Monday, September 08, 2008

Impure Escapism

The news today is so horrific, so nauseating, that I can't bear to think about it much. Instead I'll report on the semi-current and classic cinema --or movies rather. I saw Vicky Christina Barcelona last night. It was quite amusing in the classic movie way -- that is, just enough plot, nice music and lots and lots of eye candy. Besides the delights of Spain it had Scarlett Johannsen, Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, and some pretty good jokes and set pieces. At times it reminded me of Bandidas which The Lobbyist was snickering at the other day as it played again on skCinemax. Both were essentially vehicles for delivering cheesecake. The fair Lobbyist gave up on Bandidas when Penelope and Salma somehow contrived to have a cat fight in the water that seemed straight out of a lite-beer commercial. At least VCB also delivered Javier Bardem, who is always weirdly captivating. Now if we could only get Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek and Naomi Watts and Keira Knightley, and maybe Javier and Benicio del Toro together in a rollicking McLintock! style mud-wrassle, we might really have something.


At 7:40 AM, Blogger Alison said...

Woody Allen has gone way too far down that eye candy road. Now that he has coupled with his daughter (yes step-daughters are daughters) and has a new obsession with Scarlett Johansson, it is all just weird, yet not captivating. Now if he cast Louise Lasser in his next film, I might go see it.


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