Jonathan Poritsky

Leftover Movie Reviews from 2008

In 2008, I had trou­ble get­ting my A in G when it came to pub­lish­ing to this blog. I toiled over a few movie reviews for so long that I never ended up pub­lish­ing them. I’m hav­ing the same issue now, with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire reviews still mar­i­nat­ing in my “Drafts” folder. Anyhow, I was try­ing to clean up the hard drive when I stum­bled upon some of my unfin­ished mas­ter­pieces. There are too many reviews to write for movies that are fresh in my mind now, so I sup­pose it would be futile try­ing to com­plete these lit­tle nuggets. However, it would be just as dumb to keep them to myself. So here you go, my unfin­ished and unedited thoughts on 6 films from 2008. Read on…

Netflixing: In Bruges

I spent the first reel of this film com­pletely bored, hop­ing there had to be some rea­son for this movie to be released com­ing up around any turn. Well, Once you give your­self over to the basic film­mak­ing offered up in In Bruges, you start to see where this film is doing a lot of things right. For one, Colin Farrell has a brief glint of human­ity, though not as much as he mus­tered up in Cassandra’s Dream.

If any­thing has proven con­sis­tent over the last decade of “inde­pen­dent” film, it’s that you’ve got to start with the less-clever-than-it-lets-on cold-blooded-killers-who-are-actually-like-regular-people semi-offensive-but-never-subversive black com­edy before you move on to big­ger and brighter things. And so, not miss­ing a step of his des­tiny, Martin McDonagh, of Oscar-winning Six Shooter fame, gives us this for­get­table speck. Read on…

No Best of 2008, Ready for 2009

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Me Behind a Tree @ flickr

Last week I sat down to com­pose a top 10 list of the best films of 2008 when I ran into a bit of a prob­lem. When I resolved to do the same things last year, at the end of 2007, I was sim­ply able to pull up my blog archives and re-trace my thoughts from the year. Not so this year, as I had only 40 posts in 2008 to 2007’s 50. What’s more, after perus­ing a list of film releases from the past year, I had seen only a frac­tion of the films released, espe­cially when com­pared to the amount I had seen in 2007. So how could I come up with a top 10 list? Well, I couldn’t.

Bummer that 2008 was such a lame blog­ging year for me. I started doing this as a means to orga­nize my thoughts, orig­i­nally on Myspace. Back then I kinda kept things sim­ple, say­ing only what I needed, but in 2007, thanks in part to hang­ing with a writerly crowd, I got a tad ambi­tious with my reviews, fash­ion­ing them after the work of my favorite crit­ics. This of course takes a great deal more time than blurthing out my thoughts, hence the reduced post count over time.

Anyway, it’s a com­pletely new year. My drafts folder is over­loaded with half-written reviews from through­out last year. Maybe I’ll fin­ish them, maybe not. In any event, I am com­mit­ted to mak­ing this blog, and maybe another, work in 2009. Even if it means short­en­ing my thoughts down, I really want to cre­ate a bet­ter account of my thoughts, a place to share them with the world. I look for­ward to the new year with you.

Slightly New Design, Happy Holidays too

Hope everyone’s Hanukkah is going swim­mingly so far, and Happy Holidays to all oth­ers too. Tweaked the design of the blog today a bit. I really like this theme “Emptiness”. Ironically, I’ve opted to fill it up with a ton of crap, just seems more fun that way. Enjoy. See you in 2009.

Review: Twilight

TwilightCatherine Hardwicke no doubt set out to make a gritty drama of teen angst set against the back­drop of the dreary Pacific Northwest, but a few weeks prior to shoot­ing, a pro­ducer must have handed her a script for “Twilight” and said make this instead. The first screen adap­ta­tion of Stephanie Meyer’s best­selling roman­tic vam­pire series is like a cheap wine look­ing for a bot­tle, which is really a shame because I would surely lap it up if only served prop­erly. Targeted at teenage girls, it would seem my age and gen­der pre­clude me from this dis­cus­sion, how­ever I believe that young women are yearn­ing for much more from their hero­ines, so let’s get started with the nit pick­i­ness. Read on…