indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (2008)

by zEke

Nineteen years later the hero is back. We have waited long, too long maybe, for the archaeologist to come back after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas saw, and explode, his potential back in the eighties. No less than three adventures in a decade. The hero is now older, the hat and the whip stay the same, what about everything else?

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is force to help Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her Russian army find an extraterrestrial creature with a mysterious crystal skeleton in a military base in the Nevada dessert. Once back in the Marshall College Jones is contacted by Mutt Williams (Shia LeBouf) who tells him Harold Oxley (John Hurt), and old colleague of Jones, has disappeared after discovering a crystal skull in Peru. No need to explain what follows. Continue reading

my blueberry nights (2007)

by zEke

my blueberry nights posterThose who know Chinese director Kar Wai Wong know how he likes to carefully take care of every single shot he fits in his movies. The suggestive in the mood for love (2000) and the melancholic 2046 (2004) are good recent examples of his meticulous care. my blueberry nights is no different to those on that sense and many will see it as a collection of beautiful shots that fail to build the story within. That is probably what, according to the reviews that followed, attendants to the screening of the opening film of the 60th Cannes Film Festival thought. I, respectfully, disagree.

Elizabeth’s (Norah Jones) boyfriend has left her for another woman. Heartbroken, she decides to start a cross country soul-searching journey around America that starts at Jeremy’s (Jude Law) little cozy café in New York City among blueberry pies and ice-cream. Along the way she meets random ordinary people that will help her find her way back to herself. Continue reading

iron man (2008)

by zEke

iron man posterMovies that are based on comic books are on fashion these days. Mostly, because they seem to be profitable enough. Truth is, most of them are just about that and forget about the essence of the stories they tell. Thus, after the initial hype they are forever forgotten. Does anyone remember daredevil (2003), the punisher (2004)? I could keep going, but I will not. Even those who manage to stay in our memory are not more than ephemeral entertainment. Good entertainment, but far from providing anything else, which on the other hand they do not have to. batman begins (2005) might be an exception. All this to say that iron man is one of the latter, good entertainment and nothing else.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is an eccentric industrialist who only cares about the effectiveness of the weapons his company provides to gain peace in the world by means of war, and how to spend his ridiculous fortune. This is until he is captured in Afghanistan by mercenaries who use his very own weapons. To scape he builds an armor. An armor that once back at home and after a severe tuning process turns Stark into his alter ego, Iron Man. Continue reading

made of honor (2008)

by zeke

made of honor posterAnd yet another romantic comedy.

Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is a ladies man. He, following a strict set of rules, moves from one lady to another without ever looking back. But there is one that is always there, his best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan). His life teeters when she leaves for Scotland for a few weeks and comes back to get married to a Scottish duke and have Tom being her maid of honor.

Everything this romantic comedy has to offer happens at the beginning. It is not that it has nothing to offer after a while, but as the story develops becomes more predictable. Nevertheless, the inertia achieved during the first minutes is enough to keep things rolling. Continue reading