Movies I saw recently that don't inspire long reviews:
is a mediocre comedy that scores the occasional funny joke. There is something to the idea of doing a movie about a real cop who shows why cop movies are stupid but then gets caught up in cop-movie-like situations, but these writers are far from clever enough to figure out how to make it work. Eddie Murphy is so much better when he has another big star, in this case Robert DeNiro, to bounce his material off rather than his often dreadful outings alone. It is so easy to forget that Murphy is (or at least was) a brilliant comic actor, which a recent viewing of Coming To America
confirmed again. Showtime
is mostly forgettable but a decent rental if you have nothing better to do. I love watching Rene Russo mostly because she is the most lovely person over 45 I have ever seen.
In The Bedroom
is just as fine the second time. I was a little worried that the surprises too greatly affected the impact of the drama, but I don't think they are so important after further review.
is a silly stoner comedy destined for dorm room DVD players for the next 25 years. There is a certain earnest joy to the film. The guys making it have this aura of "hey, someone is letting us make a movie, goddamn life is good". It has it's moments and on the whole I am glad I rented it. It is sometimes so bizarrely offbeat that you have to smile.
Yun- A German friend here who doesn't speak fluent English asked me to ask you what the English equivalent of the German expression "I heard the grass whisper" would be. I suggested to him "I heard it through the grapevine" but I was curious what you would say since you seem to have the whole English metaphor thing down better than me.