Saturday, September 16, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #5

More potent than Louisville's offense, more insightful that Ron Jaworski's analysis and more valuable than Rick DiPietro's contract: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings:

Imitation of Life: A romantic melodrama. This movie feels like an epic, given the scope and length of the story. The characters are mined for emotions, especially Juanita Moore, who gives a stirring, Oscar-nominated performance as an overworked and underloved maid. Director Douglas Sirk gives the film a sharp visual style. The ending falters. (****)

2001: A Space Odyssey: An ambitious, ambiguous sci-fi flick that deals with mankind's genesis and perhaps its destiny. The first and third chapters are slow. Shots constantly drag on endlessly. Stanley Kubrick clearly fell in love with the images. It's hard to blame him, however, considering the production design and visuals are among the most spectacular ever photographed. (*****)

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