22 February 2008

The Host (Gwoemul)

Best monster movie, ever.

Korean film.

Heart-warming, smart, funny, and scary.

Damn. Damn.

Lucky Number Slevin

There are a lot of things I can say about this movie. But at the end of the day, I'm not sure I can recommend it.

Yes. It has a smart script. And yes, it tries to trip you up numerous times with its "kansas city shuffle." But in the end, the movie fails to illicit a single emotion from the viewer.

It sorta gets you a few times.

It fakes being smart for the first 1/3rd with its semi-witty banter.

And it really wants you to be surprised by the fifteen endings. Of which two were clever. And certainly Willis and Hartnett have an excellent report. But this movie is just a B-film at the end of the day.

Tighter direction and less clues would have made it smarter. Put it 50 spaces down on your netflix account if you're looking to fill a gap.

20 February 2008

50 First Dates

A great comedy and certainly Adam Sandler's "bestest" performance (if such a thing is possible). This is also more evidence about how Drew Barrymore is ideal for these kinds of roles and should do more of them.

Just with smart scripts.

My fifth viewing of this movie, I enjoy the lack of formula and the brave nature of plot point two... who else would dare write something like that into a romantic comedy?

3:10 to Yuma

The original is excellent.

It's amazing how smart it is for the time (1957) and how well the new film kept to the old script (by Elmore Leonard of course).

Van Heflin is just perfect as Dan Evans. I love that he's a lesser known actor in this role... it makes the tension that much stronger... will he or won't he die. And even when everyone else is acting poorly or missing the tone of the film, Glenn Ford (as Ben Wade) never misses a step as the sardonic gang leader who doesn't take much of anything seriously, but seems to have a Zen/Jungian-like understanding of human nature.

Well worth the watch. Followed by the more existential remake with Christian Bale and Russel Crowe (the modern masterpiece is noticeably devoid of American actors, who apparently can no longer play "real men.").

19 February 2008

The Party

Been a slow February. Nothing good coming out and I've been watching Deadwood on DVD. So, this is my first MOVIE in over two weeks.

A classic Blake Edward physical comedy romp, Peter Sellers is more like a prop in this non-stop film of pratfalls. The baby elephant at the end of the movie is nothing more than an excuse to fill the house with bubbles.

Certainly not comedy GOLD, but it gets the bronze.

99% of the movie is in the same house, in real time, which is always a treat.