Show me the movies!

The two free trial sure went by fast. The service has been pretty amazing. There is a local warehouse and the turn around time is 3 days. Now I have lots of movies to review.

Alphaville is on pretty much every SciFi list of required movies. It is French and in French with subs. It is very slow by today’s standards and takes a bit of concentration to get in to. The special effects are un-amazing by today’s standard. Perhaps I have become accustomed to the idea that the future will be radically different from 2007 and technology will have changed the world so much that what I see today will just be tiny bits of rubble. In this world people are executed for irrational thoughts and every day phrases are deleted from the dictionary so that people can no longer think these irrational thoughts. Love and all feeling are pretty much on the list. Director Jean-Luc Goddard has the criminals executed in a very unique way…as the criminal says his piece he is shot and falls into a swimming pool. A synchronized swimming team dives in and finishes the execution.

The lead man, Eddie Constantine, plays a man from the Outland. I never saw him before in anything, and he is discribed as “craggy”. He is a caricature of the film noir detective. When asked why he shot the man in his rooms, he mutters something like…I’m too old to talk so I just shoot.

Now I can say I saw it. The themes have been updated in movies such as Bladerunner and Terminator. I will rate this one 2.5/5 acorns. No clives.

Samurai Champloo is a 26 episode anime about the adventures of two samurai and women, who meet by chance and form a pact. The two guys won’t kill each other until they successfully help her find a samurai who smells like sunflowers. It has a hip hop soundtrack. I enjoyed the first disc and only hve 5 to go go. So far 3/5 acorns.

Samurai Champloo

The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman and is rated 7.6 by Internet Movie Database. I had a difficult time following this movie although it was in English. It jumps between 3 parallel worlds. Hugh is trying to find a cure for his wife who is very ill. The director, Darren Aronovsky from Brooklyn, has also done Pi, and very strange movie, and also Requiem for a Dream which I still have not been able to sit through. In the sequence closes to the 21st century, Hugh is scientist who is so driven to finding a cure for his wife, he crosses ethical boundaries and sacrifices valuable moments he could have shared with her. It didn’t work too well for me. I will rate it 2/5 acorns.

Earthsea is a made for TV movie based on books by Ursula K. LeGuin. Ursula LeGuin was born in Berkely of scholarly parents and met her husband, another Fulbright scholar in Paris France. She now lives in Portland, Oregon. Earthsea is a land of wizards and magic, and a young man mentored by Danny Glover, goes off to find his destiny in wizard school. He inadvertently creates an evil Gebbeth that tries to take his soul. The city is governed by a ruthless man who has designs on the full power of the high priestess and her amulet. She has the keys and half the amulet which keeps the evil powers at bay. This was an entertaining show, very TV. I will rate it 2.5/5 acorns.

Jerry McGuire was on TV and although I’d seen it before, I didn’t remember most of it. There was local girl, Mrs. John Travolta, Kelly Preston, playing a barracuda and the sweet Renee Zellweger as the “real” woman. Tom Cruise was very good, but Cuba Gooding, Jr. steals the show imo. He dances, he plays football, he is loyal, loves his family and he is one hyper dude! And he has the great line “Show me the money!” Tom’s character is ruthless sport’s agent, who has let his success go to his head. He has it all, he thinks, the best clients, the lifestyle and a successful business. When he shows a bit of integrity, his world starts to crumble, leaving him nearly broke, with one loyal client and one employee who believes in him. I will rate this one 4/5 acorns. It has staying power.

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