Nathan – In spite of your dismissal of Bad Timing, let me know what you think of Bullhead.
I’m a little surprised Bullhead got nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars (along with beating Michael and Snowtown for one of the Audience Awards at AFI Fest). It’s not a bad film, just sorta average (see The Secret in Their Eyes – in which case, maybe it’ll win the Oscar, haha!).
Retreat (Director: Carl Tibbetts)
“Retreat is like Dead Calm on Land” – Kurt Halfyard of Twitch.com and the Row Three Cinecast
I had to quote one of my favorite critics, Mr. Kurt Halfyard out of Toronto because he is right. That’s what this movie is. It’s also predictable, cliched and downright repetitive. Too bad. Was looking forward to this one. Parts of it were interesting enough though but in the end it just fell flat.
Shout out to Andrew James and Matt Gamble (of where the long tail ends infamy) as well.
(notice how I’m a little Cinecast obsessed right now? ;) )
“Bad Timing is still dumb.”
agree, shockingly bad movie.
I don’t like Roeg much outside of 2-3 movies.
3 WOMEN (Robert Altman, 1977) – 4 out of 5 stars
Darling Companion – 2 stars
This is the guy that wrote Empire and Raiders? Seriously?
Not in the data bank so you get the works:
L’ami de mon amie 1987 Eric Rohmer wrote and directed this meringue froth of star crossed lovers (there I’ve said it) in the “new town” of Cergy-Pontoise, a far flung suburb of Paris, that seems in some mysterious way, to have infected its inhabitants with a serious case of fecklessness. Whether this was Rohmer’s intent I can’t say but at 67 when he wrote the script, Rohmer seems to have been time shifted to 50s Fresno and a Hollywood high school romance. But Rohmer is fearless, with his principals the neurotic Blanche (Emmanuelle Chaulet) and her hearts delight(but she blindly can’t see it yet ) Fabien(that can’t be accidental—Eric Viellard) are driven off the picnic grounds by the stench of Arab cooking, refugees from the crowded projects ( Habitations à logement modéré) in a display of youthful callousness. Blanche lives in an apartment complex that is as grandioso display of Fascist design since the memorial to Victor Emmanuel II yet oddly her digs are furnished by Ikea when at least Vitra might have been called for. Proceed at your own risk.
Fabian (no lie!) and Lea(Sophie Renoir), the normal one, before the breakup.
It’s in the Mubi database, as My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.
One of my favourites. I especially adored the fascist apartment block. Please don’t give it a low rating.
Re: Darling Companion
looks like a fairly standard Diane Keaton romcom with a little Marley and Me thrown in for good measure.
In other words: it looks crappy
Japeman – It’s totally crappy. The writing, the dialogue – insufferable. I love the cast but even they couldn’t do much to save this film. I don’t know what the hell Lawrence Kasden was thinking.
Philadelphia (1993) 4/5
Crimson Tide (1995) 4/5 (Additional star for Hans Zimmer’s score)
Catching up with Denzel Washington. Can’t wait to see Glory.
LOVE DOLL (Hirozaku Koreeda ’09) – 3/5
French Cancan (Jean Renoir) 3/5 hahahaha…
TAKE SHELTER (Jeff Nichols) 9.5/10
-My #1 film of 2011
THE INNKEEPERS 7/10
-Continues the theme of The House of the Devil in the monotonous struggles people endure to get paid little. Not as tension deep as The House of the Devil but even more self-aware and mystery involved.
KILL LIST 7/10
-It seems either a love it or hate it film. I love the film’s first two acts, incredibly intense and original but it gets way too derivative for its own good in the final act.
Just got around to watching Tree Of Life. 9.5/10
Across the Universe: 7/10
@Santino- The Academy awards always blow the foreign language nominations don’t they? I was shocked the year that The Secret In Their Eyes won over White Ribbon. It is a shame that Snowtown did not get a nomination.
^But Snowtown is in English. Doesn’t the film have to be in a foreign language?
Although, it’s not in any English I ever speak. The film could’ve used some subtitles (sorry Joks!). haha
Nothing should have beaten White Ribbon…..I liked Secret in Their Eyes but White Ribbon is a masterpiece.
It’s a crap shoot as to which way the Academy will go in that category……I’m almost always wrong on that one.
I’m going to choose A Separation but it’s a role of the dice.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: (rewatch)
Bandits kidnap English aristocrats at the turn of the 20th century and holds them for ransom, demanding the Greek government return stolen land to homeless peasants in an unamed rural area and grant amnesty to his crew for their various wrong doings. Alexander sets about creating a utopian community with Italian anarchists based on egalitarian ideals, but surely enough tensions threaten to rip the dream apart.
Despite its length—and it’s perhaps too long, no doubt—the film is an incisive look at the cult of personality, and the corruption of power, as Alexander moves from benevolent despot to vicious tyrant as his power grows, that also serves as an allegory for the fall of communist regimes under charasmatic leaders, and the death of idealism in the modern world. It also has elements of satire that is kind of reminiscent of Shakespeare’s history plays like Henry IV/V, but Shakespeare probably stole that from the Greeks anyway ;-) The British characters in particular are caricatures, speaking in largely affected accents that sound delightfully pompous. Kenji is quite right that the satire is not easy to pick up on, but it’s definitely there, albeit in an extremely dark and offbeat way.
Omero Antonutti portrait of the character is rather complex, despite(because of?) his relative silence, and we get the sense of paranoia and estrangement from his fellow man as his reputation grows, and the degree to which power has corrupted the very fabric of his being, poisoning his soul. In the end, Alexander is stripped of his mystique as well as his humanity, and that’s the ultimate price of tyranny. The mob’s ‘revenge’ is brutal and exacting.
Imagery is brilliant as usual, with the usual mix of ultra long takes and painterly composition, but it’s also more ‘naturalistic’ than his later works.
Overall not his best film, could have been trimmed by 30-40 mins i’m sure, but it’s one of the most original and daring films ever made about the subject. I just with the film ended on that gigantic severed head though. What an incredibly powerful image. 8/10
Crazy, Stupid, Love. — 9/10
Melancholia — 2.5/10
The Guard (Dir. John Michael McDonagh, 2011)
Holy cow, this was way funnier than I’d expected. Not sure it adds up to anything I could take seriously, but I had a blast watching it.
Broken Noses (1987) Noted fashion photog Bruce Weber’s first film, a 75 min. documentary
7/10 for effort
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Quick Change (1990) 4/5
Funny heist movie