Diary of an Ass Monkey (assmonkeydiary) wrote,
Diary of an Ass Monkey

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Juno, Sweeney, and the Butterfly

Oh, man, I've been so lax about reviewing films here lately. I don't think I can even remember them all, but here's a stab.

Juno was pretty terrific, a nice blend of charming and funny, with a main character (played excellently by Ellen Page) who was enjoyably hard to predict. The script by relative newcomer Diablo Cody was sharp and witty and I'm looking forward to her next one. Further adding to my enjoyment, it had two cast members from Arrested Development (Jason Bateman and Michael Cera) and music by Kimya Dawson and Belle & Sebastian.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is based on the memoir of a French magazine editor who suffered a stroke-induced syndrome that left his mind intact but his body completely paralyzed except for one eye. It was lovely to look at and effecting in its depiction of a harrowing experience, but obviously not a feel good movie. I came away really impressed by director Julian Schnabel.

I'm not a big Tim Burton fan, but Sweeney Todd surprised me, mostly because Burton left Sondheim's musical relatively un-molested. Depp did a decent job both with acting and singing. His singing voice reminded me a bit of 1960s-era Bowie. Helena Bonham-Carter did well enough, but I left the theater severely hankering to hear Angela Lansbury's rendition of "Not While I'm Around."

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