September 27, 2003

Pirates Of The Carribean: Curse Of The Black Pearl

potccotbpFinally a summer popcorn movie which delivers exactly what I was expecting. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are delightful, the effects are perfectly executed, there are a couple of truly scary scenes. But shouldn't it be called Curse Of The Aztec Gold? doesn't "Curse Of" mean "Curse From" not "Cursed Upon"? (August 15: Danvers MA, and September 27: Showcase Cinemas Seekonk RI)

September 21, 2003

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

ouatimThere are too many characters, and it's impossible to tell who's zooming who. This renders the plot incomprehensible. Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas are barely in it. Johnny Depp steals the whole movie. Robert Rodriguez was the cinematographer, editor, composer, writer, producer, and director. Perhaps his movies would benefit from some teamwork? Perhaps his ideas are asphyxiating in this vacuum?

Trailer Notes: I saw the trailer for In The Cut - apparently Meg Ryan has a dangerous sexual tryst with a cop played by Mark Ruffalo?! Who keeps casting this shambling, gnomish doofus opposite tall gazelle types? First Gwyneth Paltrow in View from the Top, and now Meg Ryan? Somebody pair him up with Janeane Garofalo, quick! (Digital Projection, Loews Boston Common)

September 18, 2003

Finding Nemo

I finally see Nemo in a movie theater, just in the nick of time, too. And I'm glad I did- it's the best movie of the year so far. Pixar has made their best-looking, funniest, and most emotional movie yet. I didn't cry at the beginning- I was in denial that his whole family was wiped out. I was near tears at the end, though.finding

Casting: Geoffrey Rush as a pelican was perfect. The voice of Bruce the Shark was Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage; Who was so brilliant to think of asking Willem Dafoe to be a voice in a fish movie? Ellen Degeneres was delightful all the way through. Allison Janney (as the starfish bought on eBay): "That was the shortest red light I've ever seen!" I think they're overusing John Ratzenberger (Hamm in Toy Story, P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, the Yeti in Monsters, Inc, and now the Fish School). Jacques reminds me of Muppet Pepe the Prawn, okay?

Favorite animation choice: Giving the sharks eyes with whites, UNTIL Bruce smells blood, then the pupil fills the whole eyeball. Very creepy!

Favorite Bit Part: Lobsters with a Boston accent! (Somerville Theater)