“Now this is the story all about how,
My life got flipped, turned upside down,
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.”
Thanks Will, now let’s get down to business.
Children of Men: I definitely liked this one, giving it four and a half stars and the six spot on my Best Of for the two double-oh six. The film’s got so much to say about humans and our society without ever being preachy, and looking sharp all at the same time. Really a great film, and one that would probably be ranked higher than six if I could go back and redo this list.
Curse of the Golden Flower: I’ll be damned if Yimou Zhang (the same dude who gave you Hero and House Of Flying Daggers) doesn’t deliver some of the most awe-inspiring visuals in films today, but I don’t know if he’s nesicarily that great of a director. Even though his films are like orgasms for the eye, he’s yet to be able to tell that compelling of a story, and not much changes with Curse of the Golden Flower. For what it’s worth, Yimou’s story-telling is the strongest here, but towards the end everything just disolves into a giant, epic but somehow dull climax. Thundarr seemed to enjoy it enough, though, as seen in his review. So if your the kind of guy that has a sweet tooth for eye candy, by all means check out this Hong Kong import, but otherwise you might want to skip it.
Happy Feet: Dude, I don’t know why, but the penguins are taking over. Here’s my case:
a) The March of the Penguins.
b) The soon-to-be-released Surf’s Up.
c) They’re adorable (duh!)
d) They won an Oscar.
Couldn’t tell you how, but Happy Feet somehow won an Oscar. I don’t know, it’s been four months since I’ve seen this film and I still don’t have a clue of what to think of it. It’s a kid’s movie too long and boring to keep a kid’s attention, and the visuals are too realistic to be your typical cute ‘cartoon;’ but it’s funny and endearing enough that I guess I enjoyed it. Thundarr liked it too, which you can see by pulling a clicky-coo right herre. Well, the public seemed to have liked it too, seeing as how it was the seventh highest grossing film of last year. Wow.
The Pursuit of Happyness: Don’tch’ya wish it were still the good ol’ days when Will Smith had The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in regular rotation? Oh well, to be honest, his newest film The Pursuit of Happyness is a pretty good one. It’s an inspirational film that takes full advantage of its sap story and exploiting the audience’s emotion. Normally, I’m not a fan of these sorts of films; but the realism, the acting and power of Happyness make it a film worth checking out, and if that’s not enough to convince you, Thundarr liked it too. Now quick, let’s get a starring vehicle for Alfonso Ribeiro of his own!