24 Aug, 2005
Movies watched since last time:
The Elephant Man - Very good, maybe a little bit easier to watch for non Lynch fans then som of his later films. With this one I have now seen all of Lynch's feature films (and quite a few shorts).
A Better Tomorrow I & II - The beginning of Woo's career as an action director, and the beginning for Fat as an action hero. Also watched Hard Boiled - H&K blood opera deluxe, required watching for any fan of action films.
Why we Fight - Quite good documentary about the military industrial complex of USA. I disliked some parts tough, showing dead bodies close up felt both cheap and disrespectful.
Maltese Falcon - Classic film noir detective story with Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade.
The Pink Floyd and Syd Barret Story - Interesting but short documentary about the early days of Pink Floyd. I feel a longer post about Floyd coming up soon.
Saw - Utterly disappointing. Some scenes in the beginning had a good feeling, but for the most part it just felt like repeating the themes from horror movie making class 101.
The Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy - Not good at all, but I didn't have any high hopes anyway. In short the acting felt wooden (expect a few sparks from Zooey Deschanel as Trillian), the original dialogue that makes up most of the humor of the books was slaughtered and all the clever humor was replaced by simple gags or slap-stick.
Rosemary's Baby - Not as scary as I first hoped for, but very well made with great acting. I'm always a sucker for subtle and atmospheric horror.
Clerks & Mallrats - Pleasantly surprised by these. I'm not very fond of the "dick and fart jokes" (as someone descriped it) but what I like about Kevin Smiths movies is that they are more about good and clever dialogue than special effects.
The Big Boss - Classic Bruce Lee...
Fahrenheit 451 - Well made adaption of Ray Bradbury's novel, but I still prefer the book.
Equilibrium - The action scenes are breathtaking, the rest of the story is good but not very original. (Think Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World)