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Love Actually
Love Actually (2003)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm an unabashed tennis lover. The Slams each year are always exciting.

This year is no different. From the crowning of a first-time champion:

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Kim Clijsters, Belgium

... to a sixth slam for a man of 24 who likely has years left in his career, and a whole lot of potential for more:

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Roger Federer, Switzerland.

What a great couple of weeks.


Richard Curtis' [i]Love Actually[/i] was impressive and refreshing. He gets an ensemble piece almost as spot-on as the king of ensemble pieces, Robert Altman. A few very silly moments aside, overall, this is one film that's filled with really charming and genuinely funny humor and some very touching moments. I especially liked the performances of and segments featuring Liam Neeson, the movie stand in couple (Martin Freeman and Joanna Page), Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, and the hilariously crude performance by Bill Nighy. But in reality, the entire film was really good.

Whale Rider
Whale Rider (2003)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I have a friend who lived in New Orleans, and so far no word from her. I'm pretty sure she won't have net access for a while, as it's the least of things, considering the losses in the area, but it would be nice to hear word that she's okay. I'll be waiting for it, R.

On an entirely different note:

Niki Caro's [i]Whale Rider[/i] is an impressive piece of filmmaking. Keisha Castle-Hughes' nomination was wholly deserved.

Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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I'm a fan of the work of Satoshi Kon. His vision and films are always imaginative, moving, beautifully animated, and intriguing. So it was with anticipation that I finally rented [i]Millennium Actress[/i] ([i]Sennen joyu[/i]).

Like his other work, this film features an exploration of memory, truth, and that search for meaning we all go through. It tells the tale of Chiyoko, an elderly actress who abruptly disappeared from the screen 30 years ago. Now, she has agreed to be interviewed by a reporter and tell her story.

This film is beautifully animated, and the style exploring, past, present, and memory in between is seamless. There are no really sharp transitions, everything flows together, which is ideal for this tale, in which Chiyoko's search for a nameless painter, and what this comes to signify in her life, is central. Since an interview is the premise by which we receive Chiyoko's tale, the role of memory comes into play.
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Taking us through various eras through the films depicted, but never straying from Chiyoko's search, which comes through, the animation takes us on a really memorable journey. Add in characters like Genya Tachibana, the interviewer, who is also a part of Chiyoko's actress past, and the line between past, present, and memory is further blurred.

Overall, the film impressed me. I really liked the animation, music, and style. The resolution of Chiyoko's singular quest is both a little surprising, yet completely appropriate, and quite moving, as is the scene near the end when we learn the painter's fate.

While [i]Millennium Actress[/i] isn't my favorite of Satoshi Kon's works (that title still belongs to the brilliant [i] Tokyo Godfathers[/i]), it's still up there. This is definitely worth seeing for anyone, not just animation buffs. All Kon's films are. This one is an intelligent, beautiful film, with its own real power.

Ringu (Ring)
Ringu (Ring) (1998)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I took a bit of an RT hiatus while I hadn't finished the latest Harry Potter book. I heard about the GD spoilers and just didn't want to take my chances. I avoided various places on the net actually. And it worked out. I avoided the spoilers and finished the book.

It was very satisfying, and I can't wait for the next one. I won't post the spoilery stuff here, I'm posting those comments in the OT discussion thread.

Saw a couple of movies the other day - Runaway Jury, which was well done, and Ringu, which, while having good ideas I thought was lacking some in execution. Of course, it probably hurts a lot that I've seen the remake before seeing this. However, I do think that Verbinski made the better film. The tension is held broadly and the plot is more extensive. Admittedly, Verbinski lifts a lot of shots from the original, and here I do give Nakata a lot of credit.

Now don't get me wrong, there is often something to be said for a spare film. I just feel more was done with Verbinski's film than Nakata's.One might consider this a budget issue, but I don't. I just think the remake expanded on the good ideas that were already there and created something superior.

[i]The Ring[/i] really got under my skin. This movie was effective, but since I kind of knew what to expect for the most part, it was lessened greatly.

So overall, not such a bad last few days. My cousin got home from school/camp last night, and I got to see some of my cousins that I haven't seen in a while when my aunts came to visit.

I'm rather close to that 8,000th post too. We'll see how long it takes to get that one.

Runaway Jury
Runaway Jury (2003)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I took a bit of an RT hiatus while I hadn't finished the latest Harry Potter book. I heard about the GD spoilers and just didn't want to take my chances. I avoided various places on the net actually. And it worked out. I avoided the spoilers and finished the book.

It was very satisfying, and I can't wait for the next one. I won't post the spoilery stuff here, I'm posting those comments in the OT discussion thread.

Saw a couple of movies the other day - Runaway Jury, which was well done, and Ringu, which, while having good ideas I thought was lacking some in execution. Of course, it probably hurts a lot that I've seen the remake before seeing this. However, I do think that Verbinski made the better film. The tension is held broadly and the plot is more extensive. Admittedly, Verbinski lifts a lot of shots from the original, and here I do give Nakata a lot of credit.

Now don't get me wrong, there is often something to be said for a spare film. I just feel more was done with Verbinski's film than Nakata's.One might consider this a budget issue, but I don't. I just think the remake expanded on the good ideas that were already there and created something superior.

[i]The Ring[/i] really got under my skin. This movie was effective, but since I kind of knew what to expect for the most part, it was lessened greatly.

So overall, not such a bad last few days. My cousin got home from school/camp last night, and I got to see some of my cousins that I haven't seen in a while when my aunts came to visit.

I'm rather close to that 8,000th post too. We'll see how long it takes to get that one.