Movie binge 4/23 – 4/26
Seen since last Saturday:
“Jaws” – I forgot how funny Richard Dreyfuss can be when he’s angry. He’s George Costanza’s predecessor.
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” – I was prompted to rent this one after catching the last 10 minutes of “Last Crusade” on TV on Saturday afternoon. The action scenes aren’t bad but the film as a whole doesn’t measure up to the earlier trilogy. I liked the swarm of killer ants and the inner chamber inside the temple at the end, with the skeletons up on their thrones.
“The Passion of the Christ” – It’s kind of a shame this film has been forgotten about. It’s hard to watch it without being turned off by its pervasive violence, but I don’t think the violence should be ignored. It nails home the point of Christ’s suffering (no pun intended). It’s a good movie, and very beautifully photographed.
“Persepolis” – a cautionary tale of how well-intended revolutions can sometimes lead to an even more oppressive regime. It’d be wonderful to see the uprisings in the Middle East culminate in democratic reforms in both Iran and Saudi Arabia. But I won’t hold my breath.
“Old Joy” – I’ll write about this one later.
“L.A. Confidential” – Kevin Spacey gets lead billing but he’s outshined by Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. There are many great scenes in this film, but if forced to choose, I’d say the interrogation scene of the Nite Owl suspects is my favorite.