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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
Boring, Less Interesting Version Of (spoiler)
Boring, less interesting version (or just a similar film or concept) of the 2005 film "Stay". I really dislike these kinds of overly-ambiguous mysteries that captivate you by keeping you in the dark... to feel as though something -- something -- is just beyond your reach -- while really all the viewer is missing -- is withheld-- is the dumb hook at the end. I think this was a book and I'm sorry if you're a fan but this film is like a bad mix of ... the adaptation of Perfume (in that I can't imagine it translated well), and Sixth Sense. I'll leave Wikipedia to explain the plot if you're seeking more than a vague critique.
I will say the three leading women were gorgeous, and basically what kept me watching.
Booo: Armagedeon, Independence Day, Etc.. Pt. 2
I'm usually all for long and dry movies, but this film was very long, and dry. I started looking at my watch about 1/2 way through this one -- I didn't check the watch for at least ... 3/4 through Armageddon, or Deep Impact, or War of the Worlds, or (insert formulaic doomsday title here). If it weren't for the special effects, it would've been utterly unwatchable. Seriously. And I'm usually the one who likes these cheesy action movies. I loved Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. But no plot or complexity whatever, again + bloated budget, again, and no imagination, this time, slopped atop an epic 2000+ (?) year old myth = horrible film. I think I enjoyed Apocalypto more.
Nothing Is Private (2007)
A Modern Lolita -- Sort Of
Firstly, I think this movie ended perfectly. Before it ended I thought, 'if this is the ending, it would be perfect' -- then it did like 5 seconds later. Great job. It concluded the message of how sex is natural, and when handled responsibly can be beautiful.
My comment is about the husband Travis and Jasira's relationship. I was a little conflicted over how to feel about it.
The Girl Jasira was mature sexually for her age. She wanted sex -- just not with Travis. She was not mature emotionally or intellectually, which is why it was abuse. While there was a humanity to T, and J, and their situation, there was something wrong with him taking advantage of the girl's curiousness. His inability to control his carnal was disturbing to me.
Overall I think the film was an interesting break, and a good way to compare and question (sacred) human morality, and animal sexuality, the politics of both, to a backdrop of an emerging identity and psycho-sexual maturity.
Ask the Dust (2006)
Slow start, But A Decent Film
Although this film started slow, as a love story it was alright. As an adaption of the Fante novel I would give the film a 5.0.
I think DiCaprio would have played a better Bandini. Maybe it was just my impression of the character when reading the book, but I didn't see him as how Farrell portrayed him, laid back. I saw the great Bandini as full of passion, which Ferrell did not seem to have in this film -- or for the role of Alexandre for that matter. And how old is Farrell? Not 21 -- so maybe a younger actor would have been a better choice. Hayek did well, she is a natural beauty and played the Camilla character they way I imagined her, with strength, charm and humility.
I liked the LA scenery very much, the feel, the sand grains "from the Mojave" brought Ask The Dust alive, although -- and I've never seen 1939 LA -- the set did seem kind of sparse.
One thing I did not like too much was the script, using as a base of comparison the novel. It too seemed to lack a certain flare, charm or passion.
To sum up my impression of the film as an adaptation was Sutherland as Hellfrick. He did it very well and had whatever was lacking -- which, however, from his small part was not enough to compensate for the rest.
I say if you're looking for entertainment, read the book; if you're looking for a love story, rent something else. If you've read the book, watch it and decide for yourself.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A portrait of an offbeat humanity
Edward Scissorhands to me represented the inhumanity of the mass, the complacency of people when faced with the troubles of society, of the individual. In the beginning, everyone loved Edward, everyone profited from him. However, at the first sign of trouble the walls began to collapse. The crowd who joined to embrace Scissorhands turned against him as his flaws became apparent as the eerie and offbeat hedges he sculpted and that everyone seemed to enjoy.
A scene I can recall but that seemed to make this point was the confrontation between Kim's (Winona Ryder) boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) and Scissorhands/Depp. Jim, an embodiment of the cruelty of youth, was shoving Edward, who slipped and sliced Ryder/Kim's hand. He then chased Scissorhands away, while the contented father character, within earshot, continued to set up his Christmas decorations on the roof, confused about why the protagonist fled. That illustrated to me the father's inability to grasp what was beyond the obvious, and his neglect of his would-be stepson, the decorations a facade of an easy-going everyday.
Another point I liked was the end, after the mob had decided Edwards fate. What struck me was the fat woman, who casually said after the dramatic scene she wanted to go home, the first of the mob to disperse. It seemed cold, like a dog-eat-dog sort of scenario, and was a slice into the veil of civility people use to make for smooth but one-dimensional interaction. I think there's a difference between niceness and intention, and sincerity. Everyone's relation to the main character was this superficial show, and the almost mute Scissorhands was sort of left a mystery to the viewers, except when revealed by the only true friend he had, Kim.
The film overall related, to me, to the illusory layers of optimism that shield people from all the shortcomings of the world around-- and can be contrasted with the truer reality of mishap and conflict that usually lie beneath the surface, in an imperfect world. It seems to face the dilemma of whether to choose popcorn and bubblegum, or take things for what they are. Like in the movie, most seem to find it difficult to try this-- or to take the experience in stride-- and that's the inhumanity of it: the coldness, like ignoring a homeless person during winter-- and I found the film a very interesting depiction of this, even more so because of Burton's strange creativity.
Running Scared (2006)
Interesting, Sin City meets Man on Fire
This movie was crazy, but good. One of the first things I thought watching it was the writer must have been a comic book fan. And though it was a bit overdrawn at times, like with the Scarface reference-- or most of the end-- it was so dark and in my opinion different that it resembled Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Cool World more than Marvin the Martian. Also, Walker didn't do too bad with the fifty cent Kennedy accent.. It overall-- especially the playroom scene-- gave me a dark rush that I really liked. Very entertaining.
The film.. was basically about an abused kid that steals a tainted gun and uses it to shoot his Russian-mob connected step-papa. There were a lot of underworld connections, like a Layer Cake, or that game The Getaway, which was cool-- although I missed half of Layer Cake. I don't think the plot was so big in this one, but how the story was portrayed. Take that for what it's worth.
Anyway... I'd recommend this. Definitely worth a trip to the video store.