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PostPosted: 11.30.2004 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My favorite of the week was actually Heir to an Execution.


That's what I figured. Does that mean that The Alamo was a "Sorry excuse for a movie?" I haven't seen it, but, even with the bad reviews, I have remained hopeful to like it.


I had harbored the same hopes--I'm a bit of a sucker for Boy Scout action adventures, which might explain my unreasonable affection for The Last Samurai--but yes, The Alamo is dullsville. The craven final act, which takes place after the Alamo has fallen and involves Sam Houston's efforts to defeat Santa Anna, exists solely to send audiences out on a relatively cheerful note. (Even when Hollywood makes a movie about failure, the good guys still have to kick butt. I was reminded of that last turn in Pearl Harbor, which implied that the US mostly got involved in WWII to let some flyboys exact some personal revenge.)



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PostPosted: 11.30.2004 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/23 - 11/29



FahrenHYPE 9/11 (Peterson, 2004)

Finding Neverland (Forster, 2004)

Alexander (Stone, 2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (Roth, 2004)



Many repeats of older films this week--assured greatness was too tempting for me to not buy into--I was forced to take the guaranteed bet over anything that I might dislike.



FahrenHYPE 9/11 is a point-for-point rebuddle to Michael Moore's film, and works well, considering what it wants to do. Some of the many revelations in Peterson's film are stunning, while others less effective. However, all of the interviews (aside from those with Dick Morris), simply cheerlead the Republican Party, and serve no real purpose. I would've been equally involved had the facts been written on paper.



Alexander is overacted and entirely a mess, although I was never bored by it. To its credit, it has two amazing action sequences. However, I can't help but think about the fact that a lot of the history in Ptolemy's narration seems more interesting than that which is actually acted out, here. There are two new bents on this telling of the story of Alexander the Great that are different from the average documentary on the prominent historical figure, and both of them are very disagreeable.



Finding Neverland was a lot less melodramatic than I expected, and, enchants in its own sort of imaginative, everyday kind of way. Christmas with the Kranks aims for this, but falls way short. Has the modern-day Hollywood writer now decided that Christmas films are best made about people who are mentally ill and need some holiday spirit to cure them? I can deal with contrivance, usually, but characters don't just transform over a few weeks' time when nothing really happens to them!
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PostPosted: 12.02.2004 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Offensive or not, I do think it was too stupid to actually be considered something to be worked up by. I'm not all that interested about fully analyzing any of the scenes. All that I really felt was dehumanizing about it was its sheer mediocrity.




Well, you're right that I don't want to get too worked up by such a mediocre movie, but I don't think we should defend the movie's insulting insensitivity just because it's poorly made. The movie is definitely mediocre, but if we ignore its crudeness and offensiveness and chastise it only for being poorly made, its very negative viewpoints will still reach us. (And if Brosnan knows of Harrelson's relationship with Harris, why should he be apprehensive of his "strangely open lifestyle" - as though an open mind were something to avoid?) And while I agree that Ratner is a poor director, I don't think even Wes Anderson could have made this a good movie.



I saw Short Cuts last night and was amazed; so far, it's my favorite Altman picture.
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PostPosted: 12.02.2004 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I saw Short Cuts last night and was amazed; so far, it's my favorite Altman picture.


I agree that Short Cuts is one of Altman's strongest works, but I'm partial towards The Player, which is not just my favorite Altman but one of my favorites of the entire Nineties. Have you seen it?



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PostPosted: 12.05.2004 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have, and I too loved it, but it was the first Altman film I saw, which was quite a while back. I should take another look.



There are many classic movies of his that I have yet to see: Nashville, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, 3 Women, The Long Goodbye, and the most glaring omission of all, Popeye.
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PostPosted: 12.05.2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There are many classic movies of his that I have yet to see [...] the most glaring omission of all, Popeye.




*gasp* That's it. Relinquish your Cinephile Membership card. Now out with you. Out.



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Actually, it's neither as good nor as bad, and perhaps not as interesting, as you might expect. I suppose it's worth seeing as a curiosity.



