Road to Perdition-This looks good but I agree that it's kind of hollow, and pretty obvious.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure- I haven't seen this since I was a kid, when I watched it many times.
Napoleon Dynamite-I was on board at the time but I have no idea how it'll hold up.
Jarhead- This could not have been more visually uninteresting. I looks like 2 hours of people standing around in a white haze. The day after I saw it I went to see North By Northwest in a theater and I remember watching the bit right before the cropduster, where the camera just cuts back and forth between Carry Grant and that other guy standing there and looking at each other, and thinking that this scene of two people standing around doing nothing had more going on in it visually than 2 hours of Jarhead. I bet the book is good though. I should read it.
Stuff I saw recently:
The Hanging Tree - the last Delmer Daves Western I had left to see. Gary Cooper helps out a couple people in dire straights but then weirdly tries to control their lives, I respect the ambition here but it only kind of works. I also rewatched 3:10 to Yuma, easily the best of his many Westerns.
Bunny Lake Is Missing - Unique thriller about a woman who's sanity is questioned after her child disappears and she can't provide any evidence that the girl existed. The ending really has not aged well and goes on too long, but the first 2/3 are really good.
Socrates - Rossellini's TV biopic of Socrates. You'd think that this would be easy to make because Plato's dialogues are pretty much plays anyway, but it's mostly Xenophon's Socrates here, and even then the script does a pretty lousy job communicating why he's supposed to be interesting or important. He also lacks the expected playfulness, wit, and charm (although again those elements are more of the Platonic Socrates). Sorry...this just isn't very good. Stick to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Ghost World - I knew people here loved this but holy crap is it even better than I expected. It's hilarious, perfectly the balances sarcastic humor with genuine love for its main characters, looks great, has Steve Buschemi in what might be his best role, and made Skip James fans out of a generation of teenage girls [fact check before hitting "post"].
Art School Confidential - This was also wonderfully entertaining and funny, but hit the same levels of emotional investment (and if it did it probably wouldn't be very funny).
Paper Moon - Great, nostalgic road movie. This is easily the best Peter Bogdanovich movie I've seen I think Ryan promised me I would like this and he was right. For 1970s nostalgia about the 1930s this is so much better than The Sting, which came out the same year.
Front Page - 1931 movie that was remade as His Girl Friday. Well this one is pre-code and drips with period (then current) atmosphere. I think over half of the movie takes place in one room. It is good but I'd probably have liked it more if it was 20 minutes shorter. Not as good as the remake but the atmosphere and pre-code edge give it some advantages. Was nominated for Best Picture but lost to Cimarron, one of the most disliked BP winners. I know nothing about the other three nominees, City Lights was the actual best movie (mid-1930 through mid-1931).