Sunday, October 29, 2006

Movie Times

Middlebrow and I have been on a movie watching jag lately, thanks to Netflix. Here's what we have seen, with brief reviews.

Last night we saw The Prestige. First I just want to say that Christian Bale is my new favorite actor. I've loved him in the last few things I've watched. This movie was fantastic. I loved it. I liked everything about it: the fractured chronology, the dialogue, the premise, the actors, the magic. Everything! It was clever, but also touching. I also love Michael Caine in his understated way. And Hugh Jackman. Highly recommended.

On Thursday we watched V for Vendetta. I think this movie was promoted terribly. The most engaging part of the movie to me was the mystery elements and the Stephen Rea character. Of course Natalie Portman was good, but the movie was very intelligent, the dialogue was good. I think when I saw the trailer, I thought it would be super violent and I didn't get a good sense of the story. But I really loved this movie, and was impressed by the writing.

The Break-Up: I'm not sure what to say about this. I love both Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. And I love that Vincent D played Vince's brother. The cast was great. I have to say, though, that the ending was unsatisfying. I know it's all open-ended and what not, but when I watch a romantic comedy, I want a happy ending. But that's the problem. It wasn't really a romantic comedy. There were funny parts, sure, but most of it was rather dark. My favorite surprise cast member: Judy Davis. My favorite DVD extra: the alternate ending (which isn't that different) which features a touching version of "Rainbow Connection."

We also watched Junebug recently. Though, as MB said, it was totally without arc, it was entertaining. It's hard to say who was my favorite, because everyone was so good. I have to say the character of the husband was incredibly irritating, and it bugged me that the wife never stood up to his absenteeism. But the characters were interesting. I especially liked the folk artist guy, who was odd and creepy.

We finally watched Amelie, which of course we loved. I found it inspiring, in terms of its plot and, again, just how it was written, the interesting details and how the stories came together. It was funny and sweet and charming.

We saw Final Cut, which I have to admit, I was reluctant to watch. But it was quite good. There were some unsatisfying loose ends, but overall, it was good. The premise, that an editor edits your life down to a movie that makes you seem like a good person, was interesting, and Robin Williams was quite good in it.

Overall, I have to say that Netflix has helped us to catch up on our movie viewing. And we haven't really seen any movies we didn't like on some level. Though MB may not ever forgive me for Cache.


Lisa B. said...

Nice list! I have to disagree that Junebug was without arc--I just felt that the arc was very, very subtle. I may not be reliable on this movie, I loved it so much. I loved the scene at the church supper where the Alessandro Di Nivola character sang. Heartstopping.

I think Christian Bale is a terrific actor, and this movie was no exception.

I also saw V for Vendetta and was happily, happily surprised by most of it.

The Break-Up, however many funny parts it had, was very dark indeed. Reminds of The War of the Roses. I agree that the ending was terrible--it felt like a cheat on all accounts.

I love it when people go to/view the movies. We saw Running with Scissors last night, and we will have to talk.

ErinAlice said...

Okay so I haven't and won't see an intelligent adult movie for some time!! Damn homework!! I have heard of all the movies except Final Cut and, as you say, the unforgiveable Cache. I watched WHat the Bleep Do We Know last week and that's about it. Up next for me: Flicka, Lassie and the new Charolette's Web. I think I need to get out more. Or maybe just get Netflix...

Counterintuitive said...

I loved Final Cut; but I love just about every serious film Robin Williams has done. To piggy back off Sig Nothing, I think he's an overrated funny guy and an underrated actor.

ErinAlice said...

I am probably the last person on earth to see the movie I saw last night, in my Narrative Research class: Memento. I really enjoyed it!!