Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mean Creek Movie Review

Mean Creek (2004) is an artistic film on the cusp of greatness. The cinematography is excellent, acting is great, storyline is good (although a little predictable), and even the music is hauntingly beautiful.

Sam (Rory Culkin) is physically bullied by George (Josh Peck) one to many times. After telling his brother Rocky about it, Rocky tells his irrational friend Marty (Scott Mechlowicz; Peaceful Warrior), and a plan is born to enact some lighthearted revenge. Things go awry when George and Marty's strong personalities clash in the creek. Friendships are tested while perceptions are questioned.

6 out of 10 - I enjoyed the journey, but not the destination. This is one of those films I find myself wanting to like more. The performance by Josh Peck is unforgeable!  With that and the other positives, I recommend you give it a watch if you come across it and let us all know what you thought.  The last ten minutes is what is keeping me from giving this an eight or nine.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Acts of Worship Movie Review

Acts of Worship (2001) is a film everyone must see.  It is as close as you can get to truly understanding drug addiction and dependence without actually going through it yourself; The Basketball Diaries and Kids do not even come close to the realism of this story.  The acting is absolutely amazing, and when combined with the filming style you are drawn deep into a chronicle that will change your own life.

Alix (Ana Reeder) is living an existence in the Lower East Side that is one step away from tragedy.  Her dependence on drugs ensures her day to day activities will be filled with recklessness so that she can have her moment of euphoria.  Digna (Michael Hyatt), an up and coming talented photographer, enters Alix's life at a pivotal moment to offer wisdom and to direct her on a better path.  As they learn more about each other their connection grows and their lives react to one another in profound ways.

10 out of 10 - An unforgettable portrait of life!


Don McKay Movie Review

Don McKay (2009) had everything it needed to be a decent movie, but with flat acting and poor (even confusing) dialog it fell short. With a very original plot and a great cast I kept waiting for it to take off. It never did, it actually got worse as it went on. It is a real shame because I could see myself loving this film. It lacked emotion and continuity, and thirty minutes after watching it I am already forgetting it.

Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) travels home when he receives a letter from his high school girlfriend, Sonny (Elisabeth Shue), after leaving his birthplace over 25 years ago. She wants him by her side as she lives out her final days. A few crazy people, Don's secretive past, loneliness, a quirky cab driver, and a mishmash of lies all combine into a crazy mind numbing ride. 4 out of 10.