Kissing Jessica Stein sucked ass. Jessica Stein is played by some lady that studied at the Jennifer Anniston School of Acting. I'm supposed to believe that intelligent, attractive, modern, Jewish women act this way? Jesus. Take a valium. I'd write this off as a chick-flick, but my wife didn't like it either. It could still be a chick flick. It certainly has all the elements: 1)very little nudity 2)token funny gay guys 3)drama at the dinner table. I'm glad I only payed a dollar to rent it.
Amélie affected me about how I predicted it would. Normally the French language annoys me. Like, why the fuck is oix pronounced "wah"? Shouldn't it be "oycks"? Anyway, I didn't notice the french as much because the camera work, cinematography, and lead actress were all stunningly beautiful. This movie reminded me of The City of Lost Children. Except Amélie is the yin to that yang. After initially making this post I found that The City of Lost Children and Amelie were both directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. That would explain the similarities. The bright, cheery sets and subtle humor are what made this movie shine for me. I can now safely admit that I'm turning into a film geek. I've seen two foreign films this year and liked them both (The Devil's Backbone being the other). Plus I'm looking forward to Y Tu Mamá También.
Changing Lanes was surprisingly good. Better than I thought it would be, anyway. Where I was expecting useless attempts at suspense and some witty dialogue from Samual Jackson, I found an exploration of right and wrong. I enjoyed that the plot focused more on the human struggle with conscious than on exposions and SFX. And, of course, there was some witty dialogue from Samual Jackson. I'd recommend seeing this.