mad hot ballroom

I saw Mad Hot Ballroom (check out all the trailers, not just the new one.) yesterday. What a wonderful, wonderful movie. Easily one of the best of the year and it should get an Oscar nomination for best documentary.

You don’t just follow these kids on their dancing journey, you grow with them. A really uplifting movie. If you don’t get a chance to see it in the movies, then this is the type of movie you’ll want to own when it comes out on DVD because this film will capture your heart.

war of the worlds

Pure escapism… especially during these times when the enemy is within.

I took a break from karl rove and bush’s treason and a press collaborating with them to see a movie yesterday based appropriately on a 1950s sensibility. I went to see War of the Worlds.

I don’t know what the critics said, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself with the exception that it has a typical Spielberg ending. Pure escapism… especially during these times when the enemy is really within.

enron movie

Go see it if you can.

I went to the movies today and saw a very good documentary called Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. I wanted to see it because someone had told me that it explains what they did in terms that anyone can understand. This turned out to be true and in addition, it has the bonus of some really cool music (I really liked the song played during the end credits – reminded me of Cabaret).

Go see it if you can.

the oscars

I still think Clint Eastwood’s best directorial display was for Unforgiven, and M$B doesn’t hold a candle to that movie. it’s not that it’s a bad movie, it is just kinda formulaic.

I saw Million Dollar Baby last weekend and it is a well crafted movie with strong performances by Morgan Freeman and Hillary Swank. It was not however, in my opinion, the best picture of the year and I hadn’t even seen all of the nominations. I still think Clint Eastwood’s best directorial display was for Unforgiven, and M$B doesn’t hold a candle to that movie. it’s not that it’s a bad movie, it is just kinda formulaic.

The most overlooked picture was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Smart, well written, good performances especially by Kate Winslet (and Jim Carrey is held in check). Buy it for your collection.

And another thing. How is it that House of Flying Daggers does not win for special effects or cinematography? What a beautifully shot film. Go see it or buy it.

I like Sean Penn, but is he really that dense, that he can’t laugh at a joke about (I’m guessing his friend) Jude Law? Anyone know if it’s true that Robin Williams was censored last night?

Meanwhile, I wonder how much flack Chris Rock will get for his on target description of the bush administration. I thought the routine was hilarious.

the incredibles and the not so

I saw a wonderful movie this week. The Incredibles. I know there are a whole bunch of people who don’t particularly like animations, but you’ll really enjoy this one… really!!! I really loved the whole James Bond venue when they are on the island and fashion designer, Edna is hilarious. This movie supplied a much needed lightening up. See it and enjoy yourself.

Meanwhile…

If you should run into any right wingers who have pulled their heads out of the sand long enough to screech that the soldier who asked rumsfeld a difficult question was coached by a reporter, you might want to ask them what role the reporter played in getting all the other soldiers to applaud the question enthusiastically.

lotsa movies

What I found most interesting, that is, what all these movies had in common was that they did not find it necessary to tie all the “ending” elements together in a nice comfortable bow. Interestingly, the most recent one made is Halloween, from 1978.

Where to begin… I saw two movies the other day. One mainstream and one indy. Also, a couple of weekends ago, I managed to squeeze four films on television into one day. The two thearter viewings were Kinsey, and Bad Education. Both fine and interesting films… neither for the kids (thank God for movies geared toward adults).

I’ll start with the four TV movies. With the exception of one, all were revisits for me. They were (seen in this order):

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Ray

I saw the movie Ray today, and am I glad I did. Jamie Foxx should be nominated for an academy award for this one. In fact I can’t think of any actor in this movie that did not do a superb job. The music, of course, was fantastic since it was Ray Charles singing (I think, however, that Jamie Foxx performed “Hit the Road Jack”. At least I thought I saw that in the music credits).

Anyway, Ray is a must see! I give it 4-5 stars