Flickchart Daily: Matchup of the Day & New Movies in Theaters (w/ Bonus Warren Beatty Matchup)
Matchup of the Day
Have a go with Keira Knightley packing heat vs. an alien infestation romance:
I believe that there are three period dramas in which Keira Knightley plays a real-life person:
A Dangerous Method – Sabina Spielrein, a Russian psychoanalyst who was a contemporary of psychiatry legends Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
The Duchess – Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, fashion trend-setter and political progressive.
The Edge of Love – Vera Phillips, who has some kind of relationship with poet Dylan Thomas (I haven’t seen the movie yet).
I admit that I have a strange attraction toward Knightley when she wears costumes from days of yore. I’ve watched The Duchess and Pride & Prejudice multiple times, and can barely contain my excitement for the upcoming Anna Karenina adaptation. Because of this fixation, I tend to neglect her films that are set during modern times.
The one film I’d been deliberately avoiding was Tony Scott’s Domino, which is loosely based on the life of deceased bounty hunter Domino Harvey. I started watching it a few years ago, but gave up when the obnoxious MTV-style editing gave me a headache. That was before my Keira Knightley period costume fascination began. I thought maybe I would find the film more endurable now just because she was in it, and decided to give it another try. After sitting through it recently, I’m pretty sure that even if Knightley was decked out in period finery from beginning to end I would still hate Domino.
Monsters is a movie I forgot even existed. I picked it up on the spur of the moment while I was looking for Domino at the video store. Perhaps the only obvious comparison I can make between the two films is that Monsters is stylistically nothing like Tony Scott’s hyperactive flick. Even though it’s about giant octopus-resembling creatures from outer space, the movie is fairly quiet and restrained. There’s none of the ADD madness found in Domino.
It’s kind of a Planes, Trains & Automobiles type of deal, except there’s a boat instead of a plane. A newspaper photographer is given the task of escorting the daughter of his boss through alien-infested territory and runs into some complications. Along the way, the two travelers develop the hots for each other and occasionally encounter the monsters of the title. I thought it was OK. I didn’t find any of the creature or romantic elements to be particularly groundbreaking. In the reviews I’ve read about the film, they seem to be impressed by what was accomplished with the low budget (around $500, 000). So, I guess there’s that. Pretty much anything is better than the torture of sitting through Domino. Nice to see Knightley with a full head of hair in this interview, though:
Friday’s New Movie Releases
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY RECOGNITION
Warren Beatty turns 75 today, so here’s his two highest ranked films:
Personally, I’m a McCabe & Mrs. Miller man.