Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
No I didn't watch all the home alone films back to back, although the first two hold a place in my heart (Home Alone was the first movie I ever purchased, with my paper route money)
NO, what I am referring to here is what I watched while my other half was out of town.
I'm not sure how the rest of the world views this trait in me, but when left to my own devices the first thing I tend to thing of is - what movie should I watch first, that no one else is gonna wanna see - Or more aptly, - what should I watch that Megan isn't gonna wanna watch :) -
This saturday Started with
CLAIRE'S KNEE, an incredibly simple but poetic french film by Eric Rohmer. It's broken up structure and hand written titles add the to simplicity of it's story and theme, love and trust. It was a lot of talking, not a lot of action, and really good. Like all of Rohmer's films I've seen it leaves you wondering when movies made the transition from talking about real life, philosophy and human nature, to merely debating pop-culture as a form of dialogue. (this isn't refering to everything, but perhaps it's watching the older film that makes it's lack of pop culture, both current and old, stand out)
Next up DRIVE. This is my kind of movie. Man is this good. While I missed the launch at TIFF it was worth the wait (and a few dollars cheaper too). Gosling shows us, yet again, that he can really friggin' act. And my personal favourite name in all of directing Nicholas Wingding Refn, also shows us yet again, that he can virtually do no wrong behind the camera. The pace is amazing, the dialogue sparse to allow the actions to tell us all we need to know. The powerhouse explosions of violence catch you off guard almost every time they explode onto the screen. The music adds such a mood that it makes skyline shots of LA seem almost new again. I was so impressed I went out after the screening and bought the book, which half way through is as good as the movie.
The great "What Criterion Should Tomas Buy Today" twitter debate came to an end when I settled on the blue ray edition of "WAGES OF FEAR" and thank goodness I did. What a thriller.
Here's what makes it stand out, and why I think the majority today wouldn't care for it.
All the tension is in the story. The editing is flawless, but is never used to trick tension, like in most modern thrillers, it's there to drive the story. Longer takes, wider shots and slower cuts really put you in the position of someone driving a truck full of nytro over a bumpy road ALL DAY LONG... Man, I almost couldn't take parts of it, and I was just watching someone drive... Amazing. Not to overshadow the performances, or the great black and white camera work, but the winner for me was the restrained editing. AND, then, as if just to thank me / play with my head, the last moments of the film are an extreme example of what it could have been like, if they had wanted to FORCE tension on you as it cuts manically from a party to reckless driving - I was getting that weird tingling feeling in the back of my legs when it got to that moment and contemplated pausing the movie to take a breather. Almost in the same way "Irreversible" pushes you through the mid-point one shot rape scene when you're so used to lots of movement "Wages Of Fear" knows it's audience is not expecting jump cuts, and goes for the throat.
Thanks so much to those that helped me in the selection of what BD to purchase. All suggestions where taken under consideration and after nearly 45 minutes I finally made my purchase.
NEXT was the first two episodes of "The Lion's Roar" the 6 hr doc about MGM that comes as a bonus with the Wizard of Oz BD. I actually bought OZ because of this, and have not been disappointed by my decision. I look forward to watch OZ soon, but so far having Patrick Stewart take me through MGM's beginnings has been worth the price of admission. Highly recommended for anyone that wants to know more about one of Hollywoods greatest studios.
And that was it. Then I slept and ate chicken wings.
mmmm chicken wings.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I've been letting things gestate over the past 10 days in prep for reviewing all the movies I saw, uploading all the video intro's I filmed on my phone, and giving my top 5 list, which is always tough but fun.
So far, notable titles that you should see if you get the chance
"CAFE DE FLORE"
"MARTH MARCY MAY MARLENE"
"DEATH FOR SALE"
and the list could go on.
Honestly, I had an AMAZING tiff, with very very few craptastics flicks, zero "Oh my god I want to walk out"s and only one dozed off because 845am is far to early to start a 3 hour slow moving cop procedural from Turkey
SO, reviews and video's and pictures and stuff to come.
If anyone is even reading this. haha
Seriously, let me know.... Far as I know i'm the only one reading this.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I know I'm behind already and its only the 5th day.
Reviews are written they just have to be inputted.
I'm compiling videos of all the director introductions to their films.
no qna's as I don't want to spoil, and also if you want to experience those, get to tiff yourself.
So. Lots more to come.
Couple small highlights. Martha Marcy may Marlene is great and gets under your skin. Extraterrestrial is a quirky rom-com with the mist uneventful alien invasion ever. And Goon is crass and rough but fun.
Also saw James Franco randomly.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Silly phone blogging.
Now I have to try and recreate my brilliant reviews that had been typed out on my phone. Then deleted.
THE HUNTER. Good movie. Man vs nature vs man. While watching Mr Dafoe is great, there's only so much walking through the bush and putting little circles on maps a man can take. The underlying corporate thriller is under used, but hinted at enough to make it seem ever present. Both the hunting of an extinct animal and the corporate element seem to take a backseat to a story of a man who is paid to look the other way as a profession, but decides not to anymore. Good but not great. 7/10
GOD BLESS AMERICA. Hilarious. My opinion was most likely skewed by the laugh riot that was bobcats intro.and QnA period but the film rang true, in a scary way. Basically a mismatched due of a divorcee 45 year old guy and a high Schiller start driving cross country taking out the people that are making America the giant tool box it is. People like American idol judges and guys that take up two.parking spaces because they can. Its crass and rude and shocking and hilarious (they kill a baby! A baby!!!) But that all adds to its likability as an over the top grandstand to douchbags everywhere to smarten up and stop being dinks. I also think its this crassness and ultra violence that will make it a cult hit by the very people its making fun of.