Ruggles of Red Gap is awesome!
Kind Hearts And Coronets 8/10
The Deep Blue Sea 3/10
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS – 4 out of 5
Chronicle (Dir. Josh Trank, 2012)
My first 2012 movie. I can’t believe I actually sat through the whole thing.
Angel Face – Otto Preminger – 1952
Pretty remarkable for ’52, not a cliché or narrative convention within 100 miles. Every single character is intelligent, grey and dynamic, especially the two leads. It felt real… even the music stands out! (For me most of the scores tend to all shall we say blend together in the more “hollywood” films of this era.)
I liked Anatomy of a Murder and this was even better, Preminger is 2/2.
You all have been watching good movies! Angel Face is another winner. Since I just got done seeing one of the worst movies I’ve sat through in a long time, I think I’m gonna check out Mikio Naruse’s Yearning now.
Chronicle was that bad, huh? It looked like a mumblecore super-hero movie, so maybe that explains why you didn’t like it. :)
Dear Zachary: a Letter to a Son about his Father
my rating: A
One of the most depressing documentaries I have seen in some time. Deeply affecting and tightly structured, this heartbreaking film deserves to be seen by everyone (now on netflix instant). And even if you don’t like it, you won’t leave saying “meh”.
@Nathan: it was gimmicky as hell and at points embarrassingly acted, but I enjoyed Chronicle a lot and would personally put it above The Dark Knight.
The Color Of Pomegranates
my rating: A-
A staggering visual feast.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
my rating: A
Not as fascinating in the final half as it was in the first, but this movie has some of the best photography I have seen in a 60s movie.
Lot of vouching for this Ruggles of Red Gap, guess I need to track it down!
…It looked like a mumblecore super-hero movie…
That’s an accurate description, Jazz, and it goes a long way to explaining why I have no use for Chronicle. The dialogue was, quite literally, a bunch of teenage mumblings with a million likes and inarticulate phraseology.
About to go in for Howard Hawks Rio Bravo… hopefully it’s as good as His Hirl Friday!
^ It’s much better!
no way, ari!! ^
i mean i respectfully disagree. john wayne, dean martin and ricky nelson < cary grant and roz russell (wish they’d made more films together)
Ruby is wrong this time. Rio Bravo could possibly be Hawks’ best movie and it destroys His Girl Friday.
what-ever nathan!! i still haven’t made it past that horrible song
only angels have wings ftw
That song is not horrible.
Only Angles Have Wings is a good choice though.
wha?? this song?!? ahahahahaha at least they didn’t let the duke sing. it could’ve actually been worse
Yearning (Dir. Mikio Naruse, 1964)
Hideko Takamine’s performance should be listed as the ninth wonder of the world. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. The look on her face when she finds that Koji is dead is one of the greatest moments of acting I’ve ever seen. I stopped the movie right away and watched it again. I don’t think any actor has conveyed terror so perfectly. Probably my favorite Naruse.
Yeah. That song. It’s awesome.
^ Nathan is correct. Plus, Ruby, you also have to add to your equation Walter Brennan at his lushiest and Angie Dickinson at her lushest.
hmm. i suspect angie dickinson may be having an undue influence here
The chemistry between her and the duke is admittedly odd but works.
Otto Preminger is probably the greatest filmmaker this side of the Rocky Mountains.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – 3 stars
Entertaining, harmless fluff piece on one of the largest conventions in the world. This is not a world I know much about so I found this film fascinating. It’s not terribly in-depth or insightful but I definitely enjoyed myself.
KEYHOLE – 3/5
The new film from Guy Maddin — a film noir memory piece death dream fantasy extravaganza, like the snowball fight from NAPOLEON crossed with Hawks’ SCARFACE by way of MULHOLLAND DR., and I wish I’d liked it more. I could have done with more of Gance and Hawks and less of the Lynch.
^hmmm….I was going to see Keyhole. Now I’m not so sure.
I have not see a Guy Maddin film. I was hoping this one would pop my cherry. Oh well.