Tuesday, September 1, 2009
My Month in Movies
"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."
- Andrew, The Breakfast Club (RIP John Hughes)
Last Chance Harvey (2008) - This movie about two rather prickly people finding a "last chance" at love could have been really cheesy, but Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson turn it into something rather sweet. I liked it.
Coraline (2009) - I realize it's been a while since I've seen a movie wearing the 3-D glasses, but Wow! They are a lot better at that then I remember. I thought this movie used the 3-D to great effect. Of course, I already knew and enjoyed the story, and I was pleased to see that the movie stayed true to the dark side of the book. Excellent.
Valkyrie (2008) - Note to self: You do NOT like Tom Cruise. This is basically a very good movie, about a historical event I am quite interested in, but I every time Tom Cruise walked onto screen, I thought, "hey, that's Tom Cruise. He's irritating." I just couldn't get over it. Also, I'd heard a lot of people say they didn't like that Cruise didn't attempt a German accent for the movie. I was much LESS irritated by that than by the fact that ALL the actors playing Germans had DIFFERENT accents. Really??
The Band's Visit (2007) - I really enjoyed this quiet, simple movie about an Egyptian band who gets itself lost in Israel. This was a simple plot and great acting and not much else, and I loved it.
Grey Gardens (2009) - I watched the documentary this movie is based on a couple of months ago, and I am amazed at how well Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange captured Little Edie and Big Edie. I was curious about how the women's lives had become what they did, and this movie answered a lot of my questions. Fascinating.
Defiance (2008) - I read a book about the Bielski brothers and the people they saved during the Holocaust a couple of years ago - glad to see a movie made about their remarkable story. This movie has adventure and survival, and a great cast of characters. Recommended.