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Monday, June 20, 2005
Lazy Monday Post
Okay, I can deal with the sperm whales attacking the submarine. And I can sort of buy some mega-mouth shark looking thing attacking from behind. But what gets me here is the freaking huge dolphin! Holy crap is that thing big!
If I don't talk about super-hero movies they revoke my blog license: I saw Batman Begins and I quite liked it. I thought the script was good and that most of the performances, particularly those of Bale, Caine and Oldman were excellent. I don't think the second half of the film holds together as well as the first, and the performances of Katie Holmes and Cillian Murphy never really clicked for me. I've seen lots of complaints about how the fight scenes were shot, but I honestly didn't have a problem with that at all. I think perhaps audiences have been spoiled by the beautiful fight photography and choreography in martial arts movies and now expect all fight scenes to conform to that style of editing and filming. For me, if every action sequence was filmed in slow-motion longshots with actors on wires, it would be boring. The fight scenes here were nasty and brutish, and the editing and filming of the scenes reflected that.
I also saw Howl's Moving Castle, which was also very good, but a little disappointing in relation to other Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films. It's not quite as interesting or entertaining, and probably on a par with the film version of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in terms of quality. My only specific complaint is the Billy Crystal was as nasal and whiny as the fire demon Calcifer as I feared he'd be.