February 18, 2008


Move Me

I tend to do all my movie watching during a couple of rainy weekends a year, and this has been one of them. 3:10 to Yuma is one I'd been waiting to see. Love, love, love it. Though I'm not usually a big Russell Crowe fan, he and Christian Bale anchor an amazing cast. Based on an Elmore Leonard short, the whole thing reeks of testosterone and good guys and bad guys (and some that can't make up their minds), but it's great. At one point I called it 3:10 to Yummy, but got a nasty look.

Also saw Eastern Promises (Viggo Mortensen - can you tell I'm the one who went to the video store?), and while I'm glad that Cronenberg has made a film vastly better than A History of Violence (which featured the worst dialogue I've heard in a while), it was still missing...something. Viggo was stellar, of course. And he looks amazing in a rather smart suit throughout. In fact, he only removes it in a bathhouse scene to romp around in his tattoos. I did love the international cast - an air of authenticity that brings some nice texture to a rather standard tale.

Anything Don Cheadle shows up in is better for having him in it (Talk To Me was fab, and Hotel Rwanda still haunts this household) - and Reign Over Me is no exception. I still can't get my head around Adam Sandler not being an arsehole. I'm not sure how many stupid movies you are allowed to make before you lose your invitation to the Serious Boys Club. Maybe he should ask Jim Carrey. Not that he knows.

Can't remember what's on the slate today, but I want to go get the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt. I'm not a huge Pitt fan (I mean, I can stand it....)but, I'm just in a western kind of mood. Maybe I'll just grab a handful of Lonesome Dove and head home.

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