Funky-elegant, weirdly funny, visually intoxicating. I love this movie so much for how it’s different about being more of the same old stuff we always love.
Battle: Los Angeles may be about invasion, but it’s not about aliens: it’s about us. This isn’t science fiction: It’s a bleak fantasy about karma being a bitch. It’s about collective cultural guilt. Looked at from that angle, it’s fascinating.
I hadn’t even heard of Battle: Los Angeles, scheduled for release in March 2011, till this morning, but now I can’t stop salivating at the thought of it. It’s not because of director Jonathan Liebesman, whose track record — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Darkness Falls — does not inspire. Nor is it because … more…
Oh, America. Keep your little girls away from *Ramona and Beezus.* For your little girls might get ideas into their heads. You know, dangerous ideas about using their imaginations. And about not giving in to bullies or the pressure to be predictable and conventional. And about the value and fun of being their own funky, original selves.