Tuesday, July 27, 2004

After the horror that was Catwoman and the dullness of The Clearing, I still managed to squeeze in two other 2004 movies into my weekend. The first was Monsieur Ibrahim, which I do highly recommend. It's a French film that stars Omar Sharif as a Muslim who befriends a young Jewish boy. It's a character-driven flick with not much story to speak of, but the dialogue is fresh and the boy who plays Moses, Pierre Boulanger, is an outstanding discovery.

The other film was the Cole Porter musical biopic De-Lovely. I really liked the conceit a great deal (though it's been done better before in stuff like All That Jazz), but the movie dragged in many spots and relied on cliche all too frequently. Kevin Cline's performance is remarkable, though, and it's worth seeing just for him. Also, Alanis Morissette's rendition of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" is spectacular.


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