Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi rarely does wrong in my eyes. This movie cuts to the core of what I am all about and it's nice to know that one of my favorite directors is on the same wavelength. It's very obvious that Raimi and I have read the same comics and been affected in the same way by these stories. The saga of Peter Parker and Spider-Man is less about superhero action than it is about emotion.

Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 was absolutely awesome. I really don't think that Sam Raimi, one of my favorite directors, could have done a better job on this movie. It was everything that I had hoped it would be and then some. It even appealed to long-time Spider-Man fan in me, which proves that Sam was there reading the same, original, issues of Amazing Spider-Man that I was back in the 1960's. I liked this film better than Sam's original Spider-Man back in those halcyon days of the Summer of 2002. And, Doc Ock is so exquisitely carried off that it surprised even this jaded comics fan. Kudos to all involved; everyone behind this film deserves the success it will undoubtedly have.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Napoleon Dynamite

I saw the new movie Napoleon Dynamite in Red Bank and it was (forgive me Jimmie Walker) DY-NO-MITE!! I loved the film. Very quirky, unsettling and strange...but in a good way. If you liked Ghost World, Donnie Darko and Bad Santa, then you'll love this flick. You really can’t take your eyes off Napoleon, he’s that entertaining. The movie is not just one joke either…it’s a mood piece that has several resolutions and tells a credible, if somewhat skewed, story. (Little known fact: Napoleon Dynamite is one of Elvis Costello’s pseudonyms. This movie has nothing to do with him. They got the name from an actual person named that, who probably got it from EC. Costello is one of my favorite musicians.) Last but not least, get set for perhaps the most creatively entertaining opening credits that you have ever seen. Just so cool. Check out the Napoleon Dynamite website.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Regardless of your political leanngs, you should see this movie. A triumph for Michael Moore and the American public.