Reviews:
Black Dynamite
The Book of Eli
Chloe
Clash of the Titans
The Crazies
Date Night
Duplicity
From Paris with Love
Get Him to the Greek
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Greenberg
Hot Tub Time Machine
I'm Still Here
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Iron Man 2
The Kids Are All Right
Larry Crowne
Letters to Juliet
Love and Other Drugs
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Road
Robin Hood
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
A Single Man
Solitary Man
Super 8
Vantage Point
The Wolfman
Wanted
Youth in Revolt

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
FIRST 10 MINUTES
I love Terry Gilliam movies. Well, I love older Terry Gilliam movies. Actually, I really only love a few Terry Gilliam movies, specifically Brazil, Time Bandits and The Fisher King. And I really liked 12 Monkeys. And I liked Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. But no matter what, you can always expect it to be interesting to look at, if nothing else.
So every time a new Gilliam movie comes along, I hope that it will captivate me like those few Gilliam gems did. I hope for a movie that has as much heart and solid storytelling to go along with its inevitable visual feast. In short, I hope for a new Gilliam classic.
After ten minutes of Parnassus, I remain cautiously optimistic. So far, there is not much of a story to be captivated by (although it is interesting), and we haven't gotten one glimpse of Heath Ledger (nor for that matter, any of his all-star stand-ins). There are, however, hints at the Gilliam-esque visual extravaganza that I know (from the trailer) is surely coming.
So I'm gonna keep wiatching, and we'll see if it develops into a classic like earlier Gilliam movies, or if it peters out like some of his Grimm later flicks. I, of course, am hoping for the former, but will not be surprised by the latter.
FOLLOW-UP
This one's a tough one to rate. Unfortunately, it certainly did not achieve any kind of classic status. But it was interesting and fun to look at. I didn't actually finish the whole thing, I kind of just stopped watching, so that can't be a good sign. I'm gonna keep the same rating, cuz of the visuals and stuff, and hard-core Gilliam fans will still find stuff to enjoy.
FIRST 10 MINUTES
I would have loved this movie in high school when I was on LOTS of drugs. Conversely, with these kinds of movies, there are always major things that are ignored because the producers think "meh, most of the kids watching this will be high as fuck, let's not worry about major story flaws." For instance, if it is so horrific when people go through the mirror and into the other realm, why wouldn't you put a lock on it or something???
Another thing that is tricky is that you can see where they had to inject some plot points due to Heath Ledger's untimely death, and it weakens the film a bit because you know that this was not the original intention.
This is, however, visually stunning, as most Gilliam films are and I want to watch what happens next. What do I think happens next? I have no idea, honestly, and I think this is the kind of movie where at the end, I end up saying to myself, "What the fuck happened?" I am going to continue watching it, so we will see.
JESS SLEEP METER
FOLLOW-UP
I watched for a while, but nothing happened, so I fell asleep. I kept waking up and asking Brian what had happened, and he kept saying "nothing," so I don't think I missed much. It looked nice, I just wish something happened in it. Maybe I need to start doing drugs again.