These are the latest movies we have watched with our membership of Blockbuster movies. I think it is Blockbuster On-Line, but again, it might not be. On each movie I threw in my opinion. I don’t claim to be a movie critic, but just like everyone else I do have an opinion (and an anus):
I’M NOT THERE is a movie loosely based on Bob Dylan. It is played by several actors and one actress (Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, etc) who play different parts of Bob Dylan’s life – although none of them used Bob Dylan’s name. They just loosely some thing that he did. One of these actors was a young black youth, playing the part of a eleven year old. He played the guitar and visited Woody Guthrie in the hospital, which Bob Dylan did, before he became famous. I think most of the movie was an attempt to look like an artistic surrealistic Fellini movie, which sure takes away your focus on the movie’s story line – or what story line? I have always enjoyed Dylan’s lyrics and music – it took something out of it. The name of the movie, I’M NOT THERE fits. – he wasn’t.
MICHAEL CLAYTON. Is a movie about highly ambitious people and the people who take care of the details. George Clooney pulls a triumph slam-dunk and that is about it. I would tell you some more, but the complicated mess they weaved got too complicated. I thought it was pretty good.
NACHO LIBRE – starring Jack Black. Jack Black plays a monk cook at an poor orphanage in Mexico. He also has a secret ambition to be a mask marvel wrestler. He has a head mask and at times participates in a local wrestling bouts for the prize money. It was hilarious. Especially when he gave the Mr. Masked Meanie a wedgie. Interesting, he seemingly also has a crush on a nun at the orphanage – and near the end, you might notice that he and the nun look at each other a special way – did they or didn’t they shake their vows? I thought it was great, and it carried a certain Latino spirit all throughout the movie – ….maybe that was because some of the villagers looked depressed – or maybe it was the music.. It was a non-sleeper.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD is an adaptation of “Oil” by Upton Sinclair. Well, the title was right. There was blood. It is about like naming a Bob Hope movie “THERE WILL BE JOKES” The movie is about the wildcatting days of the oil rigs days in the west, such as Texas and Oklahoma. A very energetic oil wildcatter/producer was the boss but worked physically as hard as anyone. And he also took care of his son that looked about ten years old….. you couldn’t help but liking the guy. He worked hard seemed to be fair. Then he tangled with the local fundamentalist religion group and it took a turn and things got bloody, just like the title said. But, it was still a nodder.