movie wasteland

Boys and girls, we've entered the movie wasteland that always comes immediately post-Oscar season. For the first time since October, there were absolutely no new releases in the Twin Cities that I wanted to see. I know everyone was touting Rambo, but I haven't seen the earlier ones, and I really didn't feel inclined to start now. Maybe someday, but for now... meh. Our other choices were Meet the Spartans (another brainless parody flick), and Untraceable. As far as that one goes, I'm already a no-go anytime torture porn is on the table, but Colin Covert (whom I respect) says it may actually be borderline immoral to see this one.

So it was a weekend of On Demand and Netflix for Ms. Nayana.

I saw Lost In Translation, which has been on my want-to-see list for quite some time. It was cool... kind of slow-moving, but I loved the pacing in relation to the subject matter. It's kind of about feeling totally alone and adrift, and like no one really has time for you... and then these two people find each other, and they absolutely get one another. Also, I kept waiting for it to get all skeezy and gross (I mean, it is Bill (60-ish) Murray and Scarlett (25-ish) Johansson)... but I was pleasantly surprised.

Also viewed: Imagine Me & You, a British lesbian love story (and purveyor of my new favorite euphemism for lesbians: "vagetarian"); Curious George (actually less nauseating than expected); Fast Food Nation (icky, but a great flick); and I re-watched Great Balls of Fire. That was kind of cool, too, because I recognized some of the elements they made fun of in Walk Hard.

I'm currently in the middle of Tristan & Isolde... stay tuned.

P.S. No surprises whatsoever at the SAG Awards last night. Agree? Disagree?
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4 Response to "movie wasteland"

  1. soundtrackgeek says:
    January 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    I can't believe I haven't seen Lost In Translation yet. It's been on my list of movies to see for years now. I saw an interesting movie called the nines. It was weird, almost Lynch-weird, but it was good.

    As for SAG... couldn't really care much as it is always the same... isn't it?

  2. Chris Phoenix says:
    January 29, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    I didn't have any expectations for the SAG awards, but I did happen to be flipping channels just as The Office won for best TV comedy ensemble or whatever the title is. I don't really remember the other nominees, but I was really happy to see The Office win for best 'ensemble.' People may point to Dwight Schrute or Michael Scott as the best reasons to watch the show, but it's really the ensemble that makes the show what it is.

  3. Shannon the Movie Moxie says:
    January 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    I was really surprized when I read the imdb plot keywords and MPAA rating for Rambo (, and the trailer showing a bunch of young women for like a split second. I wouldn't have expected that and now have zero interest in seeing it.

    I hope you liked Tristan + Isolde. I quite liked that one.

  4. Nayana Anthony says:
    January 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    soundtrackgeek... Lost in Translation was a cool little diversion. I'm glad I saw it.

    chris... Yay for The Office! Oh, wait, I don't watch that one. Maybe eventually I'll get around to it.

    Shannon, what is it with boy movies? "Rape", "Graphic Violence", "Disturbing"? To me, it doesn't sound like a fun way to spend an evening.

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