Monday, July 9, 2007

Movies watched over the weekend

Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007)
I liked the first Fantastic Four movie, though it's no Spider Man, it's still good in it's own right as a summer popcorn movie. This one had a couple tiny twists I didn't see coming though it was pretty fun throughout. 'B'

Closely Watched Trains (1966)
A simple young man with family history of laziness get a job that doesn't require much on his part, yet he achieves much in one simple act that will be remembered after he is gone. That almost didn't happen since he almost took his life for feeling inadequate. The young women in Germany controlled Czechoslovakia are very beautiful in this film as well. This simple black and white film with interesting characters and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film stays with you after you watch it. 'B'

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
What a visually beautiful film! Especially knowing that it was shot 70 years ago. This is without seeing it on dvd or in High-Definition where it probably looks stunning as a remastered print. It's also very fun. There is an innocence and confidence in these characters you don't see anymore that are the values I would like to see a little more in people and characters these days. 'B+'

Gray Matters (2007)
Heather Graham, who is not getting much respect in Hollywood since after Boogie Nights. She plays Gray, a sister that finds out she is gay and falling in love with her brothers wife. Ok this movie is very unrealistic and was panned by critics, but I thought the story was cute and the strong cast did well. I didn't take it serious at all, and decided to just be entertained by a cast that I enjoy immensely. Apart from Graham, there is Tom Cavanagh, Molly Shannon (whom all been on Scrubs), Bridget Moynahan, Alan Cumming, and Sissy Spacek. I believe this film comes across as somewhat a personal piece for first time writer/director Sue Kramer. Though there are better coming out movies, this one is light and humorous with it's personal discovery. 'B'