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Sunday, May 16, 2004
Pay Full Price
Darkness: The New Horror trend continues, in which atmosphere and acting take precedence over FX and exploitation. I don't have much interest in the "child in jeopardy" genre of horror, but haunted houses are almost a sure thing with me.
Bride and Prejudice: I like Jane Austen. I like Chadha. I'm therefore predisposed towards the film. I wish there was a little more to the trailer, but what I see is a big Bollywood style update of an Austen perennial. It's hard to see how too much can go wrong.
Constantine: "Whoah...I know the occult." Could be an okay movie, could be an unmitigated disaster. I'm not holding out much hope, as Reeves has shown himself to be an actor of very narrow range. He's very good when he's playing a character who is supposed to be dim, or unaware of the full scope of the events going on around him. Neither of those are traits I tend to associate with John Constantine. And, to be honest, making the character an American just feels...wrong.
The Bourne Supremacy: The first film was a pleasent enough diversion, but it was one of those films in which the plot hinged on every single character in the movie being completely lacking in any kind of commen sense or ability to think. So, I'm not going to expect much more out of this one than I did the first.
Catwoman: I honestly don't think this looks like the genre-ending atrocity that some people seem to think it is. All right, yes, the costume is a little much, but if it wasn't for the fact that they're calling it Catwoman, thus giving fanboys all these pre-conceived notions of what the film should be, I don't think I'd hear anyone really complaining. It appears to have some entertainment value as a "girls-kick-ass" mindless romp of a pop-corn movie, and I dig those kinds of films.
The Incredibles: I wasn't impressed with Finding Nemo and I thought Monsters, INC was terribly over-rated. We won't discuss Toy Story. This...doesn't look funny. It looks tired, trite and cliche. Another excuse to sell action figures and Happy Meal toys.
Napoleon Dynamite: I've never been a big fan of the "relive those painful high school memory" movies. I just feel a sad sort of contempt for the nerd characters in those films, not a feeling of kinship or recognition. So, while this looks like it may have potential, I just don't think I can bring myself to see it.
Danny Deckchair: Oh, those wacky eccentric Brits, teaching us all how to love...Ever since Four Weddings and a Funeral made an obscene amount of money, it seems like the only comedies that are coming out of England are "romances" with stereotypically loveable and endearing characters, and frankly I'm tired of it. I want to see a comedy about despicable people doing horrible things to one another.
Edit: Ian just pointed out that this film is actually set in Australia. Which doesn't invalidate my argument about the sorry state of British comedy, but does set a bad precedent for Aussie films
Primer: I'm being told that this is a sci-fi film. Okay. Too bad the trailer doesn't tell me a damn thing about the premise or characters.
Open Water: If you're going to make a film about divers lost at sea, try to avoid making it look like you shot it at the wave pool at Raging Waters, that's all I'm saying...
Collateral: Hmm...how can I put this best...AW HELL NO!