I was on a movie viewing bonanza this past week. First, I went to see the ‘Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers’. It was freakin’ amazing! I am totally hooked. I actually havent’ read the texts yet, but I am going to pick them up soon due to seeing ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ and ‘The Two Towers’. I actually own the first one on DVD. I was at the edge of my seat almost the entire time while seeing ‘Two Towers’. I’d say it was one of the most incredible movies I’ve seen in a very long time. I think I liked it better than the first one.
On Christmas day I saw ‘Hable Con Ella’ (Talk to Her) by one of my favorite directors, Pedro Almodovar. As usual, it was phenomenal. I am a succer for Almodovar films. It was about two men and their experiences with two different comatosed women. One of the actresses was Spanish singer Rosario Flores – who I have recently become a fan of. She plays a bullfighter in the film. Some critics say that it it his best film to date, but I disagree. I still like ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’ (All About My Mother) better. Maybe it’s because I am biased since the latter takes place in Barcelona – one of my favorite cities.
Then I saw the romantic comedy ‘Two Weeks Notice’ with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. I actually thought it was pretty decent. I actually related to Sandra Bullock’s character. She played a lawyer who graduated from Harvard (this is not to say that I think I am incredibly brilliant and intelligent) – but she used her knowledge and skills to help the needy. She protested to keep old landmarks from being torn down. She preferred working for Legal Aid as opposed to a big corporate firm. Well, anyway – that’s how I found myself relating to her – because I’m not all about the Benjamins. And even though it was a total Hollywood movie – and a romantic comedy at that! – I still found it entertaining. I thought that Sandra and Hugh had good chemistry in front of the camera. What actually sold me on the film is it’s behind the scenes preview on HBO. I guess that marketing tactic really works. It’s scary how marketing can really make a person spend money on something they wouldn’t have initially planned on spending it on – like a movie.
Finally, I saw ‘Gangs of New York’ last night with Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz. I thought it was incredible. At first I thought I couldn’t sit through it because it was extremely violent. It was a side of American history that I found intriguing. The whole time during the film I was thinking to myself, “Geez, how come we didn’t read about this in the history books?” But I guess events like don’t make it into our history books. After all, it’s a fine line between fact and opinion when it comes to history. I was totally impressed with this film. The cast delivered great performaces. I was actually impressed with DiCaprio’s performance. I actually like him better now compared to his ‘Titanic’ and ‘Beach’ days. I actually think he is a serious actor now. And of course Daniel Day-Lewis was great. Cameron Diaz was also great. I am gaining more and more respect for her as an actress. I think it’s great that she can be so flexible with her parts. She’s great playing a total dittsy blonde in ‘Charlie’s’ or a cut-throat redhead in ‘Gangs’. I think she chooses her roles wisely.
Anyway, that’s my movie review. Just thought I’d share that with you. Man, I should do this more often.