Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Grade: A | 5th+ Viewing
I have shared my thoughts on this wonderful film many times and did so in detail on last week’s edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. However, after watching the movie another time I want to propose a unique challenge. Try watching Moulin Rouge! with the movie on mute and making any coherent sense of the narrative. Then switch to sound on with your eyes closed. It’s a great way to show how the film is such an aural and visual splendor and the two aspects are completely dependent on one another to make a cohesive vision.
Apocalypse Now: Redux (2001)
Grade: A | 1st Viewing
While I have scene the original version of Apocalypse Now many times, but technically this was my first time watching the Redux. There are 49 additional minutes in the updated version with most of the new running time coming from a series of scenes at a French plantation. These scenes were fascinating as the plantation represented one of the only surviving places of order in the sea of chaos. However, the placement of these scenes was awkward as they seemed to break the descent into madness that each of the soldiers were experiencing.
Nevertheless the film still holds up as one of the greatest war movies of all-time. It perfectly captures the absolute chaos of a war that nobody really understood. Martin Sheen’s performance is dark and often hilarious and Robert Duvall is the undeniable standout in one of the most iconic roles in movie history.
The Way Back (2010)
Grade: B- | 1st Viewing
Peter Weir’s The Way Back joins a common category of films that I would describe as a good story well told, but not particularly memorable. Colin Farrell was the standout performance wise and it was well-filmed and had an excellent score. However, hours after my viewing experience I could remember little of what I had just seen.
There should be a name for movies like this – movies that you generally enjoy, but don’t leave any type of impression. Any ideas?