I really want to see 3 Women, but the retail price for the DVD gives me the palsy.
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PostPosted: 12.06.2004 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/29 ? 12/5/04



Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (Moormann, USA 2004)

Kinsey (Condon, USA 2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries (Salles, Argentina 2004)

A Day Without a Mexican (Arau, USA 2004)

The Saddest Music in the World (Maddin, Canada 2004)



I don?t think Kinsey qualifies as accurate history, but it seems na?ve to measure a biopic by the ruler of journalism?isn't the entire history of biopics built around transforming lives into fictional, issue-oriented drama? I confess I had misgivings about what Condon has to say about Kinsey and sex in general, but ultimately those doubts work in its favor: What?s the last mainstream movie to tackle sex as a serious subject? Our culture is saturated with sex?consider sitcoms, pop music, advertising?and we're comfortable with that, as long as it retains a childish, juvenile shape. That helps explain why no one bats an eye at American Pie, but when something like Kinsey comes along and wants to jumpstart mature discourse about sex, the whole culture suddenly starts crying corruption.



And the fizzy The Saddest Music in the World is pure bug beauty.



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PostPosted: 12.06.2004 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the record, I think Altman's Popeye is really something special -- just wonderfully bizarre, unlike anything else I can think of. I last saw it about a year or two ago (probably inspired to do so by Punch-Drunk Love's lovely use of "He Needs Me") and I had a blast. I still have a lot of Altman to catch up on, but I absolutely adore Nashville. It's been ages since I saw The Player, so I'll give it a revisit soon.
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PostPosted: 12.06.2004 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/29 - 12/5



After the Sunset (Ratner, 2004): Review



Alexander (Stone, 2004): Review



Closer (Nichols, 2004): Working on review. I really liked this, though. Great dialogue and acting, and although the characters aren't likable, they aren't hateable either due to some nice, subtle development. Clive Owen has a great scene that'll surely be his Oscar clip.



National Treasure (Turteltaub, 2004): Review



Spider-Man 2 (Raimi, 2004) (repeat): Review
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PostPosted: 12.07.2004 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/30 - 12/6



I had a project to do and a family gathering to attend, so that limited my viewing to the following two disappointments, and a repeat viewing of the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. I still need to see Closer, badly, but between neither of my parents wanting to see it and the closest theatre playing it being twenty miles away, I may have to wait for DVD, unfortunately. I guess I'll have winter break to try to get to it.



I'll Sleep when I'm Dead (Hodges, 2004) - Much of the time, this is memerizing, both in tone and pacing. It is very slow, and usually involving. However, like in so many Hollywood thrillers, it's lacking any emotional resonance. Just because Hodges' approach is more shocking than that of the typical director doesn't make it more meaningful.



Election (Payne, 1999) - This is my least favorite of the three Alexander Payne films that I have seen, by a longshot. Inspired moments are few and far between. Its satire plays with the standard cliches of movies about elections, but it often seems as though it is embracing them, and not really poking fun at them. It has a dark way of making the viewer feel uncomfortable, but not for the sake of huge eruptions of laughter, and that made me question its intent. I realize I'm in the minority, but even with the substancial amount of cleverness, it didn't really work for me.
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PostPosted: 12.07.2004 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I realize I'm in the minority, but even with the substancial amount of cleverness, it didn't really work for me.




I didn't really care for Election when I saw it a few years ago. I admired certain things about it, but it felt too mean-spirited for me to enjoy it. Of course, that was back in '99 or 2000, so maybe the experience would be different for me now. Which reminds me: I really need to go see Sideways sometime this week.
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I really need to go see Sideways sometime this week.


Yes, you do.
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PostPosted: 12.07.2004 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
I really need to go see Sideways sometime this week.


Yes, you do.



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PostPosted: 12.09.2004 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However, I can't help but think about the fact that a lot of the history in Ptolemy's narration seems more interesting than that which is actually acted out, here.




Quite a true statement. I wrote a review for the local paper in West Bend about the article and I would have given it a C-. The film does focous on a part of Alexander that you will probably never hear about in other sources, but it was not presented in a very interesting way, and I feel the battle scense could have been much better.
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