January 24, 2004

Something's Gotta Give

somethingsWayyyy too long for a comedy. The whole subplot of young Amanda Peet coming of age romantically after dating Jack Nicholson slows the whole third act down. Better to combine her character with Frances McDormand's and streamline the supporting roles. (AMC Fenway)

January 19, 2004

The Barefoot Contessa

barefootLast night was not the night for a 128 minute melodrama. I almost fell asleep during several prolonged monologue scenes. Would have been better on TV whilst curled up on sofa. (Brattle Theater, Cambridge)

January 17, 2004

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

LOTR3Still fabulous. If director Peter Jackson and actor Sean Astin are not recognized at the Oscars, I'll be very upset. (Loews Boston Common)

January 16, 2004

Big Fish

bigfishTim Burton's most human and heartwarming film yet. A moving, gorgeous film. Truly a tearjerker for guys, or as I like to call it, a "chuck flick". I was wearing flannel-lined pants and winter boots- my poor legs & feet were roasting! (Loews Boston Common)

January 14, 2004

The Producers (1968)

producersWe saw the hilarious Producers on an incredibly cold night in Cambridge. The movie is still funny, even if the story is lacking a third act. Mel Brooks won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1968, beating Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke, and John Cassavettes, among others. (Brattle Theater, Cambridge)

January 1, 2004

Cold Mountain

coldA brutal and passionate portrait of the wounds war inflicts on both the soldiers and the citizens. I didn't really buy the Jude Law-Nicole Kidman romance, however: I didn't believe that Jude Law would hike halfway across America to return to this woman he barely knew. Perhaps she was supposed to be symbolic of something: beauty unspoiled by war, lost innocence, sex...whatever it was, I didn't buy it.