Men who stare at goats. 6.5/10
Men who stare at goats. 6.5/10
bell, book & candle from 1966 or whereabouts with jimmy stewart,
jack lemmon and kim novak. i never "got" kim novak, not even
in vertigo-until now...:p i give it an 8.
an education-2009. give it an 8.5.
All About My Mother - Pedro Almodóvar - 8/10 - IMO, one of his top three (besides Volver and Live Flesh)
quo vadis 1951-with deborah kerr & peter ustinov.
ustinov is ridiculously excellent as always. long but
what sword & sandal epic isn't? i give it a 7.
^ Peter Ustinov also had a supporting role with Jean Simmons in "The Egyptian". Not usually considered great, but still one of my favorites with Jean Simmons, Gene Tierney and Victor Mature. Interestingly Deborah Kerr and Jean Simmons were both in Powell & Pressburger's "Black Narcissus". Deborah Kerr also in P&P's "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp".
i'll take jean simmons (woof!) & peter ustinov in spartacus...along with sir laurence
("my tastes include both oysters & snails"), kirk douglas & tony curtis.
braveheart (on tv tonight). give it a 9.
Alice In The Cities - Wim Wenders - 10/10: Of the three films I've seen from Wim Wenders, this is my favorite. Have always found "Paris, Texas" to be both somewhat overwrought, and lacking in tempo that in turn affected its substance. With "Wings of Desire" you can definitely see that Wenders was vying for greatness, but he failed in my opinion with a laughable ending.
"Alice In The Cities" is one of his earliest feature films, and as such it has its flaws. In this case the film is able to rise above those flaws with not only simplicity and charm, but also an initial sense of darkness and the manner in which the underlying theme is sketched and completed. This right down to its brilliant ending.
Red Cliff, 5-hour international release, on Blu-Ray.
Oh yes. No rating needed. :)
'Where the Wild Things Are'. 0 out of 10.
Although to be fair, we gave up after 30 minutes.
Prior to that, "The Contract". I thought with Morgan Freeman and John Cusack heading up the cast it would be worth a look. As it turned out, the entertainment value lay purely in catching the many, many holes in the plot.
Grosse Point Blank 8/10.
A chick flick for blokes. It's funny. Ace fight scene in the school hall. Mini Driver looking cute. Dan Ackeroyd on form. Good music. One minor flaw... I like John Cusack, but I find his films are a bit 'talky', if you know what I mean?
We got it from Netflix because my wife had loved the book as a kid. Admittedly, we got off to a bad start because the DVD was one of those (like many DVDs marketed to kids) which wouldn't let you skip through the commercials for other movies and video games at the beginning. So I was in a bad mood by the time (10+ minutes later), the film finally started.
BTW, if anyone is planning to see the movie...spoilers ahead.
So we start out with an introduction to one of the most repulsive children I've ever seen as a movie. As far as I could tell, we're supposed to sympathize with him because his parents are divorced, his older sister ignores him, he doesn't get the attention he wants when he wants it, blah, blah, blah. I'm not generally a proponent of physical punishment for children but this was one example where I was ready to climb into the TV set and give this little snot the hiding of his life.
Then we head into the fantasy portion where he behaves equally obnoxiously but is befriended by the monsters after lying to them to stop them eating him. And a few minutes later, we gave up. The monsters are so un-magical, it's like watching something made 30 years ago. Instead of being drawn into the magical world, you're simply thinking "That's James Gandolfini in a bear suit".
I spent 15 mins in the parking lot after the movie trying to comfort my 9yo son who was so freaking sad from the movie. I'd read a lot about it and everything talked about it being dark - well he can handle dark. What we weren't expecting was the profound sadness of the movie, with absolutely nothing to bring you back from the darkness. He was sobbing uncontrollably for what seemed like forever. Never again....
I took him to Target and bought a new lego set to make the world right again :-)
'The Others' - 8/10
Very different from other movies in it's genre. Nicole Kidman makes a wonderful job. Really worth watching!
exit through the gift shop-2010. a fascinating look at the how & why rise
of street art featuring space invader, banksy & shepard fairey (obey). the
documentary then evolves/devolves to the inevitable question of "what is art?"
especially when it involves the collecting side of something that is (generally)
not meant to last a significant amount of time. the movie has a tail wagging
the dog feel as it (mostly) follows the "rise" of a fledgling street artist-thierry guetta-
aka mbw or mr. brainwash as he first chronicles the above street artists then
capitalizes. humorous throughout and very well done. 9/9.5
I just finished re-watching Dr. Strangelove. I find something new in the film every time I watch it.
Pandorum. Uh, 5/10, I guess. It's got a twist, of course, which kinda cheapens the whole movie (as if it wasn't cheap enough of a story already). Made my girlfriend jump a few times, though.