It was ok. A bit slow and meandering and it really takes to the end for you to realize what Nichols is doing here. It’s a weird blend of European art film and Hollywood mainstream. Overall, it’s sort of interesting but it’s not one of Nichols strongest films. Still, it’s worth watching for Streep’s hair.
“About Elly” by Asghar Farhadi. For me, “Nader and Simin, a separation” was the best film in 2011, so I just wanted to watch another film of Farhadi. It’s sooo different to other iranian films, I mean, Kiarostami, Panahi, etc. ones…
“About Elly” is like “Peter’s friends” in an iranian thriller way…he he he…Just watch it, you’ll enjoy it.
And “Once upon a time in Anatolia”, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
IZO (Takashi Miike, 2004) – 5 out of 5 stars
Damn i’m getting behind on my Letterboxd movie reviews.
Still have to review Mother’s Day, The Corridor, On the Ice and Casa De Mi Padre on there!
I started watching Pandorum, Bronson and Thin Ice but didn’t finish any of them
Life During WartimeC+Happiness makes the argument that even the lowest of the low have a right to be human. But by the end, it came to the heartbreaking and suicidally depressing truth that they are all hopeless, and the cycle of destruction will never stop.
Life During Wartime is the sequel, and it is a ghost story of sorts. The self-important and despairing main characters don’t really exist anymore, and would be better off dead. Sadly, this doesn’t make for a remotely interesting movie, and made me wonder why in God’s name did it have to be made?
But I did find everything involving Bill Maplewood (the pedophile), who has now been released from prison, to be gripping. In a scene that is intense, heartfelt, and masterful compared to everything else in the film, Bill confronts his son who is now in college. Everything else in the film, to be blunt, is hollow bullshit.
Btw the guy who played Bill in Life During Wartime (Ciarian Hinds) and the original Happiness Bill (Dylan Baker) are now both regulars on the tv show “political animals” (aka. The Sigourney Weaver Show)
Garden State. 1/5
Interesting, I was wondering what DBH has been up too… Is it any good?
Garden State is just awful. Glad I’m not alone.
It’s only aired one episode so far, is getting mixed reviews and bad ratings thus far
I was too tired on Sunday to watch the premiere but the cast is awesome sounding (Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn and Adrian Pasdar also star)
It’s possibly the best tv cast (on paper at least) since the second season of Damages!
I’m gonna start watching Damages. List off the crew in season 2
“But I did find everything involving Bill Maplewood (the pedophile), who has now been released from prison, to be gripping. In a scene that is intense, heartfelt, and masterful compared to everything else in the film, Bill confronts his son who is now in college”
yeah those scenes are great. C+ is probably fair. i’d give it a 6/10. it was decent to me, but nothing special. worth a look if you dig solondz and the actors involved. I preferred it to Storytelling and Palindromes, even if the latter took more risks.
Solondz in general seems to have a really good grasp on how to do really powerful “scenes”, as opposed to a consistently powerful “film”.
Citizen Kane – I prefer Rebecca… hard to comment on “The Kane Father” and keep a straight face but yeah, it was OK (second viewing.)
“Yeah, tha’ts why i continue to watch his films. I just don’t like them all that much hahah.”
Storytelling was really his nadir for me. Since then he’s been interesting enough at least for me to continue to pay attention.
Storytelling was really his nadir for me.
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Hardin, Timothy Olyphant, Ted Danson, Darrell Hammond, Dominic Chianase
I think that was it :)
Has anyone seen Shanghai? I’m curious to see why it sat on the shelf for so long.
^^what about that? hahhaa
The Håfström film? Harvey probably didn’t like how it turned out.
^^yeah, that one. Great cast, and i think the budget was like 50-60 million. one of the biggest for a film made in China i believe? Did it flop in China too? any idea?
Why are the names reversed? That’s gotta be Brooke on left and Carmen on right.
^^^apparently there are all kinds of left/right screw ups in the film with the shark heads too haha
According to Harvey#, it did well in Asia.
^^according to info i just saw it only made around 6.5 million in China, which isn’t much. less than 10 worldwide. Smells like a bomb to me.
The Dictator (Dir. Larry Charles, 2012)
83 minutes of torture. And as if the fact of the film’s lack of humor weren’t enough, Cohen decided to tack on a self-righteous bullshit speech comparing American democracy to a dictatorship government.
I paid only $1 to see The Dictator. That’s about 100 cents too much.
Blow-Up – 4 stars
My only knowledge of Antonioni was L’aventura, I film I admittedly wasn’t responsive to when I saw it in a film class several years ago. But Blow-Up was something else entirely. Wow, what a fascinating experience – I feel like this film is going to be stuck in my head for a while.
Fantastic film. You should check out The Passenger; it’s even better.
@G-Legs and Santino
Nice Santino! I liked Blow-Up, but the system I was watching it on cut it off with 15 minutes still left. AAHHH DAMMIT!! I have yet to finish it… :(
I personally think the healthy thing is to be unresponsive to L’Avventura. It offers you nothing in character, only a glimpse into the lives of people who want to love and be loved, but don’t have a clue how to act on it or be human (which begs the question, what is being human?). (IMO)
L’Eclisse is sort of the same, which is a good thing actually.
Funny, i had the exact opposite response as Santino. I thought BLow Up was ordinary, and L’Avventura great on first viewing!! I like Blow Up now of course, just not as much as others.