Video Picks Archive
Reviews by Matt Heffernan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week my picks are Amores perros (2000 - ) and As Good As It Gets (1997 - ).
The first film this week tells three stories that revolve around
two dogs in Mexico City. The humans who care for these dogs
are also going through tremendous changes in their relationships
with human loved ones. Alejandro González Iñárritu's trilogy
is brilliant, and nearly flawless except for the somewhat superfluous
second story about a model who gets into a car wreck and then loses
her dog. That story is much less sympathetic than those of the
poor folks in the rest of the film, whose parts are more visually
compelling, as well. In fact, few other films are as visually
compelling as Amores perros, and certainly none from
Mexico, where great films are extremely scarce. I certainly hope
this film marks a turning point for Mexican film, which is
finally showing a great deal of promise.
After the highly emotional first film, the second should provide much-needed comic relief while still adhering to the same theme. James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets has three people and a dog at its center: obsessive-compulsive writer Jack Nicholson, harried waitress Helen Hunt, and gay artist Greg Kinnear, who owns the dog. Brooks' screenplay is incredibly funny, and the film perfectly cast. Yet the themes of love and change still resonate amid the humor, without being overly sentimental. Both Nicholson and Hunt won Academy Awards for their great performances, but Best Picture would be taken by the juggernaut known as Titanic. This small film didn't have a chance, but was my clear favorite of 1997.
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Amores perros (2000)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
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