Thursday, August 27, 2009
A slow week. Although A.O Scott has a Look at a criminally underrated movie from the 90's called Gattaca- I wouldn't go as far as calling it masterful but it's an often forgotten movie & deserved a much better fate upon its intial release. Starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. The idea that in the future when a baby is born you can automatically tell -by DNA Sample- the baby's fate and future medical breakdown. An interesting concept about destiny and the basis of work.
Another noteworthy -but random- note comes from singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen that's about to celebrate his 60th birthday in September. Here's a great video I found that's already gotten more than 2 million hits on Youtube- It' called Fire & was filmed at Neil Young's annual Bridge Benefit in 1986.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Since its the most talked about movie of the weekend- I want chime in some more on Tarantino's WW2 Bloodfest. First off -after having seen it a second time- the flaws stick out more. The dialogue is stretched out, the narrative is uneven, It's too long & there isn't much substance. This is still an entertaining movie made by a man that can't ever make a dull movie but we had the right to expect much more from Tarantino. His real comeback was -and still is- Kill Bill. I'm sure QT fanboys will go all medieval when they read this. Now on with the show.
Monday, August 24, 2009
'If your words are less important than silence, then keep quiet'
How fitting a quote to explain Laurent Cantet's new movie The Class - Winner of the Palme D'or at Cannes in 2008- which portrays the french school system in a realistic and incredibly fascinating way. It's french director Laurent Cantet's 5th film and his best one since 2002's L'Emplois Du Temps. It reminded me of my own high school days- the different people, the troubling differences, the classroom vibe and the amount of knowledge one can learn by just listening. The students are played by real students, the teachers are played by real teachers but even more impressive the atmosphere feels real. In fact it's quite possibly the best teacher/class movie Ive ever seen & has a documentary style feel to it. I was reminded of a french documentary I saw many eons ago called 'Etre et Avoir' which dealt more with primary students but had the same attention to detail as Cantet's film.
Whereas the horrendously graphic House On The Left also has its release. I panned the movie a few months ago and you can check that out in the following Link. It's a timely reminder that finding bad movies is more common than finding good ones. Also out is Greg Motolla's slight but loveable Adventureland (Review), Tony Gilroy's Twisty but flawed Duplicity (Review) & The Indie Comedy Sunshine Cleaning (Review). Another random thought comes from Inglourious Basterds, which finished first at the box office this weekend. Writer Peter Travers has a nice little poll happening at RollingStone.com asking which is your favourite Tarantino character & since I cannot stop posting link after link- here's Christopher Nolan's newest film in Glorious HD, Inception.
She can create time & space
I describe her warm embrace
Her soft skin that needs no cream, no light
Her lips that hypnotize at sight
Her wide green eyes that shine
Because she's mine, I walk the line
So I wait for her call
'Cause the rain is about to fall
Instead I walk with her to the park
I hold her close, I feel a spark
Through her eyes I could see
As we walk past the cedar tree
How it was all meant to be
How It all meant to me
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Quentin Tarantino has never made a dull movie. It's as simple as that. Even his weakest one- Death Proof- has scenes that any director only dreams of achieving in a career of film. Tarantino's newest baby -Inglourious Basterds- has all the traits we've come to expect from the bad boy of American cinema. The numbered chapters, cool as ice dialogue & highly over exaggerated violence. It's also overlong, preachy, cartoonish and over the top. Know what? I don't care, what we see ain't boring and sure as hell will wake you up. This isn't Pulp Fiction- still his best movie- but what is these days? Yea, that's what I thought. Just the fact that the movie features a Nazi Baseball bat Killin' Jew -played by Eli Roth- called 'The Bear Jew' is reason enough to recommend Tarantino's over indulgent talky gore fest. I laughed, I cringed & I listened to it's 153 diabolical minutes- take away half an hour and you got something even more satisfying. 5 Chapters (1 mediocre one) & Tarantino having a hell of a ball. The fact that he actually tries to get away with killing Hitler and hundreds of other Infamous Nazi's is hysterical and I couldn't have laughed harder at its 'Piece de resistance'- which involves cinema's revenge on the Nazi's in a hellfire of explosion and brimstone. The excess is too much and at times you wonder what exactly is the point, this is not as triumphant as Kill Bill or as Brazenly alive as Reservoir Dogs- but it is Tarantino and he's always a welcome figure. Glenn Kenny has an interesting Analysis of the film over at his blog- he states that a standard movie must usually have 30-40 'proper' scenes and that this one only has 16.
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