Whirr2005-06-22
Action Movies
I'm going to see Batman Begins on Friday, and am very excited by the idea. I love action movies. Well, to be precise, I am afraid of non-action movies. Action movies are designed to blow things up. The hero (who is almost always male, but who is rarely necessarily so) has to shoot a bunch of people and engage in some sort of acrobatic sequence while exciting music plays. End of story, go home.

With such low expectations, it's hard for them to disappoint me, the way I was so crushed by my recent re-viewing of Moulin Rouge. There have been plenty of other high-concept movies that have broken my heart, too, like House of Flying Daggers. And then, of course, there are the art films that don't screw up, and are sometimes even more devastating. Requiem for a Dream... *shudder*. And if I have my way, I'll never see Dancer in the Dark, Dogville*, or anything else van Trier will ever make.

Which isn't to say that action flicks are always safe--XXX left an unpleasant taste in my mouth, and I kind of hated Mr. and Mrs. Smith--but at least there were plenty of distractions to take my mind off things.

Nathan Rabin reviewed Bewitched today, saying:

"Bewitched stars Nicole Kidman as a giggly witch who wants nothing more than to leave magic behind and find an immature, flailing mess of a man to slavishly serve."

That makes me sad, and I haven't even seen the preview for it. Hopefully, I never will.

I do feel a little bad, however, restricting my cinematic tastes to the purely spectacular. If anyone wanted to recommend a good art movie to me, one that embraced life, &c, I'd probably watch it. I keep meaning to check out My Dinner with Andre--do you think it would be nice to me?

P.S. Must remember to check out Jean Cocteau's Orphesus.







*Although I do admire it's aesthetic, 'anti-Our Town"†. Also, N.B.: Don't confuse this movie with Dogtown and Z-Boys a neat documentary about skateboards.


†Sorry, I just had to add in this bit I found at IMDB:

Paul Bettany didn't wanted to play Tom Edison because they were shooting it in Sweden. Then his friend Stellan Skarsgård said that Lars von Trier's shoots are so funny that "you'll miss something extraordinary if you turn the part down". After shooting half the movie Bettany asked Skarsgård when the fun will start, which Skarsgård replied: "I just lied because I didn't want to be here alone."
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