The American

February 3, 2011

Giles Keyte/Focus Features

There are few films I consider “perfect,” but some come close: The Fountain, Chunking Express, Oldboy, There Will be Blood, etc.

Is The American perfect? Objectively, not a chance. But for the audience of one, me, it remains difficult to pin down anything I didn’t like about the film.

It is brilliantly paced. I wholeheartedly enjoyed not being distracted by extraneous dialogue, which gave me the opportunity to study each scene meticulously.  Every single shot, word, musical note, etc. is never unnecessary. The film rewards attention. It not only rewards attention but demands it. Let it take you in.

The cast: amazing. Clooney, phenomenal. Violante Placido, perfect. The rest, outstanding.

Various platitudes aside, this film is not for everyone. It requires the correct frame of mind. If I impart one thing to you it is to prepare your mind beforehand. Do not expect an action film or a thriller. It is a character study of a mysterious man on a “last job.” Soak in the process he takes. Admire the beautiful Italian landscape.

I recommend pairing it with cup of Italian roast coffee—perhaps a French press full. Any “cool” drink is also acceptable, e.g., dry Martini. But do not overindulge, for The American requires your full attention.


Fantastic Mr. Fox Trailer No. 2

September 30, 2009

Click here.

Now that’s a darn good trailer.

Taos — are we allowed to draft films before they come out?  😀

The Men Who Stare at Goats first trailer

August 28, 2009

I love the concept here and have been eager to get a glance at this one for a while.  It’s maybe more tame than I’d like, but I wouldn’t say it disappoints either.

There’s one actor in particular who, and I think you’ll know precisely to whom I’m referring, I had no idea was signed to this project but makes me all the more excited for it (don’t glance at the credits until watching the trailer so as not to spoil the potential surprise).

Head on over to Apple to take a look for yourself.

[trailer bulletin climax] Fantastic Mr. Fox

July 31, 2009

I think I can speak for the both of us when I say we love us some Wes Anderson, and this film does not look to disappoint. Just check out the trailer HERE.


Thoughts, opinions, complaints, hate, love?