Monday, October 19, 2009

DVDs/What Are You Watching? - October 20, 2009


Imagine That: Never mind imagining. I'd rather remember a time when Eddie Murphy really did make funny movies.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: (Eric laughs hysterically for 17 minutes. His face then freezes into an impaasve mask, with all the expressiveness of Megan Fox.)

Um, no thanks. Once was about 4,042 times too many. Here's why. GRADE: D

What Are You Watching?

Grand Hotel: The only movie that ever won the Best Picture Oscar and no other Oscars doesn't quite feel so worthy of that prize today. The dramatics are a little soapy and over the top - as far as multi-character MGM dramas  go, I much prefer George Cukor's Dinner at Eight. Still, I was surprised to see how visual the film was, and it's impossible to deny a cast that includes both Lionel and John Barrymore, plus Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford (when she was actually attractive and appealing) and Lewis Stone. And there's one Greta Garbo, who gave us her immortal "I want to be alone" line in this film. Not inconsiderable, that. GRADE: B+

What have you all seen lately? 


Allison Dickson said...

I have not seen anything of note this week with the exception of Paranormal Activity, which you reviewed with my own sentiments (shocker!!) down below.

However, we have Revolutionary Road and Coraline at the top of our Netflix queue, and I very much look forward to seeing both of these!

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Sir Critic said...

Both Coraline and Revolutionary Road are still in my top 10 for the year. Nice pickin! ;)

Anonymous said...

Eric: I just watched a DVD (new release) that left me with many questions and pretty much pissed me off that I wasted my money on it. But I was wondering if you have seen it or have an opinion. "Chaos Experiment" with Val Kilmer. Wow. It's short and ... just ... odd. The IMDB comments prove how weird it is - lots of people said "please explain this to me." Thoughts on it?