Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Valentin; My Own Private Idaho; Bus 174; Heathers - Not Losing Steam

I suppose the posts have been slowing down, but I'll have you know that I am not losing steam. Perhaps the early enthusiasm to get down everything as quickly as possible has worn off, but I have finally embraced the reality that it will take a very long time to get caught up with my queue, so I might as well take it easy. I wouldn't want to get burned out.

Movie: Valentin
My Rating: 2 stars

Ok, as you may have learned by now, I am quite biased toward foreign films. However, every now and then, I will encounder a foreign film so mediocre that even I can't ignore the fact that it is kinda lame. This movie had a lot of potential. A cute little boy with big glasses who likes to talk to everyone. A single dad who uses this little boy as bait for lovely young women. How can you go wrong? Apparantly it is possible. This movie just slogged along and couldn't make up its mind as to whether it was a comedy or a bitter shot of reality. I think directors should make up their minds with regards to the genre they are filming. Otherwise, the audience is so distracted trying to figure out what is expected of them that they miss the whole story. I suppose the director wanted to teach the viewers a lesson that even if you have a cute kid who is a chick magnet, that you will still end up an overweight, depressed, Argentinian man, who is destined for loneliness. I suppose you can't win them all.

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Movie: My Own Private Idaho
My Rating: 3 stars

Apparantly this movie is a slice of pop culture that is not to be missed (so said some of my friends in school). I suppose they were right, but this film is certainly bizarre. It stars a young Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix as male prostitutes in Seattle. Only River Phoenix is apparantly the product of an illicit affair between his mother and brother, so he suffers from the expected mental disabilities (seizures and the like). This crazy duo goes on a search for his mother and encounter all sorts of trouble and diversions on the way. I guess it is less about the plot, and more about the atmosphere the movie creates. Very interesting. Only marginally disturbing. Very educational about the lives of male street prostitutes in Seattle. I suppose it will add to your cultural literacy too. I will cautiously recommend this one to those of you who find my short synopsis interesting.

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Movie: Bus 174
My Rating: 1 star

Very disappointing. After watching City of God and Carandiru, I totally got into movies about Brazilian street culture. So when the Netflix marketing team suggested this movie to me, I cheerfully added it to my queue. I should have known better than to think that all movies from the same genre were equally as interesting. This one was certainly not as riveting as the other two. It was a pretty low budget documentary about a city bus that got hijacked by a street kid. It relied purely on news footage and merely added a cheap narration. It pretty much just showed you what you would have seen on TV and added almost no analysis or thoughtful commentary. DO NOT waste a valuable Netflix slot on this one. Very bad.

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Movie: Heathers
My Rating: 4 stars

I added this one because all of a sudden everyone was talking about it and I had no idea what they were talking about. This is a classic 80s teen revenge movie that you should see so that you can catch all the pop culture references people make to it. It is a pretty funny black comedy. Mean Girls, but just about everyone gets killed at the end. But in a funny way. It stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater before he became a paunchy old lech. Sure, the movie is all 80s and everyone's hair is terrible, but really, it is worth a watch. I hate 80s teen movies. They are so trite and sappy. but his is hilarious. So irreverant, and I'm pretty sure that it is poking fun at at the whole teen movie genre.

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