Thursday, August 28, 2008

Man on Wire

You think Phelps can concentrate? Check the focus on Philippe Petit's high-wire acts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Fifth Element

Only Luc Besson can craft an enjoyable film that includes abysmal (the president) and phenomenal (the guy with that great hat) acting.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Romantic dramas are a bit more interesting when set in a country and city you will likely never visit. (Original title: Sukkar Banat)

Friday, August 22, 2008

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

A completely coherent film, incoherently told. Now go see it. (Original title: 4 Luni, 3 Saptamâni si 2 Zile)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rough Science: Season 4

Even better than Season 3 (the limewater/carbon dioxide filter is keen). Perfect 2-disc set for a pre-teen or teenager interested in science.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Derivative in parts, but scripted very nicely: plot, character development and action happen all at the same time.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Gold Rush

How many times have I heard about the fork-roll dance? There's a reason people talk about it. (Don't watch the 1942 talkie, watch the 1925 original.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Most unpolished major film ever made. Still, everyone's clearly having a blast and Streep, as the hippie chick I never became, is a joy to behold.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rough Science: Season 3

When you can build a kiln from scratch in less than a day, or determine that cinnabar contains mercury, I consider you a genius.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Orphanage

So easily could have been basic horror. The pace, as well as the satisfying ending, save it. (Original title: El Orfanato)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

Quantum Leap: Season 3

Ever so slightly boring, especially when they didn't tie the episode to something historically pertinent.