Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another Year, Another List

Here we go again.

  • The Orphanage **** (Unbelievably scary and creepy, ugh, but ultimately sad and satisfying.)
  • No Country for Old Men **** (Taut and tight, surprisingly unleavened by the Coen Brothers' usual black humour. To the idiot who sat beside us, next time just leave halfway ok? Instead of humouring your boyfriend and sitting there, fidgeting and complaining...)
  • La Vie En Rose **** (The film itself wasn't such a big deal but this was an actor's showcase par none and Marion Cotillard sure as hell delivered.)
  • Juno **** (Witty indie-style movie with excellent acting by Ellen Page. Not quite as clever as Saved! but funny as hell.)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly **** (A gently humorous story of the trials and tribulations of being trapped in one's body.)
  • Sweeney Todd **** (One of the better examples of stage to screen transition. Tim Burton does a good job here, but Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter aren't the best of singers, although they do approach Sondheim's music with not a little panache.)
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated *** (In the vein of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock. Funny in parts but a tad same old same old by now.)
  • Away from Her **** (Touching, without being cloying. Should Julie Christie win for Best Actress? Probably not...)
  • Across the Universe ***1/2 (Surprisingly watchable. Interesting interpretation with some good takes on the Beatles' standards.)
  • My Blueberry Nights *** (Ok lah, some nice touches, some nice acting, but not one of Mr Wong's best movies)