Second entry into the 'March Around the World' challenge. Today's representative: Taiwan.
First things first: this movie is epic. It's a sprawling family drama, like an Ozu and Kore-eda spliced in between itself. But, that's not a bad thing. Edward Yang's movie follows NJ, the patriarch of a family at crossroads. His brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife is drifting in-and-out of his life, his daughter and her friend have complicated first love lives,…
Like 'Tootsie' was for Dustin Hoffman, 'Alice' is a vehicle for Ellen Burstyn. She's pretty good as a singer-turned-waitress after her cold husband's death. There's really not much of value besides Burstyn.
Kris Kristofferson is second billed in the movie, but honestly I could barely see any value for his character besides a dramatic foil. Simply, he's poorly characterized. So is pretty much everyone else, like Diane Ladd's nominated work as an outspoken waitress, or Jodie Foster's bit part. The…
Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.
The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.
I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.
Even David Fincher's weaker films are still pretty good! 'Panic Room' is deceptively simple - Jodie Foster and her daughter, the young talent that was pre-'Twilight' Kristen Stewart, are locked in their house's panic room because of three thieves that are looking for something in said panic room. The waiting game just wouldn't be interesting, so a variety of violence occurs before anyone wins. It's popcorn entertainment at its most precise, thanks to Fincher's careful direction.