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Hable con ella (2002)
fascinating and worthy of acclaim
Was it Roger Ebert who said 'Talk to Her' was "about women in comas and the men who love them"? Actually I found it was more about the men themselves, and the dynamics of relationships. It's also about the danger of losing oneself in dreams and fantasies, which, like drugs, are pleasant at first, but become a trap.
I thought this movie would spend 95% of it's time at the bedside in a hospital, like 'My Dinner with Andre' in a different setting. But no, it's far more wide ranging and more special. And the relationship issues are much more varied and detailed than I thought.
As a single person too, this movie slapped me in the face. It shouts "Hey! Get out of the house! You've been staring out the window for half an hour or half your life and you haven't done any LIVING. Don't just flip through travel magazines - travel! Don't just watch other people dance, or rise and fall in relationships. Get up and dance yourself. Make the phonecall, risk the hurt again and try a relationship, even one that's faulty, rather than fantasing about a perfect one that's only thin air.
I once read somewhere that while an unexamined life is not worth living, an unlived life is not worth examining. To me, that's the difference between Marco and Benigno. And that's why I'm going to get up and turn off this computer.
Have a great day. DO something.
The Good Thief (2002)
The Good Thief is a great movie
Like a child stealing cookies from a jar, there is something delicious when sometimes the bad guys win and the good guys lose.
"The Good Thief" reminds me quite a bit of "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Both films have to do with clever scheming, high stakes gambling, the dance between men and women, and masterpiece art. And like a candle and a flame, or a gambler and his wager, both proclaim the wisdom that the money may reward you, but it's the gamble that hooks you. The prize money just lets you come back to the table one more time. And risk it all again.
I'm disappointed and surprised that this movie has so far only averaged a seven, with most voters giving it an eight. I think it deserves way better, like a nine or a nine and a half. There's so much here to like. I love the way this movie looks, the way it thinks, the way it demands that you pay attention. Okay, I wish the actors could have spoken up more (what did he say? did I miss something important?) but still, wow.
Nick Nolte deserves the high marks he's already received. I think he's this generation's equivalent of Robert Mitchum, another tough guy who is sadly missed. But other performances deserve credit too. For one, whoever the guy is that plays the slimeball informant plays a slimeball informant really well! And the lead guitar/techno art/computer geek/co-conspirator is another offbeat character who is cool to watch. Lastly, it was great to see that actor from "Three Kings," again. Pretty intense, and yet I sense he could do comedy too.
So who do you believe, 'the sevens' or me? Bet your nine bucks. Go see this movie.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
A funny family picture - this movie made my day
I'd been reading good things about "Bend it" long before it came here. So as soon as it arrived, I made plans to take my niece. I probably enjoyed it more than she did. I found it touching, genuine and funny, like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" only funnier.
I loved the lead actress, Parminder Nagra; I forgot all about the camera watching her. I loved the dads and the moms. I loved the closing credits of the cast and crew; they're hot hot hot!
Okay, for a sports film, it could have used a bit more soccer action. And aside from two main characters, the rest of the team is a nameless blur. But still, if it comes out in VHS, I'm buying it.
a great film that deserves a bigger audience
Father Ovide, I have a confession to make. The two main reasons I went to see this movie were A) the Winnipeg Free Press gave it four stars, and B) the movie listings said "warning - sexual content." All you guys out there, can any of you relate? Heck, I'd go watch professinal lawn bowling if it had a sexual content warning.
Turns out I lucked into seeing a fine little movie. It caused me to think of the decisions we make and why we make them, and the errors we commit and how they can wind up controlling us.
It also made me very mad at Seraphin. At one point I was loudly thinking, "SHOOT HIM! SHOOT HIM!" But then, truly he was an evil man who deserved his comeupance.
The sweet lady Donalda bugged me too. If you've made a mistake but you get a chance to get over it, wouldn't you get over it? "No, it's much better to stay put and accept your punishment." AARGH!! What's wrong with you people? But then, I'm coming from a 20th century anglo-protestant perspective, not an 18th century french-catholic one.
Neat film. I'd love to see these actors again.
The Quiet American (2002)
A study in taking sides, and unintended consequences
Right off, I liked Michael Caine more than I liked the rest of the movie, with the exception of the man who played his assistant (Tzi Ma?) whose role, when you think about it, is fascinating.
Though Roger Ebert, whom I respect, gave it four stars, I'd be closer to three. I thought the direction was jumpy, clumsy, and even annoying. Like a snapshot photographer, the movie takes lots of pictures, but they aren't well seen.
I also thought Brendan Frazer's character was just getting interesting, when suddenly - whap, it's the end of the movie. Drat. I would have liked to have seen thirty more minutes.
But "The Quiet American" did make me think of unintended consequences, and how wars have many more surprises than any military strategist can plan. Which in light of the Iraq war is sobering indeed.
