Tuesday, February 19, 2008

flicks

We saw "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" yesteday with the kids. I did not see it in the theater when it came out because the reviews were pretty bad. And with good reason, I now see. Bad. Very bad. I really liked the first two. They were completely over-the-top, but lots of fun. I'm not an action movie fan, but I loved the silly action sequences. This one was not fun or enjoyable in any way. And did it seem to anyone else that Jack Sparrow had less eyeliner in this one? Bring back the eyeliner.


I did see a movie recently that I loved: "Waitress." Keri Russel is wonderful in it and Adrienne Shelley, who wrote, directed, and starred, is phenomenal. (Shelley was killed in 2006 before the film was accepted to Sundance.) It reminded me a lot of "Juno," which also has both hilarious and poignant scenes. I appreciated that a lot of care was put into this movie. It was a labor of love, and that comes through in every scene.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read the story of Shelley's murder, really sad. I look forward to seeing "Waitress" when it comes out on DVD, Juno too. JW and I just finished the tv series "Lilies" about three sisters living in Liverpool after WWI. It was quite dark, at times comic, and really good. Not one for the kiddies.
ash

Calandria said...

waitress is out on dvd. we got it from netflix.

Mallory said...

I saw Waitress over Christmas break and didn't like it at all. I found it largely pointless. I did like the way it ended though. She really couldn't have made any other choice. But that was the only aspect of it that I liked.

A Kerri Russell movie I just saw a few weeks ago that I loved was August Rush. It is amazing! Mike and I were both just blown away.

Karen ~ said...

There's something about Keri Russell that bugs me. I see her as standing there ACTING all the time. I do NOT see her as any of the characters she portrays. For that reason I liked neither Waitress nor August Rush. I wish it weren't so!

Calandria said...

I'm trying to think how Waitress would be more "pointless" than other movies. Maybe I don't need a movie to have a point for me to enjoy it, I don't know.

I loved the balance the movie strikes between a Southern magical realism, almost fairy tale-like quality vs. the complexity of real life and relationships. I though the character Keri Russell played was fascinating and complicated. I LOVED the pies. (Auntie Lee--there's a lot of pie in this movie. You've gotta see it if only for that.) Andy Griffith is a total scene-stealer. Even the pie can't upstage him.

Karen, I know what you're saying about being conscious of an actor ACTING and how annoying that is. I don't feel that way about Keri Russell, but I definitely do about other actors. Usually ones I just don't like.

Auntie Lee said...

Ok honey, I will rent it and marvel at the pies. I still haven't gotten my friend to show me how to make pie crust here yet. Maybe the movie will motivate me. hee hee

Anonymous said...

I think that a lot of movies are made to show the director and writers "artfulness" and that is the point. I think a movie without a message can be considered pointless to many. "Waitress" was created as more of an indie type film and therefore isn't supposed to have the big Hollywood appeal that the major motion pictures have. I don't think it is supposed to be as neat and tidy. Maybe that is what you like about it Calandria? and Juno too? I think they were both unexpectedly successful. Of course this information is just from articles and reviews that I have read about them. All my own conclusion, could be wrong.
ave

Life ticks on said...

Thanks I think I will have a couple of movies to watch. I wanted to see both Waitress AND August Rush. I have NO desire to see the last of Jack sparrow... I drew the line at two of them... so we never saw the third.

As for the "pointless" comment. Movies are there to distract us from real life. We know they are fake and thus choose to live in an alternate reality for the 1 1/2-2 hours of a movie. I love movies (IF I dont have my youngest there! She isnt quite ready to watch a lot of things yet we are just getting to the "Enchanted" period.)

Mallory said...

I agree that many movies are meant to be artistic, and that's supposed to be the point, and I agree that many movies are to distract us from real life. I don't think Waitress is particularly artistic, even though I do like the actors. And as for distraction, I was easily distracted during and brought back into real life, so I don't think it really succeeded there. Of course, we're all allowed our own opinions. I just didn't like it.

Auntie Lee said...

gonna have to wait for it here. It's not yet on DVD and no theaters are playing it at the moment. I'll get back to ya on it though.