Saturday, April 21, 2007
Quick movie reviews
"There is no way you can perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork."
Hot Fuzz: As Shaun of the Dead is one of my all-time favorite movies, I was expecting greatness from Team Pegg/Wright/Frost's follow-up. And I got it. This was a very funny movie, winkingly packed with pretty much every cop movie cliche. Best of the year, thus far? Yep.
300: Another winner. Critics contend that this movie - filmed mostly in front of a greenscreen - is like watching a video game. Maybe, but it's still a spectacular visual experience. Lots of carnage and nekkid womens. And it angering up the blood of the PC folks is just icing on the very bloody cake.
The Lives of Others: This Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is excellent. It has it all: great direction, tight script, great performances, anti-Commie message. Go see if for no other reason than to be able to say the director's name (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) during cocktail party conversations.
Ghost Rider: Sure, the trailer looked terrible. But if you go in expecting a mindless comic book movie with surprisingly good special effects, you won't be let down. It was an enjoyable (albeit LOUD) way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Plus, Eva Mendes' exquisite cleavage was on display in pretty much every scene that she was in.
Reno 911!: Miami: I love the show, but this big screen adaption just seemed like a 90 minute episode. Funny, but more of the same.
Breach: With this movie Chris Cooper pretty much cements his place as one of my favorite actors. A tension-packed spy movie that curiously contains not much spying.
Casino Royale: Much better than I had expected, but I miss the smirking Bond of old. And I still maintain that Daniel Craig looks more like a Bond villain than 007. A note to filmmakers: card playing on screen is not nearly as exciting as you think it is.