Red Dawn (John Milius, 1984) – Amazing. Along with Road House, Patrick Swayze is now my hero.
Wes Anderson films are very obviously this in order:
The Life Aquatic
The Darjeeling Limited
The Royal Tenenbaums
Fantastic Mr. Fox
(Have yet to see Moonrise Kingdom)
The Getaway-Peckinpah (1972) 7.5/10 …not The Wild Bunch but, after that, among Peckinpah’s best…
Othello-Welles (1952) 9/10 …a stunning masterpiece…probably Welles’ most underrated film…
8 1/2-Fellini (1963) [rewatch] 8.5/10
Whoops, double post
Oh, we’re ranking Wes Anderson now? This is actually quite difficult for me, as I love each of his films.
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Darjeeling Limited
Maybe Hollywood should just remake bad films and make em better that way no one will be mad.
Safe is basically a remake of Mercury Rising just with a better bald action hero (Jason Statham) and James Hong pretending to be much younger and making a fine deadly villian.
The fight scenes are late 80s Seagal good and the turns of plot are involving and effective.
Jason Statham’s best solo actioner and the second best action film of the year.
I was pleasantly surprised by Safe. I generally enjoy Jason Statham’s films anyway, but this one was legitimately good.
In the realm of the senses 10 / 10
A film that could stand beside Eyes wide shut.
It’s the type of film that I know is well-made and acted, but I just didn’t get into it.
Felt a lot like Soderberg’s The Informant!. I can tell the director knows what he’s doing but I was just bored by the story and characters.
We never really understand who Bernie is. On purpose for sure.
I love Bernie man. It seems to be taking a lot of slaps on mubi. What specifically didn’t you like?
I was enjoying this movie, but certain things happen later in the film that are so incredible to watch I have to give it my highest rating. Keaton rules.
Why the sudden shift in Marjorie’s attitude towards Bernie? She is a cold stubborn bitch and then all of a sudden she let’s her husband’s caretaker into her home.
What were Bernie’s motivations? We get nothing on his character nor his past.
The townspeople being interviewed got confusing because I wasn’t sure who they were at times. I did enjoy the scenes however.
I didn’t think Linklater go the city itself right. He features it without the viewer really getting a feel for it. Carthage felt like it was put together from stereotypes instead of reality.
“Why the sudden shift in Marjorie’s attitude towards Bernie? She is a cold stubborn bitch and then all of a sudden she let’s her husband’s caretaker into her home.”
My only complaint is that I wanted there to be some more time so we could really see Bernie crack. It felt sort of sudden when he offed her.
“What were Bernie’s motivations? We get nothing on his character nor his past.”
The filmmakers had enough respect to not show what the actual Bernie Tiede didn’t want explored, or they just didn’t know. I prefer them to be honest than make up stuff. I wasn’t interested in his past at all, I was having a blast watching the townspeople talk about him.
Take Shelter 4/5
Something M Night Shyamalan might have made had he lived up to expectations. Loved this film. The DP work was great.
@LolC I didn’t think the aesthetic of the film matched with the tone.
I thought it did. Even when it turned to the dark area of murder, there was still a good laugh to be had (showing her chewing viscously), but fair enough.
Oh, glad you liked Take Shelter!
Sansho the Bailiff (re-watch, with Criterion DVD Jeffery Angles commentary on)A+
Great, great film. One of the few that could ever contend for the absurd title of “greatest of all time.”
I never like to play the “greatest” game (I prefer the “favorite” game), but come on, Sansho HAS to be in there for god sakes. In my eyes, it’s the perfect movie.
meh it doesn’t move me like ugetsu or life of oharu. i guess that’s probably just me tho
I definitely need to rewatch Ugetsu, but I was underwhelmed by Life of Oharu; I really expected something incredible, but it left me cold. Perhaps future viewings will change my mind. Another one of my very favourites from him is Her Mother’s Profession (listed on mubi as the Crucified Woman). Fantastic director.
MACBETH (Polanski): watched this at school today for the first time in years. I’m teaching Macbeth to seniors on my second teaching round!!! And it was pretty damn good actually!! The attraction of the material to Polanski is obvious(madness, murder, chaos, disorder) and he does make it feel like a horror movie at times. That’s how the play has always felt to me anyway. It’s pretty dark!!! his interpretation of Lady macbeth is also interesting. She appears less assertive and forceful at first, but she is equally as deadly, perhaps even moreso. It’s also a great looking film, quite different to a lot of his other movies. It’s very gritty and bleak and almost painterly in its compositions.
Certainly one of the better film adaptations of Shakespeare. 8/10
Are you a teacher Joks? I’m in year 11 and we’re just finishing Macbeth of at the moment, and we got to watch that adaptation, and I pretty much agree with what you said. I liked it.
^I’m studying to be a teacher. Doing my teaching rounds at the moment.
Scream 4 (Director: Wes Craven)
I’ve never found the “Scream” films particularly scary. They are just fun, fairly “light” Scooby-Doo style fluff entertainment and the same goes for the most recent (2011) film in the quadrilogy.
I don’t understand the hate for Scream 4. It’s pretty solid for what it is and it kept me guessing until the end!
^^For me the Scooby Doo element didn’t really become apparently until the third installment. The second one kind of felt that way because they had to reshoot the ending.
the 4th was just unnecessary imo. The cast looked bored. Courtney Cox seemed like she was in a different movie.
had some ok moments though.
I just happened to have fun with it.
My Beautiful Laundrette 1985
Director: Stephen Frears with writer Hanif Kureishi give us this part social commentary, gay love story, and immigrant study
^I enjoyed it. But it has its flaws. Over the top scenes and acting. You can tell it’s the work of a good director still learning.