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Paul's movies in September

Posted by phduffy on 2007-10-01 16:06:40
Maelstrom (Villeneuve) - Movie about a women in Montreal who accidentally kills a man while driving home drunk. It has a weird framing story about a fish who’s about to be slaughtered, in what appears to be a centuries old viking boat, telling the story. Now, the dead guy is a Norweigan who works in a fish shop, but I’m certainly missing something here.

CQ (Coppola) - Roman’s son. Set in 1960s Paris, about a director making a crappy sci fi movie. While the lead is beautiful, and I can see how she’d inspire the director to act strantely, this didn’t really do anything for me.

Targets (Bogdanovich) - Great great movie with Boris Karlov essentially playing himself, an old horror actor who no longer wants to act. Meanwhile, a young man starts going gun crazy. The film follows the two of them as the story comes together. A great look at true horror.

American Venus (Sweeney) - Rebecca De Mornay stars as an American who goes to Vancouver to reconnect with her daughter. The write up makes it sound like a comedy, focusing on the differences between Canada and the US. Personally, I felt that it was more an analysis of obsession, although at the Q&A;after the movie, the director used the term addiction, which is related. I thought that this was a good, but not great film. My companion liked it more than I did, although I did like it.

Mile Zero (Currie)- Another Canadian movie about a parent who’s obsessed with his child, also set in and around Vancouver. Father and mother are split up, father takes the son away from school and goes to the mountains. Meanwhile we get flashbacks, showing how much dad loves son. He loves him so much that he installs a camera in his room, trying to catch the new step dad molesting the son. Not because he has any evidence, just because he needs to find a reason to get back with his son. This wasn’t a bad movie, but the pacing was a bit slow for me, and other than the father, none of the characters are really developed.

Peeping Tom (Powell) - Film about a guy in England who grew up with a father who tried to film his entire life. This messed him up, and he’s not obsessed with filming the moment of death, so he kills women. Interesting premise, and I thought that it started strong, but didn’t quite live up to its promise. Yes, the guy was creepy, yes it was interesting to see him interact with his neighbours, and the mother of the woman he’s dating, but it didn’t quite make the leap to ‘excellent’ for me.

The Pope of Greenwich Village (Rosenberg) - Movie starring Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, and Darryl Hannah. How could this go wrong? This reminded me of a bad episode of the Sopranos. The accents seemed way overdone, and the whole plot revolves around the fact that Roberts is a complete idiot. It probably wasn’t fair of me to compare this to the Sopranos, but I couldn’t help myself, and this movie comes up short in that comparison.

The Long Goodbye (Altman) - Interesting movie, and some interesting choices by Altman. The majority of the scenes are filmed at night, so visually, this is a ‘dark’ movie. However, unlike when I read Chandler, I never really got the impression that Los Angeles was an important part of the cast. I think that the key to enjoying this movie is to ignore the Chandler connections. Watch the random nudity, the nice performance by Gould, and the somewhat shocking ending, and enjoy it on its own merits.

The Lookout (Frank) - Almost every second of this movie exists to build suspense. Without giving away any of the plot, I’ll say that from early on you can tell that something not great is going to happen. I don’t think I can handle this much stress. If you’re into suspense, you’ll like this movie though. Levitt is great as the main characters, and Jeff Daniels is fun as his blind roommate.

The Minus Man (Fancher) - So Owen Wilson is a laid back serial killer. Apparently this movie was a hit at Sundance. This movie doesn’t really resolve anything, which I suppose is okay, as that could work, but I didn’t really get the point of this movie. What was it trying to say/do?