Mini-reviews, The 13th Floor and Clerks II
The Thirteenth Floor:
An SF movie tasting of Bladerunner and The Matrix. If it had come out a year before The Matrix instead of the same year (1999), I think it would have been much more successful.
It was a bit cliche-laden, admittedly. But it presented the simulacrum-reality theme nicely, and it was very nice visually. Also it has some really excellent acting performances of the type of the one-body-with-two-different-minds.
I'm not sure if I'm the biggest Kevin Smith fan in the world. Well, technically I'm pretty sure I'm not. But I like alternative cinema on principle, and his work is pretty good. Dogma for instance, I liked. Clerks II is pretty good and pretty funny, but if you really listen, the acting is mostly just "pretty good", and the dialogue is... faintly stilted.
It does have one very strong thing going for it, though, both acting-wise and visually: Rosario Dawson. Top-notch actor, and so hot my TV melted. Rrrrrrrrrrr.