October 24, 2009
Why? It is the one question I thought the most while watching the weirdly mesmerizing and somewhat off-putting emotional exploration that is the 2009 film WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. As most kids of my generation, I can recall holding that oddly shaped hardcover book. The illustrations almost seems to shuffle in your eye with a natural twitch. The movie version did not replicate that twitch, but it did very successfully bring the monsters to life with amazing puppetry and only the necessary CGI.
October 9, 2009
A good 12+ years ago, I really wanted to move to Montana. I cannot recall what entirely spurred this ambition, but what I can remember is that it was at least partially if not entirely motivated by a Pearl Jam concert being there. Perhaps from this one event I concocted, as my mind is wont to do, an elaborate fantasy of living there and how it would be great. Then I learned that Montana was a haven for militia and my Big Sky Country dreams vanished. Tonight watching A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, those old Montana memories were stirred for the first time in a long time.
October 2, 2009
GONE BABY GONE is not a movie that will promote Boston as a city to reside in or even make anyone stop in it on their way to one of the best places on Earth–Cape Cod. I kind of thought this movie was actually going to be a musical (I confused it with BOUNCE.) I am not a fan of total “feel bad” movies, but as always I gave this one a shot as I thought it might not be all feel bad. It was.
October 1, 2009
I agree with Ken Burns. The title of his latest documentary is THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA. To put it simply, this documentary is mesmerizingly interesting. In so many categories is this documentary fascinating: history, photography, environment, politics, poetry. This is the best film of 2009 I have seen–by far.