***I've been a slug all weekend and the most that got accomplished was to move three movies off of my Netflix queue. Here are my mini-reviews:
- Brokeback Mountain: (3 stars out of 5): Not bad, but except for the obvious controversial aspects of the movie, I don't know if it deserves all the hoopla. And I got confused towards the end -- maybe someone can help me with this. When Jack's wife tells Ennis how Jack died, and then we see images which contradict her story, are we seeing how Jack really died, or are we seeing Ennis' imaginings of what might have really happened, based on what his dad showed him when he was a kid?
- Cinderella Man: (4 stars): Nicely done. I'm not a big Russell Crowe fan, but he sure played a likeable character in this movie. It was a sweet story, and I like that it was based on a real person and actual events.
- The Constant Gardener: (3 stars): a well-made movie of a disturbing story. Even though most of the violence in the story was implied, rather than overt, it still bothered me. But if this kind of thing is really happening, then it's a story that needs to be told.
Oh, yeah, and I watched the Redskins game, which was a waste of three perfectly good hours. They are now officially pathetic.
But I'm not bitter.