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Bruno

Posted by Web Manager on July 30, 2009

Larry Charles 2009

Didn’t offend me.  I don’t mind that a lot of the scenes were more or less “directed.”  What bothered me was that it wasn’t quite funny enough. BORAT, which I laughed at throughout, was much more offensive in the sense that it took a lot of cheap shots at undeserving people who were just being polite to him, like hey look at you idiot, I am spitting in the face of your hospitality.  I didn’t see that as much in BRUNO. I just saw a few jokes being played out over an over again.  This might be a waste of talent, but it seems like Baron-Cohen knows what he wants to be doing – which I guess is some kind of Andy Kaufman-like balls out commitment to uncomfortable places, whether they are funny or not.

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Up

Posted by Web Manager on July 29, 2009

Pete Doctor / Bob Peterson 2009

I saw this in 3-D at the underutilized Gat Theater on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.  Technically it is impressive – they get better and better with light and shadow, maybe they will put movie electricians and lighting departments out of a job one day.  The jokes are hokey, but not any more hokey than a cartoon should be, and the story engaging enough, but mostly the film coasts along as pleasant recovery from the tear jerking emotional sucker punch delivered by the opening sequence. I didn’t cry but the woman I saw it with did, and nothing has been the same since.

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The Last King of Scotland

Posted by Web Manager on July 27, 2009

Kevin Macdonald 2006

For some reason I wasn’t expecting this film to be good and I probably wouldn’t have rented it, but the other day while at a friend’s house I witnessed a hilarious argument between him and his wife over what programs to erase from the near-full digital recorder – his or hers. Once possessed of control of the remote, she began deleting shows he would clearly never watch (like Sky News UEFA highlights from 2007). I can’t explain exactly why but there was something so funny about this — I especially was laughing my head off, which seemed to encourage her, and the next thing we knew she had scandalously deleted THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Somehow this episode made me curious about the film, which I had been told to check out just for Forrest Whitaker’s performance. Forrest was just as good as everyone said, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the film itself, which was beautifully shot and put together, and told from the perspective of two tragically misguided men.

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Wild at Heart

Posted by Web Manager on July 25, 2009

David Lynch 1990

David Lynch has a unique sense of humor. If you don’t get it, you won’t enjoy a lot of his work the way it was meant to be enjoyed. This is especially true of WILD AT HEART. Of course a lot of the film is not meant to be funny at all — much of it is downright creepy. But traveling the space between the two is a big part of the experience.  So be ready for it. Laugh whenever something seems odd or funny. Except for Willem Dafoe’s scene with Laura Dern in the motel, which is enough to make the hairs on the back of a serial killer stand on end. If you laugh at that scene people will think there is something seriously wrong with you.

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Fool for Love

Posted by Web Manager on July 22, 2009

Robert Altman 1985

All about the acting and the writing, it makes me love Altman even more for just letting it all happen. It’s fun to watch Sam Shepard acting in his own play. Kim Basinger is very very good and, in 1985, stunningly beautiful. Harry Dean Stanton plays the old man and needs no Fucky accolades – he is always good. My faorite thing Altman did, aside from putting the whole thing together, the was the way he did the “memories” – juxtaposed to the text spoken over them, highlighting the role of memory and self-deceit in family and in life. Mad props to Ron Milan for recommending this.

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Il Grido (The Cry)

Posted by Web Manager on July 21, 2009

Michelangelo Antonioni 1957

I don’t know neoclassicism from narcolepsy, but I like this Antonioni fellow. Who knew he was such a democrat? He treats the working man no differently than the disenchanted bourgeois that populate his later films. If we like the later films better, it’s probably because they hit closer to home, at least for those of us who read and write internet blogs. That’s right: we are bourgeois. Own it, bitches – no one wants to see a Wes Anderson movie about people who work for a living.

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The Hit

Posted by Web Manager on July 18, 2009

Stephen Frears 1984

Terrance Stamp rats on the London mob and splits town. Ten years later, John Hurt and a very young Tim Roth catch up with him in Southern Spain, where Mr. Stamp likes to ride around on bikes and read a lot of amazing things in books thanks to which he is cool as a cucumber in the face of the fate that the two men are delivering him unto, much to the consternation of the excitable Mr. Roth. John Hurt looks pretty awesome in his linen suit and oversized Wayfarers, and Mr. Frears makes good use of the desolate Spanish landscapes, but overall the film felt a little flat – especially the end, which was the one thing I was really looking forward to throughout the picture. That it was done that way on purpose didn’t make it any better.

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Posted by Web Manager on July 17, 2009

Andy Samberg / Justin Timberlake – SNL Digital Short

Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?  Why do I have to be the last to know?

I like it best when they are eating sub sandwiches

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Three Colors (Blue, White, Red)

Posted by Web Manager on July 14, 2009

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Blue (1993)

 

If I had to pick a favorite among the trilogy it would have be this one, loosely based on the political ideal represented by the color blue in the french flag – liberty. Over and over again, the film moves from the inner experiences of the heroine, beautifully conveyed with the use of music, color and detail, to the collective journey that all of the characters in the story – and indeed the world – must take, whether they like it or not. This is a recurring theme in all three of the films, but it comes across most in Blue. Juliette Binoche.

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White (1994)

 

WHITE, which stands for equality, is most people’s least favorite among the trilogy, and in fact most people I’ve talked to haven’t even seen it. I think this is a mistake. Working without a dominant color, that is, in the absence of color, Kieslowski gives us a character named Karol Karol who undertakes the ultimate act of creation (of self) out of a desperate and obsessive love. The scene in the Warsaw metro is unbelievable. All of the films confront death in one way or another, but WHITE does it in the most original and thought provoking way.

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Red (1994)

 

My favorite thing about RED (fraternity) was Jean-Louis Trintignant in the role of a retired judge who listens to his neighbors’ phone conversations and asks difficult questions about the nature of truth. Trintignant (who starred in one of my favorite movies of all time – THE CONFORMIST) reminds me of Steve McQueen, but more talented, and it’s cool to see how compelling he remained in his old age.  RED was the most dramatic of the trilogy – in part because of the especially pronounced use of the color, which at times was so blinding I lost track of the story. This was the last film the director made before he died.

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Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos)

Posted by Web Manager on July 12, 2009

Pedro Almodovar 2009

I feel like not enough people are talking about this movie and how good it is. Watching Penelope Cruz is always fun, but watching her in an Almodovar film is something else.  Pedro is a master in full possession of his abilities, and Cruz is a once-in-a-generation actress, equal parts grace and empathy, who does more than simply bring characters to life. She brings them to super-life, a place only a handful of directors like Almodovar are capable of taking us. This is a movie for the big screen – make a special effort to see it in the cinema.

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