Movie Updates

I haven’t done a movie review for a while. There’s a good reason for that – the last movie I saw was somewhen in October, and I frankly can’t bring myself to sit in those cramped movie theatres with overpriced popcorn and people who find the movie an annoying interruption to their phone conversation.

So, I buy DVDs. Quite a few of them recently. If I had a list of the DVDs I watch most frequently, these would be in it (but not necessarily in order):

Garden State – Zach Braff is the guy you might know as J.D. from Scrubs. In this movie Braff not only stars alongside Natalie Portman, he is also the writer and director. It’s a damn good film too. Lighthearded enough to make you laugh, whilst having a serious and emotional storyline. The soundtrack is a fantastic complement, and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Amélie – I can’t help but love this movie. A great performance all round, with a twisting, fascinating storyline. The movie stars Audrey Tautou as Amélie: a sheltered, fascinating girl who decides to help others find happiness and love by carefully setting up liaisons and events. It’s a great film, and the latter Jean Pierre Jeunet film, A Very Long Engagement also starring Tautou is also well worth a watch.

Das Boot – Only got round to watching this the other night. The director’s cut is three hours and twenty minutes long, and the film spans two DVDs. Very interesting film following the crew of a U-Boat during operations in World War Two.

Being John Malkovich – Try describing the storyline of this film to somebody and they won’t believe you. I’ll try anyway: Puppeteer works on 7 1/2 floor of a building, in which he finds doorway into John Malkovich’s head. Let’s him see through Malkovich’s eyes for a few minutes, before being dumped out by the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Weird movie, but fun.

Dogville – This was recommended by a friend. Her words were ‘it’s all done on a stage with all the houses drawn out on the floor’. I had no idea what to expect from this Lars Von Trier movie starring Nicole Kidman, but I was pleasantly suprised. It’s a great arty movie.

When I do go to the cinema, I’m itchin’ to see Munich, Final Destination 3, Just Friends and I might watch Brokeback Mountain to see what all the fuss is about.