Greetings. I am back from Portland, so I will be back to blogging for the next few days. I don't know when Binky and Baltar will be posting again, but hopefully that'll be sooner rather than later - though it might be later, as I don't know when/where they will/won't have internet access.
I'll likely post a little note on my latest trip in a bit (touching on the ghastly US Airways and pain in the ass that is McCarran airport), but for now I'll just want to recommend Paris, Je T'Aime to you. I think Carina Chocano's review in the Los Angeles Times does a nice job of describing the film. I didn't know much about it before walking into the theater. But it really is quite engaging and for the most part quite enjoyable. The directing and acting talent assembled for these 18 shorts is extraordinary, and I really liked all the different moods and shifts in style that were represented in the project. Happily most of the weakest (relatively speaking) works are early in the film, and it ends on a rather wonderful, wistful and funny note with Alexander Payne's film starring Margo Martindale. While the pieces by the Coen brothers (starring a perfectly cast Steve Buscemi), Christopher Doyle, and Sylvain Chomet were hilarious, I probably laughed most at that last entry, which is really rather surprising given its plot and tone - and I suppose that speaks to what a gem of a short film it is. Anyway, this is not a perfect movie, but except for the Gus Van Sant piece (which is predictable a bit boring ... and why does he always name Elias McConnell Eli in his films?) and maybe that vampire number with Elijah Wood there aren't really weak parts to this, and the highs are really quite strong. So if you are in the mood to fall in love with the moods of Paris or an interesting combination of shorts by top filmmakers, I happily recommend this. I quite liked it.Posted by armand at July 9, 2007 12:29 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies