Sunday, April 03, 2005

Time for a new title on Movies.

1. His Girl Friday: Funnier than most of the comedies I've seen from this era. I think Cary Grant might be better naturally at comedy than any other type of acting. I found Russell much more akin to the likable witty female lead (Loy) than the obnoxious witty female lead (Hepburn). I was kind of sleepy watching this, so I might be slighting it somewhat. I did like it though. Steak knife.

2. Capturing the Friedmans: Might be asking for a fight with this, but I didn't really like it after much thought. First off, I felt throughout the movie, "Why am I watching this?". The footage shot by the eldest child- Why on earth did he film this, and why would he let the entire country watch it? I got the feeling like the filmmakers took the side of innocence (and kind of used the guise of "balance" as a shield). The investigators and the victims disappear after the first half of the movie. Then, the filmmakers hide pretty important facts until later in the movie, which would be OK if this were a thriller, but it's not. Presenting the story without crucial bits of evidence forces false sympathies. I felt like the filmmakers glossed way too much over the fact that Arnold had stacks and stacks of child pornography and that he'd admitted to molesting before. Worst of all, I felt like I didn't have the full story because I got too much from the Friedmans themselves. It's the job of the filmmaker to filter everything down to something digestible, because none of us have the time to get the full story ourself. I felt like I hear the Friedman's arguments over and over again. And I believed them less each time (even though the lack of hard evidence bothered me). Too slanted and I felt like I was eavesdropping on a conversation I didn't want to listen to. You're fired.