Friday, November 19, 2010

Romance & Breillat

Catherine Breillat's Romance is not pornography. No matter what you hear people say about it, it is instead a film with a lot going for it. The main character that goes into a kind of transformative sexual odyssey is someone that is unhappy and unsatisfied with her dead-beat boyfriend, who's libido is practically non existent. Of course, she feels trapped and does not know what keeps her from escaping her relationship with him. It is however not surprising that we see this woman madly in love with a man that doesn't give her any attention because, well, he doesn't give her attention. It's all psychological and has gotten to her head. She's always been the one that's been chased but this time she's chasing the guy. Well, we of course as the viewer pull her for her to dump this schlub, yet she doesn't. However, because she can't let go, she does end up cheating on him through numerous sexual encounters which include her boss, a man she meets at a bar and a random street howler. I'm not encouraging this kind of behaviour nor am I encouraging what she does at the film's howlingly hilarious and interesting climax but hell, i had a blast which might give you an idea of my frame of mind or telling some of the folks condemning this film to not take it so damn seriously. It's another feminist, theoretical cinematic endeavour for Breillat and it reminds you of a time when she was making focused, real films instead of the fairy tales she's making now.

Image Of The Day 10/18/10

Oh Sharon. You trusted the Verhoven and this is what happened. Good for us. Bad for you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Martin Scorsese

The great American director is 68 today and he's still releasing great films -Shutter Island anybody? Maybe it's time to name a street after him or something, because as far as I'm concerned this guy has contributed far too much to the American arts and their overall impact around the world. I still think the man has another genuinely great film in him and that it won't take long for that film to get released. Maybe one last Deniro collaboration? that would be one anticipated film, although I do genuinely like what he has done with Leonardo Dicaprio the last decade or so with Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Aviator and the aforementioned Shutter Island (which will surely make my ten best list when I publish it next month).

One thing that has always astonished me is how Scorsese always seemed to adjust with the times. His style has somewhat changed and adapted to the 80's, 90's and today but whatever the change, when watching something like -say- The Departed, it is a Martin Scorsese picture through and through. I don't know many filmmakers that have learned to adapt so well, decade after decade. Which brings me to my next point, which is that we don't have many like him left anymore. The more I think about it, the more I realize that the mavericks that shaped the 70's are slowly fading away, what with the deaths of Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick, a now irrelevant Coppola and Woody Allen and Sidney Lumet getting turning 85 and recently hospitalized. What are we left with? Scorsese and Polanski, whom incidentally have made two of the best pictures this year and are still making personal, relevant statements in the art of cinema.

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