I've seen quite a few movies recently. Good ones, mostly. Good acting, solid story-telling, and even a suprise or two. Here's a quick rundown of the most recent ones:
The Host: Despite the rave reviews from the majors, this one did very little for me. I guess the reviewers didn't see "Tremors". Not recommended.
The Queen: The decision to keep P Diana's kids out of the picture was noble, but ultimately, misguided. Recommended.
The Last King of Scotland: As disturbing as it should be. While not exactly suprising, and saddled with an ending that's a little too drama-packed and convenient, the film does have stellar performances and a whiff of originality. Events, up to the final act, play out with more honesty and integrity than expected. Recommended.
Notes on a Scandal: Darker and stranger and more creative than expected. Not a lot of suprises once it gets going--there's a sickening surety to the events. Highly recommended.
And then there's Grindhouse. 3+ hours of right on targetness. It's hard to compare "worthy" films with "fun" films, but sometimes, you have to. When a film is as well-executed, as gleefully twisted, as suprisingly sprite, and as sure as this picture (pictures?) is, well, you just have to shake your head and acknowledge. I walked out of this one grinning. No, fuck that, I was grinning all the way home! Sometime the tumblers align, the script is worth shooting, the actors act, and the audience gets more than it bargined for. This is one such film. People can debate all they want about which film is the better of the two, but it really doesn't matter, because both of them work, and work well. Yeah, this is the kind of film that sends me scurrying back to the theaters like a bulemic after a healthy purge. Man, I want some more. I demand you go see this one. Soon.