* = Terrible
** = Had some redeeming qualities, but probably would not watch again.
*** = Recommended movie with some flaws.
**** = Perfection
I started out the month strong! But a combination of photo projects, computer maintenance, and other such things caused the last two weeks’ viewing to drop to literally nothing. OOPS.
An interesting look at the Helvetica Font’s impact and history upon our modern design and style. Ultimately, this documentary didn’t really go anywhere and while it was a compelling story, failed at actually weaving a story worth telling.
Tron: Legacy ****
A beautiful film with an outstanding soundtrack. Despite the plot that was sometimes lacking at points, I ultimately rate this very highly.
La Femme Nikita *
Overhyped and under-performing, this “action” film got confused with the plot and featured a jumpy plot that didn’t really do much of anything except make the viewer want to read a plot summary to figure out what the heck this movie was supposed to be about. Very disappointing.
Three Kings ***
An excellent modern dark comedy (for some reason the food processors cracked me up every time), this is a touching story about a small group of American soldiers trying to strike it rich in post-Desert Storm war Iraq. While the overall plot was solid, the execution was somewhat lacking at points and ultimately annoying enough to lose that fourth star.
I Heart Huckabees ****
An amazing film that explored modern living, the meaning of life, and the value of finding yourself and not trying to impress others.
The Seventh Seal ****
The more I thought about this film, the more I liked it. It will grow on you and occupy your thoughts for days on end while trying to unravel the genius behind this film.
A film about design and objects in our society, I felt the execution of this documentary (As with Helvetica) was somewhat lacking. Interesting enough, but nothing really compelling to draw me back to it.
A 1950s Japanese film about the end of the Samari era, this is a poignant story about a family who struggles after their house is eliminated. With a very skilful plot and a distinctive style, this film continues to influence even today.
Arn: Knight Templar ***
Following the story of the fictional Arn, this Swedish film is about a man who becomes a Templar and is caught up between the war in the Holy Land and tribal friction back home. Despite the mangling of this version’s plot to shorten it, it’s still a compelling film that is worth a viewing if you’re into Scandinavian history and medieval combat.
…and that’s a wrap. Currently sitting in my apartment for the past 12 days are The King’s Speech, The Right Stuff, Blood on the Flat Track, and Fear/Loathing in Las Vegas.