We went into Cork to watch "16 Blocks" yesterday. I liked "Inside Man". It didn't cheat. It was a good, solid, intelligent movie with decent characterizations and good actors.
"16 Blocks" blew it out of the water, in my opinion. Bruce Willis looked so awful he looked gorgeous, his physical acting was above and beyond anything I've seen out of him, his line delivery was so not-Willis that the five or so times he said something that *did* sound like Bruce Willis I was jarred. Some of those jarring moments were nothing more than a short laugh or a single word or an exhalation. The script was smart, and even the one scene that got further out of control than I would have liked had all the right elements in place *driving* it there, so I can forgive that.
Mos Def, as the convict Willis's character is supposed to get 16 blocks to the courthouse, is completely fantastic. The only other thing I've seen him in was "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", where he played a *perfect* Ford Prefect, so I was looking forward to seeing him in this. His character just _will_ not shut up through the entire course of the movie, but you kind of sympathize with the motormouth response to everything going on around him. The non-stop talk also makes for huge effect in the few scenes where he *does* get quiet.
There's also some fantastic cinematography, especially in the scene early on where everything goes to hell. It's another instance of silence being far more effective than sound. Some *really* nicely done stuff.
And, of course, it's also got David Morse, who I adore. (He is my Morrison. Somebody else can be your Morrison, but David Morse is mine. And, uh, no, the name similarity is not on purpose. I only just realized it when I was typing this.) Anyway. *Really* good movie. Go see it!
*laugh* I was wearing a t-shirt yesterday with a Batman symbol on the chest. When we got off the train, there was a man in front of us carrying a 3 or so year old boy, and he looked over his dad's shoulder at me and then his eyes got really wide and he smiled REALLY BIG and kept staring and smiling and then started saying to his father, "Batman! Batman!" and pointing at me. *laughs* That was pretty cute. :)
I guess I have to go to work now...
P.S. I've just gotten the Irish version of Netflix. Recommend me some movies! Lighthearted stuff especially (I don't like sophomoric humour), because I think I can probably find all the dramas I need, but movies in general! Please! :)