Sunday, January 09, 2011

The Book of Eli/Uuhhh ....

January 9, 2011



The Book of Eli (2010: The Hughes Brothers): The Hughes' Brothers long-awaited return to narrative filmmaking is not a return to form. In fact, it's the weakest movie they've made. In addition to being dour and draggy, it's not even technically accomplished. The picture has been digitally processed out the wazoo, and the movie appears to have been shot through unflushed toilet water. A vibrant performance by Mila Kunis and a couple decent action scenes provide what few spurts of life the movie has. GRADE: C

I also received the Blu-Ray of one of the best movies of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey, as a late Christmas present. In a word ... WOW. The picture is breathtaking and the sound has a presence I've never heard at home before. Can't compare to seeing the movie on the big screen in 70 MM (the way it was shot), but this is easily the next best thing. And sadly, it may be the ONLY thing readily available since 70 MM screenings of any movie are hard to come by. 

I watched the excellent documentary Exit Through the Gift shop this weekend, and I'll offer more on that later. For the moment, though, the movie has inspired me to someday begin a review with the word "Uuuhhh ...." 

Hmmm. Maybe I SHOULD see the third Transformers film. 

1 comment:

Rob said...

I'm still not quite sure what I think of Exit Through the Gift Shop. As a documentary I'm just not sure it works since I don't believe any more than about 10% of it is actually factual. But as a commentary on the commercialization of art and the merits of art criticism it's pretty powerful.