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Monday Movies: Art-house fare

This week The Girlfriend and I really focused on getting back into Serious Film:

  • Back to the Future — we totally fell for that Twitter thing claiming that we had reached the day when Doc Brown arrived in the future. I can’t help but think, though, that they tried harder when making summer blockbusters back then — it’s a genuinely well-crafted movie, with plenty of suspense.
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — we have a friend who is an aggressive Stieg Larsson evangelist and got The Girlfriend started on the books, and we had both thought that the preview for the movie looked really cool. Sadly, the movie was kind of lame. Blomkvist had zero personality, and they reportedly left out a lot of Lisbeth’s badassery from the book.
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire — yes, we saw both of these in the same week. I thought this movie was better, but both The Girlfriend and our friend were complaining about the cool parts of the book they left out. Trying to avoid spoilers: the ending was incredibly abrupt, and Larsson is apparently a big fan of Kill Bill 2.
  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God — I’m not sure why I shot this one to the top of the list. It was morbidly fascinating and had some great moments, but it was incredibly slow. Klaus Kinski spent most of the movie leaning against things with an eerily vacant look. (We were all set to watch My Best Fiend after this, but the Netflix disc was cracked.)

What did you watch, readers?


July 12, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. I went and saw Despicable Me with my wife. It was pretty funny, but I’m a little surprised it’s pulling down an 88% with Top Critics over at The little yellow minions that have been so prominent in the advertising seemed completely unnecessary, though they were amusing at times, and the story shouldn’t really put it in the neighborhood of the Pixar films.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | July 12, 2010

  2. Appropriate subtitle: I saw Syndromes and a Century, a dreamy Thai movie that required more active surrender than I was able to grant it. Also The Kids are All Right, which I thought was excellent and which delicately scrambled the categories of Lisa Cholodenko’s two previous films.

    Comment by k-sky | July 12, 2010

  3. Clash of the Titans remake. Wow, what terrible performances, practically all of the actors looked like they were suffering from piles.

    I echo what Adam says about trying harder, if Back to the Future was made now it would rely heavily on CGI and … wait, of course, that’s probably the point, if it was made now, it would be considered too small scale to be considered a blockbuster.

    Comment by Gabe | July 12, 2010

  4. That’s piles = Hemorrhoid, pour les américains

    Comment by Gabe | July 12, 2010

  5. Stray Dog, which was not as good as The Bad Sleep Well.

    Comment by ben | July 12, 2010

  6. “Mortal Thoughts” was on TV–Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel–of which only one thing can be said: is New Jersey really like that? Oh, also watched the new “Murder on the Orient Express” on PBS last night. Not sure if it qualifies as a TV show or a made for TV movie. Anyway, David Suchet is looking real old. I prefer the BBC David Suchet as Poirot to the PBS David Suchet as Poirot.

    Comment by Craig | July 12, 2010

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