Sunday, May 28, 2006

Review: Match Point

Woody Allen has finally left New York. His newest picture takes place far away (physically, at least) in London. One wonders why even bother with the new location, but oh well.

The film is beautifully shot and cast (with Johansson, Rhys-Myers, and Ewen Bremner that many will recognize as "Spud" from Trainspotting). The plot is similar to many of Woody Allen's previous films (especially 1992's Husbands and Wives, but there's something different about this film. It's a good Woody Allen movie (i.e. slow-moving, dramatic, high society) until the tryst becomes a major part of the film (as it typically does in an Allen film). This feels different, however, and the tagline, "A marvelously sexy thriller" doesn't disappoint. There is some intrigue in this film that shouldn't be given away, so it's more difficult to discuss this movie in its entirety. However, it is important to note this: Woody Allen, for all of his moral shortcomings in life and in art, is a brilliant storyteller, quite possibly the greatest of our time.

The philosophical point of this movie (and be assured there is a point to this movie), is played out very clearly, purposefully. The film is bookended by two similar images; one of a tennis ball and one of a ring, on which side will they fall? One can almost hear Allen speaking Rhys-Myers last line, to the extent of, it all comes down to luck.

Be advised that though this is a brilliant film, it is a Woody Allen film, and should be viewed through that lens. (i.e. if you have trouble watching a film about extramarital involvement and other moral deficiencies, stay away from Allen's catalogue).

Rating: 4 out of 5
RIYL (recommended if you like): Anything directed by Woody Allen, The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Happy 4th Anniversary

Very pregnant

Check out the block work

Going to visit daddy at work

Friday, May 19, 2006

Kualoa Point State Recreation Area

Naptime in the dryer?

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Check out the belly on prego!

Fun @ Chuck E. Cheese's

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Brandon was he's gone. We had fun.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Lucas with stick.

Chinaman's Hat