The Aviator (2004)

Three Characters We all live in our own movies, and particularly like movies of people who do so more literally. Here are three in one film: Martin Scorsese: My regular readers know that I have been very critical of his films. Sure, they are crafted well enough, but the world he created was not one… Continue reading The Aviator (2004)

Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

Nap Time I’m pretty sensitive to the social implications of black films. Some of us worked pretty hard to provide means for black voices to speak to their own (and other) issues and audiences. Gone are the days where a white establishment could exploit bug-eyed, stupid, violent stereotypes of blacks. Now blacks do it to… Continue reading Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Production Design They took an absolutely ordinary film — even dreary in places — and wrapped it in two things that are lovely. The first is a lovely production design. Pastel watercolours that are evocative of Verne’s abstract nature. I have idea who to credit for this, but the mundane story provides interstices of grace… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

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)

King Arthur (2004)

Blue Woman With these simple constructions, its easy to see where they decided the hook would be. I imagine the pitch was that this would be “Braveheart” meets “Gladiator” but with a fighten’ gal. I’m sure they took a model and put her in blue tattoos and unlikely leather seminude battlegear and took photos to… Continue reading King Arthur (2004)

Kinsey (2004)

The Wrong Interview Here’s a major problem in drama: you want to deal with big issues, great disembodied, cosmic sweeps of things. Things that people love or make them suffer. This is why people come. But the tools we have to display these things are humans, usually. So the dramatist has to invent or find… Continue reading Kinsey (2004)