August 14, 2004
the village

(phill theatre, 8/12/04, by self, 3:40pm)

(the following does not give away any plot points)

this movie is, in my opinion, amazing. i cannot speak highly enough of it, i promise. i know a lot of people have spoken badly of it. but you should listen to me and see it anyway.

the thing about it is that it is so well-written and the plot is so well-conceived. it's both complex and simple at the same time. pretty much no other movie that i've seen recently has the ability to grip the viewer so completely and enthrall them. it sort of reminded me of when i was writing that fractured fairy tale murder mystery game. you have to create all these ulterior motives and sub-story lines which connect in novel ways in order to make the spectacle interesting. MKS movies do that. he writes and directs a damn fine movie.

besides that, he has some incredible talent in the film. this new girl, bryce dallas howard, is stunning. her playing of the character ivy walker is superb. flawless, delicate beauty. joaquin phoenix is also amazing, playing a character type i don't think i've ever seem him do before. versatile. william hurt is fantastic. cherry jones' 'i love you' speech is delightful. sigourney weaver i could give or take. but she had some great moments, particularly when interacting with william hurt at the wedding. adrien brody also does a tremendous job, i thought.

5 hours after watching this movie, i was watching something else back at home and all i wanted to do was go back and see the village again. in comparison to it all other movies in the last few days have paled. it sort of glows with the vibrancy of the good (yellow) and bad (red) colors. excellent, excellent film.

Posted by michele at August 14, 2004 04:58 PM

See it with me when you get back! See it with me when you get back! I know I said I'd probably already have seen it by then, but I'm lazy and forgetful and sometimes I smell so see it with me when you get back!

Posted by: jason s on August 17, 2004 10:34 PM

i will i will! i keep thinking about it while i'm driving. and it was filmed in philadelphia area where i am going. how wacky. i am so excited to see it with you when i get back even if you do smell.

Posted by: michele on August 18, 2004 03:37 PM

This review is the lamest gush of corny sentimentalism I've seen in some time. Thanks for all the fluff with nothing substantive. Thanks for annoying the shit out of me.

Oh, and the movie blows.

Posted by: Sick Fuck on August 20, 2004 04:35 PM

Hey sick person,
There's no need to get nasty about it. You really shouldn't let such things get to you, it suggests a weak constitution. You must be angry a lot.
Michele, you can think whatever you want about whatever movie you like. I will like you anyway.

I, however, also think the movie blows.

Posted by: kati on August 20, 2004 07:43 PM