"Crash"...burned 11/23/2007

Ohh imagine my excitement as I sat down this Friday evening to watch what is said to be the best film of 2006 (I mean it won the Oscar for Best Picture so how can't it be amazing?). But before I get into that let me just give you all a synopsis first: (taken from movies.aol.com)

Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

I wouldn't say it was a complete waste of time and I am glad that I finally got to see it. But truthfully though I can't say this film was horrible and that it doesn't have heart or at least tries to be good I just couldn't fall for it no matter how hard I tried (and I really did try) I just didn't believe it, and though it is nice when seemingly completely unrelated stories intervene it is a very hard thing to accomplish without having it seem like completely b.s. or way too coincidental. I found a bit of the former and a lot of the latter in this movie.  All I can say since this film did in fact win Best Picture last year and was liked/loved by most critics is that you should see it for yourself and form your own opinions. I'd personally suggest a viewing of "Night on Earth" but everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

Crash: B-/C+

Unlucky # Seven 11/21/2007

The follow is a review of the 2006 film "Lucky Number Slevin"

Here is a brief synopsis of the "plot" (taken from movies.aol.com):

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of New York City's rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them...before they get him.

Ohh...where to begin with this convoluted piece of shit. First of all even if you can get passed the fact that more or less everything that occurs in the film is completely coincidental and simply preposterous at the end its still a shitty simple action film. Add on to this the fact that the "bad guys" are portrayed by two amazing actors (Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley) makes this even worse. Many times I say about certain films: "Well the film wasn't good but at least the actors were." In this case it would be better if the actors were less known to me because watching such good and distinguished in such shitty roles is just simply painful. A few funny, smart lines but mostly crap.

Lucky Number Slevin: D (60)


I've recently seen two films titled "Being John Malkovich" and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" both aren't really what you'd call a conventional movie.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

I loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I thought it was one of the funniest films I have seen in years and though there were numerous cliched parts the writers knew those parts were cilched and actually admitted them to the audience and from that point built on them making even the worst parts great. If you know me and have a sense of humor somewhat similar to mine then this film is a must see but truthfully I am not sure if this film would appeal to everyone.

God, where to begin with Being John Malkovich. Well I recently watched (for the first time) The Big Lebowski and I thought that was the craziest film I ever saw. Well, I was wrong. This is most certainly, the craziest film I ever saw it will leave you either thinking, slightly/very profoundly confused, slightly/very profoundly disgusted, slightly/very profoundly angry at me for telling you about this, and most likely a little bit from all of those categories. Its a crazy, crazy film and I can't really say that I liked it at all or hated it completely all I can say is its different and if you want to see it at least know that it won't be a complete waste of time cause I am pretty sure you will never again see anything like this.

(The trailers for both of these films can be found below)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: A-

John Malkovich: C- (I think)


(The video above is a trailer for Gone Baby Gone)

Synopsis (taken from www.movies.aol.com):

'Gone Baby Gone' is Ben Affleck’s directorial debut and is based on the novel from the acclaimed author of 'Mystic River.' It is an intense look inside an ongoing investigation about the mysterious disappearance of a little girl. Two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) are hired to take a closer look at the case and soon discover that nothing is what it seems. Ultimately, they will have to risk everything -- their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives -- to find a little girl lost. The film also stars Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman
('Million Dollar Baby') and Academy Award Nominee Ed Harris ('Pollack').

Now let me just start out with two things. First of all from the synopsis this seems a bit formulaic (detectives looking for a missing child ohhh never seen that before) but it is not. The movie is very well done with many different plot twists that keep you guessing. Also the movie is made so that after seeing it you and whoever you saw it with will probably have a good long argument about the ending and the various actions that different characters take. Second of all I know many people will see directed by Ben Affleck as a huge turnoff, but I am begging you please do not let the fact that he is a director make you not want to see this film, if anything its a good things that he is the director since the film (which is shot in his hometown of Boston) depicts the life in that part of the city very genuinely. Overall its a great film with wonderful performances by Casey Affleck (Ben's brothers) Michelle Monaghan (from the film 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' expect a blog about that either later today or tomorrow) Morgan Freeman (who I love no matter where he is, well except Evan Almighty even with Freeman and Carell there is no chance I am going to see that film) and especially Ed Harris who gave, in my opinion, the strongest performance out of everyone (and thats saying quite a bit when every actor in the film is so talented). Nevertheless, if you had to choose I would say go see Clayton first (but both films are great).


Rating:A- (90)