Saturday, March 22, 2008

Movies = Headaches

Jimmy's been renting movies lately, and I've been watching them (or at least some of them). The movies that he's rented are generally ones that we've both wanted to see, but we've both been somewhat disappointed--or at least perplexed--by them. Both of the movies that I watched were brilliantly made, but I can't actually say that I liked them....

No Country for Old Men kept me on the edge of my seat, but I'm not really sure why. The most intriguing thing about this film was the soundtrack--or lack thereof. (It was directed by the same guys who did Fargo, and there were certainly a lot of similarities in style.) Overall, the movie was well-made and the story was interesting, but I'm just not sure I really 'liked' the movie.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, though a beautiful film, actually gave me a headache. The acting was excellent, the story was good, and the filming was amazing. (This movie should be studied by film students everywhere because the cinematography was so fabulous. The scenes, the lighting, the visuals were astounding.) The main problem I had with this film was that there were too many characters who all looked quite a lot alike; thus, it was difficult to keep the characters straight and, consequently, difficult to follow the main storyline. Though the movie was quite long (just over 2 1/2 hours), it didn't really feel long.

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