Archive for May, 2007


Say Anything

May 31, 2007

I was pleasantly surprised with “Say Anything”. I was expecting just another John Cusack romantic comedy but instead it was a real romance movie. And I haven’t seen one of those I liked in a long time. It’s probably because it was directed by Cameron Crowe, who is a halfway decent director. He did Almost Famous which was ok, and Vanilla Sky which I actually liked despite the fact that no one else did, and the original was still a superior film. At least there was no mimes in Crowe’s version.

I was extremely impressed with John Cusack’s performance though. Every facial expression, movement or line was perfect, and so moving. It’s really no wonder that Ione Skye’s career continued into oblivion though, since her acting was less than stellar. She just didn’t play a sympathetic character at all, and I actually felt a little bad that John Cusack, in all his noble glory, ended up with her.

Side note: got the bedroom mostly blue, finishing trim tomorrow and getting furniture finally. Hopefully then I’ll have some more free time to work on my screenplay. I have the most wonderful idea for a movie, but I’m having a lot of trouble nailing down specific plot points. I think I need to read some more books on the subject, and probably watch some more movies to get more ideas. I hope it doesn’t lose steam though. I just really wish there was someone around that I could collaborate on movie ideas with, because it’s so hard to brainstorm solo. And I really want to make an effort to show a revolution through non-violent means, though my knowledge of political and economic infrastructure is very limited. I wish I would have taken more economics courses in college. I just really don’t want it to end up like in Independence Day where they’re just like “Wheeeee, let’s upload a virus and we win! Yaaaaay!”

The name Niko is becoming too common. I should have named him Casper. All the bitches love Casper.


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

May 31, 2007

I can’t believe this movie wasn’t rated R. I guess “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” had it right: if you’re a studio, you can get away with just about anything. Pirates contained way to much gore for my taste, and not nearly enough sex. If I were to make a pirate movie it would be 60% sex and 40% violence, and only good clean violence like guns and rapiers. None of this tentacles coming out of nostrils bullshit.

Anyhow, the critics had it right. The movie was way too long and convoluted, and I have to say that for a pirate film I was very disappointed. It’s a pity too, because this was one of the rare times that I’ve been able to see a film in the theaters.


The Fountain

May 27, 2007

I loved the visuals in The Fountain.  Each shot looked like a panel in a graphic novel, with the brightest lights and the darkest darks, and everything perfectly framed.  Unfortunately, I don’t know if the story quite lived up to the stunning cinematography.  I tend to like plot lines where people meet up time after time in history, but I am not sure if that was the case.  I am thinking that the only “real” time was the present, and that the past was just a story Izzy wrote and the future was just the future that Tom imagined.

I’m not sure why I didn’t like it.  Maybe Darren Aronofsky should make a happy film for once.  Or at least one with hope.  The end was supposed to be some kind of rebirth, but I didn’t get the impression that Tom and Izzy would be happily ever after because if it.  I’m not even sure if the end was about eternal love either.   I suppose there could be multiple takes on what the film was about and what it was supposed to mean, but it didn’t feel hopeful to me.  And I guess that’s what I was looking for.

This film did make me think about it a lot.  But I don’t know if I’ll watch it again, and I probably won’t buy it.  But it was very very beautiful.

I would like to make a movie of revolutions, time travel, space, and have a Muse soundtrack.