Wednesday, March 4, 2009
One Line Film Reviews
I've been watching new releases and semi-new releases online at home. In case you are wondering what to see, don't have a lot of time, and trust my opinion, here are some one line reviews.
Revolutionary Road- The film has some good things to say about the price of conformity but its delivery is a little heavy handed and its basically two actors arguing a lot.
Slumdog Millionaire- Couldn't get through it but I'm glad the amazing Anthony Dod Mantle won an Oscar for his cinematography.
Man on Wire- Kind of inspiring.
An American Crime- Could have been awesome (Ellen Page tortured to death by kids) but just didn’t work due to bad direction.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall- Pretty funny but I’m sick of these people.
Appaloosa- Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in a western, rad.
Savage Grace- I turned this story about rich gay people in the 50's off about half way, even though I heard there was incest involved.
Taken- Suspend your disbelief and this is a fun trip into the world of sex slavery.
Gran Torino- Clint Eastwood ends his acting career on a seriously racist note, he even calls white people “Ofays” in this film.
Baby Mama- I seriously regret stealing this movie, it was terrible.
The Last House on the Left- Way toned down from the classic 1972 version but still slightly disturbing fun.
Stuck- Girl hits homeless man and he gets stuck in her windshield and she leaves him to die in her garage.
Rachel Getting Married- Intense moments of sadness as well as insights into the emotional complexity of family, addiction and grief makes this one of the heaviest films I've seen in recent memory.
Burn After Reading- The Coen Brothers present a bumbling comedy of errors in which John Malcovich and Brad Pitt are particularly hysterical.
Role Models- I found this surprisingly funny, I recommend it.
The Reader- Corney classical music plays over the entirety of this contrived and emotionally manipulative Oscar-hungry Holocaust drama.