More Goddamn Movies – Christmas Edition

True Grit (2010) – The Coen brothers’ adaptation of this story stays closer to the novel than the 1969 version, but borrows some scenes directly from the John Wayne classic. Observe:

Very good dialogue and acting, and I’d recommend it to anyone, but it seems like minor Coen.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Why the fuck do people like these movies so much? I cannot say. I didn’t enjoy this: Every story beat was obvious several beats in advance, the dialogue was terrible, the action was rote. I will say that love triangle was amusing despite the complete uselessness of Bella Swan — her father and Jacob are the only tolerable parts of the enterprise, with their relentless sarcasm and disbelief that Bella can be so consistently stupid in her decision-making. But I really wonder what happened to the whole “vampires sparkle in sunlight” thing. Nobody sparkles!

Agora – From the director of “The Sea Inside” and “Open Your Eyes” comes, surprisingly, a two-dimensional swords-and-sandals epic about science and religion in Roman Egypt at the moment that Christianity took over.