Tuesday, March 31, 2009


2.5 out of 5 Stars
I secretly like Twilight. (maybe not so secretly). It has romance, humor, and a foggy/misty set location that lends itself perfectly for film. In many ways, I thought this was a better film adaption of the book than the Harry Potter films are. Twilight doesn't make any attempts at being a 'serious film'. It follows the book simply and concisely, not trying to capture every detail and small plot line from the book (the Harry Potter films, while well directed and well acted go on waaay too long). I thought Kristen Stewart (who I really liked in 'Speak') was a very convincing Bella. Yes, I'll no doubt see New Moon when it comes out.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saw V

1 out of 5 Stars
The last few Saw movies have been oddly difficult for me to follow. I can't keep the characters straight (the corrupt detective dude looks almost identical to the dude with the hole in his throat). I don't understand the point of Jigsaw -- isn't he dead -- was this movie a flashback?
Also, the elaborate 'death' set ups are so insanely complicated. Where is Jigsaw (and his cohorts) getting the money to build these complex warehouse mazes? Where does he buy the supplies? When does he have the time to set up these machines/computers/video cameras, etc?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fur - An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

4 out of 5 Stars
I realize that this film is an 'Imaginary' portrait of Diane Arbus. Obviously, the title states the obvious. I am surprised that this film was mainly disliked by film critics. I don't care that Diane Arbus (whose work I am fascinated by) never knew 'Lionel'. I don't care that this film is 99% fiction. Erin Cressida Wilson's brilliant script immediately drew me into Arbus's mind -- scary, erotic, beautiful, ugly, demented, sick, fantastical, breathtaking -- I was completely riveted. This is a beautifully shot film -- Nicole Kidman's eyes, Robert Downey Jr.'s unnerving sexiness, Jane Alexander's cold and uncaring glare. I actually thought Kidman gave a stronger, more original and more unique performance as Arbus than she did in her Oscar nominated 'Virginia Woolf' role in 'The Hours'. 'Fur' was David Lynch-esque, beautiful and scary to look at and overall very well done.