Posts Tagged ‘Julianne Moore’

Vanya on 42nd Street

Freitag, August 27th, 2010

Review:

Let’s see now: the film is a version of Anton Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, as adapted by David Mamet, brought to the stage by Andre Gregory, filmed in the derelict New Amsterdam Theater by Louis Malle, where rehearsal is taking place, blending the lives of the actors with the play. It’s basically an experimental version of a well-known and good play, that creates an interesting, gimmicky film that doesn’t quite succeed. Everything here is deliberately done to look accidental, creating something very unusual, but not very great. Nevertheless, the play is good enough to warrant watching and the frame-work is not so distracting that it becomes unbearable.

Random Observations:

Vanya on 42nd Street at the IMDb

Some real nice stage acting here by the cast, which naturally does not translate to film at all. I’m sure it’s intentional and it is well done, but it is also annoying.

This concludes Louis Malle Week on something of a sour note, although the film is a far cry from being bad. Just not as brilliant as the last one.

Typical Mamet dialogue has subtly entered the play. I wonder how much else he changed.

A Single Man – Minute Movie Review

Montag, November 30th, 2009

Review:

Based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, the film tells the story of a gay professor in the early 1960s, who can’t get over the death of his long-term boyfriend and decides to kill himself, only to experience his last day all the more vividly. Designer Tom Ford’s (formerly of Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent fame) first film tackles a difficult topic with style, but sadly, little else. The film focuses to often on merely aesthetic elements, forgetting the story. Nevertheless, it is an interesting film with fine performances, especially by lead Colin Firth, who manages the balancing act between the suicidal and depressed presence with numerous flashbacks seemingly effortlessly.

Random Observations:

A Single Man at the IMDb

Nicholas Hoult plays a student of Firth’s with a strong interest in both his subject and person. But while his American accent is not nearly as atrocious as in The Weather Man, he is still noticeably British.

One of those annoying, since employed unsuccessfully, artistic quirks of the film is that whenever Firth encounters someone or something that connects him to life, the almost monochrome picture is suddenly vividly coloured. This is a nice idea, but results in a lot of people looking orange.

The film pays incredibly attention to a detailed re-enactment of the time it is set. The art director, set designers and costume people did an impeccable job.

Another film I saw at the Oslo Film Festival.

Minute Movie Review – The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Sonntag, April 19th, 2009

Review:

A few years after the events of Jurassic Park, one of the main cast members has to go to a neighbouring island where, oh wonder, the “real” park was located. There he meets the new leader of the company, who is out to hunt the dinosaurs roaming free and put them on display in San Diego. I actually didn’t think it was possible, but the screenplay of this sequel is even more horrible than that of the original. The special effects are state of the art once more (which means rather bad by modern standards), but without a single likable character and a storyline that just strings along, the film drags on without ever being interesting or fun to watch.

Random Observations:

The Lost World at imdb.com

Julianne Moore has a role in the film and the normally great actress is simply annoying here.

Anybody ever notice how in all these disaster movies ninety percent of the bad things just happen because the people, especially the supposed heroes, are just stupid?

Minute Movie Review – I’m Not There.

Sonntag, März 16th, 2008

Review:

I’m Not There is a kind of biography/documentary/mockumentary about Bob Dylan – who is never mentioned by name. Instead, six characters take on different aspects of his life. At least that is the idea. Sadly, it doesn’t really work. While Christian Bale, Heath Ledger or Cate Blanchett certainly are talented enough to play Dylan, the film focuses to much on being different, on being art instead of entertainment and on being something new and unique, that it never works. There is no real plot, the idea to split Dylan’s life into several lives might appeal to die-hard Dylan fans, but nobody else and unless you are still delusional about Dylan’s importance to music, you will probably not enjoy it. It’s confused and confusing – and with over two hours about 120 minutes too long.

Random Observations:

I’m Not There at imdb.com

If only filmmakers would remember that just because something is different that doesn’t mean that it is better. So many disasters like this one could have been averted!

Here’s a rule of thumb on when you might like the movie: If you think that not even naming the subject of the film is cool, you’ll probably like the film. If you realize how ridiculous this is considering that everyone only talks about “that Dylan film”, you won’t.

Bob Dylan fanatics will probably also enjoy this movie – but when you are fanatic about something, you enjoy everything connected to that, even if it is utter trash.

Minute Movie Review – Children of Men

Montag, März 3rd, 2008

Review:

In 2027, humanity is on the brink of collapse. The last child was born 18 years ago – and recently killed when he refused to sign autographs. In Britain, all immigrants are rounded up to leave the country. Theo wouldn’t care all that much – but when his ex-wife asks for his help, he is suddenly drawn into protecting a girl that just might spell hope for mankind. A gripping science-fiction thriller, with the always-cool Clive Owen in the lead role and a great supporting cast, the movie is both fascinating and deeply thought-provoking – and what else can one really ask for? There is a reason many critics considered this 2006′s best movie.

Random Observations:

Children of Men at imdb.com

It’s actually been two weeks since I saw this movie, so please excuse the complete absence of random observations. They usually don’t stay in my mind for that long.

Minute Movie Review – The Big Lebowski

Sonntag, Februar 10th, 2008

Review:

The thing about cult films is that most of those movies are not all that great, just managed for some unexplainable reason to garner a huge following. The Big Lebowski is one of those movies. While certainly not bad, the story of The Dude and his friends is a little too confused and outlandish to really work. Sure, the movie is often funny, it may even qualify as a satire, but movies like that are a dime a dozen. The Dude is the classical loser and his entanglement with the criminal element because they mistake him for a businessman with the same name leads him to some strange places. But of course (almost) everything eventually comes to a satisfying solution.

Random Observations:

The Big Lebowski at imdb.com

Here’s your homework, Lebowski cultists: Watch the movie again and in all scenes with Steve Buscemi, just pay attention to him.

The film has too many “one-stop characters” for my liking – what the hell is the point of Sam Elliott’s character?

Maybe I’m making too much of this. The movie is definitely extremely funny. Maybe that is everything that counts.