December 17th, 2005

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Quick Reviews

The Island (2005)
Michael Bay's latest action romp is decent, for a Michael Bay movie at least. It sets up a very cool sci-fi story and then blows it all to shit with more loud explosions, mayhem and general destruction than you can shake a stick at. Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson both turn in surprisingly strong performances for this type of movie. I ended up wishing I had more of the sci-fi world that started the movie, but maybe I should just go watch Gattaca instead, because it was basically ripping off that movie anyways.
6.5 out of 10

King Kong (1976)
I haven't gone to see the new Peter Jackson version of King Kong yet, but I did catch the 1976 version starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange on AMC last night. Crappy 1970s special effects aside, I liked it alright. Jessica Lange is totally hot, but flails her arms very strangely when she runs. King Kong makes helicopters crash into the World Trade Center while he jumps across the roof from one tower to the other, but those buildings are indestructible!
6 out of 10

Syriana (2005)
The world of the oil industry is filled with mystery, suspense, murder, torture and Matt Damon in this new movie by Stephen Gaghan. It was fun to watch and try to put all the pieces together in this very complex story and I still don't think I understand it completely. Lots of solid acting and a smart screenplay keep the confusion from getting tiresome. Of course, we all know that the oil industry is evil and the corporate world is corrupt, and it's upsetting to know that there isn't anything that people can do about it. The lesson from movies like this is when you try to tip the scales, people die.
8.5 out of 10

Lost (Season One, 2004)
I am usually playing catch up when it comes to TV series, but I finally got around to watching this show's first season. I understand the spell that this show has held on so many people and I agree that this first season is very good. I love the way the flashbacks do so much of the storytelling. I also love the mystery and the implied underlining magic that exists on this island. I'll watch season two when it comes out on dvd.
7.5 out of 10

Trees Lounge (1996)
Steve Buscemi wrote and directed this indie film about an alcoholic who is aimless and searches for answers at the bottom of the glass at the local bar. This movie is a difficult film to watch. The characters are real and not very likable. It's depressing and a little hopeless.
7 out of 10