Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Movies that are better than "All About Steve"

Before the list gets ridiculously long, here's what I've seen lately besides "All About Steve":

Symphony Space has been doing double features of classics, and I walked over one Sunday afternoon for "Jules et Jim" (love triangle) and "The 400 Blows" (a schoolboy's seemingly minor infractions lead to worse and worse consequences).

"Julie and Julia" - the parallel stories of Julia Child and blogger Julie. Meryl Streep as Julia was far more interesting.

"Amreeka" - my first time at the Sunshine, in a screening arranged through IFP. The movie was a well-done fictional story of Palestinians in Illinois during the Iraq War. Filmmaker Cherien Dabis spoke afterward. This was the perfect antidote to the much worse "All About Steve" which I'd seen the previous day.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" - saw this on a whim so hadn't read about it and spent much time wondering if the lead was Christian Bale (nope, equally crossword-friendly Eric Bana). I think the movie might have been less confusing if I'd read the book, but maybe all that jumping back and forth in time is not supposed to be crystal-clear.

MoMA now has a "Film Plus" membership option, which I joined but I don't know yet whether it will be worth it. I did continue to use the current membership features and saw:

"Wedding Crashers" - I knew a couple who used to get all dressed up and hit the big catering halls to crash weddings. I'm not sure how they avoided sit-down dinners with assigned seats, but they probably had just as much fun as Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn do in this movie. I'd never seen Wilson in anything before and he does have a certain charm (and his Butterscotch Stallion nickname hints at even more talents). Sure there are silly situations, but overall a fun movie.

"Hairspray" - the movie musical version of the Broadway musical (which I didn't see) of the John Waters movie (which I saw). Waters has a cameo. Everything and everyone is cheerful and pastel-hued even though the topic occasionally gets serious. I liked it a lot, and the art during the credits was worth hanging around for (I always stay for the full credits, and am amazed how few others do).

"A History of Violence" - a few minutes in, I had that "trapped in violence beyond my control" feeling but stuck it out. Duh, a movie with "Violence" in the title is going to be violent. Viggo Mortensen is a contented family man and diner owner in a backwater town who defends himself against would-be robbers. This makes the national news and he's soon visited by people who claim he had a very different life in the past. William Hurt was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 8 minutes of screen time.

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