a blog with cultural bulimia.

Friday, December 26, 2003

two movies: one contrived, the other sweet

cold mountain
"The film, freely adapted by Anthony Minghella from Charles Frazier's best-selling novel, is an episodic romance that begins like a war movie and ends like a western, and it requires an old-fashioned critical idiom to do it justice. It is, as my predecessor Bosley Crowther might have said, one heck of a classy picture."

stuck on you
"With "You," the Farrelly Brothers have a big, steaming order to deliver; they have to compete with the legacy of their own bad taste, which they compensate for with a quality that some may find even more repellent — sentimentality."