Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Easily the best film I've seen at the movies lately is Sin Nombre.
Saddled with the tag, "The greatest sin of all is risking nothing,", which is a big, fat. vomit-inducing cliche, it is most worthy of your patronage.
Imagine Once Were Warriors as a road movie, then add Emperor of the North, the great Ernest Borgine train flick, and elements of El Norte and Pixote. That's Sin Nombre.
It's not the bag of cliches the advertising suggests. It's gritty, violent, grim and authentic.
Nice job from director Cary Fukunaga.
I thought Little Miss Sunshine was a bit overrated. It wasn't a bad movie, but it wrote checks it couldn't cash, as many movies do.
Sunshine Cleaning, from the same producers, is a very decent drama about two sisters who suffer a bunch of personal tragedies before dipping their pinkies into the crime scene clean-up business. That entails mopping up blood, shit, assorted fluids, and colorful viscera.
It finds some comedy in this, but it's mostly serious. And what's wrong with that?
Some reviewers have complained that it doesn't know what it wants to be. I don't know what they're talking about. It knows what it wants to be. Its about life, for Chrissakes. Life IS funny and tragic and gross and sweet -- all on the same day sometimes. Why's that so hard to accept?
Amy Adams, who plays one of the sisters, is a really lickable actress; she's likable and super talented, too. She reminds me of a young Julie Hagerty, who was so great in Airplane! ('80)
Definitely worth catching.
Cliched retread of The Amityville Horror. I forgot about it ten seconds after I left the theatre.
I find the poster (especially as newspaper black and white) kind of sick and funny.
"Some things cannot be explained" the tag line says.
It's true. How does this guy explain why there is a giant turd monster attacking his mouth? Is this the next big thing after "Torture Porn"? Scat Horror?
The only thing worth knowing about Knowing is you don't want to know it.
It rewrites the book on contrived.
Considering all the money and trust director Alex Proyas has had thrown at him over the years, he should know when he's directing a piece of shit disguised as a script.