Recap: 13 July 2009

I’ve sort of been slacking on my movie-watching the past couple of weeks.  Just been very, very busy. I’ve had The Apartment sitting on my table for an embarrassingly long period of time (oh, lord — just checked Netflix to see when it actually arrived, and now I feel even worse!), so I’m going to get that watched this week.  It must happen.

The good news is I’m nearly out of Act Two, and I’m through the hard part of Act Two.  Everything else is downhill from here.  I’m not sure how many pages I averaged last week, but it was more than three a day, and I managed to write every day, too.  If I keep that up, I should finish up the first draft of TDPU this week, or at least come close.

All right, let’s get to it.

What I Watched

  • American Psycho (2 stars): This is the only movie that’s ever caused me to walk out of a theatre. Now that it’s become a cult favorite of sorts, I figured it was time to give it another shot. I wasn’t offended this time, but I was just plain bored. I just didn’t get it. I tried; I really did. I wanted to like it. Honestly. But I just couldn’t. If you like super-dark, violent, semi-pornographic, mildy comedic commentaries on ’80s corporate culture, though, this might just be for you.
  • Public Enemies (3½ stars): This gets that half star because the performances, especially from Johnny Depp, are fantastic. I didn’t feel the story lived up to what the actors delivered, though.  The film was very event-focused, which left little room for character exploration, which is really the thing in which I was most interested. I was disappointed in most of the cinematography, too, to be honest. It felt like a solid history lesson instead of a compelling movie. Part of my disappointment is that I went in with pretty high expectations. So, while the film is good, it’s just not as good as I wanted it to be.
  • Phoebe in Wonderland (5 stars): This is a touching (without being cloying) story about a little girl who experiences the world a little differently and how her family, friends and teachers deal with it. Elle Fanning stars, and she is dazzling. I don’t know what sort of genetics it takes to end up with two kids as talented as the Fanning sisters, but it’s probably worth some study.  Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Patricia Clarkson all give wonderful supporting performances as well.
  • Chéri (3½ stars): Michelle Pfeiffer stars as a 19th century courtesan who keeps a young man, the son of another retired courtesan, occupied until his mother can arrange a marriage for him. Only when they part do they realize the intensity of the feelings they’ve developed for each other; the rest of the movie deals with the fall-out.  The movie is an interesting character study, but it was lacking some sort of spark.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just wasn’t captured the way I wanted to be.  That being said, it is entertaining and snarky and amusing, and, if you like Michelle Pfeiffer or period pieces or English blokes with nice bums, I’d recommend it.
  • I Could Never Be Your Woman (3 stars): Another Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle, this time costarring Paul Rudd, who is ridiculously charming and adorable and crush-inducing.  This film is also by writer-director Amy Heckerling, who gave the world Clueless.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think this movie was as good; it seemed a little indulgent with about eight too many industry inside jokes.  But Pfeiffer and Rudd are lovely to watch, and there were certainly a good number of funny and/or cute moments.  If you’re a fan of Paul Rudd or Michelle Pfeiffer, it’s certainly worth seeing.
  • Moon (5 stars): Another 5-star movie for 2009! This is a sort of Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell, who delivers an absolute fantastic performance.  I’ll be extremely disappointed if he doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for this role.  The story is compelling, and the cinematography is well-suited to the mood of the film.  The score is also gorgeous.  Now, this is one that you’ll probably have to put in a little extra effort to see; I had to drive 30 minutes.  But I found the trip to be well worth it.

That’s all for now, folks.  Have a lovely week!

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