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BLINDNESS – Marco Antônio Guimarães

October 3, 2008 1 comment

Original Review by Clark Douglas

Just what exactly is director Fernando Meirelles trying to say with “Blindness”? I’m not sure that I know, and I’m not sure that I care. The film is a poorly organized cluster of symbols, metaphors, and painfully obvious statements about humanity that is often quite torturous to sit through.

The movie starts out on something of an intriguing note. A man suddenly goes blind. He doesn’t know why this happened. He was just driving down the road, and suddenly he couldn’t see anything. Curiously, rather than seeing nothing but blackness, he sees nothing but a bright white light. He pays a visit to a doctor (Mark Ruffalo), who can’t figure out what on earth could be wrong with this man’s eyes. A few hours later, the doctor goes blind. So do numerous other people he has been in contact with. Read more…

FLASH OF GENIUS – Aaron Zigman

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

You wouldn’t think that a film about the life of a man who invented windshield wipers would be very interesting, but that is exactly what Flash of Genius is. Directed by Marc Abraham, the film stars Greg Kinnear as Robert Kearns, a businessman and engineer and amateur inventor in the 1950s, who embarks on a personal crusade for justice against the Detroit automakers who, he claims, stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper. Not unexpectedly the score, by the even-busy Aaron Zigman, is that of a small-scale drama, but even within the confines of the story, he still finds a number of effective ways to express himself. Read more…

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE – David Arnold

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

Original Review by Clark Douglas

“How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” is based on the life of Toby Jones, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine who did indeed lose a lot of friends and alienate a lot of people. For all of Jones’ faults, at least he was honest enough about himself to write a very unflattering autobiography of sorts. The film is a little kinder to Jones than the book was, largely because the role of Jones is played by Simon Pegg, an actor who is rather difficult to dislike completely. This creates a lead character that is more appealing than he might have been, but perhaps that reward is earned at the expense of the film as a whole.

Here, Pegg’s character goes by the name of “Sydney Jones”, and he goes to work for a magazine that is essentially Vanity Fair in all but name. The magazine is run by a fellow played by Jeff Bridges, who is one of the few actors who can seem both irritated and relaxed at the same time. Read more…