17 August 2010

Stalingrad (1993)

Presonally, I grow weary of anti-war "war movies." And while the atrocities of Stalingrad are worthy of discussion until the end of the 21st century, this movie provided no new insight into why someone should hate war. Everything this movie says, was said in Cross of Iron by Sam Peckinpah.

Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

While I found the title pretentious, this movie deserved every accolade it received. Mo'Nique was brilliant, Gabourey Sidibe was seamless, and the film was gut-wrenching. I'm not sure why you need a better review than that... or even more words? Seriously. This movie is a must-see. Stop reading. Go rent it.

Jeesh.

Salt

Now this was as good as it could be. A very nice ending to the evening, after that painful lump of Expendables. Don't let anyone talk to you about this one. Just go see it.

The Expendables

Not even worth posting on my site.

The dialog was dreadful, the story infantile, and the direction… just another 80s action movie… that never realized the world had changed and people don't watch films about ridiculous dictators anymore.

Funny Games (1997/2007)

Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke writes and directs one of the single-most disturbing films you will ever see. It is a condemnation of violence in a way you cannot imagine. It is not what you are expecting and it is not for people with weak hearts, children, or the inability to watch something they are not being "entertained" by.

There is simply nothing "enjoyable" about the film. It is relentless, mean, and hard to watch… completely devoid of any measure of Hollywood "sensibilities."

The remake is shot for shot from the original, also by Haneke. The original is better.