Friday, May 04, 2007

May 8th, 2007 Releases

The Painted Veil

Kate Says: "The Painted Veil" is an absolutely amazing, tragic and beautiful story. The cinematogrophy is stunning; the acting is amazingly done - Naomi Watts and Edward Norton play their characters wonderfully, and adaptation of of W. Somerset Maugham's novel is suberb overall. Taking place primarily in China, in 1925, "The Painted Veil" is a love story, but is also much more than that, centering around a cholera pandemic in China and the terrible losses surrounding this brutal affliction. This is simply a beautiful, wonderful film, and I would highly reccomend it; it definately rates a 10/10.

Music and Lyrics

Kate Says: I really enjoyed this film. It's actually quite funny, especially for those familiar with the 80's pop-music scene. Of course, being a hollywood-romantic-comedy, it does succumb to some obvious cliches, but since I was expecting that, it didn't ruin the movie or anything. "Music and Lyrics" would be a great film to watch with your mom for mother's day, or if you're just in the mood for a light, uplifting and amusing movie. For what it was, I'd give it an 8/10.

Because I Said So

Kate Says: Compared to "Music and Lyrics," "Because I Said So" is more of a chick-flick drama comedy, but definately not a laugh-out-loud hilarious comedy. Essentially it's a movie about the mother-daughter dynamic, as well as the search for 'Mr. Right.' This movie was nice and light, although it had the right amount of depth that it needed for the story line. Diane Keaton was fairly annoying in the beginning, although that's mostly due to the character she was playing. I was impressed, but not floored. "Because I Said So" is a decent chick flick, and I'd give it an 7/10 fort its genre.

Catch and Release

"Trailer Park Boys" - Season 6

Kate Says: Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Mr. Lahey and Randy are back, in all their trashy glory. As with the previous five seasons, this is a great, hilarious season full of amusing Ricky-isms, piss jugs, jailarity and just generally wonderful deliquency.

Breaking and Entering

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Deliver Us from Evil

Kate Says: This was a well-done documentary examining the issue of child-molestation and the Catholic church. While it obviously does not condone or promote the sick act of child abuse in any way, it is otherwise fairly un-biased. Mainly, it's not saying "all catholic priests are child-molesters," and instead it simply looks at the abhorrent and unfortunate cases in which this is true. To be honest, I couldn't sit through the whole thing. It's not in any way graphic or obscene, but I just couldn't stomach listening to this man describe, so calmly, how he abused children. "Deliver Us From Evil" contains interviews with the families of the child-victims, interviews with the priests, bishops etc. involved, court-room footage and the victims themselves. This film focuses more on the issues surrounding the punishment or lackthereof given to the priests; it's not merely an account of the abuse itself.

Until Death

Kate Says: This is what you'd expect from a Van Damme movie; action packed, a lot of killing, violence, not a whole lot of thinking required etc. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of this type of movie, but I actually sat through this with my boyfriend and somewhat enjoyed it. He is a fan of this genre, and he seemed to really like it so I suppose that means that for the Van Damme fans out there, it's a good film.

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