I read a report today that to encourage and train his troops, Saddam Hussein has distributed copies of "Black Hawk Down." I dearly pray that it doesn't become that.
weird, fragrantly so
I'm so glad I saw this movie. Aren't you glad you saw this movie? I'm so happy we're happy we saw this movie. Omigod I'm sweating. Probably because I'm so fat. Okay, what to write, what to write?
Do movie reviews need to look like movie reviews or can they look like something else?
Gosh I could use a muffin. And some coffee. Got to buy coffee to wash the muffin down, or the muffin will stick in your throat. I should head down to the donut shop and see if they have any blueberry, or maybe even chocolate chip. The waitress there is pretty cute. Boy I'd sure love to wash her down with....
GEEZ I hate it when I think like that. What was I working on? Oh yeah, the movie review. "Adaptation." Good movie. Got that song running through my head, "so happy...together..." Ha ha, good song. And Meryl Streep sure looked cute. Never saw her look cute before. She's always so distant and professional, but in this movie she looks like...someone you could actually go out with. Yeah.
Right, I'm done. Hey Donald, want any muffins?
Shanghai Knights (2003)
If you like this stuff, go for it
This was my first Jackie Chan movie. Having seen it, I like him, but I wish his comedy were as good as his stunts. The fighting is great, and the sets look expensive and lavish. But the writing is mundane and not that funny. Fann Wong, who played his sister, was wonderful, but I thought Owen Wilson was just darned annoying; I would have enjoyed it more without him.
I dunno, this movie seems to be a hit at the Cineplex, but gee Jackie, aim higher next time.
Has me thinking of "The Doors"....and refrigerators
This is weird trip of a movie, in a good way. Beautifully seen, well shot, impressively directed. Okay, it's a little confusing at times, but wow! Mr. Clooney, if this is your first film, please, make another one.
Mr. Barris, if you read this, please forgive yourself. Okay, you were a schlockey TV show producer, but it's not like you cheated Uncle Bert out of his pension. (Unlike, say, Enron executives.) And all you guys who ranted about "The Gong Show" twenty-five years ago: hey, it's just a darned TV show! Give your head a shake. Or go watch "The Osbournes" and see how much the art form has advanced. Afterall, it's not like he shot the Pope or something. (Or did he...?)
The lessons I get from this film are: 1. first time directors can do very good work (gotta go see Denzil Washington's "Antoine Fisher")
2. life is fictional, but some lives are more fictional than others
3. some people take themselves waaaay to seriously (myself included)
4. as in "About Schmidt," the question in life isn't did you make a BIIIG difference, did you become President, but did you care? Did you let lonely people feel loved, or make an orphan smile? In the midst of his agony, Jimmy Stewart discovered he had a wonderful life.
The last lines of this "Confession" are brilliant. I was freed by them.
Good luck Mr. Barris. You're still a creative person. Create something.
About Schmidt (2002)
not hilarious, but funny, and touching
There seem to be more movies coming out where to really appreciate them, you need to be of a certain age. I found that with Far from Heaven, and I find it with About Schmidt. The trouble is, this time I'm about twenty years too early.
I wouldn't call this film either a comedy or a drama. It's more like a character study, with Jack Nicholson playing your kindly next door neighbour - or worse, your dad. While I didn't find it out and out hilarious, there is some beautiful comedy in here. The rebellion in the bathroom. The waterbed incident. Grocery shopping. The ribbons display. Wow, well SEEN, guys.
I would also love to see Kathy Bates and Howard Hessman star in a show together. Don't take this the wrong way, but I start to laugh just looking at them. Besides, nobody swears like Kathy Bates.
But like a trip across the prairies, the rest of the movie takes a little long. I kept waiting for Jack to just snap and get raging, freaking, vein-popping angry. I wanted him to total Len Carou's car with his motorhome. But instead of unleashing all his sadness and anger, he stays calm; as calm as, well, as a retired insurance salesman. Which is true to the character but, to me, kind of dull for a movie.
This movie is a time capsule - and probably a warning. I expect to be squirming in my seat when I watch it again in twenty years.
good show, bravo bravo!
I really enjoyed this movie. It's one of those few films that I could recommend to anybody, regardless of tastes.
Renee Zellweger's skill as a comedienne reminds me of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. Contrasting with her innocence, Catherine Zeta-Jones reaches out and grabs your collar. She's totally believable as an old black magic kind of babe. Richard Gere probably surprised even himself by having so much fun. Yet when he turns and says, "That's Chicago," you see there's still some real world grit in him. And guess what Canadians, Pierre Trudeau plays the assistant district attorney! (Nice to see Colm Feore on the screen again.)
My real hats off goes to the director, the choreographers, and especially to all the lighting, cameramen and sound technicians that made this happen. "Entertainment Weekly" says they went from start to finish in two months. Absolutely amazing. You people behind the scenes, step up and take a bow. You made this movie wonderful.