Collateral: A very simple premise, but very well (if you’ll pardon the pun) executed. Max, a cab driver in LA starts off his night shift relaxed. Before long he picks up a passenger, Vincent, and gets caught up in a world he’d rather not be caught up in. Along the way you learn a lot about both of them. Thanks to some great acting and dialogue, terrific music and imaginative camera work (use of video somehow made it feel less blockbustery and more real), towards the end it’s very intense, edge-of-the-seat stuff.
Super Size Me: Did it really tell us anything we didn’t already know? That a balanced diet is paramount? But there’s probably a lot of people for whom this message needed to be hammered home, and the fact that most nutritionists recommended little or no fast food in diets was interesting. One underrated point that interested me was the lack of exercise most Americans (and other westerners) get, Spurlock pointing out that most New Yorkers actually do a lot of walking, and for the month of the experiment, he’d be getting driven everywhere instead. In any case, a nice Safran-style balance of serious documentary and funny moments. I enjoyed it a lot.