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msmichel: Filmography

12 Jul 13
Moonraker

Perhaps the least of the Moore films, 'Moonraker' found the producers trying to capitalize on 'Star Wars' and finding a way of making 'Bond in space'. Before that we have some of the most lackluster action in the series with Moore giving Lugosi a run for the money when he's wrestling with that fake snake. Villain lacked threat and Chiles represents one of the least appealing Bond girls. Just treading water.

Moonraker
11 Jul 13
Lourdes

Fantastic picture from director Jessica Hausner that houses a clever examination of faith, the perception of miracle and the human qualities of jealousy, want and avarice. Testud gives a miracle of a performance here especially her closing scene which is affecting as anything put on celluloid in recent years. Depending on one's own concept of faith this film can have many interpretations and meanings. A must.

Lourdes
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Not bad adaptation of the Welch novel which suffers as much from the source material (an attempt to catch fire again in the 'Trainspotting' vein, as it does from the co-production credits which recreates its Scottish setting with Northern Ontario facsmiles and some very poor casting choices. Film feels about a decade too late at this point but if you ever wanted to see a hobbit tripping on 'x' this is the film.

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
09 Jul 13
7 Days in Havana

Like most anthology films some sequences are better than others and its conceit slowly runs out of steam however there are some gems to be found here. Suleiman's short is sublime, Del Toro's the best story and Medem's the sexiest. Noe's would be the weakest here and Cantet's the most underbaked. Always interesting with a very vibrant look and the credit animated sequence is quite wonderful. Worth a watch.

7 Days in Havana
07 Jul 13
Twixt

Love that Coppola continues to take innovation seriously and challenges himself artistically with each new project. That innovation resulted in fine additions to his pantheon as a filmmaker including "Teatro" and "Youth Without Youth". Unfortunately this exercise, though beautiful to take in, seems to dial us back to his Cormanesque beginnings. Not a washout mind you, just a disappointment. Fanning spellbinding.

Twixt
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Strange but sublime short from Pierre Mazingarbe made for Le Fresnoy's 2013 panorama. A woman travels over knowing she can bring only one deceased friend back but finds a novel way to bring back both. Bizarre and beautiful.

What makes me take the train

Camp insanity from the late Ken Russell that despite its budgetary restrictions is a fair amount of fun. Dreadful performances, dreadful sets, dreadful props yet somehow entertaining. Good song score mostly performed by Gallon Drunk helps. One does miss the calculated insanity of Ken Russell.

The Fall of the Louse of Usher

Excellent short from director Reveillard produced for Le Fresnoy. A satisfying mix of sound and image while not necessarily narrative cinema is quite the achievement in vision. In fact can someone please give Nicolas-Pierre enough funds for a feature please. great calling card

Little Girl At The Window
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Documentary with a revisionist agenda that instead of presenting Riefenstahl at age 98 in the year 2000 and her journey to reconnect with her precious Nabu in Africa becomes a soapbox for Leni to once again promote her innocence for her collaborative past. Leni made some of the all time best films in pre WWII history but her transgressions followed her the rest of her life and this little film doesn't forgive them.

Leni Riefenstahl: Her Dream of Africa
05 Jul 13
Letter

Loznitsa seems to take the name of his last feature to heart with this short documentary that seems to have been shot 'in the fog' at least in the filter of the camera. It's fogginess and unfocused images of course mean something in its portrayal of the inhabitants of a mental hospital that seems untouched by time or is an allegory of something else... In the end: pointless.

Letter
05 Jul 13
King Lear

Earnest and melancholic Russian version of the Shakespeare classic. Cinematically beautiful with its crisp precise lensing and editing. Casting is merely proficient with some performers giving in to the theatricality of the source instead of looking for truth in performance. Interesting that it was not the only film adaptation of the same play that year.

King Lear
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05 Jul 13
Ronal the Barbarian

Could have been a fun short but unfortunately its sophomore humour is dragged out to feature length. A few laughs here and there in its send up of the genre but it all feels just so juvenile. I did like the character of the female barbarian being the true warrior amongst the quest but not enough to recommend the film. Animation is nothing special.

Ronal the Barbarian
05 Jul 13
Fill the Void

Small in stature and execution but a worthy gem regardless from first time filmmaker Rama Burshtein. The film provides a glimpse into an Orthodox Hassidic family; their beliefs, their tradtions; their sense of family and marriage above all else to praise God. Yet the film does seem to universal in some ways in its look at arranged marriages and familial responsibilities. The film avoids the saccharine thankfully.

Fill the Void
04 Jul 13
Zenne Dancer

Fine debut feature from Alper and Binay that looks at a pair of gay men coming of age and their military service in Turkey. One is a bear hiding the truth from his family even as their suspicions have caused them to hire someone to follow him. The other is a 'zenne'; a male belly dancer in a gay bar hiding from the authorities and his conscription. Film leans towards melodrama but provoking nonetheless.

Zenne Dancer

Super fun send up of 'the kids in peril' horror genre mixing backwoods conventions with comedic sensibilities. Mainly works due to the extreme likability of Tucker and Dale and a smart script that doesn't fall strictly into comedy or horror genre. Katrina Bowden well cast as the so-called abductee. Refreshing to see a film of this kind that doesn't run out of steam too fast. Those damn crazy college kids!

Tucker & Dale vs Evil
02 Jul 13
Maria’s city

Short film melding essay style film with green screen images and a somewhat science fiction story. Beautifully shot and well worth a watch. Dania Reymond may be one to watch. Somewhat reminded me of last year's 'The Last Time I Saw Macao' which is not faint praise.

Maria’s city
02 Jul 13
Confession

Interesting film looking at the final remnants of a marriage where the partners have lost the ability to communicate with one another. Demirkubuz wrote a strong, mature script that doesn't demonize either party even when skirting on the issues of domestic violence, family honour and mental illness. Leads are well cast especially Koklukaya as the wife. Fitting and provoking ending.

Confession
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    Son Of Torgo

    20Jan14

    Couldn't agree more, especially regarding the ending. When the main character finally overcame the burden of the past and can start anew with or without her, we are leaving him as that part of his life have ended.

02 Jul 13
Not eye

We all wear masks just some take it a little too literally. Stereoscopic short/experiment that outside its not so subtle metaphor goes nowhere.

Not eye
02 Jul 13
Now You See Me

'Hollywood high concept' at its most vapid. Insipid script that lacks any degree of originality or wit but instead rests its hope on the audience to be taken in by lackluster cgi effects and likable enough cast. Plot holes so large its amazing the sets didn't fall into them. The other issue is the characters; there is not one 'real' character of note here only clichés and the sound of paychecks being cashed.

Now You See Me
02 Jul 13
Balcancan

Black as coal dark comedy from Macedonia that plays like a lighter version of Kusturica or even early Kaurismaki. Script is well written with just the right amount of levity mixed within its pathos. Story of a Macedonian and an Italian thrown into a search for a stolen carpet that holds one of their wives' mother and leads them on a quest through the underworld. Often very funny but not without other merits.

Balcancan