I went Saturday afternoon to see Side Effects. I seem to just have a thing for Soderberg. He makes really moody films. Sometimes his material doesn't fit the moodiness of the film he makes, but this one definitely does. I do wish he used more score.
Very Noir. Felt like something Hitchcock might have made. I have to say that I did figure out the twist long before I was supposed to, but I'm alright with that. Rooney Mara was genuinely creepy in spots. And Jude Law was excellent as a guy falling apart with obsession, he would have made a nice Robert Graysmith in Zodiac. It made me remember just how good he can be for a guy who I haven't seen in a while. If there's a major knock on it I can think of it's that it is really dark, in that you walk out of there just not really liking anyone, and almost feeling a little dirty.
I'd give it a mid 80s. One of those movies that will probably be forgotten about by the end of the year, but probably something that could warrant fringe Oscar consideration next year. Weird time for a movie like this to come out. Maybe it was pushed back from end of 2012.
As excellent as it was, it doesn't have anything about it that screams that has to be seen on a big screen, but it's not like there's a lot else out at the moment.
I have a backlog of films I'd DVR'd from IFC and watched a few last week. I particularly liked The Verdict.
Early '80s courtroom drama starring Paul Newman as a washed up alcoholic lawyer who gets one last chance to redeem himself. Decent plot and script although the Hollywood ending is predictable and abrupt. Newman's performance is stellar. Best scene is when he walks into a bar and flat out punches a chick in the face. 7/10