Montreal Film Journal

2006 LOG (12)

(3 Dec) Unaccompanied Minors (2006, Paul Feig) 33
[ Lewis Black and Wilmer Valderrama embarrass themselves as the bumbling grown-ups constantly being outran and humiliated by a bunch of brats stuck in an airport on Christmas eve in this oddball cross between "Home Alone" (cartoonish holiday romp) and "The Breakfast Club" (for the way it groups together a brain, an athlete, a basket case, princess and a criminal, give or take an archetype). Still, this is harmless enough entertainment (you know, for kids), and young Tyler James Williams is actually pretty fun to watch. ]

(3 Dec) National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2 - The Rise of Taj (2006, Mort Nathan) 17
[ A sequel to Van Wilder without Van Wilder? Not that I missed Ryan Reynolds, but it just underlines how pointless and botched a venture this is. Kal Penn was great in "Harold and Kumar", but his charm and comic potential are wasted in this laugh-free knockoff of "Revenge of the Nerds". Not worth your time, unless you're really desperate to see half a dozen boobies in the midst of an endless barrage of half-assed attempts at gross-out humor and inconsequential commentary on class and race divisions. ]

(4 Dec) Roméo & Juliette (2006, Yves Desgagnés) 0
"La guerre des motards a encore fait exploser un enfant, sacrament!"
"Roméo y pleure parce qu'il est capable d'être vrai."
"I need sugar... pour atterir."
"Évite de te pencher trop souvent, t'es pas ici pour montrer tes petits seins."
"Cours, Roméo, coooouuuuuurs!"

[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(5 Dec) An Inconvenient Truth (2006, Davis Guggenheim) 84
[ An amazing piece of documentary filmmaking which conveys Al Gore's obviously sincere concern for the environment and his desire to prevent the irrevocable consequences of global warming to get any worse than they already are. Both provocative and entertaining, funny even, the movie truly makes you understand what's at stakes exactly, but without being too didactic. A must-see. ]

(10 Dec) Apocalypto (2006, Mel Gibson) [ review ] 91

(12 Dec) Rocky Balboa (2006, Sylvester Stallone) [ review ] 72

(13 Dec) Night at the Museum (2006, Shawn Levy) [ review ] 77

(16 Dec) The Last of the Mohicans (1992, Michael Mann) 40
[ It starts out all chaotic, throwing you in the middle of the colonial wars with little indication of where your loyalties are supposed to fall between the French, British and various Indian nations. Lots of running and killing, and eventually we gather that Daniel Day-Lewis' trapper character aims to protect Madeleine Stowe's colonel's daughter... It's still pretty confusing, which is what war must feel like, I guess, but it doesn't make for great storytelling, in my opinion. The Day-Lewis/Stowe romance is pretty random, too. I'll give Jean Carlo as much, the last 10-15 minutes are pretty badass/lyrical but overall, this is hardly a great film. ]

(17 Dec) La Guerre des Tuques (1984, André Melançon) [ review ] 71

(17 Dec) Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuarón) [ review ] 92

(18 Dec) Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson) [ review ] 90

(21 Dec) The Big Lebowski (1998, the Coen brothers) [ review ] 93

(26 Dec) Sólo con tu pareja (1991, Alfonso Cuarón) 38
(26 Dec) A Little Princess (1995, Alfonso Cuarón) 80
(27 Dec) Great Expectations (1998, Alfonso Cuarón) 76
[ Part of the Directors Series ]

(27 Dec) The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 95

(29 Dec) Comment ma mère accoucha de moi durant sa ménopause (2003, Sébastien Rose) 51
[ A treatise on the male identity in a post-feminist world, it revolves around a skirt-chasing man-child trying to deal with his overbearing mother (Micheline Lanctôt), sister (Sylvie Moreau) and shrink/lover (Anne-Marie Cadieux). The shared sex lives between family members is a surprising, interesting twist, but the story feels increasingly disconnected, with overwritten dialogue and characters that are less like people than plot devices that the filmmaker uses to prove his point. Still, the film is quite amusing and sexy (Lucie Laurier in a thong? Yes, please!) and while Paul Ahmarani is not quite convincing as a supposedly irresistible seducer, he does make for an enjoyably offbeat lead.
Note: this is a repost of a blurb written in September 2003 when I first saw the film. Why am I rewatching a film I don't even like that much, you ask? That's my curious habit of lazily rolling with the movies on late-night television for you.]

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