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For Your Consideration

November 18, 2006 Uptown, Seattle Christopher Guest makes me laugh. Waiting for Guffman kills me and I own a copy of Best in Show , a movie that I quote frequently. But that last couple of Guest's movies I've seen have been significantly less funny. This is my attempt to say that I failed to laugh at much of anything in For Your Consideration. Sad since I love the cast and there were moments that elicited a chuckle, but most of those moments were featured in the trailers. Maybe after seeing some very funny comedies late, the bar is simply set too high, but I don't think this is the problem. I think the problem is the subject matter. The idea of a completely ridiculous movie being considered an Oscar contended isn't a very outlandish idea in the first place. So the film plays too little like a mockumentary and seems like it could easily be an actual documentary. Oh well. I guess occasionallyl when you see as many films as I do, there will be the occassion

The Fountain

November 26, 2006 Metro Cinemas, Seattle Several years ago, I remember waiting with anticipation for Pi to open. Pi was Aronofsy's first feature and it wasn't a dissapointment. It quickly ranked among my favorites. Requium for a Dream didn't make me rush to the theaters and to this day, I have only watched some of it on cable. This can be blamed on my annoyance with the addiction plot line. Drug addiction doesn't interest me. I've seen plenty of films on the subject matter and haven't cared for any of them. Cest la vie. But I did make a point to see The Fountain . And I have no idea whether or not I could call The Fountain a good film, but I would certainly call it an interesting film. I'm not going to bother to sum up the plot beyond saying that the film interweaves three stories, or maybe just one story in three settings, one involves a historic quest for immortality through seeking the fountain of youth, one is a modern day story of a researche

The Last King of Scotland

November 2, 2006 Pacific Place, Seattle I was excited about this film as soon as I heard that Kevin McDonald was making a film staring Forest Whitaker. As far as I'm concerned, Forset Whitaker does not get enough good roles and after seeing a trailer for the Last King of Scotland , I was even more excited about seeing the film. Forest Whitaker looked like a perfect choice to depict the brutal Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin. And he didn't disappoint. Forest Whitaker gives an Oscar worthy performance. The problem with The Last King of Scotland is the way the story is framed. We learn about Amin through the eyes of a young, Scottish doctor who is at first charmed by Amin until he slowly realizes how Amin rules. Unfortunately, the reveal is not as suspenseful as a slow reveal should be and not nearly as interesting as a portrait of the man's life as Amin's personal doctor was not aware of all of his affairs and actions, only those that either concerned Amin's me

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhastan

Right after seeing Sacha Baron Cohen's film, Borat, I was disappointed. I didn't laugh nearly as hard as I had hoped and it wasn't quite as outrageous as I had expected. But in retrospect, I have to admit the comic brilliance of Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen has adeptly created a film about a fictional man, Borat, from a fictionalized Kazakhastan and used this creation to show the hipocracy of America. Using tactics pioneered by reality television shows, Borat travels across America on a quest to find his true love, Pamela Anderson. On this journey, he meets numerous people who share their thoughts about a multitude of things, exposing the way some Americans really believe about race, class, homosexuality and the other sex. It is a very interesting film. Sure, it gets laughs from ambushing Pamela Anderson with a wedding bag, traveling with a bear, and a bit of naked wrestling, but this film is also very smart in its sly portrayal of the wealth of prejudices that are ali