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Kurt's Movie Corner (the happier post for tonight...) [Mar. 30th, 2004|11:48 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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I saw three movies in the past week (summer's starting early...). In chronological order of viewing: (Don't worry, no spoilers are contained herein...)

Jersey Girl: I absolutely love Kevin Smith. His gift for dialogue is nearly unmatched in film today. Up until now (with a couple of rare exceptions), we've only seen that gift turned towards comedy. While much of this movie is hilarious, there are also an equal amount of dramatic moments that are extraordinarily powerful. You can actually see Kevin growing as a writer and as a filmmaker. Keep pushing yourself, Kevin. It's a joy to watch.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Written by Charlie Kaufman, the same man behind Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. Man, does it show. Another twisted look inside one man's mind, artfully arranged. Unfortunately, I believe I figured out the "twist" very early, but probably part of that was because I had heard part of an interview with Elijah Wood that I really shouldn't have (I'm very anti-spoiler, and this definitely was one...). One thing about the movie that I haven't seen or heard others touch on: the effects. They show many different ways of things being "erased" from his mind. Sometimes it's simply lighting, other times it's a well-placed cut, but much of the time, digital effects in varying ways. Every single method is used at just the right time for the greatest emotional impact. Bravo.

Shaolin Soccer: Thanks to Gail, the owner of Metropolis Comics, I got free tickets to a preview of this, so technomonkey and I went tonight. I had already seen the bootleg DVD, thanks to shironiku, but Joel hadn't seen it at all. Two years ago, self got to see the American version at Comic-Con, and also picked up the original on DVD (which Stephen Chow signed for him). I now can say that I agree with self, the American version is better. I seriously doubted I was going to be able to say that, since I enjoyed the DVD so much, but with one exception, all of the jokes are carried off much better in the new version. Even if you've already watched the original version, go see it in the theaters. One warning, however: while the commercials for the movie are dubbed, the actual movie itself is subtitled. So, if you hate to read, then you're in trouble. But, trust me, it's worth the effort.

Yeah, I'm feeling a little like Ron Brewington for giving all positive reviews, but these days I pretty much only go to movies that I have a strong indication that I'll like them, so it's really not that much of a surprise...Unlike when I was seeing four movies a week, every week, as part of my job...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: ka0
2004-03-31 12:42 am (UTC)

Go "Evil Team"!

I like your tastes of movies Kurt. :)
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[User Picture]From: monkeyballer
2004-03-31 01:07 am (UTC)

errr

I love the movies Kurt, yet Jersey girl ain't that good.

-Adam (Darth)
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2004-03-31 01:08 am (UTC)
It would be nice if Kevin Smith could prove that he has more in him than just a bunch of quippy characters constantly referencing pop culture. I've read one or two reviews of Jersey Girl and they were all bad, but I wouldn't be surprised if that was just because the reviewers expected another geek-fest like Chasing Amy or even Dogma. I probably won't see it anytime soon (it's not my kind of story no matter who directed it), but I might check it out on DVD out of sheer curiosity if nothing else.

Now if he would only deliver on Daredevil: Target, then all of his fans could be happy.

So they re-edited Shaolin Soccer? From what little I saw of the American version in the preview, it made me wince. So many times, movies like that are ruined by people who don't understand that there is more to translating than simply figuring out what the characters are saying; there's a whole cultural subtext there that doesn't always come across, leaving American audiences scratching their heads.

But that was mainly due to the dubbing, and I am highly impressed with the fact that they didn't dub it after all. Even Jackie Chan movies got dubbed, back when he was still cool and not pumping out shit.
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[User Picture]From: bigevil
2004-03-31 09:01 am (UTC)
Although I usually enjoy Kevin Smith movies, I really don't like is dialogue style. It just isn't natural, its not the way the average person speaks and he forces these little verbal... umm... mannerisms (for lack of a better term at the moment) upon the characters. And to boot, it seems like EVERY character uses that same style.

Now for the record, I LOVED Chasing Amy, that movie made me fucking cry. But dude, they all talked the same. And how many times can you possible throw in "no less" at the end of a sentence. Again, I love his movies, they make me laugh and cry and everything in between, and most people know I'm a fairly easy man to please, but he could use some work on dialogue.

Still haven't seen Jersey Girl, I sort of want to, but I also sort of don't. Maybe its one of those "wait for DVD" things.
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2004-03-31 11:16 am (UTC)
But what about Hellboy?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2004-03-31 11:21 am (UTC)
Hellboy isn't out yet. I will see it, though...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2004-03-31 05:36 pm (UTC)

Nice icon!

Screw Hellboy. Let's see an Ambush Bug movie!
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