Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (2/26/12 - 3/4/12)

War Horse (Steven Spielberg) **1/2 - This is the type of film director Steven Spielberg can pretty much do in his sleep. It is extremely old-fashioned style of filmmaking that's so predictable and by the numbers, it borders on parody but goshdarnit, it is beautiful to look at and entertaining to boot. The film strongly reminds me of a John Ford picture though nowhere near as great. Though it's not a bad film by any means, I felt this is sort of a regression for Spielberg of sorts whose filmography of the past decade is eclectic, intriguing and interesting (even his perceived failures).

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry) ** - The good news: This film is somewhat of an improvement from director Stephen Daldry's two previous works The Hours and The Reader but the bad news: it's still not very good. I lowered my expectations for this one so low that I actually didn't find it as nearly as offensively bad as many people have said but the film definitely wears out its welcome after a while. Thomas Horn is very good as the lead character. I thought there was nothing wrong with his performance but it's the character who I found a bit grating and this is coming from someone who has touches of whatever quirky spectrum that this character has. It would have been fine if it focused on how a quirky kid comes to terms with loss but the 9/11 element gives it a bit of an aura of self-importance which I found a bit off-putting.


YeamieWaffles said...

Both of these sound really good and worth a watch buddy. Cheers for the round-up man.

MRanthrope said...

these are perfect examples of why I didn't care for the Oscars so much this year. I just wasn't stoked about most of the movies nominated. I'm sure they're well made, but yeah, no desire to see either of these any time soon.

Mark said...

I've heard nothing but good for Warhorse, but when you put it like that I can understand why you gave it a low score.

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

LOL "perceived failures." I could never be as fair as you with directors who should know better.

A name like Steven Spielberg is a brand, and he allowed it to be. Scorcese at least rolled with it, y'knowwhatImean?

Still, I've heard a TON of good stuff about War Horse...but Ghost Rider 2: Nicholas Cagier has been gettin' slammed. Which kind sucks because like the Conan re-make, I freakin' LURVED Nicholas Cage 2: Even Cagier.

Hmmm, dunno 'bout that second one. Doesn't sound very good...I'll wait 'til it gets on Netflix.

sonnema said...

thanks, have not seen em both!

Natural One said...

I tried to watch War Horse, I couldn't do it