Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2002 Part III

Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson have a fender bender and spend the rest of the day on a collision course in the surprisingly good “Changing Lanes”.

If you have any doubts about Ben’s acting ability, they will be gone after viewing this. The movie is a great thesis on how one seemingly insignificant event can change the course of many lives (trailer).

Another good thriller is “Insomnia”, a moody film that stars three Academy Awards winners, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank. It takes place in Alaska (yes, Alaska!) and involves a cop (Pacino) who is after a killer (Williams). Check out the evocative trailer.

Williams is quite a baddie in the film, but I bought it. One of the most memorable aspects of the film and one that I hadn’t seen before was the movie taking place in Alaska at a time of year when the sun doesn’t set. As a child, I was fascinated by the idea of living someplace where it was day all the time (or night, for that matter). The film was directed by Chris Nolan who broke through with “Memento” and most recently directed the number two movie of all time, “The Dark Knight”.

Red Dragon” is a prequel to “Silence of the Lambs”. There was talk of Anthony Hopkins’ face undergoing digital youthing to make him look younger since “Lambs” came out more than a decade before, but nothing ever came of it. Edward Norton, one of my favorite actors, also stars. In the end, I was left a tad disappointed by it. Just a tad, though. If you like seeing Lecter go to town, you might wanna check it out (trailer).

The director of “Seven” and “Fight Club”, David Fincher, returned in 2002 with “Panic Room” (trailer). Starring Jodie Foster as a mother who goes with her daughter into a safe room when intruders break in, it’s a very intense experience, though not as good as Fincher’s late 90’s movie “The Game” which starred Michael Douglas.

Road to Perdition” was the second effort from Sam Mendes. His first was my favorite movie of 1999: “American Beauty”. Starring Tom Hanks, Jude Law, and the recently passed Paul Newman, it's a good gangster movie for people who don’t like gangster movies (trailer).

My best friend at the time was a huge Eminem fan. I kinda liked the rapper, though I actually preferred him with peanuts. :P So it was that one weekend afternoon, we went to “8 Mile”. It actually wasn’t too bad. After all the talk of him being anti-gay, I was pleased to see a scene where he stood up for one of them. As the credits rolled and Em’s song “Lose Yourself” started playing, my friend started really getting down with the music. A bit embarrassing, but what can I say, it is a good song.


Rocketstar said...

8 Mile may have been the best out of that lot IMHO

Stephanie said...

The Game was a crazy movie!

King of New York Hacks said...

OK going to take a CHANCE on Changing Lanes because of your review...but I'm not going to let anyone see me take this Benaffleck movie out, so I'll sandwich it in between two others as I walk around.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Actually, I didn't think I would like 8 Mile. That was a great biopic, and I began to appreciate more and more the adversities Eminem faced. The Game was awesome, Insomnia was disappointing, and Panic Room was very good and reminded me of a Hitchcock-like approach to the directing.

Thomas, I hope you get out and vote soon. I couldn't believe the line I stood behind today in this area that's on the outskirts of Augusta. It wasn't too bad like other places you hear about, but it was still a good 30-45 minute wait.

Thomas said...

Rocket, I hear ya.

Stephanie, that is fo sure.

King, thanks for giving it a shot. I'm tempted to dig out my VHS copy and watch it on some cool evening this fall.

PJ, good to hear you've seen several of the movies I listed.

I don't believe Minnesota has early voting (there are about 20 states that don't). I'm looking forward to making a day of it on the 4th. I know I don't have to ask who you voted for. :)

Timothy Smith said...

Changing lanes is a decent movie.

I vote on election day, I love the buzz about it. I go in around noon when the lines are small and head home to watch the results.

I do wish the country voted by mail like its done in the most glorious state in the union.

Thomas said...

Voting by mail seems like the wave of the future, but, man, that would be awfully boring to blog about (I'm looking forward to writing a piece about my experience 13 days from now).