Saturday, November 25, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #15

More historic than USC-Notre Dame and more successful than the Utah Jazz; it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

Midnight Cowboy: An odd love story about a male prostitute and a cripple. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman give fine performances despite the rail-thin plot. The randomness of the story and style helps as well as hurts the movie. A very engaging and intriguing film if for no other reason than its sensational content: love-making, drug-induced fantasies, daydreams and nightmares are on display. (***)

Elf: Will Ferrell as a fish out of water, or rather an elf in New York City. Story's not a strong suit in this film and neither are the special effects. The humor is not much better. There's a lot of predictable gags. Some still end up working, mostly due to Ferrell's on-screen persona and physical comedy. The last few scenes are sentimental yet effective. (**)

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