Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
Tried to watch "The Purge" with Ethan Hawke. Had to turn it off after the first 12 minutes, or so. Really awful stuff.
Yes, yes they do .
A great animated Classic back in theaters for a Limited time.
"Childhood of a Leader" (2015, Corbet) (Netflix streaming):
An ambitious, very European-feeling debut film by American Brady Corbet, the scenario (based on Sartre) is worthy of points just for being different:
Just after WW1 in France, an American negotiator (with his German-born wife and their son) is working on the Versailles Treaty discussions, leaving the lovely, frustrated wife at their rented home with a decidedly peculiar, angry boy.
The central idea is that we are witnessing the childhood of a new Fascist leader, born out of the horror of War and the subsequent repressive punishment of Germany. Hitler, anyone? Except Hitler served in WW1, so it ain't him, and that undermines the idea of the film, as one fishes around to see who else the boy is supposed to be.
This is not a straight drama by any stretch; it feels much like a 1960es French film, full of repressed longings, dark symbolism and unspoken conclusions, all bathed in the faded-glory imagery of a big old house. It's good craft, as film-making goes, well-acted, beautifully shot on 35mm film, and Scott Walker does the clanging score. It's the script that has issues. It just won't give up the payoff, if indeed there is one.
The film has echoes of "The Tin Drum", with the symbolic angry creature in its midst, seeing what others can't. Alain Resnais seems to be lurking as well, in the long, heavy scenes full of both anger and eroticism, but in the end, the film-maker doesn't seem to know what to do to cap it all.
The Young Like it Hot (1983) with Hyapatia Lee. Yeah, that's right. It was funny among the other things it was.
RiffTrax version of City of the Dead with Venetia Stevenson. Funny enough and the movie underneath actually twernt too bad either. Venetia Stevenson was a smoking hottie in 1960 and I always find Christopher Lee to be a cool kind of evil.
Firestarter--adapted from the Stephen King book, a bit dated, but I enjoyed it. Reminded me of the VHS days.
Buffalo '66--indie film about a guy released from prison (falsely accused) and kidnaps a young woman to pose as his bride to his estranged parents. Their relationship develops from there.
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My #9 all-time
I was an extra in Firestarter. Got paid $100 cash, which was good money for a poor college student. Got to see a few scenes filmed too.
The Hill (1965) staring Sean Connery.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI in 35mm at the Ohio Theater, last evening. One of my very favorite films and probably the single film I have seen more than any other (upwards of three dozen times). It was my first time seeing it projected though. What made it a treat for me was that it was the re-release version from 1978 with the restored two/three minutes of scenes and Dolby Stereo. Naturally, since it was a 35mm print, it Haskell Wexler's original opening shot of the dusk setting over Mel's Diner instead of the unnatural look of the 1998 (and current) home video release.
Makes me wish that version was available for purchase somewhere.
We need a release from folks at Criterion!
Super Troopers 2; not quite as good as the original, but still very funny.
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955) - It's the battle of the Oceanographers! Ted Baxter is a specialist in underwater radiation who is investigating a strange shaft of light coming from the ocean floor that appears to be causing death to divers. Turns out another Oceanographer has taken some of his 'theories' and created uranium under the sea, or something like that. God knows why, BUT he has a hot daughter for perpetually bemused Ted to charm with his severe black suits and heavily greased hair. Meanwhile, a third, younger, more ambitious Oceanographer who carries around a speargun all the time is trying to learn everyone's secrets and a dour guy from the department of Defense runs around looking for something to weaponize. Oh, and of course, there's a monster that sort of looks like an underwater version of the Singapore lion. Everyone talks a lot about their motivations and the various mysteries and dangers of messing with science such that you'd swear this is a Roger Corman film. Because exposition is everything.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) - Having made my career in the corporate world, I have had to wade through oceans of happy horse shyte that attempted to motivate me to be a better worker. One guy went around showing 'Twelve O'clock High' as an example of good management practices, but always stopped the film before Gregory Peck's inevitable crack-up at the end. Motivational propaganda is rife with charlatanism and the corps are only paying lip service most of the time anyway, because quality costs money. I think all of this business could be done away with by watching this movie about a simple man so dedicated to his craft that he elevates it to an art. The message could not be more direct or inspiring, and if you're not into that, it works pretty well as pure sushi porn too.
The Princess Diaries
Broken Lizard hasn't done any other movie better than Super Troopers. It's too hard to reproduce the casualness of it, for them or anybody. I'm still going to see number 2, though.
Glad you saw it in a theater. I saw it 3 times (once with the restored scenes)in HS. Wasn't it great? I saw so much of me in hs in Dreyfuss' performance
Yes, the lushness of that film (as seen in 35mm prints) deserves a 4K/BR remastering with the right color balance.
"Batman and Harley Quinn" (2017)
Batman and Nightwing grudgingly enlist Harley Quinn -- who's been trying half-heartedly to go straight -- to help them stop an apocalyptic plot by her former BFF Poison Ivy in this cool cartoon flick. This fast, funny team-up is a throwback to the style and feel of the classic early '90s Batman animated series (though this flick's PG-13 rating allows for a few risque gags that the old show wouldn't have gotten away with!), and is thankfully far less grim than the last few DC Animated Universe installments I've seen. Fun stuff for fanboys.
For sure. I just adore looking at this film. My introduction to it was during the 80s as a pre-teen on channels like TBS and The Movie Channel. That Pan & Scan look of home video is so happily a thing of the past.
I envy you. And yes, I agree. Dreyfuss' character is the one I always identified most with. One of my favorite scenes is him walking through the hallways with "The Stroll" emanating from the gymnasium. He plays that sort of wistful, bittersweet moment with aplomb. I've recognized such moments in my own life and often think of his performance in AG when I do.
For sure. I actually thought about firing an email off to Criterion and suggesting it. Maybe that and THX 1138, which also went under knife some years later by Lucas. And the original has never had a hi-definition release that I'm aware of. I've seen some folks on the web that have captured laser discs out of desperation.
Sure would be awesome if Criterion did both!
OMG!!!!!!!!!! Me too. That was so ME. I pointed it out to my wife. 'I don't know what it is,' I said 'But that scene was me.'
New Criterion of the groundbreaking wuxia from King Hu.
Buster's Mal Heart. If you like David Lynch you might like this movie. Although, cinematically different.
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