Saturday, February 16, 2013

Movie review roundup

I watched these on Netflix streaming:



Point Blank: A young married couple is deeply in love and the heavily pregnant wife has been put on bed rest.  The husband works at a hospital, and when his wife is kidnapped, he is blackmailed into helping an injured assassin escape from the hospital.  Desperate to rescue his wife, he soon finds himself stuck in a cat and mouse chase with dangerous gunmen and crooked police. The cliched set up is very well done, and the French police in their  black leather jackets are very stylish, but otherwise, this is a remarkably dull thriller and I lost interest before the last 20 minutes.  It's sort of amazing that the same movie could be used as an example of how to quickly introduce sympathetic characters, and how to film extremely boring chases.  Even the music is boring.




True Grit: This movie really takes a while to get going thanks to an entirely superfluous and extremely tedious courtroom scene early on (unless its purpose is to acclimate us to Jeff Bridges's accent?).  The movie's tone is also a little offputting - - it's mostly surprisingly wholesome, almost Disney-esque, except for a single act of shockingly brutal violence that could easily have been omitted from the movie.  Other than that, the characters are extremely rich and memorable (including momentary characters like the bear pelt-wearing doctor), and I cared deeply for them by the end.

7 comments:

  1. If anyone wants to see an extremely brutal, gory zombie survival movie that is visually gorgeous, and you don't mind subtitles, check out The Horde.

    http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Horde/70122636?locale=en-US

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  2. The Courtroom scene was based on many of the events and quotes of Orrin Porter Rockwell. Rockwell was the sheriff of Salt Lake city and the surrounding territories. He has in the neighborhood 16 confirmed kills in the pursuit of Justice and quite the legend surrounding him.

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    1. Fair enough, but it wasn't helpful to the movie - - by the time the scene occurs, we've already learned all we need to know about him from how the sheriff describes him and how he behaves in the outhouse.

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  3. I have a Netflix recommendation for you... I'm Not Scared. It's a 2003 movie, by an Italian director. It's subtitled, but don't let that keep you from viewing it. It's subject matter is simple, but the story is powerfully told. The camera angles are from the point of view of a 10 year old and most of the narrative is told from a the POV of a 10 year old. I don't want to give much more away, the movie should be viewed with little explanation, other than it's not to be viewed with children.

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    1. OK, added to my queue. (I think half the movies I've watched this month have been subtitled.)

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  4. Favorite line from True Grit: "Are you in need of medical attention."

    I don't know why, but it always cracks me up. Great film.

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    1. I was surprised by how consistently funny it was.

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