What movies have you seen lately?

Posted by avatarOmar last updated November 13, 2006 at 2:46 pm

Here are some mini-reviews of some movies that I've seen lately, I'd love to hear what people though, either about the movies I've mentioned here or other ones they've seen. Listed in no particular order.

Babel
Horrible. There was a lot of hype about this movie while it was making the rounds at the festivals, but I see absolutely no reason for it. Think Syriana, but crappy... actually that'd still be a good movie. Try this: this movie is like someone saw Syriana but doesn't understand english and there was no subtitles, and they only watched it once and then tried to make the same movie.

The Prestige
Very good, and even better the second time. Nolan's use of quick flashbacks are starting to become cliche for me, but I'm not getting too tired of the style. I love Christian Bale, and Hugh Jackman is great. I don't know if the movie is trying to be smart, but it is smart in some ways, but not really a movie I'd call smart, if you know what I mean.

The Illusionist
See The Prestige instead.

Borat
Very disappointed in this one. I really like the Borat character and love watching the clips on YouTube or on the Ali G DVDs, but as a full fledged movie I just felt like I was wasting my time. There are definitely some funny parts in the movie, but most of the "plot" and scripted scenes were just boring. Don't go in with the hype that this is the redefinition of comedy because it's not, go in with realistic expectations and you'll probably enjoy yourself.

Jackass 2
This movie is a bit older, but I remembered it from talking about Borat. If you're looking for slapstick comedy just go with Jackass 2. I don't even like Jackass normally, but I was watching this when I needed a pick-me-up and it was perfect. It's really gross though, as you should expect, so be aware of that.

Short Bus
Um... ya... I had no idea about what this movie was about, and if I did I would've never gone in the first place. AFTER the fact, I found out that all the hype behind it is that it's very explicit sexually, and I can confirm that this is the case. But who cares, because it's gross! And above and beyond that the movie just sucks. There's no point, no plot, no story. There's a hinting to a story but it's handled as an afterthought and things just resolve themselves without any kind of REAL events or learning taking place. Just a very stupid and worthless film all around.