The Road

11 01 2010

A post-apocalyptic survival tale starring Viggo Mortensen as “The Man” in possibly his final role (he recently announced his retirement), and newcomer Kodi Smitt McPhee as “The Boy.”  John Hillcoat, director of The Proposition, shows off the same set of strengths and weaknesses from his debut.  He nails the gritty atmosphere, but falls short with the characters.  The film, which is based on the book by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men), also loses the novel’s urgency, and as a result is more repetitive than it should be.  I did appreciate that the film is every bit as uncompromisingly merciless as the novel, but with the character and pacing issues it’s just not as powerful as it should be, despite another terrific performance from Viggo.

RATING:  7/10





My Top 20 of the Decade

22 12 2009

I’ve always enjoyed making lists, so this is the first of many to come.  I’ve hardly seen all of the films I would like to that were released over the last ten years, but as of now this is where my top 20 stands.  Feel free to comment with your own list.

1.  THERE WILL BE BLOOD

2.  SPIRITED AWAY

3.  THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

4.  THE BEST OF YOUTH

 5.  AMELIE

6.  DANCER IN THE DARK

7.  THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

8.  THE DEPARTED

9.  THE DARK KNIGHT

10.  4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS

11.  CITY OF GOD

12.  MULHOLLAND DR.

13.  THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

14.  UP

15.  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

16.  BEFORE SUNSET

17.  CHILDREN OF MEN

18.  Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN

19.  WALL-E

20.  OLDBOY

Honorable mention: The Room (One of the most enjoyably bad movies I’ve ever seen)