Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Film Tweets- 2010

Pinocchio (1940)- Walt Disney's masterpiece. More sophisticated than Snow White. The high point of the entire animated film genre. *****/5

The Sound of Music
(1965)- How do you solve a problem like a sugar sweet screenplay? Fantastic direction and amazing music. ****1/2 of 5

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss
(2010)- Fascinating doc about a family's Nazi filmmaker patriarch & shame of Nazi descendants. **** of 5

Peeping Tom
(1960)- Macabre and unsettling look at the logical extremes of voyeurism. There's a lot of today in this film. ****1/2 of 5

The Fighter
(2010)- Story about as generic as the film's title. Russel's direction doesn't live up to the talent on screen. Good film. ***/5

127 Hours (2010)- Pretty damn amazing. Maybe the most intense film I've seen in the last few years. ***** out of 5

The King's Speech
(2010)- Flawed, but a refreshingly humble telling of importance & accomplishment. Solid acting. **** out of 5

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
(1962)- Two lead performances make this B-level trash fest worth seeing. Sunset Blvd-lite. *** out of 5

Paris 36
(2009)- A wonderfully rich story with likable characters. Visually stunning. Historical metaphor doesn't quite work though. ****/5

A Christmas Carol (2009)- Classic story told well, but technology still washes out emotions. Too many chase sequences for Dickens. *** of 5

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)- Nothing too novel, but Rivers is a fascinating genius/circus freak. Smart film making. ***1/2 out of 5

Black Swan (2010)- Not as much burrowing under the surface as under Ms Portman's skin. Impressive telling of a preposterous tale ***1/2 of 5

(Untitled) (2009)- Well-acted with some great laughs, but it never really rises above the intellectual-lite that it parodies. *** out of 5

Afterschool (2009)- Despite jejune moments and a cynical naivety, there are enough thought provoking questions to carry this film. ***/5

Walt & El Grupo (2009)- Should have been a short doc. This story showcasing three months is languidly stretched out. **1/2 out of 5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (2010)- As an autonomous entity, this unpleasant film's narrative is bankrupt. ** out of 5

My Son My Son What Have Ye Done?
(2009)- Parodies of Herzog cliches aside, this is a fascinating meditation on paranoia. ***1/2 of 5

Carlos (2010)- Epic, bloody and fascinating look at an insecure man's rise and fall as a terrorist. Ramirez=brilliant. 330 minutes fly by. *****/5

The Red Shoes
(1948)- Good story. Transcendent ballet sequence. Visually one of the richest films I've seen. ****1/2 out of 5

Black Narcissus (1947)- A bit rushed and unfocused, but it's gorgeous, well-acted and truly disturbing. Burrows under the skin. **** of 5

Inception (2010)- (second viewing) Harder to follow when you don't exert much effort. DiCaprio's perf. even more impressive. ****1/2 of 5

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)- What a disappointment! Voice acting is stiff & the character animation is less than mediocre. **1/2 of 5

Me and Orson Welles
(2009)- Pleasant enough and McKay's outstanding, but Efron's awful and the script lacks depth. *** out of 5

Never Let Me Go
(2010)- Logan's Run meets Jane Austin... powerful, wonderfully acted philosophical cautionary tale. **** out of 5

The Town
(2010)- Affleck's penchant for directing smart though totally predictable mainstream thrillers is fine by me. ***1/2 out of 5

A Matter of Life and Death
(1946)- Beautiful and bizarre one of a kind look at law, love and England as only Powell/Press. can. ****1/2 of 5

Iron Man 2
(2010)- Slick, wise-cracking action romp...entertaining enough though overstuffed. Downey Jr's great as always. ***1/2 out of 5

The Killer Inside Me
(2010)- Way too on the nose to really register, though Casey Affleck's performance is worth seeing. *** out of 5

The Social Network
(2010)- Whip-smart...one of the most satisfying and entertaining movies I've seen. Brilliant script. ***** out of 5

