OMG! This was another non-stop movie marathon weekend. First, I’m Not There, featuring Cate Blanchett (among others) filling in for Bob Dylan in scenes re-created from the classic documentary, Don’t Look Back. Cate is incredible — and whomever was her body movement coach deserves special mention. She has Dylan’s body movement’s down perfectly.
Next, we watched Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman + E.G. Marshall kick cinematic ass in ABSOLUTE POWER.
If you missed this one, go rent it.
Then, every bit as yakkity-yak long-winded blah blah boring as you’ve heard, LIONS FOR LAMBS made you want to slap Robert Redford for not having the good sense to cut about fifteen minutes of his own screen time out of this exasperating film. It is like one of those "educational films" they used to show in high school with stilted unrealistic dialog — primarily in Redford’s scenes, despite some unexpected and clever one liners.
Meryle Streep is wonderful, and Tom Cruise is great — but even these talents can’t save a movie that does nothing, goes nowhere, and fails to engage. WAR IS BAD. POLITICIANS ARE SCUMBAGS. THE AMERICAN MEDIA GAVE UP BEING THE WATCH DOG AND BECAME THE LAP DOG OF POLITICS. See, you read that all in a few seconds and you didn’t need to buy a ticket, pay for parking, and listen to people drone on for hours.