Movie reviews

Sideways

As I mentioned in a previous post, we just got Sideways from Netflix. I had heard mixed reports on this one, both good and bad in roughly equal parts. It turns out this is little more than a Swingers knock-off with older characters. Imagine the Las Vegas segment from Swingers extended to an entire movie, taking place in central California wine country. Even the two protagonists were the same: one pining over his ex and one just trying to get laid. I’m going to have to watch Swingers again soon to get the memory of this out of my mind.

Prozac Nation

We watched Prozac Nation last night and I want my 95 minutes back. I don’t remember if I heard this was good, or if I’m thinking of the book (which I haven’t read). I put this in my Netflix queue when it was still in theaters and I had forgotten about it until recently when it became available on DVD. Even Christina Ricci couldn’t save this one, mainly because her character was so annoying. I realize she was supposed to be fucked up, but she was just unbearable before the movie was even half over.

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

This is a documentary about, as Special Agent Dale Cooper would say, “the plight of the Tibetan people”. It was pretty good. It went over the political and religious history of Tibet, the Chinese “liberation” and occupation of the country, and the Dalai Lama’s flight to India. I already knew the story but there were some things I wasn’t aware of and it was interesting to see it all put together.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I really wanted to like this. I tend to be pretty defensive when books I like are made into movies, but Douglas Adams’s involvement in this movie’s early stages made me optimistic. The reviews were very mixed, as I expected they would be, but from what I read about it I expected it to be decent, at the very least. Unfortunately, this was not the case. While I understand that some liberties need to be taken when translating a book to the screen, that doesn’t excuse inserting completely new things that don’t add a thing to the story. This includes, but is not limited to, the completely fabricated “love interest”. Arthur’s character from the book wasn’t captured at all accurately and, while Zaphod is supposed to be over-the-top, here’s he’s just obnoxious and annoying. I wanted to cry.

Comments

rachieo says:

i watched sidways a while back, and i really didn’t get what was SO GREAT about it. i didn’t hate it, it was just, eh. whatever. i’m basically indifferent. but pretty much everyone i talk to about it IS IN LOVE WITH IT. i just didn’t find it brilliant or anything.

i did just watch “crash”, which i thought was AMAZING…the way it was done was just…amazing. it is disturbing, though, so i gave it a four on netflix. i do think i should go back and change it to a five. it is the type of movie that i think is so well done and thought provoking, etc, but it is such disturbing subject matter that i am sort of loathe to recommend it to people.

also. i love special agent dale cooper. :)