with all apologies to mike (and anyone else) for the inadvert direction this has taken within this section...i'll try to make this my last thought on this and suggest that maybe, if we as intelligent adults, wish to offer ideas...we ought to take it over to the general discussion and keep any thoughts as civil as they have been so far...
and respectfully leave this as a place to dwell upon the movies....with that in mind...
attack the block - lo-fi, british sci-fi...another of those films that got my attention because so many of the film sights i peruse had championed it. a group of young ruffians, out for a bit of a rough time, discover an alien...then an alien invasion...of course, no one believes them...liked it in a b-movie sort of way...i really liked the build up, but the aliens left a little to be desired: a little too low budget on that . still, the idea of what the alins were about nad how to get around them was pretty neat. and i was very impressed that for once we didn't get some incredibly invincible threat that suddenly anyone could defeat: from the get-go, an average person had a chance if they just kept thier wits about them - good call. nice acting all around and a good steady build up. two mildly enthusiastic thumbs up
true grit - coen bros.?? a western ?? with jeff bridges ?!? if you know anything about western movies, you know this was filmed, with john wayne, once before...always liked that movie
this one is a pure winner. the coens bring their very natural eye and sense of humor to adapting charles portis' novel and come up with a western worthy of saddling high alongside all the great westerns being made in the last 20-30 years. great stuff
the green lantern - another DC superhero mobie...i had never really read any of these , so most of this story i barely knew, so it all came as a nice surprise in that it had a bit more going on, story wise...easily as good as 'thor' not quite as great as 'capt. america'...ryan reynolds was, for the most part, very good...GL's backstory is a quite complicated one, i guess: at the beginning, it left me scratching my head a few times, but they slowly wove together all the parts and it made more and more sense...nice stuff...wouldn't mind seeing another
the woman in black - ooh, one of hammers films initial offerings in its return to horror is a very, very good one. moody, atmosphereic, nicley plotted and all sort of twisty/scary. no real blood...no drooling, roaring, pouncing cgi monsters...great acting all around: daniel radcliffe shows he has, indeed, become quite a good actor, after all. good, creepy stuff
take shelter - low budget, sci-fi (?)/horror(?) drama that is either about a guy going slowly insane...or one who has visions of the end of the world...both the film and i will leave that up to you to decide. but getting their was a dramatic, edge of your set slide into...take your pick: paranoia or....nice acting off an engaing script that is far more about personal relationships than it is about larger catastrophies
finally, for this time out...
god bless america - a film written and directed by bob(cat) goldthwait....it is very tempting to either not say anything about what this is about..or to be as vague a possible so that it can unfold and tell its twisted, bizarre, unique tale....to let it unfold and see what you might think.
it is a film that would work best if you didn't know anything about what it is about...for you will laugh louder and it will make you think.
having said that, the problem is, its p.o.v. is so off-center, that even the first scene will turn off most viewers: it did my wife and my 19 year old...
suffice to say the goldthwait sees our country in a vastly different light than many of us have probably thought about...all while being a rather spot-on commentator on our modern life...it is the solution he has his characters come up with that is...well...different.
i found this film to be a blast...joel murray (sibling to bill) does a fantastic job as a guy who lose his job, then loses his sanity - or, does he......i love the scene, 3/4's the way through, when he's watching his own kid from afar, and he's invitied to come over and say 'hi'...and he declines...any smart person will know, at that point, why he doesn't. i'm not sure i can blanket endorse it, 'cause it won't be for the faint of heart or weak of mind......but, if you like a film that will test your theories about life, the universe and everything, and you don't mind a bit of sick humor (from bobcat ?? naw!!) this might just be your cup of tea.
...just another higher reachin' hillman !