Friday, August 31, 2007

The Woods (2005)

Lucky McKee, director of The Woods and of the superior May, would seem to be a real rarity among horror directors: one who actually likes women.

The Family Stone

I didn’t believe a minute of The Family Stone, but I watched two-thirds of it, because hey! Rachel MacAdams, Craig T. Nelson, Claire Danes. All appealing in anything.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

The villain and his minions capture Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and lead them down into the Paris sewer. The villain tells a vaguely menacing anecdote about the sewers, then offers them one last chance, tell me where the girl is and you live -- something Jackie Chan isn't about to agree to: his eyes narrow, his jaw sets.

Chris Tucker beams: "You got a deal! Thanks for showing us the sewer!"

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

“Engage the asset,” evil David Strathairn intones on two occasions in The Bourne Ultimatum, and each time there follows a sequence of near-identical ciphers answering the phone and snapping into action in the anonymous room where they’d been zoned out in front of the TV; it’s a sly joke that’s niftier and chillier the second time around.