Wednesday, 21 April 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 217

159 - The Royal Tenenbaums - 5 stars
The pinnacle of Wes Anderson's look at the dysfunctional family unit (see also Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox) with flawless performances from Gene Hackman (nice to see him having fun for a change), all the way down to a surprisingly moving Luke Wilson.
A witty script that easily balances the highs and lows of Royal's journey to reconnect with his family.  Great soundtrack too.

201 - JFK - 3 stars
A fact-filled look at one of the greatest conspiracies of all time or a film based on a giant pile of political bullshit? We'll probably never know, but the film itself is slick, entertaining, well paced and reminded me that when he isn't making a complete turkey like Waterworld that Costner can actually be pretty good when given the right role.

Days remaining - 148 Films remaining - 185

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