Site ColumnsBy Michelle
January 27, 2006 - 10:46 PM
I had a busy movie week. Last Saturday, I saw King Kong, which felt to me like three hour-long movies. I loved the opening historical drama with the steamship voyage, really disliked the dinosaur flick with the overlong giant bug sequence and the nasty native stereotypes, and rather liked the Beauty and the Beast tragedy at the end although I really wished Beauty had been given more to say. The special effects were stellar, but the film's tone was so inconsistent, and so many of the subplots were dropped without warning, that I had a hard time feeling emotional during the climax.
On Monday, since my children had no school, I took them to see Hoodwinked. No one had told me that cartoon was Rashomon with Little Red Riding Hood, and we all enjoyed it greatly, even though a lot of the animation was amateurish - I loved the female characters, the sense of humor and the silly cop movie references, not to mention the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings in-jokes.
And Wednesday night I saw Match Point. It wasn't a bad movie - had some very fine acting and gorgeous shots of London - but I liked the film much better and thought it had far more substance the first time Woody Allen made it, when it was set in New York and called Crimes and Misdemeanors. That movie really made an audience think about the horrors in history, personal and global, that would lead a decent man to the kind of amorality that allows him to commit murder; Match Point is just about selfishness, greed and luck, which isn't nearly so compelling.
I'm still rooting for Brokeback Mountain on Oscar night.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from January 2004:
- 'Enterprise' To Change Time Slots
UPN announced plans to move Star Trek: Enterprise to the 9 p.m. Wednesday hour from the spot it occupied since its first episode at 8 p.m., taking it out of competition with the WB's Smallville.
- Stewart: Improve Earth Before Going To Mars
Patrick Stewart (Picard) said that the resources needed to send humans to Mars would be better used to improve life on Earth, "getting this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilisations out on to other planets."
- Trek Alumni Receive Oscar Nods
Several Star Trek alumni were placed in the running for Oscars when the 76th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced; every single film put forth for Best Visual Effects had at least one Star Trek staffer among its number.
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