Uninvited Taken in Town (Weekly Links)

waltzLinks to the reviews I wrote for the Herald this week:

Waltz with Bashir. “There’s no Oscar category yet for animated documentary….”

Taken. “Liam Neeson is built for handing out whuppings.”

The Uninvited. “This one is actually restrained.”

New in Town. “This film about corporate insensitivity and bedrock American values was filmed in Winnipeg.”

Were the World Mine. “The idea worked for Shakespeare.”

Movie Diary 1/21/2009

Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008). One from the Luc Besson meat-grinder. For some reason I am susceptible to Besson’s high-concept approach, although it usually works better in French (Banlieue 13) than English (Transporter 3). Premise here has the daughter of Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen being kidnapped — a plausibility problem, because genetically speaking, any offspring of Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen could probably kick Godzilla’s ass. (full review 1/30)

Fanboys (Kyle Newman, 2008). Mainly shot in 2006, which would explain why Dan Fogler, Danny McBride, and Seth Rogen all look slimmer. (full review 2/6)