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
(2010)- Dear Oliver Stone, Either calm down w/ the over-directing or make more substantial films. **1/2 of 5

That Evening Sun
(2009)- Sentimental melodrama suffocates genuine moments of truth and insight. Good perfs. give it a pass. *** out of 5

Date Night
(2010)- Has its moments, but this formula action-comedy is just a little too dumb to be considered successful. **1/2 out of 5


New York, I Love You (2009)- One good short does not make a good shorts collection. New York has never been so underutilized. ** out of 5

Breathless (1960)- Brilliant and effervescent glimpse at young people living in a grand city during a grand period of history ***** out of 5

Gigante (2009)- Red Road dealt with this material in a much darker and more interesting way. Still, this film is passable and moody. ***/5

True Grit (1969)- Wayne is just terrific in a wonderfully entertaining formula western. **** out of 5

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)- Keeps up its energy until the end. Clever & fun but Cera's shtick hurts the film. ***1/2 of 5

The Square (2010)- Engaging and interesting Double Indemnity/Fargo knockoff. Perhaps a bit too serious for its own good. *** out of 5

Mother
(2010)- Unsettling, suspenseful mystery/thriller that honors the turmoils of motherhood. Great opening & closing scenes. ****1/2 of 5


The Beaches of Agnes
(2009)- Eclectic, eccentric & entertaining self-meditation of a cinema legend & creative genius. ****1/2 of 5


Beeswax (2009)- Funny, frustrating and dark, Bujalski's intriguing look at two passive twin sisters is solid mumblecore. **** out of 5

The Runaways (2010)- Adequate look at an explosive all-girl punk band that's not willing to get as down and dirty as it needs to. ***/5

High Plains Drifter (1973)- Savior for a town not worth saving--dark deconstructed Western dealing with familiar Eastwood themes. **** of 5

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)- You name it, this wonderful film deals w/ it--love, friendship, war, history, mortality. *****/5

A Face in the Crowd
(1957)- Dark look at power corrupting a decent man. Solid performances. ****1/2 out of 5


The Passion of Joan of Arc
(1928)- Rarely a wasted image in this most devastatingly beautiful treasure. Falconetti is perfect. ***** of 5


Edge of Darkness
(2010)- a. gov't conspiracy thriller b. grieving father's descent into madness c. Ridiculous pablum --Answer- C. **1/2 of 5


Kick-Ass (2010)- I'm all about the fun, but this fanboy magnet is maybe the most mindless thing I've seen all year. ** out of 5

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)- Taut gangster epic leads into final act full of dull melodrama & overblown self-importance. ***1/2 of 5

Irma la Douce (1963)- Ending made me chuckle, but plot is preposterous & Lemmon's completely miscast--a mess of a film. **1/2 out of 5

Life During Wartime (2010)- Though a bit busy & too tethered to the logic of Happiness, this is an interesting look at guilt. ***1/2 of 5

Green Zone
(2010)- Greengrass' direction is slick, but a comment on Iraq through an action flick? Stupid idea, stupid film. ** out of 5


Witness for the Prosecution
(1957)- Charles Laughton is truly amazing in this fun, convoluted courtroom mystery. **** out of 5


Sabrina
(1954)- Enjoyable enough, but I'm still waiting for Bogart's transformation to be believable. *** out of 5


The Kids Are All Right
(2010)- Great performances in an astute look at the complexities of marriage. **** out of 5


Burma VJ
(2009)- Impeccably well-crafted look at Burmese injustice as well as the reporters who risk their lives to show it ****1/2 out of 5


The Yes Men Fix the World
(2009)- Call to action doc that's painfully uncomfortable. Unfocused activism but admirable intentions ***1/2 of 5


Pirate Radio
(2009)- Interesting concept but executed poorly--cartoonish and not at all funny. Songs are too on the nose. **1/2 out of 5


Tokyo Sonata
(2009)- Strange and beautiful look at a family/country that's not quite dealing with these difficult times. **** out of 5


A Town Called Panic
(2009)- Plastic barnyard animals holding a mirror up to humanity's destruction. Hilarious yet brutally cynical. ****/5


