Sunday, March 07, 2010

Viewing log: 5/3/10

New Releases

1234 B
Modest but engaging; a more charismatic lead might have helped it fly

Confused about what it's for, visually unenticing, and traitorously generic at the end

I've started feeling sorry for Ren-Zel, but really, the whole contraption is risible

Chloe C
Julianne shines in a fast-nosediving project Egoyan clearly doesn't care about

Deceptively artless, as befits a philosopher's movie, assembled with thought and grace

Legion C
Crummy... but there's some trash pleasure to be had when it's not yapping on and on

A dubious brief -- Uma does Mrs Dalloway -- which becomes parodic and nightmarish

Hard to see how anyone thought this was a good idea, least of all Chris Doyle

Other Adventures

Strangely academic, but Affleck's committed, and it's an honest stab at the book

Wasn't sure at first, but the ensemble fill it up with life like some joyous balloon

Powerfully sober, with Harrelson only the third best in show; Foster is wonderful

Red Dust (1932) B+
Count me a Jean Harlow convert! Pleasurable as more than just camp


NicksFlickPicks said...

SUCH a treat to see that you liked The Messenger and Whip It this much.

My desire to be at a certain London party this evening has reached truly effulgent proportions. Whole city blocks of downtown Chicago are in danger of being swamped, à la Pompeii, Herculaneum, or similar.

Burning Reels said...

So is Alice of Wonderland yet another case of Burton being style over substance?

tim r said...

I had serious issues with even the style on this one. Substance is totally AWOL...