Posts Tagged ‘Keanu Reeves’

My Own Private Idaho – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Oktober 13th, 2010


Young male gay prostitutes River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves go on a road trip in this meandering early film by acclaimed director Gus van Sant spanning from Seattle to Portland, Idaho and Rome. Along the way, they learn a lot about themselves and about life, as well as that in the end, you can’t change who you are and that your path is preordained. Or something along those lines. But the plot is not really the focus here, as van Sant experiments with the art form film, often with little success, but with a few truly memorable ideas. Phoenix delivers the best performance in his short career, anchoring a film that otherwise would have been quickly forgotten.

Random Observations:

My Own Private Idaho at the IMDb

Part of the story was inspired by William Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV and Henry V. When the characters go so far as to quote the original dialogue, it becomes a tad annoying.

Also from the experimental department: having the characters appear as cover pictures for gay sex magazines and then let them talk about that for a while. Or telling stories directly to the camera. Or sex scenes consisting of poses for still photograph. Most of these disrupt the flow of the movie even more than the Shakespearean dialogue.

In a world of gay prostitutes and their clients, of course the only truly perverted person is German. Or maybe he isn’t all that perverted and just very, very odd. Also another German trademark.

Thumbsucker – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, März 2nd, 2010


Seventeen-year-old Justin still sucks him thumb, something which his father and amateur psychiatrist dentist want him to stop. The film, supposedly a mixture between comedy and drama, deals with the replacement addictions he develops in order to stop, while also telling the story of his coming-of-age. Based on a Walter Kirn (who also wrote the source book for Up in the Air) novel, the film is neither very dramatic nor very comedic, but in fact rather bland. The only saving grace is the cast, who make the characters come to life, especially Lou Taylor Pucci in his debut performance as Justin.

Random Observations:

Thumbsucker at the IMDb

The film has actually some nice moments and the ending fits surprisingly well to the story, but that is not enough to make the story engaging in any way.

This is the quintessential Sundance film, a quirky drama-comedy that deals with everyday issues in an unexpected way. Having seen some of the films that Sundance glorified in the last years, I think it is time for the jury to change direction.

Comic Book Movie July – Constantine

Freitag, Juli 11th, 2008

In relation to the other movies reviewed this month, Constantine is quite an oddity. It is not the work of a single creator or team of creators, but rather a franchise called Hellblazer owned by one of the two major comic book publishers (DC, the other being Marvel), that many different writers and artists have worked on. But even though it comes out of the same factory that brought us superheroes like Superman or Batman, Constantine is quite different from those, focusing on a religious back story that is both entertaining and highly uncanonical. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – A Scanner Darkly

Dienstag, Januar 8th, 2008


The movie is based on a Philip K. Dick novel, which was his tribute to the friends he lost to drug abuse. It tells the story of a not to distant future where large parts of the population are addicted to Substance D and how one undercover cop deals with it. While the story is extremely powerful, some of the clarity of the book is missing. And while the movie was shot with actors, it was later changed into a comic look that is entirely unnecessary for the story to work. Nevertheless, it is a great story about drug use as well as the economics behind it.

Random Observations:

A Scanner Darkly at

I was pleasantly surprised to see the friends Dick dedicated the book to mentioned at the beginning of the closing credits.

While many filmmakers can be said to work exclusively in one genre or with one type of movie, director Richard Linklater is nicely different. He is probably best none for his refreshingly different “romantic” movies “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset“.

The movie stars Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. , only the last of which was easily recognizable under the drawing.