Flick Watch

Since I’ve already blasted Hollywood for its poor lineup of films this summer, I thought that it would be fitting to acknowledge at least a few good DVDs that I’ve seen recently.

Antwone Fisher: (6.5 out of 10) This film tackles some really touch issues, and I like the fact that the ending is not too “hollywoodized.” There are some points where the movie waxes a little too sentimental for my tastes, but overall it’s a good film.

Punch-Drunk Love: (4.5 out of 10) I have to admit, I tried really hard to like this movie just because it was so weird. Eventually, though, I came to see that this film is too disjointed to make any sense whatsoever. It’s a postmodernist’s dream in that anyone can read any interpretation into the film that they want. The film is bizarre, but that’s about all it has going for it.

About a Boy: (6.5 out of 10) I was surprised at this film. Even with the ever-so-common Hollywood motif of lying to get into a relationship, and trying to cover one’s tracks as the relationship grows (which Hugh Grant’s character does in the film), I rated this film rather highly. There is much character development, and the film rightly questions valuing freedom and independence, and material gain over people, who are all in some ways messy and inconvenient.

Those are a few DVDs I’ve seen recently. It’s summer, so I’m sure there’s more to come.