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The War of the Worlds
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Well, when all is said and done and Spielberg looks over his life work, WOTW is not going to rank at the top of anyone's list. Having said that, its pretty good. He stays very close to the original material and, since we all pretty much know that formula, there are no big surprises and the ending seems too easy. Great mood throughout however and, since I get easily frightened at movies, had me closing me eyes occasionally. Tom Cruise is under-utilized here doing his standard "immature adult rising to the occasson" part (ala A Few Good Men, Minority Report etc). The little girl is excellent and man can she scream. Aliens are subpar for SS. No big life lessons unless you have alien-phobia and need some exposure work.


The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)
14 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A very sweet and thoughtful love story. I was once again impressed that big budgets have less to do with a good movie than a good story, writing and acting. And, I was challenged to suspend judgment of cultural rituals that seem "outdated" to me - they come from a unique history and a rich and complex story.

Manufactured Landscapes
14 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a thoughtful and introspective Canadian documentary exploring the ideas behind the artists stills collection wherein he brings to life landscapes created by modern industry. I really appreciated how apolitical this movie stayed and allowed me to draw my own conclusions and opinions. It struck me that everything in my life from my car to my tv remote has a story behind it. Perhaps the best movie I've seen that has brought me into modern Chinese culture and life.

Three Seasons
Three Seasons (1999)
14 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Like many films that come from SE Asia, there is a nice pace to this beautifully filmed movie...and, again like many such films, I really didn't "get" the point. Having said that, it was enjoyable enough if not rivetting. I often find that a close look at other cultures leaves me with an awareness of universal human themes: the need for relationship; the struggle of class; that ever culture has good and selfish people.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
14 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Wow, I loved this documentary about the world of Donkey Kong. This is a great example of how a documentary can be as riveting as any work of fiction. We have a protagonist, a villian and a great context to build tension and the uncertainty of potential tragedy. Well done.