Fantastic Bad Old Ninja (Weekly Links)

Woo-whee: Red Cliff

Movies I reviewed for the Herald this week.

Fantastic Mr. Fox. “Very much a Wes Anderson movie.”

Red Cliff. “Savoring the military strategies involved.”

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. “To quote a different Cage performance, rockin’ good news.”

Ninja Assassin. “Nobody said being a ninja assassin would be easy.”

Old Dogs. “A food fight with a gorilla as a movie high point.”

The Messenger. “Completely believable as an Army lifer.”

The Yes Men Fix the World. “Never lose track of their serious point.”

Also, Indiewire has gathered a bunch of online critics, including me. It’s here.

Movie Diary 11/19/2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chris Weitz, 2009). Everybody’s shirtless, almost, in the sequel to the pretty good Twilight. Kristen Stewart is excellent, the CGI dogs are not, the Northwest locations are convincing, the final line is daft. (full review 11/20)

Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater, 2009). Nice idea about a kid (Zac Efron) signing on for a minor role in Welles’ 1937 production of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theatre. Some gracefully rendered insights and a real Wellesian energy from Christian McKay. (full review 12/11)

Ninja Assassin (James McTeigue, 2009). Haven’t seen this much bodily mortification since The Passion of the Christ. With the secret mountain lair and the many flying implements of death, this should be more fun. (full review 11/25)