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Beowulf, The Darjeeling Limited, Goya's Ghosts, Silk, 30 Days of Night

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 9:57 AM

DVD Movie Reviews


Watched it in theatres and my opinion stays the same even after watching the new unrated directors cut which doesn't really change much at all. Check out the original review at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/12921....

The Darjeeling Limited

This is the fifth movie from writer/director Wes Anderson. His previous films include Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic. If you have seen any of these flicks, then you know about the dry humor and distinct style of movie that Wes Anderson makes. I am a fan of his movies and count Rushmore as one of the best movies of all time. However, I was quite disappointed in 'The Life Aquatic' and had reservations about seeing The Darjeeling Limited. Thankfully, The Darjeeling Limited is a return to form and well worth a watch. The film centers around three brothers who haven't enjoyed each other's company for quite some time. One of them decides to reunite them all on a train ride and secretly plans to take them to meet up with their mother who they have not seen since their father's funeral. Lots of laughs and misfortunes abound and eventually they reach their destination. Anderson's flair for unusually dry humor mixed with a distinct film style allows for lots of great art direction and cinematography to seamlessly exist within the film without distracting from the story. The acting is top notch and helps draw you into the interesting plot. I highly recommend this flick.

Goya's Ghosts

This is a period piece set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition and the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's Army. The movie is told through the eyes of famous painter Francisco Goya who was known for colorful depictions of the royal court and grim depictions of the brutality of war. The film stars recent Oscar winner Javier Bardem as a member of the inner circle of the Inquisition who takes a liking to Goya's young muse, Ines(Natalie Portman). Ines is soon convicted of heresy and taken away by the Inquisition. This is a great film that has wonderful direction, inspired acting, and an engaging storyline that pulls you in. I was somewhat skeptical as the movie never saw a wide theatrical release, but after watching this flick, I was pleasantly surprised.


Silk is another period piece, but instead of political like Goya's Ghosts, this epic romance centers on love. Everything revolves around a young man and his decisions. The first is to stay home from the war and go to work for a man who makes silk. The second is to marry a local girl. Then, due to silkworms dying because of a disease, the man is sent on many dangerous journey's across the world to find silkworms that he can bring back without disease. The movie then sways back and forth with him as he seemingly finds love in more than one place. I enjoyed the movie however it was a bit long and a bit slow which makes it a bit boring. The pacing of the movie was also a little off which doesn't help the film portray its idea of presenting a grand epic romance. I enjoyed the film but had some trouble getting through the whole thing.

Death at a Funeral

The latest from director Frank Oz is another madcap comedy in the tradition of his former movies, Bowfinger & What about Bob?. This is a highly enjoyable comedy that centers on a group of people who have gathered for a funeral. From misplaced drugs to blackmail, the movie has it all. Interestingly enough, the movie is pretty much set all in one location and manages to keep your attention throughout. Some scenes tend to drag on after the joke has already been played which is a minor distraction to a decent comedy with some great acting.

30 Days of Night

This is a film based on a graphic novel that centers around a town in Alaska that ends up having 30 days of night based on the Earth and Sun's rotation. During this time, a group of vampires attack the town. Now the townsfolk have to band together to stay alive until the sun comes back. I didn't have a chance to personally watch this film, but most that I have talked to that did watch it say that is just a bit better than your normal run of the mill vampire flick. So, if you like the horror genre or vampire flicks, you're gonna like this.

That's it for this week. Check them out at Movie Gallery in McCook today!

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.