Saturday, November 11, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #13

More memorable than a Rutgers win and less unusual than a Knicks loss: it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

The Searchers: My favorite movie ever. John Wayne stars as an ex-Confederate soldier on a mission to find his niece. One of the most beautiful pictures ever to be photographed; the landscape, edits and shots are dazzling. That being said, this is not a perfect film by any means. The dialogue and acting are clunky at times, and the racial deceptions are controversial. Regardless, this John Ford classic has a blend of action, drama, romance and comedy that perhaps no other film can match. (*****)

Hello, Dolly!: An uneven musical starring Barbra Streisand. She carries the film with mixed results. Her voice is amazing, yet her character lacks soul. The singing and dance sequences frequently go on far too long; it's opulence that doesn't know when to quit. When the extravagance works, it's exhilirating. When it's not the film falls flat. The costumes, sets and choreography, however, are undoubtedly beautiful works of art. (***)

A Clockwork Orange: A vulgar, violent film that works most of the time. The humor is subverse and imaginative. The visuals are visceral. The story, however, lacks much emotional clout. It's difficult to like, understand or even follow a sadist living in a rather sadistic world. What compounds that problem is that the film goes on long after it should've ended, revolving around in unnecessary circles. (***)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story: An entertaining story involving, yes, dodgeball and underdogs. Vince Vaughn isn't as captivating or comedic here as he is in other movies (i.e. Wedding Crashers), but he still gives a good performance. Ben Stiller strains too hard for laughs. Most of the characters are underdeveloped. While the plot prods predictably along for the majority of the time, the last sequence is full of big surprises and bigger laughs. (***)

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