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The Seventh Continent

Posted by Web Manager on August 31, 2008

Michael Haneke 1989

I didn’t know anything about this film (or the true story upon which it is based) before I saw it, and I can’t imagine having seen it otherwise (knowing what was going to happen).  The devil is truly in the details here, the little things that the camera concentrates on in the family apartment, and the way these details of domesticity are used to powerful effect in the climax.  More of a statement than a movie, but for me it was a good introduction to Haneke’s sensibility.  It was cool how the image of the money in the toilet was powerful despite being so basic.

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* * * Music Video / Flight of the Conchords * * *

Posted by Web Manager on August 27, 2008

I think of CONCHORDS as a funny television show and then I watch it, only to find that it is not funny and I am not amused at all, but then afterwards I think about it and it seems like it was funny. Very peculiar. This is my favorite of their musical interludes.

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Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

Posted by Web Manager on August 27, 2008

Martin Scorcese 1967

A great debut from one of the great all time American filmmakers.  It’s super interesting to think about Scorcese working in the 60’s, living in his gangster’s paradise but going to see all the major European films of the era in New York’s art house theaters.  All of that comes through in WHO’S THAT KNOCKING.  So do a lot of the trademarks that Scorcese spent the next twenty years perfecting, such as the camera rotations: both inside looking out, as in the party scene (while the WATUSI rocks on the radio); and outside looking in, as in the lovemaking medley (while the Doors rock that euro loft with THE END).

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Night on Earth

Posted by Web Manager on August 21, 2008

Jim Jarmusch 1991

This might be my least favorite Jim Jarmusch movie, keeping in mind that I’d rather watch my least favorite Jarmusch movie than my most favorite James Cameron movie.  The film is made up of five featurettes, each based on a taxi ride, in five different cities around the world, in one night.  My favorite ride is the New York one where the driver has no idea how to drive so the passenger just drives himself to Brooklyn.  LA is good just because I think Winona Ryder is so perfect as a tomboy cab driver who has to sit on a phonebook to see over the steering wheel that I’m surprised no one wrote her a whole script based on the character.  Rome is great because of Roberto Benigni.  He talks pretty much the entire time, which works.  Paris was forgettable, but Helsinki was good. Helsinki was the most Jarmuschy of all of them – kind of slow, kind of sad, with a subdued wise kind of humor.  I guess maybe this isn’t my least favorite Jarmusch movie, which means BROKEN FLOWERS is my least favorite Jarmusch movie.  I’m glad we got that settled.

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True Romance

Posted by Web Manager on August 14, 2008

Tony Scott 1993

Oh man have you really not seen this movie?  How is that possible?  Oh, you saw it once on cable, but just part of it?  OK then maybe you should watch it again.  Because Gary Oldman plays a one eyed pimp who thinks he’s black?  Because Brad Pitt plays the bong ripping roommate?  Or because Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken play one of the best scenes ever written?  Or because it Really Is Romantic?  Or because James Gandalfini and Patricia Arquette fight to the death?  Or because Val Kilmer plays the Elvis that lives in Christian Slater’s head (“I like you Clarence.  Always have.  Always will.”)  I could go on.  I would go on, but its just too easy and I’m getting bored.

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Barry Lyndon

Posted by Web Manager on August 10, 2008

Stanley Kubrick 1975

A Fucky Film Review All Time Favorite!

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3 Women

Posted by Web Manager on August 5, 2008

Robert Altman 1977

this is one is kind of weird, as in when i meet a girl and she says point blank to me: “you’re kind of weird.” so be careful about that. this is Robert Altman at his Robert Altmanist, and it’s pretty fucking awesome, but really, i’m just warning you, any movie in which the camera spends most of its time lingering on Sissy Spacek and Shelly Long is going to be a little batty. were these women ordinary? or maybe that it was just ordinary luck that we saw the story of these three women (the third didn’t feature as much and i’m too lazy to look up her name right now; she represented something, an inverse alternative, but since we didn’t see her much, and we saw so much of the other two, i don’t know —  maybe i missed something. she makes mosaics, the third one, if that helps.) if i’m rambling it’s because of the movie. ok thanks for being with us tonight, that’s all, it’s over.

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The Red Desert

Posted by Web Manager on August 2, 2008

Michelangelo Antonioni 1964

It sort of depends on which Antonioni films you’ve seen, and what you’ve thought of them. Most people start with BLOW UP, which concerns a fashion photographer in swinging sixties London who may or may not have witnessed a murder. I like BLOW UP, but don’t find it particularly mind bending. His other famous movie, L’AVVENTURA, had a pretty intense impact on me, and remains the example keep coming back to when I think about how composition (and blocking) can be used to tell a story in film. Antonioni made two other films around the same time as L’AVVENTURA – LA NOTTE and L’ECLISSE – that are sometimes regarded as some kind of unofficial trilogy. I like LA NOTTE better than L’ECLISSE, but good minds disagree. I see RED DESERT as a continuation of the trilogy into the world of color. In this sense it is very experimental and connected to the time in which it was being made. There are some wonderful scenes – particularly the one in the fishing shack pictured at left. But overall, as a movie for a movie’s sake, it does not deliver very much besides the conclusion that Monica Vitti is no less beautiful in color.

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