Archive for September, 2005

 Just Like Heaven

This is the perfect “chick flick.” Extremely formulaic, but yet extremely satisfying in the end. The story is fairly novel as well, which is always a breath of fresh air. Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo have good on-screen chemistry, and both did a superb job with both the comedy (physical, in some cases) and the more dramatic aspects of their respective roles. But without a doubt, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) is the scene-stealer in this film. This is one of the better movies of the year.

 Lord of War

This is a powerful movie, but it does get rather preachy towards the end, and despite Ian Holm’s admonishment to Nicolas Cage’s character to “pick a side,” this film does not. It is thought provoking in the way that guns are portrayed throughout the world in many different scenarios. However, on a philosophical level, it is intellectual cowardice to present the two sides (or more) of the gun debate and then avoid illustrating why one side is morally right and the rest are morally wrong. This could have been a much better film if it had, indeed, picked a side.