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Lonely Hearts Club Video Picks

Posted by Drew / November 25, 2005

bandits.jpgThe latest in MP's (usually) weekly weekend video picks! Why go out?
But what does anything matter cause winter is here and we will all probably die anyway. I always panic a bit at the first sign of the cold so I am a little freaked out today. I want to rent a movie that will make me forget.

I want to rent a sort of dumb stupid totally watchable film, better yet, I want two.

And here they are.

Bandits (Barry Levinson; 2001)

4 Reasons To See It:

1. Levinson is a chump which makes me even a bigger chump for liking this film, but I can live with that.

Bandits (Barry Levinson; 2001)

4 Reasons To See It:

1. Levinson is a chump which makes me even a bigger chump for liking this film, but I can live with that.

2. I'm no fan of Billy Bob Thorton but his comic timing in this film is something to behold. When he wants to, BBT can lay on the funny.

3. I am not at all convinced that Cate Blanchett can act. Her big talent is more the fact that she has the most watchable face on the planet. Seriously, just looking at her face is sort of fun, and in this film she wears lots of different wigs and they all look super cool on her.

4. Bruce and Cate do a duet (I won't say what song) that should be seen at least once.

Abandoned (Stephen Gaghon; 2002)

Quite possibly, after today's blurb, I will never be asked to write for MP again. And I know that anyone who has stuck with me so far is probably rolling her eyes over the above pick. But before she got sucked into the frightening vortex that is Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes shot this little thriller in Montreal, and I gotta say, I like it.

Here's why:

1. The film makes fantastic use of McGill's campus and all the bizarre underground passageways and dungeon-like libraries.

2. In every film is a second film, and the second film here is an interesting one about the abject state of graduate students, the shame of being the scholarship kid, the insecurity of growing up, the very real pain of emotional betrayal.

3. Actually, the first film here, a tightly-wound and neccessarily ridiculous thriller in the post-Hitchcock style is also enjoyable.

4. Zooey Deschanel is in it and she's always a hoot.

5. Thriller aspects aside, this is one of the only films I have ever seen that managed to capture student life--smart that way even though it may be dumb in others.



rrrobyn / November 25, 2005 at 04:32 pm
haha, Bandits! I saw the last half-hour on French tv a while back and loved it, so hey, NO SHAME. (and that's true about Cate Blanchett's face.) I just watched The Notebook, people. And cried.

Oh, poor Katie... I keep having Rosemary's Baby flashbacks whenever I think about her and the Cruisespawn (okay, which isn't that often at all).
Noe / November 26, 2005 at 06:29 pm
Ok. Duly noted about our Cate. Though I'd like to point out for those willing to watch how intelligent she is to put her on a triple bill with Charlotte Gray, this, and Heaven, and then go watch her in Jarmusch's short fest. She is one of the smartest acting today, along with Kate. In fact, I must confess, I'm very much appaled at the dismissal. Billy Bob and Willis wear their characters like a suit and reveal very little of beneath. Cate bears herself, completely.

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