September has found me pretty busy this year,
but I've managed to squeeze in a little bit of leisure time. This
month's reviews are:
"The Cell" [[[
Film - The Cell, starring Vincent D'Onofrio,
Jennifer Lopez (3/5)
Book - The Emerald Tablet, by Dennis William
My immediate response to this film was an overwhelming
sense of relief at the fact that my admission had been complimentary.
However, despite a flimsy plot-line, half of which was stolen from The
Silence of the Lambs, and the other half of which was contingent upon
an imaginary technology which is never even partially explained, and the
fact that there was no character development or dialogue to speak of, I
got rather into this film after 35 minutes or so. Seeing Jennifer
Lopez smoking a joint in her underwear definitely piqued my interest (though
the Oscar for best scene smoking a joint in underwear must go to Cruise
& Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut), and my warped little mind was not
displeased with the visual feast which arrived subsequently.
Like Tim Burton, only in colour, this film provides
an absolute eyeball-orgy. I believe Ms. Lopez had the best idea for
making it through this film in one sitting. However, on a final note,
I must congratulate Mr. D'Onofrio (of Full Metal Jacket fame... remember,
he's the one who blew his brains out on the toilet!) on his outstanding
performance as a mentally retarded serial killer who lapses into a coma
20 minutes into the film, and goes on to become a Lord of Absolute Evil
in the realm of his own mind. Good show.
"The Emerald Tablet" by Dennis
William Hauck [[[[[
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