Re: [terrencemalick] OT: Movie Trip
- Dear Friends,
You know the drill...
Last Sunday I saw "The Bread, My Sweet", which has been on an extended stay
here in KC the last few weeks. Evidently this film was made in 2000 but is
only now getting some play. It is the story of Dominic (played by Scott
Baio of "Happy Days" fame) and his two brothers (one a playboy, the other
mentally challenged). They own a bakery below an old Italian couple, who
have become their surrogate parents. When Bella (the old woman) is
diagnosed with terminal cancer, Dominic decides to convince her only
daughter to marry him as a dying wish for Bella. What follows is a very
enjoyable movie experience. The story is predictable and somewhat
formulaic, but this does not detract from the film at all--this movie is
about the performances. Krintin Minter as Lucca (the daughter), John Seitz
as Massimo (Bella's husband), Shuler Hensley as the challenged brother Pino,
and Rosemary Prinz as Bella all give good performances. But the great
surprise here is Scott Baio. Who knew Chachi could act, but he does, and he
does quite well. Not once did I think I was watching Chachi in this
movie--he was Dominic and he played him very believeably. See this movie
for his performance alone. I liked this movie. It is subtler than Greek
Wedding, but it also is, dare I say, sweeter. And the food in this film
looks fantastic. Full price admission and an order of bischotti worthy, no
Next, I saw an advanced screening of "The Life of David Gale" starring Kevin
Spacey, Laura Linney and Kate Winslett. Now, I do not support the death
penalty, but while watching this movie, it made me reconsider... for myself
for sitting through it. This movie, to put it tactfully, SUCKS THAT BLUE
WHALE'S FATHER!!! (Wayne's World reference). I was SOOOO disappointed in
this movie. The dialogue was cheesy and horrible, the acting was bad, and
the direction was frustrating. Even the character names were bad (Kate
Winslett, the well-respected news reporter whom David Gale will only talk
to, is named "Bitsy"). And the really disappointing part is that they
"poorly executed" a subject that is really important and the story, despite
how they filmed, had a lot of potential. It even has a nice twist in the
end, although it is about as twisted and surprising as a 12-mile bend on a
stretch of Kansas highway. DO NOT go see this film. It is a huge
disappointment and will last in theaters about as long as David Gale does in
OK, on that light note, until next time...
Take care, friends,
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- And you all thought I was too busy to write something. Well...
The list has been very silent as of late so I am going to break the silence,
Of course, as anyone who remembers my first few months of postings, would
there be any place I would have been other than at the local cinema last
Thursday for the opening of "The Matrix Reloaded"? Uh... no. And, after
all the hype, all the anticipation, all the expectations, I have to say...
plug me in, baby! I really liked Reloaded. It is not as surprisingly good
as the original but that's the thing about expectations. But it surpasses
the original in many ways. It continues the spiritual undertones in the
story, and even to a place I did not expect, and makes me hungry for the
conclusion in November. Plus, it has just about the best F/X this side of
Skywalker Ranch. In fact, it makes George Lucas look childish in
comparison. The Burly Brawl, the car chase, and the final showdown scenes
are top notch and have you mesmerized from roundhouse kick one. A lot of
critics have disliked the whole rave-in-a-cave Zion sequence but I liked it.
C'mon guys, the world has been destroyed and overrun by machines, people
are going to be a bit retro in their look. But the ingenious thing about
this film is that they made it just vague enough that you have to see it
several times to catch all that's going on and just clear enough to make you
HAVE to see the sequel. Marketing 101--give 'em a taste and they'll demand
more. Anyway, "Reloaded" is great all around and well worth full movie
price. Note: for anyone who has not seen "The Matrix", you must see it
before you see "Reloaded" or you will have very little clue as to what is
OK, what else have I seen... I saw "A Mighty Wind" last week. I liked this
movie as well. Not as edgy as 'Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show", but
the music is great and the performances are spot on. Catherine O'Hara even
has an outside shot at a supporting actress nomination (if anyone remembers
by then). It's a toe-tappin' good time. Worth full price.
After getting caught up in the Matrix phenomenon last week, I rented the
Japanese anime films "Ghost in the Shell" and "Akira" this weekend. I
really need to see more of these fillms. Every time I see one, I am so
impressed by what I see ("Metropolis" is STILL the most visually stunning
movie I have ever seen). These two have been cited as inspirations for "The
Matrix" and you can definitely see the influence. Especially in "Ghost in
the Shell", where exact scenes have been lifted. I liked both of these
films, although they never fully give an explanation as to what is going on
(which is always my favorite part of the story--the "why and how"). I
recommend these two if you have not seen them. Impressive shows. Well
worth the rental price.
Well, that's it for now. I have rented quite a few things over the past few
months but nothing worth mentioning at this point. Until next time...
Take care, friends,
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