Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 11


Films Reviewed: Gothika and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Commentary: The works of Peter Weir

Featurette: Limp Bizkit's video from Gothika

Regarding Gothika:

Matt: Gothika is well acted, well directed, well shot and well edited. There are no sloppy cuts nor crazy camera movements. It's a solid looking film. However, the story didn't grab me, despite the best efforts of everyone involved.  Two stars

Aron: It is not very original, but this is a fun scary movie to watch on a Friday evening.  The special effects were convincing as well as Halle Berry's performance.  Three stars.

Average Rating: **1/2 (out of ****)

Regarding Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World:

Aron: A fun, sea rousing adventure with good performances all around.  Hard to believe that this was the first film ever to feature the real Galapagos Islands.  Three stars.

Matt: A masterful epic that feels like a summer popcorn flick.  In fact, Peter Weir might have thought of infusing some techniques from William Castle and put wind machines and spray bottles in theaters.  But it's a classic in the making.  Four stars!

Average Rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)

Commentary: Peter Weir and his films, which include Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, The Year of Living Dangerously and Green Card, to name a few.  Click on the link for his full filmography.

Featurette: Limp Bizkit's cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" from the movie Gothika