Saturday, October 14, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #9

Almost as exciting as the combined entertainment value of a MLB rain delay, NBA exhibition game and college football on Tuesdays: it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

East of Eden: Based on John Steinbeck's novel, this melodrama stars James Dean in a Cain and Abel parable. Dean, as in Rebel Without a Cause, gives a harrowing performance as vulnerable Caleb. The story takes its time simmering into an intense conflict. Director Elia Kazan saves the best for last in a riveting third act, where emotions boil over and lives hang in the balance. (****)

Drumline: A wretched movie geared toward black audiences, but should be avoided by most. The marching bands are one of the few bright spots: the songs and performances are entertaining, even exhilarating. The inevitable (and predictable) band showdown in particular is photographed nicely. Also, Orlando Jones gives a good effort. Most of the other actors, particularly Nick Cannon, struggle with the tedious scenes, pondering plot developments and flimsy characters. (*)

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