Up in the Air

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The unbearable lightness of being.

Bottom Line: Recommended. Urbane fun. Great acting. Great dialog. Only us INTJ types will bristle at the message.

Juno

Friday, January 18th, 2008

A celebration of the functional family without any sticky sentiment.

Bottom line: Recommended

Pan’s Labyrinth

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Highly Recommended but not for everyone.

Match Point

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Do you have to sympathize with a character to find him interesting? I find myself attracted by otherness, an alien-ness that I don’t understand.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Friday, December 9th, 2005

The power of myth.

Recommended. Especially for literalists who want to understand the power of myth.

Infernal Affairs

Friday, May 27th, 2005

When you live a lie too long, how can you know the truth?

Bottom Line: Highly Recommended. See the original version, not the American remake.

Kung Fu Hustle

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Live action cartoon. I could not stop laughing. Belly-clutching, knee-slapping laughter. Absolutely preposterous.

Bottom Line: Recommended, but not for the kiddies. Violent.

Bright Young Things

Friday, September 24th, 2004

The Friday movie group consisted of me, AJM, and M2. First we dined at Manuel’s, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. (Katz’s is celebrating its 25th.) I’m sure my patronage has done a lot to keep them both in business. I’ve been a faithful consumer of both from the beginning.

Bottom Line: Not Recommended. Flat.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

AJM got home from work at 15:30. I had just finished painting the bedroom ceiling, showered, and was sitting wrapped in a towel, combing the tangles of of my hair. With the impulse of young lovers, we dashed to the Alamo Drafthouse at the Village to watch

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Bottom Line: Perfect fun.

LOTR: The Return of The King

Thursday, December 25th, 2003

Maybe it’s a guy thing.

Bottom Line. Inevitable. (And not in a good way.)

The surface and beneath the surface