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Archive for August, 2009

Insect Woman

Posted by Web Manager on August 31, 2009

Shohei Imamura 1963

I was planning to see as many movies as I could in a row with WOMAN in the title, but this one stopped me dead in my tracks. When it first started I thought it might be a medieval folk story – it’s not. But it was hard to tell the difference in rural Japan in the 1920’s. The film tracks her life against the backdrop of the changing times in Japan over the first half of the twentieth century. It’s full of metaphors went clear over my head, but I caught as catch can.  I mean I’m not a complete idiot – I know a little about Japanese history. Like that they invented the camcorder. Powerful imagery compliments an increasingly harsh story line that leaves you feeling a little worn out. This was also one of the films Scorcese mentioned in the discussion on L’Eclisse that I saw on youtube.

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My Father My Lord (Chufshat Kayitz)

Posted by Web Manager on August 31, 2009

David Volach 2007

Depressing Israeli film about ultra-religious people and the strange things they do. Made by an insider with a very soft touch and some especially poignant and touching scenes.

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A Woman Under the Influence

Posted by Web Manager on August 30, 2009

John Cassavetes 1974

Gena Rowlands is so good in this that even if you don’t like the movie, which you might not, you will still be glad you saw it. But it’s not just her – it’s the character, written and directed by John Cassavetes, and also the support she gets from Peter Falk, whose performance is calibrated to compliment rather than overshadow hers, which he could easily have ruined the movie by doing. The film approaches its subject matter – mental illness and how families cope – with rare humanity, and without a single false note.

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Man Push Cart

Posted by Web Manager on August 28, 2009

Ramin Bahrani 2005

The title is excellent. This is a fact. About a movie about facts. A fictional narrative documentary about a man who pulls, actually, a cart from a warehouse of carts to a city street corner in Manhattan, gets inside it, and sells coffee, tea, bagels and donuts to people on the street. Every day. There are other facts, which let themselves be known in a very natural and pleasing fashion. About the man, mainly: his past and his present, the people he knows and the ones he meets.  I liked it a lot.

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Broadcast News

Posted by Web Manager on August 24, 2009

James L. Brooks 1987

It’s kind of a weird movie and it’s kind of weird to think that it was made by the same man who created The Simpsons. Holly Hunter looks really short – like midget short – but it works with her character and it was refreshing to see a film where they don’t use the camera to hide the fact that there are height differences among people whether we find it aesthetically pleasing or not. I didn’t like all the scenes of her crying, but I know a lot of people who did.  Albert Brooks is pretty annoying, as usual, but like Hunter’s lilliputian proportions, it works for the character. I like the special effects of him sweating. My only problem with the movie is that it’s neither here nor there – not serious enough to be a serious criticism of the TV news business, and not funny or interesting enough to be a great comic drama set against the backdrop of a TV newsroom.

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Color Me Kubrick

Posted by Web Manager on August 22, 2009

Brian W. Cook 2005

An unusual film about a real man who impersonated Stanley Kubrick in London in the early 1990’s despite looking nothing like him, being flamboyantly gay, and knowing nothing about Mr. Kubrick’s movies. The movie was written by Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant and directed by Brian Cook, who was the assistant director on some of Kubrick’s best films. Malkovich plays the impersonator with magnificent aplomb, aided by one of the best wardrobes I’ve ever seen in any movie ever.

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Man on Fire

Posted by Web Manager on August 8, 2009

Tony Scott 2004

I spent the day watching Lonely Island shorts on youtube, including this one about cool guys who walk away from explosions, which made it nearly impossible to take MAN ON FIRE seriously.  Does it ask to be taken seriously? Kind of, but it’s mostly Dakota Fanning’s fault and it’s unseemly to lay blame at the feet of a ten year old. Even if she was way too intense, even for a kid who’d been kidnapped.  Spoiler alert.

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Hiroshima Mon Amour

Posted by Web Manager on August 3, 2009

Alain Resnais 1959

This is a kickass movie.  I had never seen it before.  I’d heard its name tossed around, but I never knew where I stood with it.  Is it recent or old?  How old? Is it Japanese or French?  A web of conundrums.  But then the other day I was watching L’ECLISSE by Antonioni.  (I didn’t Fucky Film Review it because I own the title and I rarely Fucky Film Review films that I own, mostly because I watch them over and over again.  But in honor of what an awesome movie HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR is (which I don’t own) I have published a list of the 40 or so films that do I own, which can only be accessed by clicking here.) Anyhow I really enjoyed L’ECLISSE this time around, and then I found this short commentary on the film by Martin Scorsese, which was pretty awesome, and he mentioned a few movies that I’ve been wanting to check out, HIROSHIMA among them.  It’s one for all the hall of fame lovers out there, poet-warriors, athletes each and every one of you.

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