Saturday, April 04, 2009

Seen in March

7th - Milk
8th - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
14th - Frost/Nixon
15th - Ratatouille
17th - Wall-e
22nd - Watchmen
28th - Synecdoche, New York
29th - The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
30th - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Not that impressive a list really, especially considering I had already seen two of them.

I can't say I'd recommend Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It had a questionnable voice-over and was really a bit dull - though Javier Bardeem - men want to be him and the ladies want to know him. Another Spaniard star lights it up too. Penelope Cruz just demands all of your focus in every scene. Still… it just wasn't enough. Which is saying a lot for a movie in which three of the principal characters are extremely beautiful women.

Synecdoche, New York is another one that probably isn't for anyone who has other things to do (like the dishes) but if you're a huge Kauffman fan I guess it's for you.

The worst film on that list is Watchmen which is slavish to the source material to a fault. To be fair, I'm one of seven people on the planet who is a comic book fan who thinks - and I say this knowing an army of geeks may show up on my lawn with pitchforks and lit torches - the source material wasn't that good. I would go so far as to call it the single most over rated piece of fiction I've ever read. Funny that. Ten years ago I probably would have argued just the opposite. I re-read it before seeing the film and while it is a very good comic, it's just not the masterpiece many people claim it to be.

Oh look, I wonder where that angry mob is headed?



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