Novak (novak) wrote,

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Personal--Phone Booth and Girl With A Pearl Earring Quick Reviews

Over dinner last night I watched Phone Booth. A decent, quick thriller, more-or-less in real time. I could actually see this one being a cool one-act play in a theatre. A brief morality play without a great deal of metaphysical depth, but enough to make you reflect on the role of manners in society.

Dinner tonight had Girl With A Pearl Earring. This one was far more subtle in its drama, and the cinematography followed the line of the story with a lush exploration of colour that's worth the movie alone. Historical follow-up seems to tell me that Johannes Vermeer and his wife really get their reputations screwed in the movie, however. I'm about ready to push for a law forbidding Hollywood to do historical movies--or at least requiring them to put a detailed, dreadful, point-by-point analysis of how they're butchering history and libeling the characters they're describing before such films: that would so bore people as to drive away their audience and make Hollywood be historically responsible just for greed's sake. So does anyone agree with that theory? Huh? Huh?
Tags: movie review, movies/film/tv, personal

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