And we’re back!
Sorry for the delay. A pressing family matter kept me preoccupied all of yesterday. To make up for it, we’ll be posting part 3 later today, keeping everything on schedule.
Now on with the show:
Taos: That first section with so little dialogue really proves Pixar’s ability for storytelling. Plus, the frickin guy is heartwarmingly adorable.
David: Didn’t fulfill the promise of its superb first act. Instead, we’re dealt a less engaging social commentary that sacrifices much of the emotional pull. Still, a fairly strong movie with a few beautiful moments and some bright, occasionally dreamlike animation.
David: First I’ll start by saying this was the best midnight showing I’ve ever been apart of; a thank you to Amarillo, Texas. Second, I was wrong in not voting this movie higher up the list. Now, I could spend this space and more defending my love for this movie: its detractors always find the need to disparage it. But I’m tired. Is it the Superman movie I would make? No. (Perhaps you’ll see if it I ever get the chance.) Was it what people wanted or asked for? No, mostly not. But then that wasn’t the point, was it? Superman Returns, Bryan Singer’s vision, his love letter to classic adventure serials and Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman – The Movie in particular (a movie that I grew up with close to my heart), gets its interpretation of the character so startlingly right that I’ll never understand the… not criticism, but HATE it provokes and endures. I’ve thought of, read, watched, seen, written and listened to Superman a thousand different ways. Anytime he is dreamt up with such sure clarity, I’m consumed by the imagination central to the character itself.
Taos: This plays worse and worse every time I see it. So, Superman raped Lois, right?
[Editor’s note – sorry, couldn’t find an English language trailer. But this one helps set the tone, so no worries]
David: Memories of Murder, a deconstruction of police procedurals, is one of those exceedingly rare thrillers that remembers to actually thrill. It always stays a step ahead of the audience. Funny, frightening, suspenseful, at times uncomfortable, and just enough insane, director Bong Joon-ho is on top of it all (as always). This flick just exudes atmosphere (see it during a good evening rain). And that ending: !!!
Taos: Interesting little flick about a rural Korean serial killer. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it.
Taos: This was the first musical to prove itself as a legitimate storytelling medium. The songs are memorable and the performances are great. Totally earned the Oscar that year.
David: I’m not a musical kind of guy. Leave that shite to kiddy pictures and Kevin Smith. Who by the way, though I’m regretting not including Clerks 2, doesn’t make our list. But one fantastic fucking honorable mention goes out to SModcast. A round of applause, everyone! [Editor’s note: what the hell is up with that random Taye Diggs cameo at the end of the trailer?]
David: In composing our list of 50 films, this was the one that made me stop and say, “I want to watch this again right this moment.” Roger Ebert’s immediate response, as it occasionally is, was absolutely accurate. It’s the best movie Eastwood has ever directed, better than Unforgiven even. This month-long production is a master class. If you afford it the label as I do, it’s the best ‘boxing’ movie ever made. And to top it all off: has a damn perfect ending. (I haven’t seen Ray, so I can’t yet say, but I also believe this to be Eastwood’s best performance and thought it should’ve been awarded as such.)
Taos: Not so enjoyable knowing the liberties taken with the true story. Almost a disgrace to the actual person. Still, Eastwood is amazing as always on both sides.
And, even though it’s just a dash down the page, in case you’ve missed it so far, here’s Part 1.