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W.
W. (2008)
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It has been years since I have reviewed a movie here. I don't get to the theatre all that often, but with some extra time on a Sunday I figure I'll write a bit on one film that was intriguing enough to see both in personal and professional interest.


Ultimately, however, it was a disappointing mess.


With "W.", my inner politico was sparked from the moment I saw its compelling trailer(s). I have always had an intellectual fondness for George W. Bush. This is certainly not because I like his worldview or his policies or even his public persona. I find the whole of this man an entertaining exercise in analysis. In truth, there's a juxtaposition at work in my mind between my own confidence in the ability of the public media to vett and democratically approve of a person (like happened in 2000 and 2004) and the subsequent destruction of the confidence in those decisions from 2004-2008. W, the man, has become a jester of a nation, and the idea that a man placed by the United States of America at its highest office can be as much of a narrow-minded imbecile as he is regularly made out to be does not match with my own mind's wish to moderate all of this hatred.

In "W.", the film, I sought a thoughtful and introspective look at a mysterious man and his personality. What I found was a satirical stage act that seemed to think that if it claimed to be a historical biopic enough times that people would believe it. So unrealistic were the portrayals of nearly every character that the entire film seemed to waver on the edge of sketch comedy, with Condoleeza Rice's character the ultimate, laughable folly below even Janet Jackson's forced impersonation on Saturday Night Live.

As a historically inaccurate sideshow, "W." was entertaining in some parts, but ironically suffered from the need to adhere - however loosely - to its semi-realistic source material. This was, of course, if one could get past the flawed development of characters. So unconvincing were the characters of Bush's cabinet, in combination with the constant reference to each of them by their uncreative and possibly contrived nicknames that one not familiar with the details of the Bush administration staff would have their work cut out for them to figure out who he was surrounded by. A self-admitted political geek like me took at least two mumbled mentions of "Wolfy" by Josh Brolin to realize Dennis Boutsikaris was playing Paul Wolfowitz. George Tenet was present but invisible, unidentified and hollow.

Imbalanced and undeveloped, I was simply left unimpressed.

Minority Report
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is probably my third viewing of this movie in its entirety . . . and I'm thinking that my rating pretty much goes down everytime.


Holy plotholes, Batman! And some that could be eliminated with just a bit more explanation, but remain nonetheless.

It's a good "thinker" as long as you don't "think" too hard about the actual technical aspects of the plot, including the prediction of Anderton's "murder" and focus on the nature of the Precrime system.

The film serves better as social commentary in this way.


It's fresh because it's still fun, holes and all, and Samantha Morton is great, along with a lot of the special effects (especially the computer systems and the "scrubbing" of precog images).

Garden State
Garden State (2004)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[b][i][u]Garden State[/u]

So, I think I'm the last person in my peer group to see this one, and I wasn't really in a rush, as I'd heard about it SO much and seen SO many trailers and SO many TV spots that I figured I pretty much knew what this silly movie was going to be, through and through.


Whoops.


Quite a surprise. Hard drugs? Neurotic, epileptic habitual liars? THAT's what the picture with them in garbage bags yelling was about??



Not bad. That's my review.


[u]The Fifth Element[/u]

Probably the 15th time I've seen this movie. It gets a "review" because I just bought the special edition DVD. Haven't watched the special features yet, not sure if I will, but damn if the movie doesn't look fantastic as always, and play just as well as a story. I'm always shocked at how much I love this film, but I do through and through.

"Korben? Korben, my man! I have no fire! I-I-I-I-I-I have no matches! Do you have any matches? . . .I-I-I-I-I stopped smoking . . . I mean, if I KNEW!. . . . (babbling) . . . Father, you smoke?? . . . (more babbling) . . . We need some fire! We all gonna die! [url]http://funwavs.com/wavfile.php?quote=467&sound=18[/url] [/i][/b]

The Fifth Element
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[b][i][u]Garden State[/u]

So, I think I'm the last person in my peer group to see this one, and I wasn't really in a rush, as I'd heard about it SO much and seen SO many trailers and SO many TV spots that I figured I pretty much knew what this silly movie was going to be, through and through.


Whoops.


Quite a surprise. Hard drugs? Neurotic, epileptic habitual liars? THAT's what the picture with them in garbage bags yelling was about??



Not bad. That's my review.


[u]The Fifth Element[/u]

Probably the 15th time I've seen this movie. It gets a "review" because I just bought the special edition DVD. Haven't watched the special features yet, not sure if I will, but damn if the movie doesn't look fantastic as always, and play just as well as a story. I'm always shocked at how much I love this film, but I do through and through.

"Korben? Korben, my man! I have no fire! I-I-I-I-I-I have no matches! Do you have any matches? . . .I-I-I-I-I stopped smoking . . . I mean, if I KNEW!. . . . (babbling) . . . Father, you smoke?? . . . (more babbling) . . . We need some fire! We all gonna die! [url]http://funwavs.com/wavfile.php?quote=467&sound=18[/url] [/i][/b]

Napoleon Dynamite
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[i][b]Possibly the most quotable movie ever, in terms of percentage of total lines?

For now, I'd say so.

Pretty consistently hilarious, and has some special quality to it - like a sense of honesty.


Give me some of your tots![/b][/i]