Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke portray a couple so well that at times I… MoreJulie Delpy and Ethan Hawke portray a couple so well that at times I felt as if I were intruding as they navigate/negogiate both their present day lives as well as the life they would like to have in Richard Linklater's sublime paean to modern love. Pretentious and self aware throughout, while essentially 5 or 6 conversations and yet ... therein the sparkle.
I dare you to watch this and not think at least once that you've had their very conversation, with exactly the same emotion.
Looking at the other critiques for this film simply leaves me… MoreLooking at the other critiques for this film simply leaves me speechless. Did Nurse Ratched not check to see if the other inmates at this asylum were indeed taking their meds?
Its the best fairy tale brought (that's right, we asked for them to bring it and they did, they brought it!) to film, bar none.
This is one, I'm thinking, that goes over the heads of this generation. I don't know why. Gonna need the next one (barring the zombie apocalypse) to appreciate this.
Charlize Theron's evil queen is delicious. Stewart's okay ... why they be hatin' on her so bad? CGI's great too.
A wee bit of fun, a guilty pleasure, reversing the traditional… MoreA wee bit of fun, a guilty pleasure, reversing the traditional superhero dynamic: what if a woman had the superpowers? In this film, played for yuck-yuck-yuck-yuck-yucks, naturally she' d have to be, er, you know, a little, er, difficult, yah?
So what if its a one joke premise? The ensemble has some fun with it, with Luke Wilson as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson as Jimmy Olsen, and Eddie Izzard as Lex Luthor.
And of course, me always liking some Uma Thurman and Anna Faris.
Its better than it sounds.
By-the-numbers standard crime thriller, with Cruise as the… MoreBy-the-numbers standard crime thriller, with Cruise as the tough-as-nails investigator (leaned out 21st century style with no traditional trench coat, no traditional whiskey in the bottom desk drawer of a crummy second floor office, no traditional smokes, only plenty of whoop ass), Rosamund Pike as the babe (shimmering) and, of course, the usual cast of suspects.
Cruise doesn't say the line, "I'm Batman", but if he did it would be the same movie.
At the heart of this Pixar offering is a tale of first, a… MoreAt the heart of this Pixar offering is a tale of first, a mother/daughter falling out and then, their eventual reunion. The vocal talents are exemplary (with Emma Thompson leading the way) and , true to form, Pixar's legendary animation knows no equal. The delving into the whole Scottish myth and fable was nice and interesting path to take, if reminiscent of How To Train Your Dragon, and so what then?
The story meanders into the woods a bit is all. Something about bears. There's a witch, too. The witch is cool.
Nonetheless, Pixar, eh? You can't go wrong there, can you?
David O. Russell revisits a political blip from the 1970's and… MoreDavid O. Russell revisits a political blip from the 1970's and immortalizes it with this strong ensemble tour de force wherein the politics are the least part of the equation. Why? Because they are superseded by the highly volatile personal relationships driving the whole affair, a wet kiss to our whole social maelstrom. Particularly resonant are the nonlinear conversations, so unlike the movies, so like real life, giving every conversation a beautiful WTF quality.
This guy Russell is practically our only decent response to supposed better quality Brit films and I'm liking him.
The unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck,… MoreThe unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck, common sense, good ol' boy (does this conceit still carry currency? you betcha ... so much for the 21st century ushering in dynamic social change) returns to seduce you to pony over more popcorn money as the time travel card is laid out to spice up the old aliens among us formula. Luckily the stars bring the charm to keep sleep away while the hoary old chestnut is pranced about. And guess how it ends? They really like each other after all. More popcorn please.