Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Last Night’
(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Last Night , a film about marriage, temptation, and monogamy, starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. Plus, These Amazing Shadows about the experience of American history told through films and Cave of Forgotten Dreams about the inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France.
LAST NIGHT (R)
Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington star in a story of a couple deciding whether or not to cheat on each other or stay monogamous. Many films have been successful about this easy-to-identify-with dilemma of couples, but it only matters to an audience if we care about the characters themselves. There has to be something to invest in so that we care about the outcome. Both of these people are not worth knowing. Even to have drinks with, as they are presented here. She is entitled, grating, boring… a Housewives of New Jersey banality. He is withdrawn and unable to express himself, but in a tepid and typical way, bringing nothing new or interesting to the character. Wait for DVD, where it could lead to a good discussion with a partner or possible lover about monogamy. In other words, a low night.
THESE AMAZING SHADOWS (not rated)
Get ready for a summer of superheros and comic books, gross out guys and pre-teen princess dreams. It’s often easy to forget why we love movies, why they matter. Enter this wonderful story starring West Side Story, Blazing Saddles, Wayne Wang, John Waters, John Lasseter, Casablanca, and Scarface. 550 movies are part of The National Film Registry, movies that reflected our culture and often changed our lives. From the classics to the avant garde, from documentaries to silents..this movie keeps us riveted as filmmakers and experts explain what we felt, imagined, learned, and aspired to… all told through American movies.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (not rated)
Werner Herzog loves to show us worlds of obsession and mind blowing escape. From a closeup adventure with bears in Grizzly Man to penguins in Encounters at the End of the World, from fearless features like Fitzcarraldo or Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Herzog is a unique voice in cinema. His obsession with cave paintings and history’s mysteries take him to ancient caves in France, with crisp, clean drawings that almost look as if they are in motion. Narrating it all in his raspy whisper filled with awe and excitement, his enthusiasm for this remarkable find is contagious and joyful. It’s shot in 3-D and for once this is not a gimmick, the 3-D experience actually enhances and makes the images immediate and textured. The sense of wonder, beautifully captured by Herzog, makes this a movie not to miss.
SEE RIGHT NOW: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, THE CONSPIRATOR, WIN WIN, JANE EYRE, I AM
DVD: DROP DEAD DIVA SEASON TWO, MAO’S LAST DANCER, FROM PRADA TO NADA, STATE AND MAIN, SESAME STREET: ELMO’S TRAVEL SONGS
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