Saturday, November 04, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #12

Funnier than Borat, jollier than Santa Claus and nastier than sewer rats: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings (out of five stars):

Klute: Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda star in this detective story Fonda steals the show in an Oscar-winning role as a hooker who wants to escape from her destructive lifestyle. The story is all over the place; something it's engaging, at other moments the plot droops. There's a few great scenes of suspense, and the mystery is adequate. Unfortunately the ending tails off. (***)

Click: Adam Sandler in a high-concept, high-tech comedy about a universal remote that lives up to its name. Fairly amusing. The story has some logistical holes it never attempts to patch up, which hurts the film's believability. Kate Beckinsale, a very talented and beautiful actress, is given nothing to worth with as the cardboard wife. Christopher Walken is engaging as usual. Near the end it gets emotional, but not sappy. (***)

Bunny Lake Is Missing: A fantastic thriller about a young mother looking for her missing child -- if the child ever existed to begin with. Laurence Olivier and Carolyn Lynley give top-notch performances. Director Otto Preminger gives the film an intense look and pace. A few scenes are truly memorable, chilling relevations. (*****)

Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms: A hilarious stand-up performance that has been unfortunately forgotten. IMDB doesn't even have a page for this movie, and the DVD information is all wrong (the film was made in 1993, not 2006, and it runs less than an hour, not 90 minutes). Sinbad doesn't command the stage like Eddie Murphy, but the humor is consistenly laugh-out-loud good, as well as appropriate for all ages.

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