Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
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brief movie reviews: now with synchronicity!

Thursday saw Red Dragon, aka Manhunter Reloaded. Good solid B-picture, worth renting. Better than Hannibal. Harvey Keitel's pants stay on. But ultimately, as Ami would say, It was no Nude for Satan.

Sunday saw Punch-Drunk Love. Disappointing, and not only because Adam Sandler was the dramatic lead. The overlapped music distracted from the dialogue (Ivan cited a similar technique in Magnolia, but neither of us remembered it being so blatant that you noticed it so clearly), and I couldn't relate to any of the characters, nor figure out their motivation for any of their actions. The whole pudding subplot might be interesting if I didn't already know the story from real life, but its inclusion seemed as pointless as anything else in this film. I wonder if people just liked it because like The Wedding Singer, it proved Adam Sandler capable of something more than silly voices and Beavis humor. I found it ultimately just frustrating and empty. (I liked both Magnolia and Boogie Nights, for the record)

Weird synchronicity: Unknown to me at each moment of film selection, both films had Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson in supporting roles, and in both films, they have no scenes together. Whoa, like, Plate of Shrimp, man.
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