighting this show as a warning. Don’t even bother with it this season. The cheese is too stinky to be enjoyable. Jack is a heroin fiend, his daughter, Kim the wonderblonde, works for CSU and is engaged to someone also working there whom Jack doesn’t seem to like much. Of course they *must* tell him about it during a high-alert crisis.
The Pres survived last season’s ebola handshake, and is now smoochy with some lady doctor. The seedy Mexican druglords aren’t even seedy. It’s catastrophically bad, and I say this from an informed opinion after watching it for 15 minutes.