Thursday, May 28, 2009

Let's All Go to the Lobby!

As I said yesterday, things are a bit hectic right now but I wanted to share with you some quick thoughts on films that have just come out or are coming out this weekend. Let's get to it.

Terminator Salvation: I have not see all of the third Terminator film, but I doubt that I missed much. There isn't much to this film, either. Skip it.

Up: The latest film from Disney*Pixar, it doesn't quite measure up to the previous films, especially Wall-E or The Incredibles. There's a very odd juxtaposition between the pre-feature short film and an early montage sequence. See if you can spot the oddity. See it if you have kids and want an awkward conversation about child birth (this depends on how aware your children are).

The Limits of Control: This Jim Jarmusch film is very interesting but very slow. The film builds tension and intrigue for an hour and a half then blows all of the serenity with a dull ending. Rent it.

The Brothers Bloom: The new film from promising young director Rian Johnson features a bigger budget, a bigger cast, and a bigger let down. The film is visually stunning and features great editing, but the last act of the film is drawn out and over wrought. Still worth seeing, though.

Gigantic: Paul Dano stars as a young man who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. Or does he? A semi-surrealist adventure wound around an NYC emo hipster. Most of the performances are over the top and don't really seem connected to reality. You'll laugh at Zach Galifianakis, but I don't think you are supposed to. Rent it.

The Girlfriend Experience: You'll get more out of this film than you ever expected to.  Chelsea, a Megan Fox knockoff played by real life porn star Sasha Grey, is a high dollar call girl who spends more time in the movie learning about how to invest her money and play the stock market than she does actually "servicing" her clients.  The film looks at the strains put on Chelsea's real relationship with her boyfriend, Chris, by Chelsea's unconventional vocation.  The film was as good as I was hoping it would be and Steven Soderbergh shows how strong of a director he is, independent or otherwise.  See it.

Drag Me to Hell: Probably the best "horror" film I've seen in a long time. This film was more fun than scary and there are a lot of gross, squirm-inducing scenes. It was fun to see the film with a big audience, especially when everyone is reacting to the film. The acting isn't great, the plot is a little weak, but Sam Raimi delivers his best film in over 15 years. Take a date and see it.

Away We Go: This is easily one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Sam Mendes directs John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a couple expecting their first baby but questioning their position in life. They embark on a journey to find a place to call home. There is a lot of humor, a lot of heartache, and a lot of love along the way. See it. Twice.

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