Resolution challenge: final movie update (#s 45-51)

5 Jan

Breaking Away

Think of The Outsiders, with a bicycling competition replacing the rumble. Though it’s dated and relatively corny, I found myself surprisingly pleased with this one. And apparently, it’s something of a classic. Grade: B+

The Weather Man

A dry comedy about a dolt of a weatherman trying to hang with his teenage kids and impress his cranky father, The Weather Man was close to awesome but not quite. Thing is, if you’re trying to portray your main character as a shallow simpleton, you can’t have his narration explaining deeper feelings. And if your point is to show that the main character has deeper feelings, you can’t have him acting like a shallow simpleton. It’s one or the other, and since the movie didn’t choose, the final product was compromised. It had its moments though. Grade: B-

Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon recounts the true story of a daylong hostage situation after a NYC bank robbery gone slightly awry. Al Pacino was pretty terribly miscast (the real bank robber was a teenage bisexual) but the whole of the movie is engaging and real despite the slow pacing. A classic for a reason. Grade: B+

Diner

A bunch of twentysomethings in the ‘50s sit around and discuss their futures. It’s like the innocent, generational precursor to Beautiful Girls. I found it innocuous and rather meh. Grade: C

The Savages

I’m usually a fan of true-to-life, nothing-really-happens movies, but sometimes the spirit of that genre goes too far. The Savages is one of those movies. Life happens, but in such a plodding, disinteresting way that I fell asleep 2/3rds of the way through and had no desire to go back and watch what I missed. Something about Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as adult siblings dealing with a senile dad. Grade: C

Slumdog Millionaire

Full review here. Grade: B+

Love and Death
Love and Death, a Woody Allen film, is part slapstick, part satire. Quintessential Woody, with a bit of silly comedy thrown in. Not much more to say about it. I’m sure you’ve all decided long ago whether or not you like his films, and while this is one of his better ones, it won’t sway any Allen haters. Grade: B+

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One Response to “Resolution challenge: final movie update (#s 45-51)”

  1. lattewarrior January 6, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    I’m a sucker for Laura Linney (sneaky sexy) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (very unsexy) so I enjoyed The Savages slightly more than B. did. If you’re looking for more PSH, check out 2007’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

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