...entirely different animal: think very current socio-political commentary. made even more sad because, with the climate of things these days, the entire scenario is not the least bit far-fetched.
so...anyway, more movies...
the divide - a bunch of people find themselves in a bunker/basement after an apparent nuclear strike. i really wanted to like this...had heard quite a bit about it, and all positive: those people must really have some serious weakness' when it comes to effective, intelligent storytelling. there were little things that kept nagging me...the kind of questions that make too much sense, and so the writers should've thought of it...and changed things, just a bit. still it had its moments in a b movie sort of way: warning, though...not one for the kiddies, not at all.
john carter - ok...i've seen many Tarzans (loved Greystoke)...and knew that many who got involved with this did so with a passion for the original novels...never read any E.R.B., tho... still, having a brother who loves this stuff...i knew what to expect...and yet...i couldn't help thinking through the whole thing..."FLASH ! AH AHHH !! yeah...that's the ticket...this was a big budget remake of the corny '80's movie !! there were moments were it seemed to want to excel...but the weight of 'hollywoodization' just dragged it down to just above average...not much more: enjoyable in a completely popcorn sort of way, but that was about it.
the green hornet - y'know...when i picked it up, i knew it would suck...i just didn't know how bad......now, i do...a waste even at .50 cents..shoulda been called 'big green donkey d...' well, you get the picture...unfortunately
the beaver - mel gibson has taken alot of heat lately...and, if the tab stories are true, deservedly so...but the one thing you can say is he has not lost it when it comes to being able to act. i've always liked mel as an actor..and this performance, while not perfect, just kinda cements the idea that he is a bit underrated in that department.. quirky and more than a bit mad. jodie foster directs a sad tale of depression and its effects on a family. a tale of obsession that just pulls you in and yet never gets maudlin...good, quiet stuff.
the imaginarium of doctor parnassus - totally forgot about this flick ! a terry gilliam movie !! the film heath ledger was making when he died !! the film where-in they got three of his buddies (jude law, johnny depp and colin farrell) to finish playing his role (how does that work ? watch the movie ! it does..and it makes total sense !!)
if you love a really good gilliam movie, you'll probably love this...if you don't 'get' gilliam...than there's no point in even reading this post: this is pure terry gilliam. not his best: but even b-grade TG is better than, say, John Carter ! all in all...close to the level of Time Bandits, a bit better than Baron Munchausen...and well worth the time and effort. in the end, i found it a bit padded..all the seperate parts didn't weave together quite so smoothly, but anything that has tom waits and christopher plummer playing against each other can't be all bad.
everybody bogey...dig that bogey beat...man, that bogey rhythm...smells so clean 'n sweet
everybody bogey...bogey onto the streets...without bogey music...life is incomplete