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From monthly archives: January 2009

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Movie Review: (500) Days of Summer (2009) ***

I can credit this film for being honest about love and relationships, that its sort of a mystery and that ‘boy loves girl’ for being the “one” does not mean girl will love boy back, even not at the film’s end. But that’s about it. Decent acting and directing do not save this film from becoming tiresome after a while. There are funny moments and there are some interesting moments. But neither the going back and forth in time nor the out of context jump to documentary-like black and white footage late in the film, save it from having nothing left to say that was not already said in the first 20 minutes or so of the movie. And for heaven’s sake, adding God voice (the narrator, that is) to a movie is a big no-no and needs a real good justification. If you need someone to read to you what the character is thinking then it means something is wrong with the movie or that the filmmaker is not trusting your intelligence to get it yourself...

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Movie Review: District 9 (2009) ****

This film curiously combines so many different styles and genres in a manner that almost works. It is a fictional documentary-style sci-fi, with traces of horror, Kafkaesque characters, fugitive plot, corporate conspiracy theme, socio-political agenda, some shreds of romance, and even a final, Western-inspired, standoff/shot-them-all…
Did I miss anything else?
Yet, unlike so many of the films being made these days, this one does actually have something to say. Actually not so much to say as to attempt and create an experience of transformation – transforming the audience’s perspective of the less privileged. Not for nothing it is taking place in South Africa of all places. Sci-fi is just used as means to an end. The less privileged, in this case, is an alien race captured in fenced guarded slams apartheid-style.  The aliens, resembling the insect from Kafka’s Metamorphosis, are indeed disgusting to the human eye, both in appearance and habits. It is the filmmakers task to transform this disgust into sympathy. And the vehicle is the main character -- a human caught in between these two races. Gambling it all on that main character is a risky business. And despite excellent performance on the part of Sharlto Copley, the sympathy and related transformation only partially take place.
I give this film 5 stars for what it attempts to do but only 3 stars for what it achieves, resulting in a total of 4 stars.

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Movie Review: Julie & Julia (2009) ****

One Yum too many… This film could have been even better if it was not a Nora Ephron smothered movie… Like Tarantino to violence, is Ephron to kitschy romance. Yes – your second husband left you for another chick, we get it. We got it already several films ago – right with Heartburn. Now move on! Okay, maybe its only me, but whenever an Ephron movie comes out, it always seems to have the same style of chewy romance, of how she would have liked things to be. And judging by her success, I guess she has her following… Oh well…
What saves this movie and actually grace it with a 4-star level for me is definitely Meryl Streep. Just can’t get enough of her. A lot was already said about her brilliance as a performer. The joy of watching her makes it all worth it. She flirts with her role and it shows. She doesn’t need to prove anything anymore to anyone and can just have fun. Unfortunately for Adams, who is also a delight and a very promising rising star, Streep unintentionally overshadows everyone around her as a sun would even the brightest star. Julie Powell’s story is a sweet Cinderella-style tale with a few twists (e.g. the prince being her web audience), making it fresh. And as a fellow writer I complement her style and am glad at her success. I do detest though the Lobster cooking scene. Funny as it may have seen in the film, cooking lobsters by throwing them alive into boiling water, despite the known disclaimer of “no animals were harmed….” is simply disgusting.
Now where is that chocolate desert?

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Inglourious Basterds (2009) **

Tarantino is in love with his characters’ endlessly blubbering his scripted dialogues. And then there is this obsession with senseless violence for the mere sake of violence.

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