Making it’s only showing in the U.K at the Bradford film festival. Great.
tarnation: A - adaptation: B + tell no one: C the host: A + joe
This past week I watched three foreign language films all with the word ‘mother’ in the title. I thought that reason enough to post a blog on which i thought was the best. Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too) : A- Todo Sobre mi Madre (All About My Mother) : B+ Ma Mere (My Mother) : C- lev
‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it,...– Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark in The Breakfast Club (1985)
"Up town! Down town! Cross town!"
‘Pinero’, is a low budget, non-linear structured biopic of the Puerto Rican beat poet Miguel Pinero. With ‘Pinero’, director Leon Ichaso experiments with his film making, which inevitably exposes the film to much criticism. However the raw, low budget look seems fitting with the anti-capitalist and street loving nature of Pinero. Watch it with an open mind. One...
Photographed with melancholy amber or blue lighting, Mann’s “Los...– Christopher Sharrett.
Top 5 animations
Re-watching Monsters, Inc for the first time since i was eleven proved to be far more fulfilling than I first thought. I couldn’t help but smile at its final scene; Sulley opening the door to find Boo, is the most beautifully understated reunion in cinema since Shawshank. This made me think, what would my top five Disney, Pixar and non Disney/Pixar animations of all time be? Pixar: 1....
Ben Affleck - make more films like this. Oh wait, you are. The Town out this year starring Jeremy Renner is a follow-on from 2007’s Gone Baby Gone. Bang.
Kevin Smith - make more films like this.
i have graded all the films i watched and rewatched this week. SHUTTER ISLAND: A - FAR FROM HEAVEN: C + DUEL: A BEING JOHN MALKOVICH: B + CLOCKERS: A - joe
‘I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this’– - Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
= a better version of
Identical twins Logan and Noah Miller, pay a tribute to their deceased father with ‘Touching home’, a true story about their father’s troubled life. It’s also based on the bestseller written by the Miller brothers. Ed Harris portrays the father Charlie Winston, along with a stellar supporting cast - Brad Dourif (L.O.T.R, Deadwood) and Robert Foster (Jackie Brown). The...
a rip off of Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale?
Gasman - Lynne Ramsay short film
“I started writing short stories at film school. I wanted to make something that meant more to me than the films I was asked to photograph. I felt everyone was trying to make a calling card for the industry. In the end, I ended up filming three of the stories I wrote, and in each of them I tried to play with different ideas and styles.” Lynne Ramsay on Gasman
Richie Tenenbaum - Perhaps Luke Wilson’s only serious and convincing role. This performance perfectly displays a reserved and complex character who I’m certain most people can relate to in one way or another. Wilson’s portrayal of Richie, whether purposely or not, manages to heighten the film’s sense of believability. His co-stars are brilliantly cast, yet I found it...
CLASSIC REVIEW: THE TRUMAN SHOW
Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. Will Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction. Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. All have left their slapstick roots and have moved their talent towards more meaningful dramadies, stretching their acting credentials in the process. Yet in Carrey’s case, the common assumption of Eternal Sunshine as being his transitional movie would be misleading. The...
This is a short film directed by Scum’s Alan Clarke chronicling events from the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Gus Van Sant took the name and minimalist style of Clark’s short and made it his own in his 2003 film, a fictional account on the Columbine high school massacre.
Plastic Bag (short film)
(quoted from Wikipedia) ‘In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) goes on an epic journey in search of its lost Maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. The Bag encounters strange creatures, brief love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown. To be with its own kind, the Bag goes deep under the oceans into 500...
“I’m not a very popular person. I was pushed to show the unfinished version of Brown Bunny in Cannes, against my judgement. And even though a lot of negative reaction to the film came from not setting up the presentation very well, I still felt responsible and disturbed. But Europeans are animals. Who cares?.” - Vincent Gallo