Before Sunset – directed & written
by Richard Linklater
The sequel to Before Sunrise, a film about
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) spending the one night they
have together walking around Vienna talking, philosophizing and falling
for one another. At the end of the film they made promises to meet
in Vienna again. Before Sunset picks up 9 years later, the two obviously
missed their date in Vienna 6months after the initial meeting as they had
promised each other. Where Before Sunrise was about young love, getting
to know each other, Before Sunset is about the same subjects but with the
experience of life tainting their views and changing the characters from
they were in Before Sunrise into what they are here in Before Sunset.
While it's not imperative you see the former before the later, it definitely
helps you to identify with them and see how they've changed. Done
in real time the movie follows the two as they stroll the streets of Paris
catching up, regretting the foolishness of their youthful love and ideas
that resulted in the 9 years apart and realizing how their life has suffered
because they chose to settle on the hands they've been dealt instead of
staying true to themselves. Quite possibly the best movie I’ve seen
in 2004. Perhaps some viewers will grow bored with 2 hours of dialogue
but if you're looking for action and easily identifiable plot lines, Spiderman
2 hit theaters the same weekend.
This seems to be a love it or hate it
movie. I thought it was a great combination of the things I like
about superheroes & the things I like about teen dramas with some weird
possibly accurate christian ideas thrown in along with Rasputin.
I also liked the look of it, the use of color reminds me of the Amelie/City
of Lost Children/Delicatessen guy. I’m glad there will be
a sequel coming out.
Starship Troopers 2
Given that the first film is a fantastic
boy movie (giant bugs & naked chicks), this leaves a lot to be desired.
A whole lot. I watched this while I was at work, so I earned about
$20 watching it & I still felt ripped off. That said, it would’ve
made a good episode of Sliders.
I really liked the first two Terminator
movies a lot, so I guess I had high expectations for this. Surprisingly
the reason this sucks isn’t the plot or special effects or even the choice
of actors, it’s the dialog. Why do they have the character of John
Connor say to the Terminator, “I’m going to have to teach you to say ‘Hasta
la vista, baby’ all over again?” I feel they really could have made
this an acceptable movie with just an extra half hour of re-writing, but
instead it kinda sucks to a point where it’s fairly unwatchable.