Monthly Archive for February, 2005

Dude, Where’s My Car?

Dude, Where’s My Car? (2/28/05) Netflix (2000 **½) Directed by Danny Leiner, starring Ashton Kutcher. It’s mildly ironic that I watched this movie after viewing Aviator the day before: When Martin Scorsese visited Dreamworks he made a joke while he was discussing film preservation about Dude, Where’s My Car? I cringed a little when he said that because I’d already added the movie to my Netflix queue, primarily because I’d already queued Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, which was sort of the film’s follow-up. Anyhow, Dude frequently reminded me of the first “Bill and Ted” movie (which I liked), and I’m sure that was its goal. It was dumb fun but I never really laughed. It was also fairly short too, and for that I’m grateful.

The Aviator

The Aviator (2/27/05) AMC Theater, San Francisco (2004 ***½) Directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by John Logan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. I went to see The Aviator a second time a couple days after seeing Martin Scorsese in person at Dreamworks. This was a great film. I really hope it wins the Oscar for best picture. It’s grand in scale and chock-full of dead-on directing decisions. (Ed. Note [2/28/05]: Sadly, neither the film nor Mr. Scorsese won.)

Bad Santa

Bad Santa (2/5/05) Netflix (2003 ***) Directed by Terry Zwigoff, starring Billy Bob Thornton, with Bernie Mac and John Ritter. What’s not to like about an alcoholic safe-cracking Santa Claus? Well, it took me a long time to warm up to this movie. Roger Ebert recommended it and it was directed by Zwigoff, who directed Crumb and Ghost World, both of which I enjoyed. It wasn’t a great movie, but I will say this: I was certainly far more interested in the characters by the end than I was at the beginning.