The Song of Sparrows
(2009)- Majidi's storytelling is naive and cheap. He's best with arresting visuals which are lacking here. ** out of 5


Inception
(2010)- A wonderfully slick bit of entertainment not catering to stupid people, though it's far from perfect. ****1/2 out of 5


Cyrus
(2010)- All the laugh out loud moments are at the service of a false, lazy and empty movie. **1/2 out of 5


The Maid
(2009)- Fascinating oddity. Rich character study based on how the judgments of the viewer can be so wrong. ***** out of 5


Stalag 17
(1953)- Even with its annoying goofiness, Wilder's POW drama is a truly sad and great achievement. ****1/2 out of 5


Winter's Bone (2010)- Sense of place and the people living within is gold. The overly sensational plot doesn't quite match up. **** out of 5

Defamation
(2009)- Well-judged, brave exploration into modern anti-Semitism and what's provoking it. ***1/2 out of 5


Everlasting Moments
(2009)- Heiskanen is amazing as Maria in a compelling yet somewhat flimsily textured feminist tale. ***1/2 out of 5


Floating Weeds
(1959)- Beautiful, simple story of tradition vs. modernization and what it means to belong to a family. ***** out of 5


American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
(2010)- Taut look at how a relevant voice can devolve into radicalism. **** out of 5


The Apartment
(1960)- (second viewing) One of the great movies about loneliness ever made. ***** out of 5


Ballast
(2009)- I'll keep embracing these poverty line neo-realist films as long as they hold onto their intimacy and humility. ***** of 5


Best Worst Movie
(2010)- Surprisingly sweet, if a bit meandering, look at a modern cult classic. *** out of 5


Some Like It Hot
(1959)- (second viewing) Even better than I remember. So tightly constructed, well-acted and hilarious. ***** out of 5


We Live in Public
(2009)- I came to hate Joshua Harris. This film panders to the whim of a terrible person. Disturbing and infuriating. **/5


Flame and Citron
(2009)- Gritty and compelling, though a bit overstuffed and self-serious. ***1/2 out of 5


Trucker
(2009)- Painfully clunky dialogue in this predictable sapfest which isn't quite saved by some good performances. **1/2 out of 5


William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
(2009)- Justice is complex and so is Kunstler, a great and terrible man. Insightful. **** of 5


A Hard Day's Night
(1964)- The Marx Brothers should have been proud of a cheeky self-effacing look at a cultural phenomenon. ***** out of 5


Toy Story 3
(2010)- Though it relies on too many jokes and sequences from the first two, this is still a wonderful movie! ****1/2 out of 5


Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (second viewing)- Holds up for multiple viewings. Brilliant, quirky look into coping methods of an angry young boy. ***** out of 5

The Book of Eli
(2010)- What a pleasant surprise! One of the more satisfying popcorn movies I've seen. **** out of 5


Shutter Island
(2010)- Saw the twist coming, but still I was satisfied by this atmospheric mystery/thriller. **** out of 5


Alice in Wonderland
(2010)- Stale and technologically dull. Depp needs to calm down & Wasikowska needs to cheer up. **1/2 out of 5


Kiss Me Deadly
(1955)- Slick, dark, entertaining noir with one of the trashiest and most audacious endings in all film. ***1/2 out of 5


Exit Through the Gift Shop
(2010)- Works on every single level. Frustrating, funny, fascinating. Blows the mind. ***** out of 5


Please Give
(2010)- Baumbach-lite...too often devoid of truth. Just barely enough genuine moments to make it watchable. *** out of 5


Tetro
(2009)-Coppola's earned the right to be indulgent--sadly, he's not as clever and interesting as he thinks he is. **1/2 out of 5


Pressure Cooker
(2009)- Simmers a bit but then comes to a boil when true talent becomes the main course. Inspiring. ***1/2 of 5


The Lady Eve
(1941)- Convoluted and uneven, but Stanwick's amazing acting and some huge laughs make this comedy a classic. **** out of 5


