Review: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

I somehow missed this movie when it first came out, which is a shame. It is a great teen movie, from that strangely short but strangely brilliant era of great teen movies like Rushmore and Election. The premise, which could have gone so wrong, somehow went right — it’s a fairly faithful interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. (I was relieved that the wife-beating was replaced with paint-filled balloons.)  Along with a mostly-decent script that falters at first but strengthens up in the end, the film benefits from a stellar young cast — Academy Award nominated Heath Ledger, along with Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Um, and that guy that’s on Numb3rs.

Directed by Gil Junger.


Review: Eastern Promises (2007)

The trailer for Eastern Promises made it look exciting and interesting. Sadly, it’s neither. A good cast and potentially provocative and/or poignant subject matter is wasted on a trite, too-tidy plot. The only point of interest is the most extensive full male nudity scene I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, the scene itself isn’t interesting in the least. I just have a vague academic interest in comparing the instances and extent of male nudity in movies (rare) with female (way less rare)

Directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts (victim/perilously close to doormat at times).