Friday, December 12, 2008

My 2008 Movie Odyssey - Part XVI

The Fountain (2006)
Well, the visuals were great, but the time travel storyline that may or may not have been a dream made too little sense for me to recommend.

The Dark Knight (2008)
What can I say about this movie that has yet to be said? Not much, really. Just about the only criticism I have with the film is that with so many characters to follow, Bruce Wayne gets a little lost in the shuffle, especially disappointing since Batman Begins was so Bruce-centric. Other than that, it is a superbly created dark world, with more in common with a serial killer police drama than your standard comic book movie. Of course the Joker was perfectly realized as a man with no moral compass. I also liked seeing the Batman versus Bruce dichotomy play out, though it was much more subtle than I was hoping.

Casino Royale (1967)
What a piece of trash! There were very few laughs in this "comedy" and the plot was so disjointed it seemed that every scene was completely unconnected to the previous one. Even the presence of Peter Sellers, David Niven, Orson Welles, and Woody Allen could not save this film. If you see only one spy spoof movie, see Austin Powers.

Paths of Glory (1957)
Kirk Douglas turns in an electric performance in this grim tale of corruption within the French military during WWI.

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Maybe I've become too desensitized due to overexposure, but I didn't find this film to be very risque, and it wasn't that funny either. Just about the only thing I can remember from the film was the song "She Done Him Wrong," mostly because I had just heard it performed on A Prairie Home Companion a couple days before.

Coming up next: two thieves and three entertainers.


Randall Knutson said...

Dude the movies are coming fast and furious. You must be watching at least one a day. How do you pick your movies?

Herch said...

I actually have a back-log of all these movie comments. Right now I'm trying to get them all posted before I leave for Papua New Guinea for Christmas. The ones I'm posting about right now I saw over three months ago, so it's not like I'm watching everything in sight right now (though I did watch 5 movies in one day earlier this year).

I look at lists of "greatest movies of all time" and see what films keep reoccurring and add them to my Netflix queue. Also, I'm constantly checking to see what movies are available for online viewing on Netflix, and there's always the public library's movie collection to browse as well. The three main reasons I choose a movie is if it features a director or actor that I like, has received lots of critical acclaim (or is expected to with newer films), or is historically significant.