Saturday, January 30, 2010

530 - You Aught to Know - 32-34

American Psycho, Mary Harron, 2000, 21 points

And the award for most misleadingly advertised film of the decade goes to... American Psycho. You might remember the ads that prominently featured Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman chasing women with a chainsaw, literally screaming bloody murder, a yuppie scum version of Mike Meyers or Jason Voorhies. Bah! It's really the decade's sharpest satire, a startling and eerie profile of a man who attempts to fill his chilling emptiness through designer clothing and meticulous violence. Bale's performance kicked off a decade of stellar work; it's a brilliantly funny masterwork of psychopathic rage that accomplishes the impossible as it evolves into something that evokes a pathetic pathos for a broken creature. Some might call it appropriate that it took a female director to craft the decade's finest examination of macho identity gone awry. - James Frazier

Before Sunset, Richard Linklater, 2004, 21 points

Eventually I realized that life wasn't always like a movie, that sometimes characters did things that didn't make any sense, that there wasn't always foreshadowing, that while happy endings were possible, they didn't always come in the way you expect, and sometimes they didn't come at all. That doesn't mean we shouldn't keep looking for them. And that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it when Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy find their perfect ending, just because I didn't find mine. - Lucas McNelly

Crash, Paul Haggis, 2005, 21 points

Previously on You Aught to Know: 36-38

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