By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully August 30, 2004 at 12:36PM
Friday -- "Benji: Off the Leash!" (Although I slept through a lot of it, I do think it was incredibly refreshing to walk into a theatre in 2004 and be transplanted back to 1983. I can't figure out if it was a period piece or if Joe Camp is just stuck in the '80s.)
Saturday -- "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2" (As if sitting alone in a theatre filled with children wasn't enough to make me feel like Humbert Humbert, the trailer of "Lemony Snicket" pushed me over the edge when I saw the Sophie Marceau-like presence of 15-year-old Emily Browning--am I the only one?)
Sunday -- "The Brown Bunny" (I have to say, if it had stayed a movie about absolutely nothing, I would have loved it. Truly. There are some moments that took my breath away--namely the driving in the rain, fade-to-black--beautiful. But then he had to go and get blatantly obvious at the end (and I'm not talking about Chloe bobbing his knob), which was even more jarring when placed against the subtle tone that he had worked so hard to establish in the first 4/5). So, I recommend the gorgeous super-16mm photography, but that might be about all.)
Sunday-- "Secret Honor" (Saw a special screening of Altman's 1984 film at Symphony Space, followed by a discussion with Bob himself. Briefly, Philip Baker Hall should be awarded a Medal of Honor for his performance, Lewis Lapham should have been woken up out of his coma before taking the stage, and Upper West Side Q&A's are truly surreal events.)
I'm now taking a break from the cinema for at least a few days. After this weekend, I think I earned it (by the way, those first two films were seen because of work, not because I'm a family film lover).