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Monday Movies: At long last

This week I finally watched a couple movies, after devoting my viewing time solely to Aaron Sorkin TV series. Honestly, though, I didn’t find the first two very compelling and didn’t give them my full attention:

  • The Apostle: I got this to see if it had some clips I could use for the Pentecostalism discussions in my Global Christianity class. I enjoyed it and thought it did a good job of giving a sympathetic portrayal of a subculture many people are creeped out by — though having the main character be on the run from murder charges seems a bit extreme in terms of showing him to be “flawed.”
  • Seven: This seems like one of those movies where people are baffled if you say you haven’t seen it. I found the whole “the city is absolutely corrupt, but police work is the most addictive thing in the world” theme to be a bit over the top, and I felt that the surprise was ruined because I knew Kevin Spacey would turn out to be the murderer all along. It did give me an idea for a joke research proposal: “I propose to do research into the continuing cultural relevance of the seven deadly sins. Through a combination of intensive library research and a series of seven carefully-orchestrated murders…”
  • Early Spring: This marked the return to a tradition The Girlfriend and I started of watching foreign movies in the morning on weekends — for some reason, it didn’t really work while I was here this summer and only restarted with my return to the travel routine. I found it very interesting — the plot was slow but not too slow, subtle but not too subtle, and the shots were often very odd and striking. I particularly enjoyed the cut to the oscillating fan when the adulterous couple first started making out. I will definitely be exploring more of Ozu’s movies.

September 27, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. Initially, my impression of “Gamer” was, “Is this for real?” And it turned out to be real, and all for the better, indeed. Likely the most wonderful example of cinema produced in the past five years. If you haven’t seen it already, then you haven’t yet started living. Dexter was great as “super crazy, super creepy” Steve Jobs and that guy from “The Ugly Truth” and “The Bounty Hunter” was tolerable insofar as his character was completely half-dimensional. I think that Gerald Butter will excel in future roles wherein his character approaches “degree zero.” A true master. I’d say more, but Shaviro has said it all.

    Watched the first half of “Distric 9” last night. I thought it was hilarious. But I think it was supposed to be serious. The sheer vulgar humanism of it all was overwhelming. Based upon the movie, it is my impression that white South Africans are basically New Zealanders (based upon my impression of “Flight of the Conchords”) with silly accents.

    Comment by Craig | September 27, 2010

  2. I watched about a half-hour of Deconstructing Harry, but then the copy of the movie that I had stopped working. Kind of a bummer.

    Comment by Dave Mesing | September 28, 2010

  3. I absolutely loved Deconstructing Harry — one of the only later Woody Allen films that lives up to the promise of his classical era.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | September 28, 2010

  4. I watched Tootsie for the first time last night. It was good, funny, etc., but I defy anybody to watch Teri Garr’s character and not conclude that Jennifer Aniston’s entire acting approach is derived from it.

    The whole movie I was thinking, “I know that’s Teri Garr, but why does she remind me of somebody else so much?” Then it hit me. She’s almost exactly like Rachel. I’m on to you, Aniston!

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | September 29, 2010

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