Double Indemnity
(1944)- The perfect film noir... sleazy, smokey and so very sexy. One of my all-time favorites. ***** out of 5


A Fistful of Dynamite
(1971)- Kaboom!!! Then some crap about a revolution. Then more Kaboom!!! **1/2 out of 5


Blue Velvet
(1986)-It's important every once in a while to pull back the perfect facade of this world to find a rotting severed ear. *****
/5

The Princess Bride
(1987)- One of those rare movies that gets funnier as it goes along. By the end, I was totally with it. ****1/2 of 5


The General
(1926)- It's awe inspiring to see one of the true geniuses of cinema at his best. Among the greatest movies ever made.***** of 5


Amelie
(2001)- A truly original life affirming gem with just the right amount of sadness to balance the idealism and joy within. ***** of 5


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1966)- Finally, a Sergio Leone western with a story as good as its style. Immensely satisfying. ***** of 5


His Girl Friday
(1940)- Nonstop energy along with Rosalind Russell's brilliant acting help make this dark screwball comedy work. **** of 5


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(2010)- Novels take hours/days to read. Why inflexibly stuff EVERY DETAIL into 150 minutes? Absurd. ** of 5


Life of Brian
(1979)- Anarchy of Monty Python doesn't fit well into a conventional narrative--still moments of pure genius. ***1/2 of 5


The Lost Weekend
(1945)- I applaud its intentions and its unflinching commitment, but Reefer Madness-like camp weighs heavy. *** out of 5


The Secret in their Eyes
- A film about a story within a novel. Novel's story is cheesy, but the film about it is sly and smart. ****1/2 of 5


Advise and Consent
(1962)- Absorbing & intelligent. Perfectly captures what's (still) wrong with our government. ***** out of 5


For a Few Dollars More
(1965)- Final act disappoints, but Leone's style is solidified. The result is slick and entertaining. ***1/2 of 5


The Good Heart
- What the hell? Forget 3D. Here comes the 1D revolution. *1/2 out of 5


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
(2009)- Clunky & underwhelming...sorry to say, those words also apply to Ledger's performance **1/2 of 5


The Big Lebowski
(1998)- Perfect blend of fully baked cinema with a peppering of acid flashbacks. Coens at their most audacious ****1/2 of 5


Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
(2009)- Amazing, well told story of a dynamic heroine. **** out of 5


A Fistful of Dollars
(1964)- Solid practice run for a director that has better things in store. Simple & shallow yet cinematic. ***1/2 of 5


M
(1931)- Someone better protect the children for sure, but we must be protected from the systemic flaws of the state. Amazing! ***** of 5


Black Dynamite
(2009)- First ten minutes & last ten minutes are hilarious. Rest is hit & miss. All involved not on the same page ***1/2 of 5


The Damned United
(2009)- A tricky film. Both too serious & surprisingly compelling at once. Love/hate relationship w/ Clough works. ****/5


The Twilight Saga: New Moon
(2009)- Dug Weitz's style, but mopey plot is short on action & tall on a romance I don't care about at all **1/2


The Secret of Kells
- A fuzzy story and a blend of mostly 2D animation w/ a peppering of computer generated 3D make for an okay movie. ***/5


The Ghost Writer
- A well-crafted beach read of a movie that's fun despite how shallow and at times ridiculous its plot is. *** of 5


Afghan Star
(2009)- Putting aside its desire to be a competition show itself, this doc showcases a country's struggles w/ transition. ***/5


The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
(2009)- What a pretentious, overdirected, overwritten, sloppy mess of a film. Blech. *1/2 out of 5


Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)- Overstuffed, sure, but I can't recall too many films that are so damn entertaining. ****1/2 out of 5


Greenberg- Brutally honest meditation on being 40. Baumbach's not afraid to be unlikable in his successful quest for truth. ****1/2 of 5

The Way We Get By
(2009)-Honoring those who honor the troops. Potential for pulled focus never materializes. Solid & inspiring. ****1/2 of 5


