The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 9.5/10. Touching and understated. I can’t wait to see it again.
Identification of a Woman: 6.9/10
The Royal Tenenbaum 10/10.
The Characters make the history, and you can’t controled, that’s why is a crazy movie
Just watched La jetee for the umpteenth time. As ever, 10/10. The smile gets me every time.
Rambo 3 7/10
Baxter, Vera Baxter: 7.5/10
Vengeance is Mine 8/10
Waltz with Bashir: 5/5 A spectacular and violent film that slowly unravels a terrifying realization. Oh it was so beautiful. It would receive a four had it not truly inspired me in several ways.
The Wrestler – 9/10. Rourke deserves all the accolades. Simple yet near-perfect.
Pineapple Express 5/10
Wing Of Desire 10/10….. beautifull
The General’s Daughter – 2 1/2 stars out of 5
Manipulative as hell. John Travolta’s southern accent changes from scene to scene. Worth a watch on a rainy night but that’s about it.
Needed a trash break..
Embodiment of Evil (José Mojica Marins, 2008): 6.8/10
Coffin Joe is back!
these are subject to change with subsequent viewings
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 7.5/10 (it was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller 9/10
La Notte 6/10
The Wrestler 9/10
Ivan’s Childhood 9/10
For completely different reasons. I agree with Roger Sarao’s short sentence on The Wrestler. Ivan’s Childhood was quintessential Tarkovsky but not quite as essential as Solaris, Andrei Rublev, or Stalker.
The Reader – 4/5
Persona – 8.2/10 – Very stylish but I think I’ll have to watch it again when I’m in the right space to absorb it.
Milk – 9/10 – Surprisingly excellent.
Autumn Somnata – 8/10 – Pretty simple and very emotional but I wouldn’t say it affected me.
The Third Part of the Night (Andrzej Zulawski, 1971): 8/10
Le Feu Follet (Fire Within) – Criterion 9/10 – great acting by Maurice Ronet as the suicidal Alain and setting up of the story from L. Malle.
Sideways – 2/10 – boring & obnoxious characters and trite situations – I watched because I was told it was funny – it was not.
Brand Upon The Brain 8/10
In Bruges 8/10. Hilarious movie!!!
Inland Empire – David Lynch
It was definitely really cool but I didn’t quite get it and the slow, 3-hour run length doesn’t make me want to watch it again to get it.
Righteous Kill 2/10. Terrible movie. Would have given it a 1 but I like Carla Gugino too much. Will someday get Pacino and DeNiro at least one more good role before they’re done.
India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975): I don’t know if I can assign a digit to this.. might be a 4 or an 8
Loving De Palma as much as i do, i will take the the hits if i get blasted but i love Mission:Impossible. Vintage DePalma at work crafting beautifully paced sequences that use every element of filmmaking. Yes the plot gets sort out of hand, but in other hands(like brett ratner) this turns into utter mush. If you want an entertaining evening just sit back and relax. The train sequence alone is worth the price of admission.
Lee Marvin’s Point Blank. Probably 8 out of 10. For anyone who has seen them: which do you prefer Point Blank of the remake with Mel Gibson Payback? I saw Payback and the directors cut of Payback a few times long before I’d even heard of Point Blank and its a cool movie and Mel’s character is awesome but I’d have to say Point Blank is a much better made movie. Plus it has a MUCH better ending. I loved the twist in Point Blank.
Frequency 3 stars out of 5
I’m kind of a sucker for this trippy movie, right from the thrilling opening shot inside a sunspot. And I normally can’t stand Jim Caviezel. But this film taps into a universal desire to change some thing in the past. If it were a European film people would already have written detailed Lacanian critiques of it. Then again, a European film wouldn’t end with a goofy montage set to a really lame christian-rock ballad. Thus, only 3 stars instead of 4.
Imaginary Witness 4/5 great doc about Hollywood’s take on the Holocaust. Weaves historical elements and archives with interviews and film clips…well done…
Yeah Frequency is a pretty cool movie. You don’t like Caviezel? I’ve always liked him I just wish he could get some better roles. His latest movie coming out I can’t remember the title but he’s playing a viking the comes to the future to save the world from a dragon. A sci-fi viking movie? Sounds like thats got a high potential to be extremely stupid. But on the other hand he was amazing in The Passion of the Christ. No matter how you feel about the movie itself you’d be hard pressed to deny his performance was phenomenal. To be able to go through an entire film speaking three different foreign languages (one of which is an ancient language that is barely used anymore) and still portraying the emotions is an impressive feat. But as I say, I wish he could just get some better roles to fulfill that potential instead of De Ja Vu and this sci-fi viking movie.