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Night Watch (2006)


Based on the popular Russian novel of the same title, Night Watch tries to condense a fairly lengthy and convoluted book into a standard length, but just as equally convoluted movie. Having read the book I had a grasp on what was going, which does help as the film is rather complex and for all its exposition it doesn’t actually bother to set up the universe all that well. But the beforehand knowledge of the world, characters and plot didn’t stop the film from being a mess. Continue reading Night Watch (2006)

Zombieland (2009)


There’s something to be said about the simplicity of Zombieland. Here’s a film not concerned with the conspiracy that birthed the zombie virus or obsessed with scaring its audience with the undead. It just wants to be a straight up zombie flick, campy, funny and bloody. But then where are the zombies? Yes, a zombie flick is usually about the human survivors but there’s a long portion in the middle of the film with nary a zombie in sight. The film is called Zombieland, at least that’s what is said in my theater. Continue reading Zombieland (2009)

Whip It (2009)

"Whip It"

So you’re going to make a movie about a young girl discovering her identity through obscure, violent sporting events? I’m there. For those of you who have not experienced the crazier side of American sports there’s a great little sport called roller derby. It’s like roller skating but with violence, because all good American sports need violence. Add in chicks with tight tank tops and tough attitude and you’ve got yourself a marketable film. Continue reading Whip It (2009)

In Between Days (2007)

After seeing the wonderful Treeless Mountain I immediately hopped onto Netflix and added the only other So Yong Kim film, In Between Days. And there are certainly a number of similarities between the two. Both center around a duo, both are very much about the displacement of people and both have the same aesthetic sensibilities. While the film has a lot of the same things I like about Treeless Mountain it is a very different film in tone, setting and characters. Continue reading In Between Days (2007)

Smart People (2008)


Sometimes smart people do stupid things like convince themselves Smart People could be a good film. To be fair it could have been a good film. It’s got a strong cast and an interesting premise but potential doesn’t always pay off. Instead the film teeters back and forth between two ideas, never solidifying into one cohesive work. So instead of something smart and funny the film turns into a march of stereotypical characters in a series of awkward situations that fails to set a consistent tone. Continue reading Smart People (2008)