Saturday, January 13, 2007

10-Second Film Reviews #22

As stout as the Raven's defense and as convincing as Barry Bonds' excuses: it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

Pan's Labyrinth: A mesmerizing and frustrating fable. Make no mistake; this is a very dark fairytale. The imagery is poetic, stunning, terrifying and rapturous. Yet some of the CGI effects are downright corny. The plot interweaves between parallel stories, usually with success. There are times where I was shaking my head, either due to the film's incoherence or predictability. Talk is cheap; there's no subtlety in the dialogue. (***)

Out of the Past: A love story and crime thriller combined into one exciting flick. Robert Mitchum is the hero, Jane Greer is the femme fatale and Kirk Douglas is the ferocious scoundrel. The three engage in a tangled web of love, lies and greed that spans across years and countries. One quibble with this celebrated classic is some problems are too easily resolved. (****)

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