I’m taking advantage of the miserable weather to rent a lot of movies.
“Sunshine”: A space mission to reignite the sun is made impossible by incompetent astronauts. The special effects are cool, but too dark for home video. Don’t bother.
“Once Upon a Time in the West” has Henry Fonda! And Charles Bronson! And Jason Robards! And an incredibly hot Italian woman named Claudia Cardinale. This is part of my recent exploration of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. He actually filmed this one in the United States.
“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” was a lot better than I thought. I didn’t like the first one. I even found John Voight tolerable.
“Requiem for a Dream”: This is a very good movie. Imagine all of the worst things that can happen to you when you use drugs, then throw in some snappy editing and photography.
“The Squid and the Whale” is all about the performances. Every once and a while Jeff Daniels reminds me what a good actor he is. Laura Linney is always good, too.
Oh yeah, and “Superbad”. Sort of an updated American Graffiti. McLovin!