Archive for December, 2010

Inception

Wow … but not nearly as wow-y as it should be. As out-of-the-ordinary as it was for a big-budget Hollywood film, I still found it very predictable and nowhere nearly as deep a mindfuck as the hype implied. And I did my best to try to prevent myself from getting caught up in the hype, avoiding all the trailers and TV spots I could before seeing the film. Definitely worth seeing, if only for one particular sequence in a hallway (you’ll know it when you see it).

And again, the soundtrack fuckin’ rocks!

Make ‘Em Laugh: The funny business of America

This six-part PBS documentary is awesome. A wonderful in-depth overview of comedy in America. Yes, there are a few omissions, and it primarily restricts itself to visual comedy (films & television), but it is well worth the investment. The greatest thing about this is that they were able to interview George Carlin at length before he died. Available on DVD or (hopefully) on your local PBS station late at night.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

Quite possibly the best episode of Doctor Who. Ever. And this coming from someone who has watched the show lovingly since 1976.

“Halfway out of the dark …..”

District 9

Exquisite! I really wish I had made time to see it on the big screen when it originally came out. One of the best films that I’ve seen in a very very long time.

Occupation (2009)

“What happened to you?”
“I went to Iraq. Why? What happened to you?”

Irritatingly predictable in some spots, this three-part BBC miniseries remains compelling throughout. Kudos to writer Peter Bowker and actors James Nesbitt and Stephen Graham for demonstrating the lingering effects of the invasion (and subsequent occupation) of Iraq on three British soldiers. These are three flawed men brought to life wonderfully enough that I wanted to reach into my screen and slap some sense into them. Nesbitt in particular stole every scene he was in, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in Jekyll.

“Gilgamesh, what you seek you will never find. For when the Gods created Man they let death be his lot, eternal life they withheld. Let your every day be full of joy, love the child that holds your hand, let your wife delight in your embrace, for these alone are the concerns of humanity.”

Speed Racer (2008)

What an amazing failed opportunity. In one respect, the filmmakers succeeded in creating a live-action anime. The film is incredibly beautiful to look at. The script, however, sucks. Having grown up watching the original cartoon series, I have a particular fondness for Speed, Trixie, Sparky, and the rest of the gang. They almost nailed it here. But they made the mistake of putting way too much of an emphasis on Spritle & Chim-Chim, which made me want to take a hammer to my screen. And they totally fucked up the race sequences by too many jumpy fast cuts. Coming from the team who made the Matrix movies, it amazed me at how poorly edited the action sequences were.

With a halfway intelligent script, an editor who knows the value of long cuts, and bullets in Spritle’s & Chim-Chim’s brains, this could have been a masterpiece. Instead, it ends up in the $5 bin at Target. Sigh.

United 93

Wow. What a beautiful film.