09-21-2003, 11:07 PM #1
Day Three - Out of Time, Pieces of April, Dogville and Ong Bak Thai Warrior
Out of Time - Carl Franklin
Plot: Matt Lee Whitlock (Washington), respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in order to find out the truth.
J.P.: *** out of 5
Blankboy: *** out 5
Notes: A 'not-bad' thriller starring Denzel, who gets caught in a triangle of deceit and lies and has to unravel it all before he gets arrested for a homicide. The problem with this one was that they built the hole that Washington has to climb out of, so deep, that when he eventually does, it doesn't seem plausible. There were just too many coincidences going his way to keep us going. And the ending felt like a cop-out and was very predictable. Denzel and Eva Mendes put in good performances, and to our surprise, we even liked Dean Cain but weren't too fond of Sanaa Lathan who had a key roll to fill. Another problem is that the plot and premise fall apart if you think about them for more than a minute.
It was well filmed, and acted fairly well, but the script needed either more, or fewer, re-writes.
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09-21-2003, 11:08 PM #2
Pieces of April - Peter Hedges
Plot: April Burns (Holmes) invites her family to Thanksgiving dinner at her teeny apartment on New York's Lower East Side. As they make their way to the city from suburban Pennsylvania, April must endure a comedy of errors - like finding out her oven doesn't work - in order to pull off the big event.
J.P.: ***1/2 out of 5
Blankboy: ***1/2 out 5
Notes: Katie Holmes does a good job of making us care about this movie in which she goes from apartment to apartment looking for an oven to cook her turkey, in anticipation of her hosting a family thanksgiving for the first time. Most of the other tenants are interesting and we liked Derek Luke, even though he was underused. Oliver Platt is hilarious as always, and Patricia Clarkson adds both humour and drama to the story. The biggest drawback for J.P. was the picture quality - it was filmed digitally and at times looked horrible.
Other than that, a short but fun Thanksgiving Day.
09-21-2003, 11:09 PM #3
Dogville - Lars Von Trier
Plot: The beautiful fugitive, Grace (Nicole Kidman), arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom (Paul Bettany), the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in, the people of Dogville demand a better deal in exchange for the risk of harbouring poor Grace and she learns the hard way that in this town, goodness is relative. But Grace has a secret and it is a dangerous one. Dogville may regret it ever began to bare its teeth...
J.P.: no rating
Blankboy: no rating
Notes: We knew going into Dogville that we were going to have to leave early to get to our next film. But that didn't matter much because we were so bored that we left after 60 minutes.
Dogville is a combination between an episode of The Electric Company and a book-on-tape. An extremely irritating british voice narrates the story while actors walk around a chalk-outlined street, opening doors that aren't there and tending imaginary gardens that we're supposed to 'imagine'. It's idiotic.
To be fair, we've heard that it gets more interesting after the first hour, and that the ending makes it all worthwhile. But we're not sure we'll be able to sit through the first hour again to find out what that could be.
A ballsy experiment, but one that should have been shelved.
09-21-2003, 11:11 PM #4
Plot: Urbanite thieves steal the head of a revered Buddha image from an upcountry village temple, where a mass ordination ceremony is scheduled to take place a week later. It becomes the task of villager Boonting (Phanom) to track the thief down to Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. In Bangkok, Ting gets inadvertently involved in unlicensed fighting, organized by the Ong Bak thieves, in a warehouse in a dingy alleyway off Khaosarn Road.
Guests: Writer/Director Prachya Pinkaew
J.P.: ****1/2 out of 5
Blankboy: ****1/2 out of 5
Notes: Action fans, meet your new idol: Phanom Yeerum.
In their prime, Jackie Chan and Jet Li couldn't do some of the things this guy does.
This film is fantasticly brutal and after a slow first 10 minutes, kicks you in the nads and leaves you wanting more. The man jumps over whole cars, climbs scaffolding and runs down alleys on peoples shoulders. All while being hit with polls, chairs, bottles and ... SAWS!!
Seen it all before you say?
He does it all without wires or CGI!
The audience spent a good part of the film screaming for joy, and feeling the pain that was being inflicted on the screen.
Ignore the first 10 minutes (including the first song which nearly made our ears bleed) and the last 5 minutes (which seemed like a tacked on ending) and go for a hell of a ride!
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