I haven't talked about movies I've seen in a while...I think it's time for a movie roundup, don't you?Inglorious Basterds was good, and I recommend it IF you're not squeamish about seeing blood. Basically, the movie is quentessential Quentin Tarantino, so you can expect laugh-out-loud moments mixed with rivers of gore. Brad Pitt was excellent (and that's saying a lot for me because I'm not a huge fan of his). I was most impressed by the actress who played Shoshanna, Melanie Laurent. I'd never seen her in anything before -- her filmography on IMDB mostly consists of French films -- but I think this might be her big break in America.
Also...I went to see All About Steve with my roommate last weekend. I was unimpressed. Even Sandra Bullock's goofy charm mixed with Bradley Cooper's sexiness could not save this movie. It wasn't completely terrible...it just wasn't what I was expecting, I guess. What is with Sandra Bullock lately? When is the last time she made a truly decent movie? Remember While You Were Sleeping and Hope Floats?...she did some good work back in the 90s.
But, wait, there's more...I saw The Professional (a.k.a Leon in the UK) for the first time ever last week. Oh my God, why had I never seen it before now?!? Jean Reno is fantastic as Leon, the professional hit man, and then-twelve-year-old Natalie Portman is adorable as a little girl whose entire family is killed by dirty DEA agents. What an interesting role for her...it's a kid role, but there's just an incredible amount of maturity about it. But when you're faced with a situation like what happens in the movie, you don't have much choice but to grow up overnight. I can't say enough about Gary Oldman as Norman "Stan" Stansfield. He is so good at playing bad. I actually prefer him in good-guy roles -- *points to icon* -- but there really is no one better when you need someone to play a heartless bastard. ;-)