Sunday, January 28, 2001

Two second movie reviews --
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- What a phenomenal film. I'm not normally a martial arts film fan, but this movie was fabulous. The fight scenes were brilliantly coreographed and fanciful. The characters have the agility and ability to ~~fly~~. Gorgeous scenes. It's a strong love story filled with honor, duty and respect and strong feminist overtones. The flick has subtitles, but don't let that stop you from seeing it. I'm going to wager on this being an Academy Award nominee for best picture. I'd bet about 50/50 that this will win too. Do not miss this one. Oh, and if you see it, let me know what you thought about the fight scene in the bamboo trees. Amazing! A
  • The Gift -- Psychic premonitions, murder suspect twists and some haunting images make this normally categorized as a "horror" movie more of a mystery for me. I think I changed my guess as to who I thought the murderer was about 5 times. Obviously it was the skill of the director/plot that made me second guess my suspicions. There's some dark reality in this movie...child molestation, infidelity and murder. Definitely not a kids movie! I have nothing to complain about with this one. It took me in and kept me interested without fail. A-
  • Thirteen Days -- Cuban missle crisis. I really thought all of the characterizations in this movie were fantastic. The Kennedy's looked and acted like the Kennedy's. My major complaint was the star...Kevin Costner. His accent just didn't seem *right*. I just don't think he's a strong enough actor to carry off an accent *and* act. The film took a hard look at the politics of war decisions and really made me hate politicians and army generals even more than I do now. :-) I suspect it was fairly *real*, but obviously we'll never know the full truth. We're only told what they want us to know. In any event, the movie told a great story..and did so quite well. B+
  • Oh, Brother Where Art Thou -- Loved this film. It's a rare Coen Brothers film that I don't like. They're always a bit nutty yet warm and fuzzy, and ugly at the same time and funny without a doubt. I adore the films even more when I hear the "catchy tune" that each film has too. The main song, "I am a man of constant sorrow," from this one will surely make ya hum or sing out loud...especially when George Clooney is singing it near the end of the film. Which reminds me...I have to make a trip to to buy the soundtrack. A
  • Family Man-- I love Nicholas Cage. He was a real treat in this film. I don't have a strong opinion about this movie. I liked it, but it wasn't a fabulous movie...just enjoyable. B