Ang Lee’s Whacked Suburban 70’s in The Ice Storm
December 6, 2008, 5:18 pm
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(Christina and Elijah)

            Ice Storm is Ang Lee’s second English film following Sense and Sensibility.  The film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, and Sigourney Weaver.  Ang wanted to direct a film that documented a confusing transition in American history; the early 1970’s focusing mainly on the parents and how their new behavior affects their children.  Kevin Kline is married to Joan Allen and they have two children, 14 year old sexually confused Christina Ricci, and brainiac Tobey Maguire.  Kevin is having an affair with Sigourney who has two younger boys, one of them is Elijah Wood who is sort of dating Christina Ricci.

            All over the film is sprinkled with light and effective humor, this plays off of a very gloomy and foreboding feeling that continues throughout the film.  The film is wonderfully directed and the whole key party scene was incredible.  It’s always great to see a director who can make so many wonderful and different films.

4 out of 5 (with half points)


A Suprising and Satisfying Romance is the strength in The Go-Getter.
December 6, 2008, 3:21 am
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The film I watched tonight after not being able to sit through the screwed up DVD of Danny McBride’s the Foot Fist Way was Martin Hynes’ The Go Getter starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel along with appearances from Jena Malone and Maura Tierney and music from M Ward.  I had put off seeing the film just because I had heard so many negative things about the film, but I was really in the mood for a road movie.  Though this film is of course flawed, any apparent weaknesses are forgotten whenever Lou and Zooey share an intimate moment together.  Even when the film takes some predictable and frustrating turns it is quickly fixed by getting up and continuing where it was going in the first place, a real “go getter.”

The story follows a troubled 19 year old who’s mother passed away 8 1/2 months ago.  He is finishing up school but he is overcome with unease and a healthy amount of angst, so he decides to steal a car and find his Hispanic half brother.  Luckily for him the stolen car belongs to Zooey’s character, an apparently wise and quirky character that of course comes with any great Deschanel character with a few little extra bits here and there.  The two begin talking on the phone regularly and develop an odd but wonderful relationship.  Along the way Lou finds people left in the wake of his deviant “lone rider-esque” brother.  He smokes some pot, does some ecstasy, almost loses his virginity, all of those kinds of things.  The movies style changes with the scenary and the cinematography is wonderful throughout.

I really enjoyed this film and could watch Lou and Zooey together all day.  The strongest thing to look for in the movie is their relationship, that’s what keeps the story going and that was what kept my nerve going (I hate to see wonderful and obviously solid relationships fucked up on screen, one reason I don’t watch too many straight up comedies).  I might expand on those parentheses later because I don’t want to be pinned down by that statement.  SO go rent the Go Getter it was really cool and really sweet.  Who doesn’t love a good road movie?

4 out of 5 stars (including half stars)

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
September 8, 2008, 3:04 am
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I write to you as the credits are still rolling for a reason.

This movie came up from behind and nipped me in the ass, it was great and very funny.


This directorial debut from Jordan Hawley starring Paul Schneider perfectly reflects the main characters attitude.  The whole time you are on the edge of your seat thinking, this is going to suck, something will go terribly wrong, but thankfully IT DOES NOT.  This charming romantic comedy takes the similar rode that most romance comedies take, but something is different.  Although the music and the cinematography leave you asking for a bit more, wonderful performances across the board, particularly on Schneiders part, really strengthen the film to make it a wonderful experience.  Very slight but comfortable twists keep you interested and there are these wonderful moments of comedy that really come up and suprise you. 

However flawed and seemingly shitty this film may appear, give it a chance, it’s sweet, funny, well written, and most of all well acted.  I expected less and was pleasantly suprised, one of my favorite emotions.

(also for a good suprise watch the Kelsey Grammar produced film The Good Humor Man)

**** (on a scale of 5 including half stars)