I did enjoy the acting in "Crash", though. There were a few standout performances."Mystic River" was very good, in my book... it rolled and rolled in a direction you didn't really want to go, and got there with a flourish. The acting was top-notch, too.
* Lost In Translation* Napoleon Dynamite* MunichI am continually disappointed by the movies that are being released these days. It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to sit through an entire movie. Maybe my expectations are much too high. Hopefully 300 won't suck.
The thing that I thought was great about Crash is that it made people much more aware of their subconscious attitudes toward race. There is no denying that the majority of America is not color-blind. Everybody has biases and maybe they don't want to admit them but I feel that ultimately they are there. For me, Crash was excellent because it made me aware of my own attitudes and made me take a closer look at myself. Ryan Phillipe's character is great because on the surface for the majority of the movie he is the hope that everybody can get along. But in the end, he judged a black man based on stereotype. It's not how he wanted to behave it was just the subconscious attitude. No movie has made me think and examine my own beliefs like that ever.