Saturday, December 02, 2006

Movie Catch-Up

Well, hesitant though I may be to admit it, there are some other good movies out besides The Fountain (just go see it! Please!), so here's a rundown of everything I've seen since...I dunno, mid-November I guess.

While I am a big fan of Ben's rating system, I'm not gonna use it. It's sort of a mental thing where it suddenly becomes a competition for every movie ("If I gave Movie X a 75, is Movie Y really an 80? It is...but it's not REALLY better than Movie X..."). It's totally my own insanity, but what'll you do.

STRANGER THAN FICTION - The kind of movie that gets the film geek inside of me all happy - a director (Marc Forster, Finding Neverland) putting out yet another very fresh film from a completely original script by a first-time screenwriter (Zach Helm, who has a very bright future) with a cast you would never otherwise see together (when else would Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah have cause to join together?). Will Ferrell's fantastic in it.

HARSH TIMES - The movie, which mostly deals with the psychological scars left by military life, is only slightly above average. Christian Bale's performance, however, is incredible, and the movie's entertaining enough. Definitely a dude flick.

FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS - One of those difficult movies that's really well made, but is just too weird for most people (me, I just didn't care for it).

CASINO ROYALE - It's damn good, if a little long for its own good, and Daniel Craig is a great James Bond, but the best Bond movie ever? Hardly. I'll take Goldeneye any day.

OLD JOY - Hey, look, a true indie movie shot in Oregon! And it really made me miss home, but not because there's a shot outside the Franz bread company on 12th, but because it really evokes that "Portland vibe."

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION - New movie by Christopher Guest and company (the guys who did Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind), and the first 2/3rds really feel like it. Then the final act starts and it just gets...sad...but not in a good way. At all.

DEJA VU - I love time travel movies, I really do. And while this isn't anywhere near the glory of Primer, it's pretty damn great and pretty damn geeky. There's a car chase sequence that's unlike anything ever done that'll cement this movie in history.

This week, I'm seeing Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (SO EXCITED!), Blood Diamond, and The Nativity Story. Then next weekend, Apocalypto comes out (which by all accounts is going to be incredible), along with some movie called Fuck that's basically a documentary about the word. I'm going for the portions of the an interview with the late Hunter S. Thompson. And because it's a fun word. Also, The Holiday comes out, but I'd rather see that right before Christmas (girls, wait for me to get home, I really want to see it with you).


Ben said...

can't believe you saw old joy without me, i've really been looking forward to it. it's got bonnie "prince" billy!

and apparantly the chucks i've got (white high tops with blue and red stipes) are the same ones hunter s. used to wear all the time. i think nancy has the same pair.

Nancy said...

Eh..I wasn't a fan of Stranger Than Fiction. They marketed it as a comedy and it really wasn't. It wasn't funny enough to be a comedy and it wasn't serious enough to be a drama. It seemed like the movie was trying to be profound at times but it was kind of predictable.

Scott said...

I'll be the first to admit that "Stranger Than Fiction" is one in a massive list of movies that was marketed as something it's not. But I love movies that tread the line between drama and comedy, because, as my friend Mike Lower is quick to note, "that's how life is."

As for any profound bits...the writer in me loved Harold's dilemna (can't say more without spoilers). And yeah, it was a tad predictable, but what can you do...I would've been a bit let down if they'd ended it any other way.