Monday, October 12, 2009
My month in movies
"The chief difference between horror fans and science fiction fans lies in why they won't walk backwards. A horror fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll be knifed by a madman. A science fiction fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll step on the cat." ~Aaron Allston
Watchmen (2009) - I feel like this is a good companion to the graphic novel, but it didn't reach the depths the novel was able to find. It was also VERY long, and I wasn't crazy about actress who played Laurie, or the changes made to the ending - apparently, I'm one of the few who actually thought the original ending was good as it is. There were lots of good moments, however, and I was happy to hear much of the dialogue from the novel unchanged. But still, VERY long.
Dark Matter (2007) - Tragic story about a brilliant young Chinese student at an American university whose dreams are crushed when his work is dismissed. It's an interesting look at the politics involved in the university system, and features the fabulous Meryl Streep, which is why I rented it in the first place. Very good.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008) - a single mom tries to pay for private school for her overly-imaginative son by opening a biohazard removal service with her irresponsible sister. The performances by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt were fantastic - this is a very dark comedy, but smart and well written - ultimately a hopeful movie. Movies like this are why I love watching independent cinema.
Duplicity (2009) - Oh Julia Roberts, your grin still gets me. However, I think I might the only women on the planet who doesn't swoon at the sight of Clive Owen, so the romancy parts of the movie didn't really work for me. Also, this seemed overly complex, even for a spy movie. Not going to be on my list of favorites.
Adventureland (2009) - you know, I don't think Kristen Stewart actually acts - I think she's just herself in every movie she's in. I couldn't tell any difference between Emily in this movie, and Bella in Twilight. This was a nice movie, more intelligent than I expected.
Rudo y Cursi (2008) - Spanish-language film about two brothers with dreams of becoming stars. I love the Diego Luna/Gael Garcia Bernal acting combo, and they were wonderful again in this movie. Recommended if you like foreign films, and can handle some rough language.
My movie watching definitely suffered this month, with BBAW and season 4 of Supernatural to keep me busy. Hopefully I can make a bigger dent in my Netflix queue this month!