Monday, April 05, 2004

Wow! I'm glad you saw "Thirteen." That was out so long ago, I forgot about it at Oscar time. Apparently, the academy did, too! I'll have to admit "Thirteen" was my favorite movie of the year, followed by that pesky "The Station Agent," in which nothing happened, but for the life of me, I can't get the damned thing out of my head. But yes, I loved "Thirteen." It reminded me somewhat of that movie, "Kids," which was out a few years ago -- teen actors behaving badly, into sex & drugs, but not much else. It was chilling, but not nearly as focused as "Thirteen." And although I believe Holly Hunter could've walked through her part, she was brilliant.


Sunday, April 04, 2004

New one. Well, new to me, anyway, who never ever sees anything on the big screen.

Recently saw "Thirteen." It's a pretty chilling film about thirteen year old girls in the greater LA area. It had some interesting points, I thought, and the acting was terrific. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the filmmakers quite got the depth of their message, based on the ridiculous DVD commentary. And yes, I am a big dork. My favorite thing about DVDs? Special features. Good director's commentary can make a film more enjoyable, I think. This one was more silly girly patter. But somehow, in showing a snapshot of the world teenage girls live in, they got the picture pretty clear. But without, I think, any real questioning about whether the messages are valid. I don't think I'm explaining this well. It was heavy.

I also saw Party Monster with Macaulay Culkin, which I really wanted to like, and which really just sucked. Dylan McDermott, though, gave a pretty interesting performance, Seth Green reminded me a lot of some people that probably both you and I know, and Wilson Cruz was beautiful. Macaulay, however, never did step out of an "I'm Acting in a Movie" persona, which was quite distracting.

Also saw The Passion of the Christ, and you may read my review of that here.

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