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31 July 2009 @ 10:48 am
three films you should consider seeing this weekend  
Three of my favorite films from March's Film Festival are currently in theaters (at least in these parts) so I thought I'd reproduce the reviews here because they're all worth catching on the big screen:

The best film of the festival so far was The Hurt Locker. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days), it's the story of a bomb disposal unit serving in Iraq and their daredevil new leader whose seeming death wish could endanger them all. I wasn't expecting much going into this, but it was really amazing. Great human drama mixed with genuine pulse-pounding thrills.

Directed by Duncan Jones (aka David Bowie's son Zowie), Moon was about a mechanic (Sam Rockwell) working a lonely three-year stint on a moonbase, accompanied only by a cheery computer (Kevin Spacey doing his best HAL 9000), who becomes disturbed when it appears he's not as alone as he thought he was.

(500) Days of Summer is a love story and it's sometimes very funny, but it's not a romantic comedy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom, whose love for the Smiths and the Pixies can't hide the fact that he's a hopeless romantic. Zooey Deschanel plays Summer, who is fun, spontaneous, and sexy, but just plain doesn't believe in love. The film depicts the 500 days that Tom was in love with her through a non-linear series of his memories of that love, moments that range from the ridiculously super fun to the depths of despair. Both the leads were great and thoroughly adorable. I thought it was a great and the soundtrack that includes Regina Spektor, Feist, Belle & Sebastian, the Knight Rider theme, and a showstopper from Hall & Oates really added to the fun.

Listening to: Captain Jack Harkness dying yet again....
micah: playmobillaerm on August 2nd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
i saw moon last week. i thought it was good-but-not-great. i loved the models—they always look better than computer graphics—and sam rockwell did a good job. on the other hand, i thought the explanation for the weird stuff was too mundane. in terms of brief movie plot synopses, "weird shit happens in space" is easily the one that will excite me most, so i was hoping for weirder.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on August 2nd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love some weirdness in space too, but it was so well-executed that the blue collar story in a sci-fi setting made for a great change of pace for me.