Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
I have to tell you, I tend to really hate techno-thriller Christmas. Why is this becoming a subgenre? On the other hand, there's some genuine emotion and humor that undercuts the sentiment in here, and frankly I think there's nothing that Aardman can't make charming. Not destined to become one of my staples, but it's got a nice voice cast and some lovely animated sequences. ***

THE SPECIALIST (1994)
Oh, good god. Sleazy actors and slick direction try to make a lurid action drama with no story, no characters, and no coherence. This is like watching the third part of a trilogy. Beyond bad. Really, just... no. Zero stars.

MADE IN USA (1966)
Interesting political noir by Godard; not one of his best works, but an interesting mish-mash of style and dialogue, all held together by some great cinematography and Anna Karina in a smooth performance. Not a masterpiece, but oddly compelling. ***1/2

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