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Report Card: January 2011

Though I’d start something new for this year: a monthly report card for the movies I watch or re-watch.  I don’t always have time to write a full review, and many films just don’t need one.  But I’m hoping to start watching more movies again, so I’d try to at least log some grades and general comments.  Thus, here’s the inaugural installment of Zu’s movie report card:

Film Grade Comment
Elvis & Annabelle (2007)


Twisted love story about a young unlicensed mortician and the beauty queen he brings back from the dead.
[REC] (2007)


Fresh and interesting pseudo-documentary horror tale.
Fanboys (2008)


Hilarious misadventures of Star Wars geeks out to infiltrate the Lucas mansion and sneak a peek at the newest film.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) A Yes, I am a Star Wars geek myself, and nostalgia is a huge part of loving this movie. But it still stands up as a witty, exciting, imaginative adventure. (It was especially fun to re-watch shortly after seeing Fanboys!)
Dinner for Schmucks (2010) D Do yourself a favor and watch the French original, Le Diner de Cons, instead.
Easy Virtue (2008) A- Excellent cast in an intriguing, off-beat mystery with a side of character study.
Despicable Me (2010) A Just wonderful!
Going the Distance (2010) B- Cute romantic comedy with two stars I’ve always liked watching, but nothing to write home about.
Piranha (2010) B Fun, campy horror flick with lots of talent, all well used (though Jerry O’Connell is a bit over the top).
Step Up 3 (2010) B+ The acting is, of course, meh. But the dancing alone – more abundant than in the first and second films – is worth a look.
Clash of the Titans (2010) C- What was the point of making this again? It’s not as fun in a goofy-epic way as the original, and the effects alone are just not good enough to justify it. It’s an utter waste of talent.

Let me know what YOU think of these, if you have seen them, and what else you’re watching these days!

Farewell, Pete Postlethwaite

1946 – 2010

We’ll miss you.  Movie watchers everywhere will miss that distinctive lilting British accent, the twinkling eyes above pronounced cheekbones, the bulbous crooked nose overshadowing an expressive mouth. Most of all, we’ll miss additions to the striking and wide-ranging performances that we will, thankfully, be able to watch forever.

Pete Postlethwaite began his career as a drama teacher and playing bit parts on British TV, with his first film part in 1977’s The Duellists, starring Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine. He stayed mostly in television for another decade, until becoming well-known to audiences everywhere through roles in the 1992 films Alien3 and The Last of the Mohicans.

As Kobayashi in The Unusual Suspects

In 1995, he played a pivotal role in The Usual Suspects, as the lawyer who communicates instructions to the gang on behalf of Keyser Soze. He went on to roles both large and small, but always memorable, in films including Romeo + Juliet (1996), Brassed Off (1996), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Amistad (1997), Rat (2000), The Shipping News (2001), Aeon Flux (2005), Closing the Ring (2007), Clash of the Titans (2010), and Inception (2010).  I had just watched him Friday night in one of his most recent roles, as a flower-arranging Boston mobster in Ben Affleck’s impressive new film The Town. He’ll appear in one more film, slated for release this year, called Killing Bono.

As Fergie Colm in The Town

What is notable about Postlethwaite — besides his inimitable looks — is that he could play everything from innocent, to sweet, to smart, to downright evil. And he could do it all believably. I can’t think of a film I’ve seen that isn’t better for his being a part of it.

Luckily for his fans, like me, Postlethwaite was quite prolific in his thirty-three-year career. He played nearly one hundred roles in films and TV series. Thanks to that, there are plenty of chances to catch his wonderfully heartfelt performances.

Postlethwaite died yesterday after a prolonged battle with cancer.  He leaves us with an creditable film legacy.

So long, farewell, rest in peace.  We’ll see you on the screen.

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