Seraphine
(2009)- Few loose threads are forgivable in one of the most beautifully tragic movies of the year. Moreau is amazing. ****1/2 of 5


Laura
(1944)- Fun mystery. All the noir ingredients are there--convoluted plot, dangerous woman, conflicted protagonist. Classic. **** of 5


Serbis
(2009)- Dares you not to look away. I didn't look away. I wish all the depravity actually added up to something. **1/2 out of 5


$9.99
(2009)- No reason for animation other than gimmick. Occasionally insightful but ultimately muddled. *** out of 5


The September Issue
(2009)- Cutler's doc perfectly matches the self-serious/joyous vibe of the fashion industry. Refreshing. **** of 5


Anatomy of a Murder
(1959)- Impeccably well-acted, fascinating courtroom drama. 160 minutes absolutely fly by. So entertaining. ****1/2 of 5


Heaven Can Wait
(1943)- Found the final bookend a real letdown to an absolutely charming story imbued with the Lubitsch touch. **** out of 5


Chloe
- Fatal Attraction meets Skin-a-max. I could write a better script after a lobotomy. Yet, Moore saves it from train wreck status. **/5


The Informant!
(2009)- Well acted and sporadically entertaining, but this cynical look at one man's greed is tepid at best. *** out of 5


To Be or Not to Be
(1942)- Convoluted and contrived, but the comedy is sublime and so is Carole Lombard. **** out of 5


Capitalism: A Love Story
(2009)- Moore is a gifted filmmaker. Argument made well, which makes me beg Moore to stop the gimmicks. ***1/2 of 5


Everybody's Fine
(2009)- Bit schmaltzy, fractured & self-serious, but I was ultimately won over by its heart and DeNiro's perf. ***1/2 of 5


The Boys Are Back
(2009)- Not bad, though unseemly pangs of self-loathing in this simplistic drama based on a memoir. *** out of 5


A Prophet
- The prison yard is a brutal place. Is the real world any easier? Unflinching, gritty tale of survival. Magical film. ***** of 5


The Shop Around the Corner
(1940)- Stewart's stiff. Sullavan's shrill. Matuschek plot line works better than romance. *** out of 5


Jay McCarroll: Eleven Minutes
(2009)- Hilarious Jay from Project Runway has turned into a dull, type-A automaton. Insightful but dull. **1/2


Climates
(2006)- Compelling story & stellar direction, yet I'm not exactly sure what everything's supposed to add up to. ***1/2 out of 5


My Neighbor Totoro
(1988)- Cute, sweet and imaginative. A bit timid exploring sadness in the world. ***1/2 out of 5


Porco Rosso
(1992)- Not bad though Miyazaki's ode to old Hollywood contains muddled messages and a lazy ending. *** out of 5


Coco Before Chanel
(2009)- One would think there's not a movie to be made from this woman's early life. Wrong. Wonderful. ****1/2 out of 5


The Last Station
(2009)- Simplistic look at Tolstoy which ends up as little more than an excuse for excessive histrionics. **1/2 of 5


The Hurt Locker
(2009) (Second viewing)- Such a good film w/ standout sequences. Still believe contrivances hold it back a bit. ****1/2 of 5


Y Tu Mama Tambien
(2002)- Devastatingly tender. Offers nostalgia that few movies can match. Nearly perfect. ***** out of 5


Cold Souls
(2009)- Giamatti's fun to watch, but this is dull Charlie Kaufman-lite. **1/2 out of 5


Whip It
(2009)- This is how I like my feel-good formulaic films--light, witty, charming and extremely well-acted. ***1/2 out of 5


Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
- Cool special effects, but film gets very obnoxious and downright ludicrous. **1/2 of 5


Fish Tank
- Though too sensational at times, Arnold's neo-realistic character study is effective and unsettling. ****1/2 out of 5


Princess Mononoke
(1997)- A darker and more sincere Miyazaki. This is easily his most focused narrative. A wonderful film! ***** out of 5


