In my day movies cost $4.50, and they used real butter on popcorn

I am so far behind on movie reviews there’s little hope for me to get caught up. I’m thinking of starting a section that just lists every movie I get in from Netflix followed by a brief summary of my thoughts.Hmmm, we’ll see where that goes. In the meantime, here are the three latest flicks I’ve had the opportunity to check out:

The Village – M. Night is at it again, which makes for another must-see in my mind. And what can I say, Lisa and I loved it. It wasn’t the scariness of it (only a few scenes got me at all) or the twist ending (not very surprising, and only slightly relevent). No, once again it was the masterful way in which he tells a story. I was really interested in the characters and the story behind them. The creatures surrounding them were only a backdrop to the people’s lives. And as far as acting goes, Joaquin Phoenix has proven to be one of the best in the biz these day, and almost everybody seems to agree that Bryce Howard looks to be the next big thing. I don’t want to say anymore, because I might spoil it for some. But to be honest, even if you know any of the “twists”, it’s completely irrelevent. Just like the aliens in Signs were just props for a story of lost faith, so are the village and the creatures and exploration of the different forms of fear (and, I might add, an excellent commentary on society and government today).

The Bourne Supremacy – What can I say, The Bourne Identity was quite a surprising film and a sleeper hit. I finally picked it up on DVD after multiple cable viewings, and decided to take advantage of the free ticket included. Supremacy is an admirable followup to one of the best spy thrillers in recent years. Once again, the film includes some intense action (maybe a little too frantic at times) and amazing chases to pull together an intriguing plot. Diane Lane’s character was a great addition, as one of those “I’m not sure who’s good and who’s bad” types that just walked into a messed up situation. Brian Cox has gotten so good at playing a bastard it’s impressive. I also have to give Julia Stiles credit for sticking with two movies that gave her such a limited role, and still giving it her all. And I can grit my teeth and sneer all I like, but Matt Damon is actually a good action hero. Dammit. Anyway, if you liked the first one, you’ll like this one, too.

The Station Agent – Possibly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in a long time. Seriously, I don’t think I could even begin to exaggerate how wonderfully beautiful, funny, witty, touchy, and real this movie is. I will be purchasing it at my earliest convenience and making room for it in my top 20 movies list (the one in my head that is). Peter Dinklage is absolutely perfect as a lone little person (I never know what term to use) who just wants to be left alone. At least, that’s what he thinks. And the lovely Patricia Clarkson puts together another stunning job, this time as a woman afraid to let her life continue after losing her son and her marriage. But what brings them together is the brilliant performance Bobby Cannavale as the loud and overly friendly Joe. Even though he’s a grown man, he still gives off this childlike wonder and acceptance that makes those around him realize how important human contact is. If you haven’t seen it yet, just go out and rent it now. A stunning film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing since I first saw it’s trailer (more than a year and a half ago) and can honestly say that I was not only not disappointed, but absolutely thrilled with the results.

Ok, I think that’s all for now. Like I said, there are so many more spread out of the last few months that I need to come up with a new way of posting them. Perhaps this weekend will deliver some free time 🙂 .

3 thoughts on “In my day movies cost $4.50, and they used real butter on popcorn”

  1. Thanks for your reviews. Most movies still are not even advertised here in Germany. I already saw the trailer for the ‘station agent’ – and I looked very promising. ‘The Village’ … hmmm … I am way to afraid of anything horror … the trailer gave me the creeps …

  2. I have no clue what foreign movie markets are like. I used to assume that they were close to America with a few more… well they wouldn’t really be foreign at that point… films. Then I began to realize that a lot of films here aren’t released elsewhere (at least not right away), and there are tons of films that never come out over here.

    One of the perfect examples is right out of Germany – Lola rennt. Through word of mouth it eventually got well known even in the States, but Tykwer follow-up, Der Krieger und die Kaiserin, was almost impossible to find even though, IMNSHO, it was the better film. I really wish the markets overlapped more.

    As far as The Village, I love to have a little bit of a scare. That’s the most it provides. It’s far from a real horror movie, but it has some brilliant scenes that will make you gasp, and then it goes on with the storyline.

  3. Well, our movie theaters and tv stations mostly show US stuff. If you interested in some excellent old german stuff watch: M and Doctor Calligary – both from Fritz Lang.

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