I went into Grindhouse expecting to tolerate RR's half of Grindhouse and adore QT's, but when I left I felt almost the opposite. QT's film, Death Proof, was good and fun and all that, but RR's Planet Terror was by far my favorite film of the double feature. It was cheesy, had plenty of one-liners, and there was blood aplenty. Just a great time in the theater, and I can't wait to see them again.
A film I had every intention of seeing in theaters but somehow missed, and then a DVD I had every intention of buying when it came out for purchase, it is only just now that I've finally caught up with it through the beauty of Netflix. And, I have to say that I'm sorry it took me so long. Garden State is a small film with a big heart, and though it is Braff's first film to star, write, and direct (I can't believe he did all that himself), it comes off as a very polished film. One of the best First Films I've seen a very long while.
For those who don't know, the story revolves around Braff's character, Andrew, and his trip back home to attend his mother's funeral after being away for nine years. As though that situation weren't stressful enough, he's also decided that now is the time to stop taking his anti-depression medication. He feels (pardon the pun) that he has become numb to the world and to his life, and in an attempt to feel again he has left California for his home state of New Jersey without his meds, and we follow him as he tries to reconnect with his family, his friends, and with his own heart and life.
Anyway, it is a funny movie with a touching sensibility, and I hope Zach Braff has more of this in him. This will be added to my collection soon. It deserves a purchase and many future viewings.
Oh, and before I leave, I must give a big thumbs-up to the soundtrack. A very mellow mix of songs, every track works, and I downloaded it from iTunes as soon as I was done watching the film. Nice work.
Well, I just got back from the midnight premier in my area, and all that I can say is [i]OH MY GOD!![/i] That was awesome! From beginning to end I was rocked and rolled and tossed and battered and in the end I was left sweating and shaken. Just... amazing. It was so dark and so brutal, much more than I thought it would be. The ties to the original trilogy were all there, and they all made sense. I loved all that was said and shown, and I enjoyed all the things hinted at but not said outright. Every aspect of the sound and visual effects were just tops, with my only niggle being Grevious' voice. I wish it had been stronger. But that is minor in the face of everything else. All of the performances were much stronger, and a good sight more natural, and that is a blessing. The saber duels were also amazingly done, and really leave every other one the series has had in the dust. All of them are in top form here, and it showed. I... hell, I barely know what more to say. Easily the best of the prequels, and I think it might even be my favorite of the entire franchise. It is unrelenting, it is uncompromising, and it delivers the goods like nothing I've seen in a very long time.
I rate it a solid and unflinching [b]10/10[/b]. I am a Star Wars fan, and this was everything I could have hoped for and more. Lucas, thank you.