20 January 2007

January 20, 2007

Constantine
I don't care what people say, I think this was true to the comic and the character... up yours purests!!

What to Watch For
Keanu's ever so subtle deliveries... yes you read that right
Special effects... um... from hell
Tilda Swinton as Gabriel... cripes he's evil in all of these angel/demon movies
The Mirror Scene is flippin's nuts
The dialog... how Constantine talks to the demons in the movie... priceless

Why You Should Watch It
It's among the better comic translations to film
It is not what you are expecting
Lucifer isn't as good as Viggo in the Prophecy... but he's close
It does not talk down to you
The DVD cut scenes are good... and some of them should have been kept

19 January 2007

January 18, 2007

Keep the River to Your Right
Wtf?

What NOT to Watch For
Anything remotely resembling a plot
An interesting person to interview
The 200 establishing shots that the editor opens every single nonsense scene with
It's not about canabalism at all...
... but there is a live circumcision just perfect for a first date

Why You Should NOT Watch It
Boring old gay man croning on for hours about nothing
Movie isn't about anything; certainly not about what they claimed
Perhaps one of the worst documentaries ever...
... it plays out like a tourist couple's travel log
You have better things to do; like scratch yourself

17 January 2007

January 17, 2007

Bullit
Mmmm... Mustang GT Shelby.

What to Watch For
THE King of Chase Scenes
Steve McQueen
Norman Fell as a cop... awesome
Seeds of other action movies
Um.... Steve McQueen?

Why You Should Watch It
Accurate dialog and procedures
Pacing
70s Nostalgia
You want to know where a lot of cop movie tropes come from
To see the San Francisco version of To Live and Die L.A.

16 January 2007

January 16, 2007

Curse of the Golden Flower
Oh... my... god.

What to Watch For
Gorgeous sets. Just gorgeous. I think it was based on a play.
Chow-Yun-Fat
Gong Li
Isn't that enough?
Zhang Yimou

Why You Should Watch It
It's an historical Chinese tragedy
There's just a hint of kung fu
The sets. My god, the sets.
Zhang Yimou does not make bad movies
It's 2007 and you're on the best "good movie roll" of your life

January 15, 2007

The Italian Job
Fun, but disappointing and contrived.

What to Watch For
Fun chase scenes
Morris Mini Coopers
Aston Martins
Seth Green
Donald Sutherland

Why You Should NOT Watch It
Bad dialog
Vanilla leading role
Contrived ending
Unsurprising "twist"
Another movie with a getaway driver who sucks at driving

14 January 2007

January 14, 2007

The Queen
Better than I expected. Very good.

What to Watch For
Helen Mirren as the Queen
James Cromwell as Prince Phillip
The Royal Family
Tony Blair's moderation
Earl (Charles) Spencer's Eulogy

Why You Should Watch It
Princess Di's death
Seeing the royals for what they are
Helen Mirren is really that good
It is very fair, actually. By the end, you "get it."
Theatres filled with old-people are lacking in "Night at the Museum"