Two short, lazy-ass film reviews: one in theaters and one on DVD

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:  I went last night.  I was tired, I drank half-price hot sake at a Japanese restaurant before going to the theater, the film was subtitled, it was two and a half hours long, and I stayed awake for the whole thing. That means it was, at the very least, a good film.

The Boat That Rocked: The Movie That Sucked.

What films have you seen lately? Leave short, lazy-ass reviews in the comments.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/28/10 at 07:23 AM • Permalink

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Kick Ass: this movie kicked ass.  No really.

Kick Ass: this movie kicked ass.  No really.

No disagreement there. If they had let Hit-Girl loose on “the boat that rocked” it would have been a much better film.

Not a damn thing—except Ran at a revival house. Turns out that there is an entire Kurosawa Festival happening next month, too. I plan to hunker down for as much of that as possible.

Kevin, I know you’re not a theater person, but you have to see Chad Deity—honest to cripes. The Second Stage blurb doesn’t do it justice. I saw the Chicago run with the same director and much of the same cast, and it was one of the best things I’ve seen in years.

Comment by Oblomova on 04/28/10 at 08:24 AM

a.k.a. Pirate Radio. I was really disappointed in that one - so much potential, given the subject matter and cast.

Kevin, I know you’re not a theater person

I actually ran a box office for a well-regarded rep theater many moons ago, so I guess at one point in my life I was a theater person. I loves me some Anne Bogart.

Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll definitely check it out. Looks great.

I was really disappointed in that one - so much potential, given the subject matter and cast.

Exactly. I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman to death, but after that film and Almost Famous, I’m going to avoid any film about rock that features him.

We watched “Moon” over the weekend. It was released in June, 2009 and I had never heard of it. We streamed it from Netflix and we loved it.

Low budget, a couple of actors (Kevin Spacey is a robot-voice) and a very cool story about a guy working on the moon. I can’t share much about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s rated 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and won several British film awards. Highly recommend!

I also saw Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Me: when the punk lifestyle hits a Swedish murder mystery in a gothic setting, hilarity is bound to ensue. Her: your penance for taking me to see this is one chick flick, and I don’t even like chick flicks.

Also, a surprising number of scenes feature the Mac logo.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

We watched “Moon” over the weekend.

I will check that out.  Thx!

Also, a surprising number of scenes feature the Mac logo.

Yeah, I noticed that, too.

Funny, though, Chris was the one who really wanted to see the film. She recently devoured Larsson’s first two books in the trilogy and now she’s tearing through a galley copy she got of the third (which I think is officially being released next month).

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:Very unoriginal plot, your average TV cop show does it better and in much less time.

This has been out for a while but we just saw District 9.  loved it.  The turn the story took was a total surprise which made it fun to watch.

I was planning on seeing a matinee of “How to Train Your Dragon” until they used that exact activity as a “Liz has a pathetic social life” punchline on 30 Rock.

Netflix has provided me with The General, Flags of our Fathers, In Bruges and Letters from Iwo jima over the past few weeks.

The General, starring Brendan Gleason was ... meh, you’ll recognize the plot and the tension, although, Jon Voight is pretty damned good.

In Bruges was very good (although Colin Farrell is fucking annoying, Gleason is very good, as is Ralph Fiennes).

FoF was a story I knew very well and it bored me.

Letters From Iwo Jima was very interesting and worth a watch.

Also, Sophie Scholl is most definitely worth watching, it’s a German film set during WW2.

Inglorious Basterds sucked.

K, I’d forgotten about your time at the regional. I too like Anne Bogart—and just saw some shows Tina Landau directed over the weekend. Hit me back when you see Chad Deity because I’d love to hear your take on it.

Just saw Crash for the firs time recently.  I’m pretty sure the best picture award was ironic…

In Bruges was very good

I told you. One of the most underrated films of the last few years.

Just finally got around to watching Fantastic Mr. Fox, after letting the dvd languish on a shelf.

Visually striking, snappy dialogue, both clever and poignant. Loved it.

Rewatched The Big Lebowski the other day; still fantastic. But you know, that’s just, you know, like my opinion.

Hot Socket reference.

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