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Old March 5 2010, 07:35 PM   #293
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]
Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
Sunshine [C]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [ B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]
Starship Troopers [A]
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
Altered States [A]
Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
Renaissance [ B]
District 9 [ B]
The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]

Powaqqatsi: Neither the images nor the music are anywhere near as iconic as the first Qatsi film. Mostly, Glass alternates between two musical ideas, an eastern-sounding piece that I don't find particularly innovative and another piece which I would have enjoyed more if I hadn't grown up listening to James Horner's rip-off from a year later over the end credits of Glory. I also wasn't moved by the odd video effects which used images from television--they seemed very out of place juxtaposed with the rest of the film's imagery. Really, the only complete sequence that captivated me was the one near the end which ends with the poster image of the young boy being consumed by dust as a truck drives by.

The Goods: Terrible comedy more likely written by a committee of producers than the credited screenwriters. I laughed a few times, sure, but the movie takes every joke it has and keeps going with it until I stopped laughing. Such a waste of a good cast, too.
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