a seemingly random journey through cinema's heart of darkness. so to speak.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

everybody knows more than i

The truth: I'm poor. So very, very poor. So very, very poor, in fact, that I'm criminally behind on my movies. Though this is of interest only to those with whom I go to movies, here's a rather daunting selection of what's on my to-see list (in even more pointless preferential order, no less):

01. The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass)
Reasons behind going: Liked Number One alright; sequels this summer appear to be one-upping their predecessors; any action movie that gives people migraines sounds bitchin' to me; Joan Allen as the baddie.
Hesitations: None, really. Almost ashamed to say this is number one.

02. Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)
Reasons for going: Kitano unleashing his deadpan, nigh-Tatiesque style onto the Zatoichi legend; like bloody samurai films; missed The Twilight Samurai.
Hesitations: Like his style, don't always respond to his films. Expecting a mixed reaction.

03. Collateral (Michael Mann)
Reasons for going: Fairly strong word of mouth, even though most everyone says it becomes increasingly silly; looking forward to strong use of DV; Foxx and Mann work well together.
Hesitations: Mann's woes-of-the-well-dressed-macho-man leanings tend to grate on my nerves.

04. We Don't Live Here Anymore (John Curran)
Reasons for going: Again, fairly strong word of mouth; Mark Ruffalo's the man, and Peter Krause ain't far behind him; actually, Laura Dern's better than the other two; Curran's last one has a rep.
Hesitations: Isn't this just Your Friends and Neighbors?

05. She Hate Me (Spike Lee)
Reasons for going: Strictly morbid.
Hesitations: Universal derision, with anger directed towards: a mysoginist taking aim on lip-stick lesbians; an Enron satire that suddenly becomes a humorless sex comedy; bloated length; the notion that no one wants to impregnate Monica Belluci.

06. Garden State (Zach Braff)
Reasons for going: Back to the strong-word-of-mouth reason; Peter Sarsgaard is quickly becoming one of my favorite character actors; judging from the trailer, Braff has an eye...
Hesitations: ...which is borrowed wholesale from Wes Anderson; also, doesn't it look so...cute?

07. Code 46 (Michael Winterbottom)
Reasons for going: Samantha Morton; comparisons to the lo-fi future shock of Alphaville; Winterbottom, who churns films out at a near-Fassbinder-esque clip, occasionally hits big-time.
Hesitations: He usually doesn't; wan word-of-mouth might wind up in a video rental in six months.

08. The Corporation (Jennifer Abbott & Mark Achbar)
Reasons for going: Apparently visually interesting; hey, I don't like corporations, either!
Hesitations: After a wall-to-wall day last week of watching lefty docs, I need a long, long, long break.

09. Napoleon Dynamite (Jared Hess)
Reasons for going: Scott Renshaw says it's funny.
Hesitations: Many disagree; see: Garden State.

10. Open Water (Chris Kentis)
Reasons for going: Kinda hoping for another Blair Witch; preys on a fear of mine.
Hesitations: According to almost everyone, it's so not another Blair Witch.

11. The Village (That Philly Dude)
Reasons for going: Sheer curiosity.
Hesitations: If the mainstream public doesn't like it, and I don't like M. Night, then...

Truly, this is the farthest I've ever been behind on movies. If you know me, give me a call and force me to go to any of these.

* My work in this week's Weekly include: a piece on the area's Lost Film Fest and more stuff on same in the usual thang, which also includes stuff on Millhouse: A White Comedy and Shakes the Clown. Next week, expect words on lesbian vampire movies, Stander, and the to-be-seen-tonight Danny Deckchair.


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