Friday, June 16, 2006

Movies, movies everywhere, and not a good one in sight

Okay, that's not quite true, but I've been spending my time covering (on assignment) a bunch of movies that you couldn't drag me to see a second time.

That list includes The Omen (see below blog), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Nacho Libre, the overcalculated misfire pairing Jared Hess, director of the overrated Napoleon Dynamite with Jack Black, a fellow I find extremely entertaining and downright hilarious in certain roles, including School of Rock.

Meanwhile, I still haven't gotten around to seeing United 93 or Thank You For Smoking, and I'd like to see Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion before it leaves town. And then there's the matter of all the review-copy DVDs stacking up around the house.

On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised (okay, not entirely surprised) by Cars, the latest Disney/Pixar animated gem, even if it is sort of a rip-off of that old Michael J. Fox vehicle, Doc Hollywood. Cars features great vocal performances, by Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, among others, and terrific visuals.

Oh yeah, almost forgot the entirely forgettable Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The "drift"-racing footage, featuring a backdrop of neon-lit Tokyo and nearby mountains, is a knock-out. But the story is nonsense, and the performances by the lead actors are downright stinky.

My reviews of these movies are variously posted at the sites operated by the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Las Vegas City Life. If you live in north Florida, you can find some of them in Folio Weekly.

More random pop-culture commentary to come!

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