Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers (2001)

Ordinary Extraordinary Swedes are the most orderly people on the planet. Their sense of propriety is something that this American can only wonder about. That’s why this little film escapes me. The whole point of this is that the six folks who break in are not odd-looking, but quite ordinary and respectable looking. All the… Continue reading Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers (2001)

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Soderbergh Punches the Clock After creating the truly exciting ‘Limey,’ Soderbergh puts in some time to make some money. He panders, he sinks, he makes a movie that wins prizes and makes money. This film was created by Roberts because she found a character she can do. He dives into the world of bitches, smarmy… Continue reading Erin Brockovich (2000)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Unanchored This is a simple exercise in humour by going out of bounds. Well, this has energy at least. It does have what I call folding, being a show about a show and show business. But that element is mundane , of the “Zoolander” variety. I’ve been studying bounds recently. You might call them norms… Continue reading Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Balled Up You know, you just can’t have it two ways. Either you make a movie deliberately campy, or you make one straight-on creepy. Either way, it is a hard thing to do and seemingly impossible for studios to handle, That’s because they want as many appealing elements as possible: give us some humour in… Continue reading Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amy’s Orgasm (2001)

Caught in the Marketplace How difficult it must be for a young writer/director/actor with energy, some skill and no ideas. So just write about one’s self and use the current “intelligent” template of self-reference. That template has our writer playing a writer. The writer on screen is struggling with the same issues that vex the… Continue reading Amy’s Orgasm (2001)

The Aminatrix (2003)

Busy I’m not sure I understand why this is being made. Presumably, the goal is to advertise the upcoming matrix sequel in such a way that sets the stage for game and doll marketing. Industry studies show that the type of fantasy that drives the commerce targeting teens and younger does best when “real” images… Continue reading The Aminatrix (2003)