New Movies I saw with Natalie this week:
Heat - Overall, this movie was much more boring than I expected. However, I will give that a huge caveat, I really dislike Al Pacino in everything that isn't The Godfathers or Scent of a Woman. I find him extremely distracting from the main storyline. Also, Val Kilmer, while probably still popular when this was made, is also distractingly bad. However, the story is particularly awesome, so watching it a few more times would probably help me get over those facts. DeNiro seemed great, and the overall story was intriguing. 2 of 5 lambs
My Blueberry Nights - This has been in my queue forever, so I was super excited when I found out Natalie was in it because it jumped to the top. Made by Wong Kar-Wai it fits his style really well I think (I've only seen one other of his films) but its stars are totally outside of his wheelhouse. Norah Jones stars as an observant woman who moves around a lot. She befriends bar tender Jude Law, but then moves on with her life, meeting David Straithern and Rachel Weisz, and moves on again and meets Portman, ending up back with Law. It's very much a character study of the random people who make up our lives and recur in it if you're actually paying attention. Jones isn't a terrific actress, but she doesn't a good job keeping up with the terrific acting around her. 4 of 5 lambs
Goya's Ghosts - TERRIBLE movie. The story wasn't bad, and Javier Bardem is pretty good. Portman's acting isn't terrible, but her costumes, sets, and the direction is dreadful. Portman ends up over the top playing a young woman locked up by the Inquisition who gets knocked up by a visiting monk (Bardem) and then plays her daughter 17 years later who has become a prostitute. The only thing they bother to do to make it clear this is her daughter is to give her different teeth. But Portman as the mom is so heinous looking that you don't need to be reminded one's the daughter and the other is the mom. Stupid.