Just in time for Thanksgiving, comes the Red Dawn remake. The movie no one wanted or demanded stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as a group of teenagers who save their small town from a North Korean invasion. If you want the real Red Dawn, catch it on Netflix. Wolverines!
Also opening this weekend are Life of Pi, Anna Karenina and Holy Motors. Read more
After hearing (reading) so many positive things about Holy Motors (“A must see!”) and how the lead actor, Denis Lavant, was not to be missed, I was incredibly eager to finally catch it.
The film, written and directed by Leos Carax and also starring Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, has Lavant as the mysterious Monsieur Oscar, a man who casually moves from one life to the next. When I say life, he literally turns/transforms (via makeup he applies himself) into another human being; a father, beggar, assassin, evil leprechaun. He’s driven around in a white limo while he gets his job details (who he is to transform into next) from something called, “The Agency.”
As Oscar transforms, so does the film. For each character, the film becomes something different. Evil leprechaun? Monster movie. Assassin? Crime thriller. We also get a musical and a romantic drama.
What we don’t get is an actual story, we get a series of vignettes. The film, which would have better as a short, is 100-minutes too long and halfway through the film, you are wondering where is it taking you? It’s like some films I was forced to watch in my college film class. The professor thinks it’s brilliant but you just think it’s a colossal waste of time. Read more