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04/04/2003 Entry: "nothing about the war"

Sean told me it was cool to post some stuff up in this bitch, so I was trying to figure out what everyone in the world wants to read more of and finally realized today--it's movie reviews. After I check out the 75 million sites about movies I'm always left with an empty feeling and a longing for more, so here we go.

MAID IN MANHATTAN and CHICAGO, compare and contrast.
First off, the best thing about Maid in Manhattan is the picture quality. Very crisp and clear, and the colors generally give a very fair representation of real life (except J-Lo's face which always looks airbrushed). Second best thing is the director's name, Wayne Wang. Maid in Manhattan is terrible, but you already knew that. Here's the story...J Lo has this kid and is a maid and she's working and this dude likes her but he's all famous and she's just a maid so it's like no way that's going to work out, but it does. Sorry I ruined the ending.

Chicago is about this girl who is all into being famous. The people in the movie sing a lot. Chicago has nice picture quality as well. The reds seemed particularly vibrant. I was happy that R.Z. did not use her usual squinty sourpuss face too much. There was this guy one seat over who was totally laughing through the whole thing. You know the people who laugh when no one else is laughing or are even thinking about laughing? That's him. He was also shaking. Something I've never seen, is he was eating during the entire movie. I bet it's common practice for him because it must be tricky to know how much food to buy to last two hours, but not much more, you know what I mean? He was shaking and eating and laughing for two hours.

Both Chicago and MIM do not have a sub-plots, are not funny ever, and get boring at least six times. They both feature characters who break rules (MIM, maid trying on guest's clothes, lying, stupid accent; CHI, murder), but never get their comeuppance.

Differences: Chicago won the Best Picture Oscar, MIM did not.

Replies: 2 people with an opinion

Look out Ebert - hey, look out Siskel for that matter - this guy cuts right to the chase.

Posted by Ruth @ 04/04/2003 03:36 PM PST

Brilliant!!!

Posted by sean @ 04/04/2003 03:18 PM PST

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