Friday, October 2, 2009

Thoughts on Letterman & his past

What I saw last night on Letterman was unlike anything I have seen on the format that we all know to be called Late Night Television. A grown man -TV host David Letterman- admitted to having sex with his staff & went on to recount the bizarre extortion/blackmail he has gone through during the past few days. It is not secret that I am a fan of Letterman and his -shall I say- chronically eccentric comedy & to tell you the truth my reaction to all this is not as layered and complex as others make it out to be. So what if he had sex with his staff? Is he not allowed to? I think it's more shocking that he was extorted to the point where he was fearing for his family's 'safety and well being'. Since this is a mostly cinematic blog and I rarely talk of the dying breed known as Prime Time Television- I do have to say that I am an avid fan of David Letterman & it is one of the few shows left that I actually have a chuckle at every so often. Below is a kind of greatest hits to Letterman's shining -or awkwardly hilarious- moments of glory.

Edit-& I do find it kind of smarmy- whatever that means- that right wing media is ahving a feast on this, especially Drudge, because there really isn't much substance here to garner any controversy or -as the french say- Scandale to the whole affair.

In which he takes the joke known as Paris Hilton & tortures her poor bubble gum soul to the point of sheer exhilaratingly hilarious cringe worthiness. So much so that Hilton ends up having watery eyes & proclaiming that Letterman is making her 'sad' by not leaving alone her stint at the 'slammmer'. This is one of the great interviews of the past 20 years, can't miss.

Ah yes, the days when Maddonna was all over the news & fucking every possible basketball player alive. Letterman does the same thing he did to Hilton; mocks and chuckles at our supposed societal 'Role Models' & inflicts insult after insult to prove his point. Mind you, lowkey inslut after lowkey insult. Another essential Letterman interview.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

'Il Ne Reste Rien A Faire'

I don't really know how to explain the finale to Francois Truffaut's Les Quatres Cents Coups- mostly because this is an instant where images are much more powerful than words, but here goes nothing. All throughout the movie you witness the Anti Hero -a boy named Antoine- running from the law. The final scene, shot in a limited few takes has Antoine running away from reform school. You're not sure where's he's headed, with the police on his back & his parents as uncaring as any. The movie starts taking a melancholic but pessimistic turn as you realize where he's going is in fact nowhere- because there's no where else to go. In these final 5 minutes, we are witness to so many things that originate with isolation and the toll it takes on children. Doinel's only real escape in life was the cinema and the poignant last shot of the film does not demean this fact & you are asked with the same question the protagonist is asking- what's next?

Edited 5pm; I didn't intend this be a review of the film, just a snippet of what I consider to be an amazing/abrupt ending to such a unique and groundbreaking film. I do want to pinpoint a noteworthy addition to this whole piece and its the way his parents are portrayed in the film. Everyone has their own ways of looking at their caring for Antoine but what Truffault tends to repeatedly show -in a very low key way- is how they are partially responsible for his demise.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

'Artful distastefulness'

Although already on DVD, there's a new Blu Ray release of Snakes On A Plane. See it only if you want to laugh your ass off at the sight of a snake biting the dick off a poor man or the sight of watching Sam Jackson spurt out 'I'm sick of these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane'. This is a film that belongs in a genre I like to call 'Cinematic Retardation'. Every scene and every damn line is so overblown and so bad that you can't help but feel a little iffy & entertained by its delightful distastefulness. It's been 3 years since I've seen the film - I haven't remembered much- and to tell you the truth writing about it doesn't necesarilly make me want to watch it again. But I just wanted to let you know there is a crowd out there for this type of movie and there are people that will buy the disc when it comes out today. I'm not one of them but if this movie is ever on television on a night in which I'm extremely bored & inebriated, I will unashamedly watch it.

Also out on DVD and Blu Ray today is the immensely insulting excuse for an Indie Dramedy Away We Go, which oddly enough was directed by American Beauty's Sam Mendes -who's been on a slow decline ever since that Academy Award Winning movie came out exactly 10 years ago. In fact His first 2 movies are still his only great ones -I'm also counting Road To Perdition which features one of the best Paul Newman Performances ever !- and I was not very impressed with Jarhead or Revolutionary Road, which contained too much self importance for there own good. Come to think of it, Away We Go as lots of self Importance going for it & I do not mean that as a compliment. On a positive side there's Steven Sodebergh's raw & hilarious The Girlfriend Experience -starring porn star Sasha Grey- and The 70th Anniversary Edition of The Wizard Of Oz (which was reviewed right Here for the NYFF).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Polanski Arrested

I'm not entirely happy as to what has just happened to Roman Polanski- he has been in exile for close to 3 decades now but for fucks sake give it a rest. Is it really that hard? Anyways Here's the NEWS STORY. Maybe a little justice will be rewarded in the coming days between French and American Governments. If anything, I'm pissed at the fact it was Swiss authorities that brought him in. What the fuck do they have to do this with any of this? This is mind boggling stuff and even more so due to the fact that Polanski was trying to Legalize his way back to the U.S with his lawyer. I know this isn't the last we hear of this story- just like it isn't the last we hear of the Innocent Texan that was executed not too long ago right before later evidence would find him almost entirely not guilty of the crime he committed. Please don't get me started on that one.

*I'll be back on Tuesday with a recap of the year so far & an unusually late review of Kathryn Bigelow's Hurt Locker (which corresponds quite well to the hellish circumstances of war). I haven't had the time to post as much lately because of the beginning of the semester but I'm planning on writing a little bit more in October- especially with the Film Fest happening and an unusually high number of quality movies to come. Have a good sunday !*

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