Archive for July, 2010

A call to arms

Posted in movies on July 31, 2010 by Jonathan

Despicable Me

Posted in culture, movies on July 30, 2010 by Jonathan

I haven’t taken too many trips to the multiplex this summer, and therefore can’t respond to the inimitable Joe Queenan, who claims that this could very well be the worst movie year ever. I did manage to catch Despicable Me, and thought it creative, witty, fun, and fun. Great title, too. Even though it’s being shown in 3-D, you lose nothing when seeing it like I did in reliable 2-D. In fact, 3-D is kind of a distraction — a sentiment being shared increasingly by more and more people, it seems.

Taken

Posted in culture, movies on July 30, 2010 by Jonathan

Finally saw the movie Taken, in which Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative who rescues his daughter from sex slavers in France. Not only is the movie a primer on how to pace an action story — the whole thing’s over in under 90 minutes — but on how to be unabashedly, gleefully politically incorrect: the bad guys are Albanian Muslims, and their bodies litter the various floors Mr. Neeson stands upon. Leave it to the French (as this was a French production co-written by Luc Besson, who previously defied his fellow artistes by saying the unsayable: that Roman Polanski isn’t above the law) to make such a movie.