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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.

Soul Kitchen – Minute Movie Review

Donnerstag, Januar 7th, 2010


Despite the title, this is a German film – the newest film from acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, in fact. This time around, he makes a broad comedy that mostly serves as a tourism advert for Hamburg, where the story takes place. A Greek restaurant owner stumbles through life, with his girlfriend going to Shanghai, his brother being released from prison, a clientèle that doesn’t like his new star chefs output and so on. The film is entertaining enough and the main cast is good, but overall there isn’t a single original idea in it, while it often drifts off into broad and silly jokes that add nothing to the story. Akin is an accomplished director and his craftsmanship shows, but apart from a few scenes, the story is too predictable to ever rise above mediocrity.

Random Observations:

Soul Kitchen at the IMDb

Responsible for most of the good scenes are Moritz Bleibtreu, the actor playing the main character’s brother, and the antics in the kitchen, when the gourmet chef gives a few lessons in proper food preparation.

This film is Monica Bleibtreu’s (Moritz’ mother) last film, she died before it was completed.