RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: Quite good, well made, but the praise was a little over the top imo. Maybe it’s because everybody was expecting a disaster, esp after the 2001 remake and Franco’s less than encouraging pre-release remarks, but for whatever reason, it isn’t the film it was cracked up to be imo. However, it’s entertaining, builds a real sense of momentum, and the action scenes are tense and expertly filmed. Acting is decent too, particulary by the head ape. and it’s a damn sight better than Burton’s hunk of junk.. 6.5/10
The Lady Vanishes (original) – Gets off to a clunky start an never really picks up. Even the finale seems a little undramatic, not really helped by the characters acting pretty indifferent to being shot at. The story is pretty predictable, though I guess this isn’t really a fault in a Hitchcock film. I liked some of the dry humour and I really liked the whole idea about the film representing the ignorance of the British people to the imposing danger of Germany. It had its moments, but overall it was a bit average. 2.5/5
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The Social Network – 4.5/5
Casa Di Mi Padre 5/5
best comedy of the year so far and the funniest film Will Ferell has been involved with.
he also gives his best performance (and its in Spanish).
so many highlights here, funny pointed comments about US Mexico relations, a talking panther, over the top dramatics and Diego Luna, to name a few.
2. Scenes From A Marriage
3. Virgin Spring
4. Wild Strawberries
5. Winter Light
6. Fanny & Alexander
7. Through A Glass Darkly
8. Cries & Whispers
9. Seventh Seal
Big fan of Bergman but never a huge fan of Seventh Seal. It’s one of the few Bergman films that I feel depends entirely on the gimmick to be engaging.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex… – 2.5 stars
This movie was just plain silly. I don’t really know what else to say. I think I used to enjoy Woody’s earlier silly comedies more than I do now. This one is definitely my least favorite of his earlier comedies. It’s just goofy and I suppose at the time it was made, it was probably entertaining. But it seems pretty dated now.
^^The Gene Wilder segment saves it for me!!
JIRIN: Big fan of Bergman, but not a big fan of Seventh Seal, yet it’s ranked 9th on your list. So you aren’t too big on any of his other films then? The Silence didn’t do it for you?
Top ten Bergman(in alphabetical order):
Cries and Whispers
Fanny and Alexander
Hour Of The Wolf(this didn’t really hit me until second viewing i must admit)
The Seventh Seal
Smiles Of A Summer Night
Through A Glass Darkly
Runners up: Shame, Sawdust and Tinsel, Virgin Spring, Magician
The Gene Wilder segment was pretty funny.
With all these Bergmans that didn’t get you until your second viewing Joks, I’m looking forward to rewatching them now.
I have only seen 9 Bergman films. ;)
Santino — agreed about EYAWTKAS. I saw it again fairly recently and was surprised at how terribly dated and unfunny a lot of it. Downright lame in places, as in that medieval section with Lynn Redgrave. I mean really.
The Wilder section is by far the best part of the film, but I’ll always have a fondness for the final “What Happens During Sex?” chapter, with the cameos from Tony Randall and Burt Reynolds.
SISTERS (Brian De Palma, 1973)
The Dark Knight Rises – 5/5
Out already? Yay!
Went to the midnight screening (in IMAX) last night :)
I think the movie will be polarizing even among the fans of these Batman films, and noticeable flaws aside, I loved the experience. It’s a worthy conclusion to the character and to this trilogy.
Seattle has an IMAX, for sure.
I agree on your prediction, looking forward to it (sadly, it’s the final of Nolan’s trilogy).
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Dir. Jacques Demy, 1967)
Wild symmetry? Everything about the movie, from each shot composition to the structure of the paper-thin plot, is about symmetry and joy. The music, too, is infectious. A frothy film that borders on perfection.
Beware, those of you who do not like musicals; this movie you will hate.
Have you seen Umbrellas of Cherbourg?, Nathan? I liked that one better.
Yes, I have, but it’s been about ten years, so my memory of it is foggy. I recall liking it a good deal. I think Rochefort needs to be viewed as a work of abstract art.
JIRIN: Ah! That explains it then!! you need to check out Silence though!! :-) One of the most visually extraordinary films of its day imo. it almost feels like an Antonioni film at times.
G-LEGS: hehe. well i haven’t watched that many of them a second time!! and i have no intention of doing so either!!! It’s just that i felt i missed something the first time with at least a handful of them, and it probably had to do with my age and the mindset i had at the time of viewing. Now that i’ve seen over 30 of his films, i think i can rest easy ;-)
and yes Peabody, i’m sure your Bergman is bigger than my Bergman but it’s a fact i’m just going to have to live with ;-)
Maybe we should compare – yours seems to have grown.
Christ, I just checked and I’ve seen 15 Bergman.
^^hehe Robert. I will gladly remove my draws first:
Crisis, Port Of Call, Prison, To Joy, Summer Interlude, Secrets Of Women, Summer With Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, A Lesson In Love, Dreams, Smiles Of A Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Magician, The Devil’s Eye, The Virgin Spring, Through A Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence, All These Women, Persona, House Of The Wolf, Shame, The Rite, Passion Of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes From A Marriage, The Magic Flute, Face To Face, The Serpent’s Egg, Autumn Sonata, From The Life Of Marionettes, Fanny and Alexander, After The Rehearsal, Saraband.
35 in total :-)
A Lesson in Love is one of my favorites. Under seen as well.
The Dark Knight Rises – This franchise seems to be a lot better at creating good villains than films as a whole. I’ve always really liked Tom Hardy as an actor, and even though his performance here further cements this, but it’s a shame that for the rest of his (no doubt successful) career, he’ll be remembered as “that guy who played Bane.”
As for the film, my favourite parts were Hardy’s performance and the opening scene. Apart from this there were way to many stupid scenes and sub-plots, most of which I can’t really talk about without spoiling the film. But I will say, the ending is stupid (there is a laugh out loud part about an orphanage), the twists felt cheap, the whole story behind Bane was stretched out too much, Gordon-Levitt’s role in the film was unnecessary, the finale with Bane was a bit of a left down, the finale finale was stupid and over-the-top to a level only matched by films like the Avengers, and lots more, but the worst thing was the whole “power to the people” and hating on the rich thing… give me a break.
And for a series that has previously been praised for its [stretched] realism, this one really pushed it too far, putting it on the same level of realism as any crappy super hero films released these days.
Comparing it to the Dark Knight (a film that I enjoyed but was, and is, over hyped to ridiculous proportions), I think Nolan’s style worked more effectively there. That film was what some might call epic in scale, but individual scenes and plots were still measured enough to make them memorable. In Rises, there is so much going on that (even though it runs nearly 3 hours) all feels so rushed, I’m having trouble trying to remember details even though I just watched it.
Despite all this, it kept me engaged for the entire running time, and Tom Hardy is cool, so I’ll give it a generous 3 star rating. For now.
And it’s still a shitload better than Once Upon a Time in Anatolia!
The Dark Knight Rises – 9.5/10