Burden of Dreams
(1982)- One of the great filmmaking documentaries showcasing one of the great filmmakers. ****1/2 out of 5


Ninotchka
(1939)- The Lubitsch touch slightly dampened by tone shifts and political commentary that's just a bit heavy. ***1/2 out of 5


Loren Cass
(2009)- Brutal experimental look at the sort of anger and meaninglessness that could lead to race riots. ****1/2 out of 5


Amreeka
(2009)- Heart in the right place. Screenplay riddled with cliches. Too simplistic and predictable. **1/2 out of 5


No Impact Man
(2009)- Self-serving? Who cares? One of the most inspirational and compelling docs of the year. ****1/2 out of 5


Brothers at War
(2009)- Impressive troop access by a vain, insecure filmmaker. Doc is equally interesting and disappointing. **1/2 out of 5


Bright Star
(2009)- Though buttoned-up and plodding, this historical romance proves that poetry can be cinematic. **** out of 5


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
(1994)- Not too much beyond its considerable camp value. *** out of 5


The Cove
(2009)- Sincere & graphic activist doc which won me over despite its presentation of only one side of an argument. **** out of 5


The Seven Samurai
(1954)- One of the purest examples of what movies are capable of--a complete masterpiece. ***** out of 5


Trouble in Paradise
(1932)- Brutally smart and funny farce. Fantastic introduction to Lubitsch's dynamic direction. ***** out of 5


In the Mood for Love
(2001)-Kar Wai's hypnotic direction elevates this steamy yet chaste noir to near perfection. ***** out of 5


Bandslam
(2009)- With its feet planted firmly in the teen music film genre, this overlooked winner may be the best one yet. ***1/2 of 5


Medicine for Melancholy
(2009)- Tedious hipster racial trope. Way too self-conscious & self-important for its own good. **1/2 out of 5


The Young Victoria
(2009)- A modest and lovely look at a fascinating historical couple. Admittedly simple but satisfying. **** out of 5


Kiki's Delivery Service
(1989)-Wonderfully magical and surprisingly inspirational without getting too treacly. ****1/2 out of 5


Sherlock Holmes
(2009)- Downey Jr. & Law are the best of all else, especially Ritchie's bloated, literal, fratboyish direction. ** out of 5


It's Complicated
(2009)- No, it's actually a bit simplistic, but that doesn't mean it's not really entertaining and satisfying. ***1/2 of 5


Crazy Heart
(2009)- Bridges' performance overcomes a lackluster script and a subpar Maggie Gyllenhaal to offer a solid drama. ***1/2 of 5


It Might Get Loud
(2009)- Disorganized, slightly self-important doc that showcases three random guitarists. Why these three? *** out of 5


Lorna's Silence
(2009)- A dark, twisted, beautiful celebration of womanhood. ****1/2 out of 5


Jerichow
(2009)- Passable blend of Double Indemnity and Days of Our Lives. *** out of 5


Play It Again, Sam
(1972)- Here's looking at a great script, Kid. Here's also looking at an actor whose reach exceeds his grasp. ***1/2 of 5


Avatar
(2009)- Great visual effects blah blah blah stupid story blah blah blah. *** out of 5


Big Fan
(2009)-Such a smart, sad character study that's slightly hampered by an over-the-top plot. ***1/2


Somers Town
(2009)- Too short, too sappy, but undeniably sweet & quite funny. Huge step backwards for Meadows after This is England *** of 5


You, the Living
(2009)- Never knew hopeless misanthropy could be this amusing. Nihilism, you crack me up! ***** out of 5


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
(2009)- Take some Ritalin & Pepto and watch. Might just have some mindless fun. *** out of 5


Laila's Birthday
(2009)-A slow taxi ride from one manufactured occurrence to another thankfully ends sweetly. *** out of 5


Collapse
(2009)- The sky is falling! Did I say the sky, I meant the clouds... no wait, the sun. WHY WON'T YOU BELIEVE ME? ***1/2 of 5


