Waterworld (Kevin Reynolds, 1995). I realize this seems sort of absurd and trivial. But I have a job to do. And hey, the movie looks about the way it did in ’95: pretty all right because it’s not that bad.
Set Up (Mike Gunther, 2011). Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Ryan Phillippe, and Bruce Willis in an incompetent heist movie. Stylistically, it’s full of tiny-jerk zooms. This is also under the category of “I have a job to do.”
Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973). Pacino shambling along a real groove; not a great movie, though it has an interesting rhythm. Whatever Lumet’s limitations, he displays here two of his strongest talents: well-chosen NYC locations, and a gallery of fun, oddball, fresh supporting players (some of whom become known – hey, that’s Judd Hirsch – and F. Murray Abraham? – and some never to be heard of again).
At What a Feeling!, we launch a week of reviews of movies that won the Best Picture Oscar. First up: Milos Forman’s Amadeus.