Thursday, October 06, 2005


Okay, let's get this biznatch out of the way, in two really-really-rapid-fire movie reviews in which I will attempt to do in the shortest whole sentences possible:

The Island
I saw two different movies. The first one was a really bad sci-fi movie. it sucked. The second one was a pretty fun Michael Bay action movie. Come to find out they were both actually the same movie. This kind of cheapened the second one, making it feel slightly mediocre. But you aren’t seeing this movie for the sci-fi, are you? Just do yourself a favor, and come to the showing an hour late.

Murderball will either sound like a very base, immature, jackass-esque film best for it’s power to offend, or an overly sappy, melodramatic “triumph-of-the human spirit” film. It’s neither. Rather, it’s one of the best films of the year. For those of you who don't know (which I'm assuming is most of you), it's a non-fiction film about quadriplegics playing wheelchair rugby (also known as Murderball). Don't bother re-reading that last read it right. Despite what you may think, I cannot stress how amazing this movie was. Perhaps it was just in comparison to how it sounds, but still--highly recommended.

(this was scribbled on a piece of paper in the projection booth during the second showing of this movie, so it may be a bit longer than the other ones. I’ll just put word-for-word what I wrote there.)

I don’t usually like movies with “political” themes. And from what I had heard about Crash, it sounded like a politically themed movie. But I went to see it anyway—just because literally EVERY person I met who had seen it was completely gushing about it from the moment it was mentioned (that, and I happened to be projecting it at Parmer Cinema).

And let me tell you—Crash is one of the best movies this year so far (up there with Batman Begins and Murderball). It deals with a quote-unquote “political” theme, racism, but deals with it in a very non-political way. You don’t feel like you’re being sledge-hammered over the head with the director’s political views, rather you feel much more like you’re watching an accurate representation of REAL LIFE. You feel that these people are just so incredibly real, and simply reacting to their environment in a realistic way. Racism is more or less just shown here; and shown for what it is.

Also, I can’t talk about this movie at any length without mention it’s resemblance to another little multi-protagonist film called magnolia. There are many similarities, as far as no specific protagonist, and the presence of a large ensemble cast, but I feel that crash does an infinitely better job at this than Magnolia did. Both films supposedly show the interconnectedness between seemingly random people, but Crash does it much less confusingly, much less heavy-handedly, and—in my opinion—much less pretentiously.

Final Verdict
See this film as soon as humanly possible. Heads up: there is violence, a whole lot of language, and some nudity, so I wouldn’t recommend this film for absolutely everybody. But I think that this may turn out to be a very important film for this generation, and I would highly recommend a viewing.

CODA:And of course, I just saw another movie--Junebug. I liked it, but I really don't feel like writing a whole assesment of it right now. Maybe some other day. In other news, I just saw Fargo again and decided it's now on my top list of movies. For now, I'm hoping to actually WRITE on this blog. As opposed to putting off boring you all with my thoughts on movies. Cheerio!