Saturday, July 25, 2009

Slow week



It's been a slow movie week, not much on the forefront except for the San Diego Comic Con happening as we speak and news that a new Batman film is in the works. I can't forget to mention some of the negative response to my Watchmen post- in which I call the film lazy and pointless. Reactions to the film have been mixed but it still has its die hards and still has a strong following- just like the graphic novel. I ended up watching it again and guess what? It's still lazy, pointless and boringly directed. Without an ounce of visual or artistic flair. Not my cup of tea I suppose.
The movie everyone is talkin' about is Kathryn Bigelow's war movie The Hurt Locker and I'm hopefully planning on screening it during the coming week, along with 500 days of summer and my review of Che on DVD. Some interesting viewing ahead and an all together more interesting week to come. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lynchian Modesty



A filmmaker doesn’t have to suffer to show suffering. You just have to understand it. You don’t have to die to shoot a death scene.

Only David Lynch can resort to answering questions in a remarkable kind of eccentricity. He basically gives all the answers one would need as to why watching a film on a laptop takes away from the main experience. Take note, there is no better way of watching The Godfather than on crisp, clear HD sound and there's no better way of taking away from visuals than to watch it on a modest 12' laptop screen. Watching film on your PC or Mac takes away from the experience- as Lynch says, The visuals are ruined and all you end up with is plot, now what's the fun in that? I cannot imagine watching movies like 2001 and Lynch's own Mulholland Drive for the first time on a small screen. It takes away from the visceral experience and prevents any atmosphere from happening. As he states 'Some people think they have seen the film but they really haven't'. In his own words 'it's a pathetic horror story'.

The below interview he gave to The New York Times Magazine is great and definitely worth a read- the most revealing quote comes at its conclusion and talks about memory.

Do you plan to film your wedding?
No. It’s a hassle. So many things these days are made to look at later. Why not just have the experience and remember it?

Because most people have the experience and forget it.
Some things we forget. But many things we remember on the mental screen, which is the biggest screen of all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKiIroiCvZ0
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/magazine/23wwln-q4-t.html

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Image Of The Day 7/20/09



A strange thing happens during The Shining. In fact, I never really got the scene's purpose within the story. As the chills build up and as the scares come up, we see a man in a bear suit giving head to a properly dressed man. The fact that these 2 random strangers are a somewhat ghostly presence in the house only reinforces the oddness of it all. Case in point, to this day people are still trying to find an answer to the absurdity on screen. What's the point? If there IS in fact a point. Don't get me wrong, creepy scene but very random.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Where's Nathalie Portman?



The above picture is as iconic as any in the graphic novel world. Coming out on DVD tomorrow is Zack Snyder's Watchmen. A completely botched take on Alan Moore's classic and another example of how Snyder has no artistic or directing flair. It's one thing to be this ambitious but it's another to leave it to incompetent hands that will botch every detail- this is by all means not a horrible 'ed-wood-esque' fiasco but what pisses me off most is the fact that there was so much potential, especially given the fact that the novel was voted one of the 100 greatest in Time Magazine. Or it could all just mean that Moore's novels don't translate well on screen (From Hell, Extraordinary gentlemen, Spawn). V For Vendetta being the sole exception to the rule and I'm being biased considering I'm hooked on anything Nathalie Portman does. No matter the reason, The Watchmen is just a bad movie.

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