Saturday, September 30, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #7

More dangerous than a bottle of painkillers and less coherent than Terrell Owens' publicist: it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

Cheats: Four guys cheat through high school; hijinxs ensue. More of a series of loosely-connected scenes than a complete story. Some of the more stylish shots work well. However, there's never a real build-up of conflict or emotion. Not enough comedy. People don't act sensibly in this movie; they are caricatured to artificially move the plodding plot along. (**)

Detective Story: Good doses of comedy and drama in this 50's melodrama. Kirk Douglas and a strong supporting cast experience a hectic and hallowing day inside a NYPD precinct. Felt a little longer. On more than a few occasions the dialogue was awkward and unintentionally funny, which blunted whatever emotional momentum the story had building. (****)

Auto Focus: Greg Kinnear is the late Bob Crane, who played the titular character in the 70's TV show Hogan's Heroes. Willem Dafoe acts as the devious sex addict who helps Crane descend into immortality and destitution. Sometimes the story moves along briskly, sometimes too briskly. Too many conflicts are solved too quickly and easily, causing the last third of the film to falter. (***)

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