(Ugh, Sammy Hagar just popped into my head.)
Hugo – 3 stars (out of 4)
Very cute, Spielbergian sentimental marks a distinctive turn for normally bloody Scorsese. A love letter of sorts to cinema, this is a beautiful film. The 3D gave me a headache (way too dark for my delicate eyes) and the narrative is weak. Still, a fun family film.
The Bell Jar
La belle captive (1983) Alain Robbe-Grillet wrote and directed this essay in the surreal revolving around a painting in the style of René Magritte, and indeed a painting appears from time to time displaying the elements that fuse the film’s action with the painter’s quest to illuminate the essential mystery of life. All very high-brow with classical music score and allusions to allied arts— the resonances of Raoul Ruiz—while failing to infuse the film with the sense of dread or menace, that marks the work of a contemporary, David Lynch. As a result while this is all very colorful and intriguing, essentially it lays flat on the screen, two-dimensional.
This is not the ocean.
Murder, My Sweet (aka Farewell, My Lovely) – 1944, Edward Dmytryk
Has everything you could ever want from a vintage noir – great performances, snappy dialogue, convoluted plot, atmosphere to spare, and even a trippy dream sequence. 9/10
Canyon Passage – 1946, Jacques Tourneur
One of the most densely plotted films I’ve seen in a while – there’s a lot crammed into this film. I really enjoyed it and I don’t know why its imdb rating is so low. 8.5/10
The Wishing Tree – 1976, Tenghiz Abuladze
Just plain wow, this film has everything. 10/10
Sylvia Scarlett – 1935, George Cukor
Infamous as one of the biggest flops of its time, it actually starts out as an engaging comedy about con artists. It all goes south really quickly though, and becomes an absurdly plotted, intolerably overacted mess. Hard to sit through. 2/10
the last third of this film is a five star movie containing everything that make the muppets great. The muppets are some of the most sincere actors on screen and that finally shows through in the last 30mins. The telephon sequence contains three scenes that are applause worth, the chicken’s singing forget you, the theme song brought to the big screen and Rainbow connection. These last two are not merely great for their nostalgia value, they are honestly well handled.
The first two thirds focus way too much on the two human protags and Walter (who is kind of a douche). The non muppet songs are cringe worthy and though the muppets are usually reliable for elevating an actor’s game (Brooke Shields is great in Manhattan and Caine gave one of his best performances in Christmas Carol) Amy Adams and Chris Cooper really are Razzie bad.
The first two thirds focus way too much on the two human protags and Walter (who is kind of a douche). There is only one real laugh in the first hour (involving Rolf) . The non muppet songs are cringe worthy and though the muppets are usually reliable for elevating an actor’s game (Brooke Shields is great in Manhattan and Caine gave one of his best performances in Christmas Carol) Amy Adams and Chris Cooper really are Razzie bad.
Curious, Den: are there any theatrical releases you don’t see?
I avoid most of em oddly enough, haven’t seen Arthur’s Christmas or Hugo or Breaking Dawn or Tower Heist or…
A beautiful looking film which sets itself up as a childrens’ techno-fantasy, only to reveal itself as a self-congratulatory tribute to cinema.
There were a lot of elements of ‘Tropes from silent films, only with modern technology’. If they’d focused more on that it would have been more interesting.
There is absolutely no reason that the one scene advertised the most is the one where he’s hanging off the clock: That is going to lead to a lot of people seeing the film and being disappointed. But I guess the marketers only care about getting people in the door, they don’t care how they feel when they come out.
Idi i Smorti 8/10
Facial expressions in film 10/10
Pretty sure I liked this more than my daughter, and she loved it. And I disagree with everything Den said about the first part of the film—it all worked just about flawlessly.
Arirang by Ki-duk. 9/10. It reconfirmed why I have more than an ordinary connection with the author, why I have seen all 15 of his films, and why I love cinema. I could not ask for more. Arirang.
Devi - Satyajit Ray 7/10
The tragic tug between modernity and tradition. Ray does it better in The Music Room but this film has its share of strong scenes and some fine acting from the regulars in his early troop.
Gayniggers from Outer Space (1992)
Contains memorable dialogue such as “Kneel down, and prepare to receive the holy gay nigger seed!”
Great film. I came. 10/10.
DEN: The Muppet film is at least better than the last one right?
Muppets In Space is easily the worst muppet feature.
Space is bad, but feels like an honest muppet movie. But yes it is better than Space.
