2 Days in Paris (Julie Delpy, 2007)

Julie Delpy, who had to be directly inspired by her participation – acting, in Richard Linklater’s high acclaimed “double feature” Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), produced this creepy little romantic comedy in 2007.  Yes, how often you hear the words creepy romantic comedy used together? Working with a hilarious Adam Goldberg (does the guy play himself in every film he does? here he seems to be stepping straight off the Entourage set); actress, writer, director, editor AND composer Delpy created this little farce of a thirty something couple taking a break from a less than stellar 2 days … Continue reading 2 Days in Paris (Julie Delpy, 2007)

The Ten (David Wain, 2007)

My god, this is one of the worst most unwatchable films I have ever not finished.  On paper and in casting, something must have looked good esp the acting talent but this is one big pile of dung.  I assume that Messers Paul Rudd and Ken Marino and other really talented people got this through the starting gate and finish line but it will haunt them forever. * / ***** Continue reading The Ten (David Wain, 2007)

Paranoid Park (Van Sant, 2007)

Gus Van Sant exploring his familiar Northwest America childhood detachment and apathy.  This is among his best work – in the same league with Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho and Elephant.  It is a companion piece to Elephant without the abject horror.  I know of these skatepark guys – I have seen them and met them recently and I used to do a bit of this myself back in the day – in this film a culture that signifies a generation or generations of youngsters alienated by the CNN new culture of bad news and the breakdown of the … Continue reading Paranoid Park (Van Sant, 2007)

Reservation Road (Terry George, 2007)

Difficult melodrama involving the loss of a child had to push the thespians to the edge.  Clearly very difficult material turns out good perfs from the rapper and retired actor Joachin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo.  But its such bleak material and the plot turn, the thriller element, trivializes the tragedy that has befallen the parents played by Phoenix and Connelly and swallows up the performance by Mira Sorvino.  The audience is meant to believe that being a good father = watching the Red Sox and eating pizza.  Could be worse – I might be forced to watch the … Continue reading Reservation Road (Terry George, 2007)