Monday, March 24, 2008

Monday Movie Day

I watch enough movies each week to have a weekly review in film. So, beginning today, expect a weekly film review every Monday for each movie I've seen in the previous week. It's Monday Movie Day! I'll review the good, the bad, and the ugly films I've seen, and let you know if you should even bother checking them out. The films I enjoy most have both creative and redemptive merits.

Here are this week's movies:

The Darjeeling Limited: Wes Anderson is a director you either love or hate. I happen to fall into the former category. This film follows three formerly estranged brothers on a spiritual journey through India, which involves prayer, illegal pain medication, and pepper spray. Anderson's use of awkward dry humor mixed with "should we be laughing at this?" pathetic characters make each of his films both delightful and thought-provoking. I've noticed that Anderson has three ongoing themes in each of his films--quirky-yet-strained family relationships, dealing with the aftermath of death, and long panning camera shots. The three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, and Jason Schwartzman are perfect together. (7 out of 10)

Southland Tales: This is the second film from the director of Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly. This film can only be described in a garbled run-on sentence: pop culture, Iraq war, dystopian future, marketing ploys, political satire, time travel, porn-star-turned-talk-show-host, amnesia, Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live cast, B-movie, Neo-Marxism, David Lynch, the Patriot Act, the 4th dimension, over-the-top-acting, the book of Revelations, and the future of America. If the twisted combination of these things--and so much more--sounds intriguing, then check out this film. While it is a very ambitious and unique film, I personally found it fairly incoherent and a waste of time. (4 out of 10)

Drillbit Taylor: During the opening credits, when I saw that this film had both Judd Apatow as producer and Seth Rogen as co-writer, I was genuinely excited. These guys created some of the funniest films last year, so I had high hopes. The film follows three high school freshman who hire a homeless guy as a bodyguard from school bullies. The premise sounds funny, but it's a surprisingly unfunny film. I found the bullying scenes more painful than funny--as someone who both ministers to freshman students and has been on the receiving end of bullying, I felt for the kids getting beat up. Owen Wilson is fairly humorous as Drillbit, but the supporting cast is under-developed and fairly pointless to the plot (especially the girlfriend and the other homeless guys). Maybe a decent rental--and the content was clean for an Apatow film--but not worth a $10 theater ticket price. (5 out of 10)

1 comment:

  1. Has Judd Apatow lost the Midas touch? The answer is yes.