Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Movie Catch-Up

Now even briefer! This'll cover all the crap I've seen from the beginning of July 'til....now. Not counting The Puffy Chair of course. Oh, and some of them I actually didn't like (a little shout-out to those who think I hate nothing).

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - I don't care what anyone says, this was pound for pound a better movie than the first one. The action was better staged, the stakes were higher, there was a romance the audience gave a damn about, and more importantly, there was more than one interesting character. Jack Sparrow was improved on, but Davey Jones was a fantastic villain, Bootstrap Bill was fantastically tragic, and Elizabeth Swan had a personality. Imagine that. Best of all was Commodore Norrington, who was taken in directions nobody thought possible. Action, adventure, romance, mysticism, and a three-way swordfight atop a wheel. The best "summer movie" of the summer.

CLERKS II - Wanna see a movie tonight? Haven't seen this? See this. It's the funniest movie to come out all year. Kevin Smith's best movie that isn't Chasing Amy, and isn't Rosario Dawson the coolest actress ever? And any opportunity to put Jay and Silent Bob onscreen should be seized.

A SCANNER DARKLY - Probably the best adaptation of anything Philip K. Dick has written, besides perhaps Blade Runner. It's completely different from anything you could possibly expect, and most importantly, the animation isn't just there to look cool. Though it serves that function as well. Fantastic cast including Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Downey, Jr. (go see Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang for a fantastic performance by that guy).

MONSTER HOUSE - Not terribly memorable, but way better than any other kid flick this year (certainly lightyears beyond Cars).

MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND - The best party movie since You Got Served. Probably even better. Get the right group for it and you'll swear it's the best damn thing you've ever seen.

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE LEGEND OF RICKY BOBBY - Incredibly disappointing. It was pretty funny, even hilarious at times, but this is from the same guys who made ANCHORMAN? You wouldn't know it watching it. And if "shake and bake" becomes some new hilarious catchphrase around school, I may leap from my 11th-story dorm room.

SCOOP - Woody Allen's latest isn't always funny, but it is consistantly amusing and entertaining, which is hard enough in and of itself, never mind when you're doing a mystery comedy involving the supernatural. Also great to see Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McShane cast completely against type.

MIAMI VICE - If you only watched the first half hour and the last forty minutes, not only would you think it kicked ass, but you wouldn't feel like you missed any of the plot. Unfortunately, I was there for everything in between.

I should be much more on top of the review thing...certainly once school gets going, but probably even in those weeks when almost no one else is around. I made my working list of the stuff I wanna see that's coming out between now and year's end, and it's...extensive.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Snakes on a Plane was a ton of fun and Little Miss Sunshine is my new favorite movie. You're the man Scott.