It's a day late, because with CineVegas going on, something had to give, and this ended up being it.
An Inconvenient Truth (documentary, dir. Davis Guggenheim)
I haven't seen this movie, and I don't plan to, and here's why: I am sick to death of the sanctimonious hype about this being a movie that will "change your life" and that everyone "must see." Two people I know from college have all but said that you are a bad human being if you don't see this movie. And it's not like I was super-excited to see it anyway, since most of the overwhelmingly positive reviews focus not on its merits as a movie (although they generally seem to agree that it's competently produced), but on the alleged importance of the message. First of all, the worst possible way to get me to listen to your message is to accuse me of being a bad person if I don't. And secondly, I honestly just don't care about the message anyway. I'm not saying that I don't believe global warming is real, I'm just not interested in hearing about it, or doing anything about it. If the whole planet sinks into the ocean one day, it doesn't much matter to me, and Al Gore isn't about to change my mind. If that makes me a bad person, oh well. Opened limited May 26; in Las Vegas this week
Nacho Libre (Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, dir. Jared Hess)
My review in Las Vegas Weekly
I saw Napoleon Dynamite when it was only just on its way to becoming a cultural phenomenon, so I feel like I was able to give it an honest appraisal without being tainted by all the hype and/or backlash. And I think that it's a pretty funny movie, albeit overrated. So I was hoping that Hess could avoid buying into his own hype and just deliver another funny movie, but he's looking more and more like a one-trick pony. This movie isn't very funny and it's certainly not distinctive in the way that Napoleon Dynamite was. It's just another dumb comedy full of fart jokes, and certain people may really like it, but it's not the stuff of lasting careers. Wide release