March 27, 2004

The Ladykillers

ladykillersNot as wacky as I would have hoped from the creators of Raising Arizona. Some very fine moments, and it's good to see Tom Hanks in a comedy again (I'm still waiting for The Money Pit 2 to go into production). J.K. Simmons is one of my favorite character actors. I am quick to give Messrs. Coen & Coen extra credit considering they've released four films in less than four years: Their last movie, Intolerable Cruelty, debuted less than six months before this film. (Landmark Embassy Cinema, Waltham)

March 14, 2004

Starsky & Hutch

starskyExactly what I hoped for. Funny, silly, with an authentic 70s-era cop-show plotline. I never watched Starsky & Hutch as a kid- I was seven when it was canceled. I was a devoted fan of The Dukes Of Hazzard and CHiPs. Talk about born in the wrong decade- Ben Stiller as Dave Starsky is much more handsome than Ben Stiller as himself. That permed-out curly hair he wears in the movie is much more flattering than his regular look. All the action in the Ford Grand Turino was like a love letter to Rear Wheel Drive... (Loews Fresh Pond)