cinegab

Cinegab is a blog site devoted to movies or the entertainment industry directly or indirectly. A place where fans of movies and film can discuss the ins and outs of the art form.

26 June 2005

Jennifer Jason Leigh

I have never had Jennifer Jason Leigh on my radar as an actress to watch in movies before, but she just happened to be in the last two movies that I watched and I just so happened to be particularly impressed with her in both of them, especially her performance in The Hudsucker proxy. As I thought about it, the only movie I could think of that I had seen her in before the most recent two was Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After doing a quick search on IMDB I quickly learned that I had seen her in The Jacket and The Road to Perdition as well. Considering that I have seen her act in so few movies I am very pleased to learn that she is indeed a good actress and that I will have many more movies with her in them to choose from. Hopefully the next time I watch a movie with her in it I won't be disapointed by her performance. Here is Jennifer Jason Leigh's filmography.

Review: Hudsucker Proxy

I was at the Hollywood Video store the other night looking for a movie and found a real gem! Although I consider myself a fan of the Coen brothers, I was unaware of this movie that they had made in 1994. What's more?! They collaborated with another favorite writer/director of mine, Sam Raimi for its writing credits, which almost certaintly explains why Bruce Campbell was cast in it.

Like most Coen brothers movies this movie was fun in a peculiar, bizarre kind of way. Most directors and writers are afraid or unwilling to take these types of risks that the Coen brothers do over and over again which is one reason why these days most movies coming out aren't any good. Even the Coen brothers with their risks miss once in a while (The Ladykillers), but more often than not their movies turn out to be classics.

The acting was wonderful, and I was particularly impressed with Jennifer Jason Leigh. The set design was great and the movie truly looked like what I would have invisioned 1950's New York City to look like. There were parts in the movie when the actors spoke so fast that you could not understand what they were saying unless you concentrated really hard. I know that I likely missed a lot in those parts, and this was definitely part of the tone of the movie. This is absolutely a movie I want to see again at some point. The theme of the movie that came across to me was that when all seems to be lost in life that it really isn't.

While I did enjoy The Hudsucker Proxy I did think that it dragged at parts and I assume that this could be due to the fact that much of the dialogue of the movie I missed because of the speed at which the actors spoke it. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the movie and the acting in particular.

2 and a half stars

24 June 2005

Review: Machinist

I must say that after looking forward to watching The Machinist for so long that after finally watching it I was a little disapointed. (Spoiler Alert Ahead!) Overall it was an entertaining and enjoyable film, but quite frankly I am sick of the schizophrenia / multiple personality disorder plot-line. It's an overused cliche used in films today. It seems as though every movie that wants to be a phychological thriller anymore puts some form of schizophrenia in its storyline. It's true that it all made sense that this would all happen to a man who hadn't slept in a year, but I for one expected a little more out of the writer of The Machinist to come up with something a little more original than multiple personality disorder for a man who hadn't slept in a year.

With all that said, I think the rest of the movie was marvelous. The acting in particular. Christian Bale has easliy jumped to my watch list with his performance here. It doesn't hurt that I saw him the night before in Batman Begins and witnessed such contrasting perfromances. Furthermore, how can you argue anything but a spectacular peformance when a man loses 60+ pounds for a role. He looked near death to me. Although it wasn't just his weight loss that did the trick, he fully portrayed a man that seemed to have not slept in a year to me. I was also very impressed with the rest of the cast, particularly Jennifer Jason Leigh. I feel that the movie had a good overall effect at portraying insomnia. If it weren't for the schizoprenia-laced plot line I would have like the movie much more. Even so, it still gets a high rating.

3 stars

Review Scale Announced

For all movies that I review for this blog I will use the following scale:
Four stars = Excellent movie
Three and a half stars = Nearly flawless
Three stars = Great movie, a few noticable weak spots
Two and a half stars = Above average movie, some very noticable weak points, better than most
Two stars = Very average movie, still entertaining at points, several glaring weakness's
One and a half stars = Mediocre movie, most of its entertainment value is gone
One star = Poorly made movie, not entertaining

23 June 2005

Cinegab Begins!

I have been playing around with starting a blog devoted to movies/film for a while now and I finally decided to do it. The goal to start with is to have a place to discuss movies with my friends and to keep record of our discussions. I will post reviews of movies and discuss topics in the movie industry past, present and future that interests me. Over the years I have gathered a large list of movie sites around the internet that I will use and link to for various information and reasons. I hope this blog finds you at any future date as a compelling place to learn and discuss film.