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No Country for Old Men

Posted by james on March 18, 2008

(post.rating: 5)
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This one is hard. The title kept giving me flashbacks of the poster from <a href="http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/blsecondhandlionspicsf.htm">Secondhand Lions</a>, so for a while I resisted watching this one. However, after seeing the preview (it has nothing to do with old men... go figure) and hearing some high recommendations, I gave this one a chance.

I'm mixed. It was intense, very gripping, but ultimately I left confused and unsure of how I felt about the movie. That always happens with non-standard artsy type movies. One of the problems is that this movie drives towards some underlying philosophical point, but I usually don't appreciate those parts of movies. In my mind, there's many different types of movie watchers; some watch purely for surface entertainment (chick flicks, action movies, etc), while others prefer to delve deep and consider the symbolism and deeper meanings of the films. Usually the second type discuss what the "director was thinking". The first type doesn't care.

I'd say I'm in the middle. I watch a lot of movies, including a lot of non-typical-hollywood movies which others don't have the patience for. However, I don't really try to interpret movies too much since I'm more concerned with just enjoying what's there in front of me. I'm a bit lazy about that.

So I'd have to say, the movie was ok. There was some underlying idea that drives this movie, but I didn't pick up on it right away and even now I still don't know what it is. But more than that, I really don't care too much what it was. The movie was exciting at parts, well made, and all of the actors did a great job. But in the end, it's just not my type of movie.

10,000 BC

Posted by james on March 8, 2008

(post.rating: 6)
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After seeing the previews, I really wanted to see this one solely due to the visuals. The reviews were mixed, stating that the visuals and animals were great, but the people dragged the movie down. I realized that in the entire preview, there wasn't any dialog or even narration. Still, I couldn't help but want to see this one since it reminded of Stargate. No surprise there; both written/directed by Roland Emmerich.

I was fully prepared for a visually fun movie with painfully awful dialog and plot. The dialog did get pretty bad at certain points, with ancient characters marred by high-school level chewed over wrote dialog. But thankfully most of the dialog did not get in the way (though none of it was outstanding) and the characters themselves were only about 30% bad. The visuals were pretty good, with the CG animals taking a backseat to incredible vistas and environments. But the most surprising was the plot. It was a pretty standard story with cheesy narration ("The prophecies foretold, yah yah yah hero hero") but it still managed to be interesting.

The movie was nothing like Stargate, which stood out as a very unique story and presentation with an interesting concept to build with, and visuals that complemented the story. I'd say 10,000 BC was interesting, fun, great scenery, and not as painful as I expected.

Vantage Point

Posted by james on March 8, 2008

(post.rating: 6)
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The preview made it look like a deep, confusing puzzle/mystery type movie (like a less gimmicky Memento). I did have elements of that, with the multiple viewpoints, but that gimmick really only lasted a bit more than half the movie. The remaining half was the standard but satisfying "defeat the badguy" type movie. It was entertaining, exciting, and thankfully the groundhog-day-style repeats didn't get old since they changed it up quite a bit. Ultimately, it was a good movie but not one you'd need to watch more than once.


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