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4 Hands of Fate

The best thing about the Transformers movie? Probably the user review on IMDB.COM that lists 22 reasons why it's as bad as an Ed Wood, Jr. film, and 3 reasons it's not good enough to be an Ed Wood, Jr. film. ("No transvestites. It has the prefix "trans-" in the title, though.")

I did not leave the theater angry or with a headache, as I did after War of the Worlds, so I'll award Transformers only FOUR out of FIVE on the HANDS OF FATE scale.

Also viewed recently on DVD:
The Queen. I enjoyed the sequence where the queen is fording a stream in her Land Rover when the front transfer case breaks, and she actually climbs out of the vehicle and inspects the damage. It's a film about older people, and nobody dies (altho' the film is centered around events precipitated by the death of Princess Diana). But it's also a film about inherited wealth and privelege. Kinda hard to relate to that. I dunno, maybe two-and-a-half Hands of Fate.

Stormy Weather. This 1943 movie has a cake walk sequence! Lena Horne is beautiful, The Nicholas Brothers are amazing, and nobody pulls off a zoot suit better than Cab Calloway! The plot is weak to nonexistent, if that kind of thing matters to you. One-point-five Hands of Fate.

My Dinner with Andre. I finally got around to watching this 1981 film. It's been on my list of "I want to see that someday" movies since... well, pretty much since it was released. What can I say? It's a "slice-of-life" film, nobody dies, no profanity, no sex scenes, no serious conflict, there's some witty dialog, and pretty much nothing happens. Yet, it's not boring. There's perhaps a bit too much talk about "the theater" for my taste, although it's to be expected as the characters are actors and playwrights. One-point-five Hands of Fate.


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Jul. 17th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I have to confess that I got bored about halfway through My Dinner with Andre when I saw it long ago.

I get frustrated with films that don't contain an implicit moral dimension and find it hard to sit through them. Unsophisticated, I know -- (a New Critic).

Jul. 18th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I will grant you that Andre does begin to drag a bit after a time. The wealthy, jet-setter theater director detailing his personal search for meaning... well, I found him amusing in the same mildly cynical way I find the rambles of most New Age seekers amusing. He does, however, grow tiresome after a time. The last quarter of the film picks up, however, when Wallace Shawn (the bald guy) begins to have more input into the conversation. I could relate to his character, a "regular" guy who worries about money, doesn't relate well to people, and to whom simple pleasures like a cup of coffee and an electric blanket bring joy.

Implicit moral dimension, huh? It's Transformers for you, then: a fast hot car will get you a fast hot chick. That's the implicit moral of the story. D#mn, I wish I'd seen that movie years ago!
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