Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Sword of Doom

Holy cats, this was great. Problematic production lead to spotty editing which is actually an asset. The result is a poem of alienation and violence.

The Scarlet and the Black

I didn't read the summary and was surprised to find that this was not based on Stendahl's the Red and the Black. I lost interest about half way through.

Harvey

Mild comedy with curious performance by Jimmy Stewart. The realities of an alcohol-soaked head case result in some wincing on my part. No winners here except the bartender, who seems like a nice guy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Matt Damon demonstrates an uncanny ability to portray no one. The Man with No Nmae Who is No One. Patricia Highsmith's story is done up well.

Bird

Bored by Bird. Returned it without watching completely.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Jason and the Argonauts

Somehow I imagined that I had seen this movie before. Apparently only in bits and pieces badly remembered from childhood. In any case, this is a perfectly reasonable presentation of the story of Jason. Acting is exactly as wooden as it should be. Why should it be natural and good? The story has a talking figurehead, for heaven's sake. The scenes in Olympus are pretty funny in a Olympus-as-ad-agency sort of way

Monday, November 05, 2007

Black Hawk Down

I must have been in a tender mood when I watched this because i just couldn't watch it all. The sheer stupidity of the whole set-up (the reality, not the movie) was just too much for me. The film is beautiful, but the scenario just makes me angry and frustrated.

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