Tuesday, January 20, 2009

For those who are still hanging around...

I was just poking around the Web today when I realized that it’s been almost a month since I last updated this thing. All I can say is that I’ve been swamped with work lately, and with the Muriels coming up it’s only going to get business. But until I have time to write a proper post, I just thought I’d let you know that I’m still thinking about you. For the time being, I’ll link to my new reviews of The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, and, erm… Hotel For Dogs. My viewing of the latter was occasioned by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday, when Angela had to work but I didn’t, so I got to keep an eye on the Offspring. As far as “Drag-Along Specials” go, Hotel For Dogs was the best one so far, although it’s not hard to top Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Also, a note on the ratings. If you read the reviews, you may notice that I’ve given the same rating to Revolutionary Road and Hotel for Dogs (sorry Jason). Now, by no objective yardstick is Hotel for Dogs the aesthetic or artistic equal of Mendes’ film. On the other hand, I don’t think the two really deserve to be compared against each other. Whenever I rate a movie, I ask two questions: (1) what are the filmmakers setting out to do, and (2) how well did it work for me on those terms? Admittedly, Hotel for Dogs lacks the ambition of Revolutionary Road, but what it does, it does pretty okay. Whether you’re down with what it does is another question entirely. Personally, I don’t know if I’d recommend seeing it alone, but if the kids want to go it’s worth the trip.

1 comment:

Jason_alley2 said...

Haha, no need to apologize! There's definitely some off-putting elements there, but I was still transfixed - on the edge of my seat and holding my breath practically the entire time.