Adam
(2009)- Convention & a weak subplot are forgivable in a touching and respectful look at Aspergers. Pitch-perfect ending. **** out of 5


Motherland
(2009)-Amazing women and poor people exploited to make a bad documentary. Cruel to play with grief and poverty. ** out of 5


Fifty Dead Men Walking
(2009)- Well made, moderately interesting thriller that's wildly uneven. Trying to be another The Departed. *** of 5


Still Walking
(2009)-Despite a heedless change of tone halfway, this family drama about grief is so very sad and so very beautiful **** of 5


Of Time and the City
(2009)-Though some overlong sequences, Davies' doc is singularly poetic and meticulously well-crafted. **** out of 5


Red Road
(2007)- Can't stress enough how chilling Arnold's thriller is...worth it though for its insight into grief. ****1/2 out of 5


This Gun for Hire
(1942)- Alan Ladd is a revelation, but plot requires more than suspension... slaughter of disbelief. **1/2 out of 5


The Lovely Bones
(2009)- Good. Should have been great but gets bogged down in eye-rolling logic and an overbearing soundtrack. *** out of 5


Nine
(2009)- Total misfire. Other than Cotillard & Cruz, the other women join Day Lewis by giving empty performances in a pretty empty film. **1/2


My Man Godfrey
(1936)- The silly rich get what's coming to them through kindness. A few great laugh-out-loud moments. **** out of 5

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stop being lazy and go back to writing full reviews.

Brian Dunn said...

I'll try to write more full reviews, but I was started to get really stressed out over them which made me not want to watch anymore movies because I knew I had to write reviews.

I know for a fact that I'll be doing a webcam review of The White Ribbon this weekend.

Anonymous said...

On the previous comment, I would like to know your full review of "Nine" and an explanation on how you thought it was empty.

Brian Dunn said...

Nine is nothing more than a disjointed collection of songs performed by actresses (and one two time Academy Award winning actor) who really can't sing. It just goes from bad song to bad song to bad song to bad song without any compelling plot or characters to grasp onto. It's style and flash over substance, which has always been the Rob Marshall way of making a movie.

I'm not alone in my criticism. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a dreadful 37%. Read the critics' comments.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nine_2009/

Metacritic gave it a 48.

Rich's Cine-file said...

Brian, here's the problem with your decision not to write full reviews. As a film blogger myself, I realize the pressure to write and the shear overwhelming numbers of films, especially in the fall. But for me and my readers, it's not about liking or disliking a film, it's about the discussion, the disagreement, the insight. Opinion is cheap, stars don't tell the story. Where does a film fit into a trend or even to the history of cinema. WHY is it good, or where did a film go wrong. You know, we're losing "At the Movies", an institution for people like me who love the debate. It's a real loss and maybe bloggers need to pick up the slack. Try writing full reviews about the films that matter to you most. ---Rich rjecinefile@gmail.com

Brian Dunn said...

Thanks Rich for the comment and the advice. If you go back and look at what I was able to accomplish two years ago, I think you'll see that I'm someone that wants to be able to write about every movie I see. I'm a full time high school teacher which is a job that requires time outside of the work day for lesson planning and grading papers. I'm a film blogger, not a professional critic, and therefore, I'm not going to do more than I reasonably can. I needed some time away from writing this past year, and for now, I feel compelled to write again with the Week in the Life of a Film Geek post. I'll do my best to keep these going so that people can share their thoughts and debate/discussion can come from them, but if I need to take a step back from writing for a while, then I'm not going to feel bad about it. There are LOTS of blogs out there. If this one doesn't work for people, then find another.

Again, thanks for commenting.

Shui Kay...er, Jennifer said...

Hey, I just came across your blog today and it's really great (despite what people think about full reviews, as a film review reader sometimes I don't have all the time in the world to read full reviews and I just want a splice of what one thought of the film. if I really wanted to read a full review, I go to many different blog sites and read extensively).

I haven't yet seen You, the Living but if you like Roy Andersson I recommend his Songs from the Second Floor and Lukas Moodysson's Together.