Saturday, June 26, 2010

Toy Story 3

Anyone who is not moved by the wondrously imagined final installment of the adventures of Woody, Buzz and Jessie should be stuffed in a box and shoved into a corner of the attic. I laughed, I cried. I loved this movie. What does it mean when animated features are tapping unadorned human emotion more regularly than live action films? P.S. Lotso the bear is the most brilliant character creation I've seen this year. Bravo, Pixar.

Harbison State Forest

Knight and Day

Hall and Oates make a not unwelcomed appearance in Tom Cruise's new flick, Knight and Day. The movie is entertaining but draggy in places and riddled with narrative holes and general nonsense. I wondered what Matt Damon would have made of Cruise's role as the "crazed" secret agent who is accompanied by a winsome automobile restorer played by Cameron Diaz as they track down a missing teen savant (Paul Dano) who has the key to perpetual energy. Cruise looks like he's had some body work -- fake pecs and lats.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Splice

Splice is a squishy, oozy, nasty and repugnant David Cronenberg film without David Cronenberg. The squish and ooze belong mostly to the human/animal hybird created by lovers/scientists Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, who
provide the nasty and repugnant elements, IMO. The film does take a couple of interesting turns but it telegraphs the ending fairly early on. As with Cronenberg's movies -- notably Crash (1996), Naked Lunch (1991) and The Fly (1986) -- Splice, directed by Vincent Natali, has an unsettling eroticism that transforms sex into a dance with mortal danger. The message of this motion picture of science run amok is you must always be careful who (or what) you're effing with.

Queen & Slim

In the soon to be iconic photograph from Melina Matsoukas's distressing Queen & Slim, stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith...