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Archive for May, 2010

Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga’at)

Posted by Web Manager on May 31, 2010

Dror Shaul 2006

There’s an interesting scene with a cow which might disturb some audiences.

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Meeting People is Easy

Posted by Web Manager on May 30, 2010

Grant Gee 1998

Why does everyone go on and on about this Radiohead documentary?  I love Radiohead, but lets be honest, MEETING PEOPLE is a total pain in the ass.

Posted in 1990's, British Films, Movies | 1 Comment »

Target

Posted by Web Manager on May 23, 2010

Arthur Penn 1985

Gene Hackman is a boring lumber yard owner in Texas married to a total MILF. No one can figure out how this guy snagged such a hottie. But when the misses goes missing daddy leads his hot rod son Matt Dillon on a mad chase across the continent and shows him a thing or two about mixing it up Euro style. And there’s a sexy topless backpacker.

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Images

Posted by Web Manager on May 23, 2010

Robert Altman 1972

I had been on a major hot streak of seeing awesome movies that I loved, when MADELEINE slowed me down and IMAGES stopped me dead in my tracks.  But I ain’t mad at you, Robert Altman – you were one of my favorite all time directors and you’re entitled to go off the deep end from time to time.  IMAGES is about a woman on the verge of a schizophrenic breakdown; it employs several filmmaking techniques to explore the idea of conflicting realities and the onset of madness. The ideas are all good, but the whole thing didn’t really come together for me, mainly because I didn’t connect to any of the characters – least of all to Cathryn the heroine of the story.

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Madeleine

Posted by Web Manager on May 23, 2010

David Lean 1950

A would-be typical story about a young Scottish woman who falls in love with a French dandy beneath her social status is made much more interesting (finally, after a very long setup) by a deceptive plot twist and quite a few unanswered questions. The trial at the end of the film is especially powerful for the way in which it presents the prosecution and defense in nearly equally convincing lights. I also really liked the scene in the country where the villagers dance with joy and abandon unknown to the heroine or presumably those in her class.

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The Prophet

Posted by Web Manager on May 16, 2010

Jacques Audiard 2009

Yep this is as good as people are saying. Not a-may-zing, like blow your mind incredible, but just a very good well-made film, which is not such a common thing.  My only complaint is that the plot was a little too predictable.  But this is more than made up for by so many good things about the movie, like pretty much everything else. The surrealist stuff was nice, especially the first anniversary of _____, with the happy birthday song in Arabic. And the actor who played the lead gave a smart and understated performance that kicked major ass.

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The Loveless

Posted by Web Manager on May 8, 2010

*** SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE GUEST REVIEWER: MC AARON !!! ***

Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montogmery 1982

I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes, food, or other such amenities. But I strongly believe in springing for high quality shaving cream and after shave. The difference is tangible enough to justify the extra cash. I’m the same when it comes to films. The effort a good movie requires is worth the investment. Watching Pirates of the Caribbean or All About Steve or whatever such bullshit is like using shaving cream by Gillette.

I just watched 1982’s The THE LOVELESS, the first film directed by reigning Academy Award for Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow (actually co-directed with Monty Montgomery, who never directed anything else, but was a producer on the TWIN PEAKS pilot, and appeared as the cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE mong other notable factoids). It was also the first starring role for Willem Dafoe.

The plot involves a motorcycle gang stuck in a small southern town while one of them fixes his bike. Mr. Dafoe plays the leader of the gang. He’s mysterious, and the local ladies find him quite attractive. The typical residents vs. outsiders tensions ensue. (Don’t believe the description on Netflix – it’s way off).  What sets this movie apart is the mood, the setting (you can feel the humidity), and Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Montgomery’s willingness to allow the story to move at whatever pace it feels like moving. I found myself completely sucked in. Aside from the swastika tattooed on the hand of one of the bikers. That seemed unnecessary.

The way the gang interacts in this movie – a gang together of their own choosing, so you’d think they’re friends, but there’s all this hostility between the members – reminded me of some of the kids in my neighborhood growing up. It was a common occurrence that you’d happen to glance at some dude, and he’d say, “Got a staring problem?” I never understood this. I can’t look at you? Why? People aren’t really like that anymore, which is a relief.

Anyways, you should watch THE LOVELESS.

-Guest Reviewer MC Aaron

Posted in 1980's, American Films, Movies | 1 Comment »

Un Femme Est Un Femme

Posted by Web Manager on May 6, 2010

Jean-Luc Godard 1961

The manager at my video store said this was his favorite Godard movie (mine, so far, is CONTEMPT – interestingly, the two films, which couldn’t be more different, are kind of about the same thing).  UN FEMME’s soundtrack is what I liked best – stopping, starting, overlapping and generally fucking with me just enough to make me smile. The film is very cheeky, a send-up of American musicals where nothing saves the day like a song. And while theoretically a cheeky  send up can’t be too cheeky, this one comes close, like when Jean-Paul Belmondo’s character says he’s staying in because they’re showing BREATHLESS (which had been released less than one year prior) on television. Other cheeky scenes, like when Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy take turns carrying  lamps around the apartment and using book titles to insult each other, are marginally more palatable.

Posted in 1960's, French Films, Movies | 2 Comments »

Fish Tank

Posted by Web Manager on May 6, 2010

Andrea Arnold 2009

I liked it as much as I can remember liking anything in a while.  Very natural and fluid, not just in terms of the camera and style, but also the story.  The director is a rare kind of storyteller who leads you somewhere without making you feel like you’re being led or like the story was written specifically to take you where she wanted you to go.  I mean the story feels like it is happening of its own accord, without contrivance or dishonesty. The acting received much deserved adulation, not only for the breakout lead but also for the support. I loved the complexity of the relationships.  And there’s a scene at the end with that rare kind of filmic BANG impact that makes me love love love movies.

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Tess

Posted by Web Manager on May 5, 2010

Roman Polanski 1979

Nastassja Kinski plays the title character, a poor village girl sent by her drunkard father to find favor with rich relatives. Her treatment at the hands of her “cousin” sets the tragic epic in motion. Kinski, unspeakably beautiful at the time, immortalized herself with a precise and uncompromising performance that every movie lover should see.  The love with which Polanski made this picture is palpable in every scene. My favorite is the scene in the middle of the film, when the women are on their way to church and a giant puddle blocks their way over the forest road.

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