Heights (11/7) – Nice little character drama about people waiting to start or accept their lives. Great performance by Glenn Close and others make this a must see if you’re a fan of character-driven stories.
Sanjuro (11/8) – The sequel of sorts to Yojimbo and another in my on again, off again Kurosawa movie education. Funny and stirring, it’s a fantastc movie, as are all by Kurosawa.
The Hulk (11/9) – Do I love this one or hate it? I can never tell and my opinion changes seven or eight times within the course of the movie. There are parts of it that are great (most of the scenes with Nick Nolte) and parts that are awful (Hulk dogs) but I think most of it is pretty good. That being said it’s very much a paycheck job for director Ang Lee. There’s nothing of the director’s vision in this movie, sorry. The comic panel presentation is pretty cool, though.
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (11/10) – This was really good. I expected to at least be somewhat disappointed in it, seeing as how I didn’t know how anyone could play Willy Wonka after Gene Wilder basically made the part his for all eternity in the original film. Johnny Depp, though, took the underlying misanthropy of Wilder’s incarnation and made it overt with a sense of glee. It’s not even that he’s so much misanthropic, it’s that he has no discernable social skills and so dislikes being around people. That’s what makes his revelation at the end all that much more moving. Very good outing for director Tim Burton as well. Nice to see him back on his game.
Ghostbusters (11/11) – “I’ve seen shit that will turn you WHITE!”
Real Genius (11/14) – One of the movies whose quotes pretty much got me through high school. Still a favorite. Also stop number two on my unofficial William Atherton movie marathon.
Ghostbusters 2 (11/16) – Not as good as the original (how could it be?) but still pretty good.
Intolerable Cruelty (11/16) – Very funny entry from the Coen Brothers. Not their strongest but plenty solid.
Constantine (11/17) – Not quite as awful as I thought it was going to be. The main problem is that Keanu Reeves is not a good enough actor to pull off “world-weary.” Instead it just comes off as “borderline comatose.” Never read the source comic but from what I’ve heard it’s quite a departure in terms of style and substance.
Dr. Strangelove (11/17) – “But he’ll see the big board.”
High & Low (11/19) – Excellent noir-ish entry by Kurosawa. Extremely moving.
The Idiot (11/22) – Probably the Kurosawa film that worked the least for me but still plenty worth seeing.