September 16, 2005

quick reviews

Stars out of 4

Broken Flowers: *
Nothing happens, which can be fine; but not in this case. There was only one segment worth seeing and it happens about 40 minutes in. Bill Murry has no drive, learns nothing, discovers nothing, and ends up more lost than he started out. This seems like it could be a good thing, thinking purely on premise, but it isn't worth it. It just doesn't work.

Lord of War: ****
Wonderful. Well shot, interesting and biting. They just stick it to you at the end. I found it hard to care about Nick Cages Characters Wife and kid but, he is really very compelling. Jared Leto as well....jeez how long has it been since I saw him...well it was Requiem for a Dream, acctually. He does well. You should see this.

Just Like Heaven:**1/2
Yes, it is the Cure song. Yes I am sure that already pisses some of you (Jef) off but, it is a really nice girly movie. It is full of hope and love and Reese Whiterspoon is hilarious. She is Fiesty, kids, let me tell you. Mark Ruffalo, yeah he can be cute but Reese really makes this movie what it is. Ya love her, and girls love the idea of love, right? Anyway, I do. Good Date Movie, Good Period movie, and good I hope someone loves me someday movie. (the 1/2 point is for Napolean Dynomite(awesome!). One thing: they got some bitch singing "Just Like Heaven" in the opening credits and that pissed my shit off, however; they play the Cure in the closing credits. Sadly this is going to be many a 13-year-olds first intro to the Cure and they are probably going to think that it is that Chick's song. Fuckers. Anyway.. I will be cleaning that theatre just so I can scream the cure whilst sweeping up popcorn.

other than that.... well there is not other than that. I go to work, I come home, I watch a late night movie, I go to bed, I get up, I go to work....repeat ad infinitum.


Anonymous said...

Well, Jarmusch tends to build his movies out of small details in quiet situations, usually with a conrolled pacing and a wry, sometimes opaque sense of humor. It could be said that nothing really happens in Stranger Than Paradise, but the film is a masterpiece. I have not seen Broken Flowers yet, but am fervently looking forward to it.

- Jesse

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that little bit on Broken Flowers. I was about to see it yesterday but saw Lord of War instead. A real downer that was. Biting? Yes. Honest? Yes. Good? Yes, but not when the trailer makes it out to be a dark comedy. I couldn't care less about Cage's character, which sucks...I hate movies like that. Bah - anyway. Glad things seem well!


Agnes said...

well, I suppose in the line of 'movies', I saw a horrible one last night...

Kingdom of Heaven.. great costumes and all, pretty good filming and acting, but the story is so bloody random!

Lilyiris said...

Jonathan! Jezus FUCK! Are you in Murfressboro? how did you find this?

anawinston said...

hey, Theres a supercool looking book out that you might be interested in. Brett Helquist did the illustrations for, its called Captain Hook or something like that, its about Captain Hook before he went to Neverland.