1.20.2005

the ragin' asian reviews closer

first off, the beat catches your attention with a straight electric drum backbeat and then in his usual fashion, trent reznor gives us a wall of guitar feedback...

i don't know why, but anytime anyone says the word "closer" my default joke is to refer to the nine inch nails song of the same name. anyways, on to the review.

in a movie starring jude law, julia roberts, clive owen, and natalie portman, directed by mike nichols, you would expect that really good arty oscar type performances would be done by the involved parties. closer doesn't disappoint in this regard. please note that this is coming from me, the person who hates julia roberts more than anything in the entire world. she's actually really really damn good in this movie. the problem with this movie is that i'm not sure that it has anything really interesting to say and it just becomes a vehicle for jude law to show his range or natalie portman to try and break type with their performances. which is well and good, but i prefer my movies to have at least some semblance of a point. in other words, it's your typical stream of consciousness rumination on the issues of relationships. and it ruminates on all of the same types of themes, such as fidelity, honesty, trust, blah blah blah. and in the end, it seems like nothing is resolved. maybe it's not supposed to, but to compare to nichol's magnum opus, the graduate, at least the graduate ended in a way where you left with at least some sense of closure. and at least you care about the characters. at least three of the characters are such horrible people i almost felt that they deserved any misery that they had to endure in this movie. anyways, like i said, solid acting all around, but unfortunately, i ended up just not caring. B-.

on a somewhat related note, i spent the greater part of the movie cursing mike nichols for agreeing to cut out the natalie portman nude scenes. she looks fantastic in this movie. this generation's audrey hepburn?




in other news, i'm off to vegas this weekend, when i was supposed to go last weekend but couldn't because of the la conchita landslide. however, alfredo may be too swamped with work to be able to go. dammitall. anyways, i'll let you know after this weekend how it went.



today marks the triumphant return of the pop life radio show on kjuc. i'll try to get the file uploaded asap so you can download it and listen to it on your ipod.



i learned how to insert divider lines in html today. what do you think?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Portman walks funny, she'll never be Audrey Hepburn.

~S