If you have time, check out the thread on the film.
@Nathan – You might not be able to be fully objective, but because of your unique personal circumstances right now, I’d be very interested to hear more elaborate thoughts on The Kid with a Bike from you.
Here:The Kid with a Bike
The Avengers. Unwatchable dreck.
@Jazz & Santino – I’m actually going to try my hand at writing an article on Kid w/ Bike (they should’ve called it that!) and so that should help me clarify some of my thoughts on the movie. I’ll come back on the thread then.
I look forward to it!
I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts as well….I loved the film.
Me, too. Don’t make the three us of track you down now, Nathan. :)
Also loved it. :)
Medea (Von Trier)- The Von Trier/Dreyer effort is awesome. An original take on Medea that really works. The visual style looks great, and the acting is perfect. Kirsten Olesen’s performance is phenomenal; the scene where she kills her children is genuinely emotional. The only problem would be that the first half seems a little boring compared to the awesome second half. 3.5/5
The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
Creepy, fun horror movie with fantastic photography and sound. But it does get underwhelming to a point where I can’t tell people “OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS RIGHT NOW!!!”
Been wanting to see Medea for a while now, your review has me convinced.
THE FOUR FEATHERS (1939) – 5 out of 5 stars
Headhunters – 4 stars
One of the best films of the year. This movie is so much fun – sort of a mixture between Fargo and The Fugitive but with more slickness and more style. The twists and turns along with some thrilling violence make this an engaging ride from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Jack and Jill (Dir. Dennis Dougan, 2011)
The movie had reached its high point within the first four minutes.
I don’t know what to think. I do know that the movie kept my attention. But this is one of those that I liked, without knowing what I was really watching. Well, I liked it until we got into Misery territory.
Since the film seemed to work on me, I’m going to try Robert Peabody’s approach of letting it wash over me, and I’m going to wait a while before I analyze it. Btw, to anyone listening, is the film worth analyzing?
I’d say it’s worth analyzing. Upon first viewing, words couldn’t describe my hate for the film. A long time passed and just recently I watched it again. I was truly gripped and saw things, well, differently. I just can’t defend that Misery section you were alluding too, I thought that was absolute crap filmmaking. As for everything else, it is a pretty mammoth artistic achievement (IMO).
Does anyone think Jack and Jill would be worth analyzing? I’ve got a couple free hours tomorrow morning I could devote to it.
@ Nathan – You saw Jack and Jill?
I think it’s time to move back to Illinois. NC has clearly done something to you.
@Jazz – I’m glad to see you found a film you responded positively too! lol
Of course Antichrist is worth analyzing. I refer you to the many threads where we discussed the film (as I recall, when the film came out, there was a lot of good discussion that we had).
How about a link to said threads about Antichrist? I’d like to see the thoughts people had on it upon first release.
@Santino – NC isn’t doing it to me. Other factors are.
However, I did redeem myself a little tonight by watching Kenji Mizoguchi’s A Story from Chikamatsu (or, The Crucified Lovers)
lol @ Nathan.
@ Lover – Ugh. Ok, gimme a minute.
There’s a bunch of threads on Antichrist but here’s one of the best ones that had a really interesting analysis from Landon:
I’m Seeing This in About an Hour
This one is also pretty good:
Just to add to Santino’s good choices above (this film was talked to death on mubi at one point):
To get a lot of different opinions (and some real crossfire) try the Directos’ Cup 2010 voting thread:
Directors Cup Voting Round 1 Lars von Trier Antichrist
Antichrist: A Brief AnalysisCannes Antichrist ReactionLars von Trier’s Antichrist
Antichrist topics gives all the threads tied to the film on mubi
Double feature at the New Beverly…
A Very Long Engagement – 10/10
Micmacs – 8.5/10
It still puzzles me how Mubians can be so anti-Jeunet. Oh well. Your loss!
“A counterexample is In The Mood For Love. The basic plot is pretty dull, but there’s a perfect synthesis of style and content, so it works really well.”
Jirin, i’d be careful before dismissing works by Parajanov until you understand the cultural and historical context he is operating in. It’s far too easy just to say ‘oh yeah, the visuals are so much more interesting, therefore, it’s style over substance’. I will admit that i do not really ‘get’ C.O.P because the symbolism went over my head. but to accuse it of lacking substance when i have not understand it what the film is about on a deeper level is hardly a wise decision.
W.K.W is far more guilty of being a style over substance director than Parajanov.
@Santino and Oxy
Thanks for the links to Anti-Christ. I know there’s a lot of discussion, and I’m looking forward to jumping to talking about the film. However, I’m unsure about spending the time alone to analyze the film—will I discover a coherent film with an interesting meaning buried underneath? With von Trier, I’m a little uncertain. But, at this point, I’ve decided to spend time thinking about it.
I’m glad to see you found a film you responded positively too! lol
You and me both! (But I don’t want to jump the gun—let’s see what I think after digesting and analyzing. At this point I have no idea what’s going on.)
I loved Delicatessen, but both those films disappointed me. :(
Jazz – Read Landon’s analysis in the first link I provided. There are a ton of threads on this film but I recall that one being very helpful when I first saw the film and also had trouble with what the hell was going on. I think if you read a lot of the different interpretations that people have, it might open the film up to you (kind of like the many interpretations people had with Take Shelter).
I’ll try to formulate some thoughts, and then I’ll go read Landon’s analysis. Thanks for the tip.