Short but sweet (and sour) this week.
Midnight in Paris
Director: Woody Allen
Personal Interest Factor: 10
I’ve seen every Woody Allen film in theaters since Manhattan in 1979, which was one of the transformative cinema events of my life. I’m not about to stop now, since this one is getting strong reviews. Sure, Woody’s record has been spotty (to put it generously) for the last fifteen years or so, but there’s usually always something to like. This one is about a writer who time travels back to the Paris of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, so English majors should enjoy it.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Director: Rob Marshall
Personal Interest Factor: 4
The quality of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, if graphed, would suggest a downward sloping diagonal. It’s hard to understand how getting Rob Marshall, whose last film was the execrable Nine, would improve things. This one is getting reviews all over the map, from Pete Hammond saying it’s the “best Pirates movie ever” (puh-leeze) to one fellow titling his review “Fountain of Maggots.” I will skip it in theaters, but may end up renting it one day out of some misplaced sense of obligation.