Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Chain Reaction (1996)

Something about this movie just never caught on for me. It had the potential to be a silly-and-utterly-typical-but-well-made action flick. But it was only the first two attributes. I kept waiting for it to get better or more interesting, or even to involve a chain reaction, but it never did. This was two hours not completely wasted, however. I now know not to watch this movie again, and that I'd hardly recommend it to anyone. 1 star.

Friday, May 6, 2005

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Plot: After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

Wow. I can very much see why all the hype about this movie. It was pretty phenomenal. Russell Crowe turned in a great performance, his character was very believable. I felt like I was gaining great insight into the mind of someone who deals with a problem like this. Halfway through I felt that horror realizing that... er, well, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet and somehow knows nothing about it, I shan't give away the main plot element. I shall simply conclude by saying it was a truly fascinating movie and had a somewhat very satisfactory ending. And also was a bit creepy at times, which can often be a plus. :-) 4 stars.

All About Eve (1950)

I can see why this is a classic movie. The entire cast turns in fantastic performances, the script is intriguing, the story is compelling... And yet with all that I can't find a *whole* lot to say about it. It was quite generally good, but I can't think of anything specific to say about it. No clue what that means about the movie, or about me. Maybe after another viewing I'd be able to come back and add a few more thoughts. 3.5 stars.