Some short movie reviews and/or recommendations:
We tried to watch Borat. This faux memo encapsulates some of my feelings on it. Ultimately, we made it up until the first part of the rodeo scene, then couldn’t take it any more. We weren’t offended; we were just bored. It was about as funny as watching a cat cough up a hairball, but at least we didn’t have to clean up the carpet afterward. Josh’s review of the film can be found here.
Gone Baby Gone was an excellent film, perhaps the best I’d seen all year. It shows that Ben Affleck has real talent, but it’s behind and not in front of the camera. It was both entertaining and thought-provoking; indeed, I am still not entirely certain about the resolution, morally speaking. I won’t say more so as not to give away plot points, but I highly recommend it.
Oldboy was a visceral, disquieting movie that stays with you for a long time after you’ve seen it. It’s the second in the director’s “Revenge Trilogy.” I put the first and third of them on my Netflix queue. Very stylish, very well done and acted. We watched the dubbed rather than the subtitled version, which actually didn’t take anything away from it, surprisingly. You owe it to yourself to see it.
3:10 to Yuma was a decent western, a remake. I didn’t see the original. A very solid cast made it more watchable. Aggie liked it better than I did. Some good action, good performances, but clumsy character development.