Scud at the Movies: Part IX

Watchmen. This is the movie adapation of a critically-acclaimed twelve-issue comic book limited series released between 1986 and 1987 about retired superheroes, vengeance, regret, and all those angst. I wasn’t expecting a lot from the movie. I just wanted to enjoy the visuals and wonderfully-choreographed fight scenes but what I got were rehashed scenes from past movies. I did enjoy the opening scene. It was cool. The story is a bit complex too. If you want to enjoy the experience, search for a synopsis of the comic book on the net (to avoid getting confused) and don’t expect fight scenes similar to 300 (both films have the same director). I dig the look of the film though. And the soundtrack. And Jack Earl Hailey who plays Rorschach. Astig sya. Also, 11 minutes of footage was cut from the film to get the R13 rating but you won’t notice where they spliced it.

Rachel Getting Married. Kym (Anne Hathaway) is a recovering alcoholic who is given a weekend pass to attend to her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt)’s wedding. Directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), this is a wonderful movie filled with great scenes (the rehearsal dinner is seamlessly shot and choreographed) and great performances from its support cast. Hathaway is a standout. I even think she gives a better performance here than Winslet in The Reader.

Marley & Me. Owen Wilson & Jennifer Anniston star as a newly-married couple trying to start a family by purchasing a dog, which they name Marley, who bcome a consistent family presence. I had high hopes for this film and I was a bit disappointed. This is not to say this is a bad movie because it isn’t. I think this may be because I read the book where this film was adapted from and it was a great read. I even gave a friend a copy of the book. That’s how good it was. Watch this. On DVD.

Milk. Sean Penn IS Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man ever voted into public office in America. Gus Van Sant again impresses. This is my fourth favorite Van Sant film after To Die For, Good Will Hunting, and Elephant. Watch this!

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