^^I’m a little concerned about the other actors though. Generally in the past i liked the choices made, even weaker films like Treasure Island had Tim Curry. and as you said, Caine was great in Christmas. and Grodin+Rigg were fun in Caper.
yup the actors are the weak link here. Jack Black is pretty decent and Zach Galafanakis contributes laughs
Comédie de l’innocence 2000 Raoul Ruiz floats this fluffy declaration of childhood independence
set in the higher end of Paris society populated by professionals juggling several spheres at once and none too successfully but nevertheless determined not to fail in the responsibility of parenthood and kinship, all this centered around the 9 yo Camille(Nils Hugon): a dreamy boy isolated in the large house that was his grandparents, neglected by his absent father and a stage designer mother Ariane (Isabelle Huppert)— loving, but destracted and introverted— who constructs a parallel life in rebellion declaring his real mother to be Isabella(Jeanne Balibar), glad to claim him as she has lost her son to an accident. Nils Hugon as the center of attention has too carry this fey somewhat insubstantial vehicle along and his perpetual KewPie doll expression is at war with what seems to be Ruiz’s thesis as he expressed in an added feature, that all children are illegitimate meaning I think that birthing doesn’t give ownership and rebellion is the natural response. I give this a 5.8 as it was at the 58 min. mark on the player I first checked to see how much longer. Ruiz does provide interesting interiors to entertain along the way.
Camille checks out the decor of his prospective mother’s apartment. Note the Mies Barcelona chair
Battle Royale 8.0/10
The Kid On A Bike 8/10
El Sol del Membrillo, Victor Erice: 8,5/10
Another Happy Day (Director: Sam Levinson)
The title is sarcastic (or is it ironic?) and yes this is another one of those dysfunctional family gathers for a wedding dramedies in the style of “Rachel Getting Married”, “Margot at the Wedding” and the first half of “Melancholia”. Everybody is over-the-top (although Ellen Burstyn, Ezra Miller and even, to an extent Ellen Barkin try their best to be As subtle as humanly possible. Demi Moore is annoying as hell though!) and the film is brimming with ridiculously overheated melodrama and every cliche you can think of…. But it kinda works, to an extent at least. And it’s emotionally draining.
I wanted to shoot Barkin’s character’s annoying sisters though lol.
Beautiful Boy: 3/5
Some of the interactions between the parents were fantastic and raw and I enjoyed all of the parts with Sam but overall it felt distant.
X-men First Class: 4/5
Love the entire X-men franchise, save Wolverine, and this was no exception. Michael Fassbender’s performance was spot-on.
Didn’t find this funny. It was humorous and I chuckled at times, but overall a let down.
Will JGL finally get an Oscar nod? Loved everything about this movie – all of the performances were excellent, script was great, and the chemistry was natural between all of the characters.
The Beaver: 4.5/5
Mel Gibson’s performance (used this word a lot) was superb. I mean it was spot-on. The script was also really great. My only fault with this movie was the ending. The graduation speech didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the film and the scene before that with the two was also a bit strange. Other then that, I absolutely loved this movie.
Horrible Bosses: 2/5
I didn’t find this film all that funny. Event though I did laugh a bit, it wasn’t all that funny.
The Other Guys: 4/5
I don’t usually watch comedies for the simple fact that I don’t really find them funny.This movie is an exception to that. I laughed out loud multiple times throughout this movie. Will Ferrell was hilarious along with his partner Mark Walhberg! Definitely on of my favorite comedies!
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I was very sweet especially the relationship between Ewan McGregor and Christopher Pummel. The relationship between Ewan and Melanie Laurent could have gone into “cheesy” territory but it didn’t and the entire film just felt very real.
I Love You Philip Morris: 4/5
Jim Carrey was excellent in this. This movie had just the right balance of funny and sincerity. Like, many a LGBT film (and I’ve seen plenty), it could have been a mess, but the script was excellent. And another great performance by Ewan McGregor.
Damn, I watched a lot of movies this weekend lol.
Re: Beautiful Boy
I’m pretty sure it was intended to feel distant. I didn’t hate the film but yeah, it leaves you kind of cold…. On purpose, I believe.
My weekend in film watching…
Hugo – 10/10
Bronson – 6.5/10
An Education – 8/10
A Dangerous Method – 9.5/10
Hamlet (1996) – 6.5/10
HUGO – 2/5
Cheyenne – This must be the place – 9.5 out of 10
Brilliant performances by Sean Penn and Heinz Lieven, beautiful photography and a story that is absurd, funny and sad in all the right places. easily my favourite film of 2011.
The americans have their Dude, we europeans now have Cheyenne.