127 Hours (2010)
I’m not even going to put a spoiler alert on this one. There’s not that much of a story here to spoil. Aron Ralston (played by James Franco) falls in a canyon while rock climbing, sits around trying to escape for a few days, and finally cuts off his own arm in order to get free.
Intellectually, I can say that this was a very good film. It was well-crafted, with superb acting and lovely camera shots throughout.
Emotionally, I’m not really sure what to feel about it. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I just don’t get it. Continue reading
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
So, uh, there was SO MUCH going on in this movie. Unfortunately, not a lot of it made any sense because it was basically just a 2-hour string of semi-related vignettes and unfinished character sketches.
Annette Bening: Mostly believable as Nic, part butch lesbian, part harried matriarch, part bad cop.
Julianne Moore: Not believable at all as Jules, Nic’s flaky, directionless, desperate housewife.
Note: Bening and Moore have next to ZERO chemistry. Every intimate scene of the two of them is awkward and forced, to the point of being embarrassing for the viewer. Whatever the exact polar opposite of sexy is, Bening and Moore seem to have achieved it. Maybe, you know, they could have gotten actual lesbians to act in this movie? Hm?
Joni and Laser are a whole other story. These are the most boringly normal teenagers ever. Which is, perhaps, part of the point? That a same sex couple can raise kids that are just as average as the rest of the mid-portion of the white upper-middle class bell curve? In any case, these kids are a snooze fest. And not because they don’t have problems. They have the same first world problems as any other white middle class teenagers, only the movie declines to deal with any of them. In any way. Seriously. Continue reading