Clueless; The Abyss; The Player; Girl, Interrupted; Unforgiven; Chasing Amy
Go, writer-directors. A female writer-director, even.Too bad it's just mildly amusing, mostly predictable, forgettable characters; at least some snappy dialogue. 3 out of 5 stars.
Speaking of writer-directors. Mostly fun. A little too cheesy towards the end--anthropomorphic aliens, too much Close Encounter, preachiness. The villain's villainy was a little too simply explained with the combination of the undescribed depth/pressure ailment and the cutoff-from-command issue. 4 out of 5 stars.
Sharp satire, not much of a story, simple characters. 4 out of 5 stars. The commentary track, intercutting director Robert Altman and the screenwriter, was pretty much worthless; the screenwriting talking in vague generalities and Altman taking credit for everything in the movie (and putting down the screenplay).
Didn't really work for me--predictable plot, stereotyped characters. But the performances were good, so 3 out of 5 stars.
Eh. Another predictable plot, a few good moments here and there, and good performances. It is claimed that there was supposed to be a message about the futility of violence, but this didn't seem to show futility of violence any more than the Eastwood/Leone spaghetti westerns. 3 out of 5 stars.
Cool. Good dialogue, although some of the monologue-ish bits were just a little too over the top to be believably spontaneous; a pretty good plot, good acting. I had no clue this was a low-budget movie as I watched it, although in hindsight it's apparent. (It makes me wonder why movies like Girl, Interrupted and Panic Room can possibly cost $20M when this was made for 1/100th that). 4.5 out of 5 stars. I immediately listened to the commentary, which I had read complaints about, but ignoring the idiocy of the stoned Jason Mewes, I actually learned more than normal about the trials and travails of production than I do from most commentaries.