09 August 2008

American Teen

Half-documentary, half-indie film, half-spirited debate about the life of an American teen growing up in the midwest, this film should be on reading list of every American with a child in school.

I remember high school being like this living in Eureka, but high schools in Southern California have a lot more issues going on than this film could ever address.

I'll let you decide which of the five kids you are rooting for.

What are you waiting for?

Mad Max (Special Edition)

Another kind of end of the world film, I never liked Mad Max as much as Road Warrior. But Road Warrior for some reason is harder to find on DVD.

I will never understand that.

The special edition lacks the narrative and end of the world "intro." The movie also felt sluggish and the ending rushed. Maybe it's been a long time since I've seen it, so I don't remember what it's supposed to be like... but it wasn't great.

Grandma's Boy

In not particular order this is film is/has:

funny
bad plot
lots of marijuana
a chimp
geriphilia
shirley jones
video games
nerds
a nerd in a matrix jacket who talks with a robot voice
boobies

The End of Suburbia

Another Documentary in the long line of "out of resources/credit and banks/america are coming to an end" documentaries.

Compile this with the new Warren Buffet film that is coming and a few dozen internet shorts and you've got a recipe for a faded and destitute future. The film is about 20 years behind the curve of what we "should" know and 20 years ahead of what we're going to do.

If you don't like liberal theory, avoid this one. If you want a semi-rounded approach to the topic of overpopulation and resource management, give this one a watch...
assuming of course you know nothing about peak oil. In which case, the film is superfluous.

Strange Days

My favorite "end of the world" film of this type. Cameron can write and Bigelow can direct. I fell in love with Angela Bassett after this film came out. She and Ralph Finnes have great chemistry in this one.

A little long, but otherwise, I find no flaws with this one.

An Evening With Kevin Smith

Meh.

The Prince story was funny.

Dark Knight (IMAX)

The Watchman trailer was even better in IMAX.

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Bought it on video the day it came out.

Oh yeah.

I reviewed this before and my opinion has not changed.

Heroes of the East

And old 1976 Kung Fu classic about a Chinese man who must fight seven Japanese masters in each of seven different martial art styles.

It's as good as it sounds.