Saturday, May 14, 2005

Quick movie reviews

Just my take on a few movies that I've recently seen in the theater or on TV/DVD:

Envy: I love Ben Stiller. Jack Black's awesome. I really dig Christopher Walken. But I HATED this movie. I laughed maybe once or twice. Avoid it at all costs.

Crash: The perfect date movie...if you get off on white liberal guilt. Actually, it was a decent flick, even though it was a downer and its racial message was heavyhanded.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: I was a huge fan of the books when I read them in my teen years, but have forgotten pretty much every detail of the series. This became a benefit when I sat in the theater because I could enjoy the movie for what it was rather than nitpick over the book-to-screen changes. Mos Def, Martin Freeman, and Sam Rockwell (who gave a Bush-esque swagger to his role as President of the Galaxy) all gave great performances and the effects were great. You just know that any movie that uses Alan Rickman as the voice of a depressed robot is a winner.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Disclaimer: I'm an unabashed Wes Anderson fan. Having said that, I LOVED this movie. Bill Murray is excellent (and overlooked) once again. The music (David Bowie covers in Portuguese!) is perfect. And it had the right amount of quirk. Napoleon Dynamite lovers, this is how an offbeat movie is done.


spydrz said...

Finally, somebody who agrees with me about Envy! What a great cast...what a horrible film. I mean, Christopher Walken is great in anything--look at Joe Dirt.

Micah said...

You mean you know people that actually like Envy? That movie was total excrement. Just...really bad.

Now Joe Dirt, on the other hand...

spydrz said...

Almost everybody I complained to about it thought it was excellent. They looked at me like I was a fan of Cabin Boy.

Law Fairy said...

I overlooked the awfulness of Envy because I just love Christopher Walken too much. I even own Suicide Kings.

Hitchhiker's Guide was so good I saw it twice, and now I need to re-read the books. Life Aquatic was also terrific, especially Willem Dafoe. "Thanks. Thanks a lot for not picking me."

Micah said...

spydrz - Envy excellent? HA! And I will not have you besmirch Cabin Boy on my blog.

Law Fairy - I've only seen it once, but Suicide Kings wasn't that bad. Dafoe cracked me up, too. And I plan on re-reading the Hitchhiker books, too (though, it's going to be a while).

Anonymous said...

Best regards from NY!
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