I watched Zulawski's Possession last night. Complete insanity. Some of the most impressive camera work I've ever seen, but I tend to have a hard time with films that are this insane, and this was no exception. Much like when Schoolio and I saw On the Silver Globe a few years ago, I definitely appreciated the work but had a hard time getting much out of it beyond that. Same goes for the two Greenaway films I've seen.
That movie is worth watching for Heinrich alone.
04/10/14 Bastille - the Warfield
04/16/14 Foxygen - the Chapel
04/17/14 Empire of the Sun - Fox Theater
05/07/14 Morrissey (hopefully) - San Jose Civic
I watched Prisoners last night and I thought it started out so good but turned into the biggest mess. It had such a good premise though. I think the nearly 3 hour run-time didn't work in it's favor.
3/20 Black Lips @ Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
3/22-3/23 Burgerama III @ The Observatory
3/30 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
4/9 The Knife @ Fox Theater Pomona
4/11-4/13 Coachella Weekend I
7/11 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Shrine Auditorium
Possession is insane. It was on YouTube a year or so ago, but no more. I'd be curious where you found it as well as I've searched for it on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
So I saw Inside Llewyn Davis the other day and I don't know what to think about it. I absolutely loved the soundtrack and it's probably going to be the first soundtrack for a movie I buy. The movie it self is probably going to have to require a second viewing to make a real opinion of it. While I liked the acting and the overall story I just didn't really like how nothing happens in the movie. I understand it was just a week in his life but I was hoping for something of significance to happen that either makes him better or worse off, not just ending the movie the way it started. It was still worth watching as I did quite enjoy it and was entertaining enough (which I know is contradicting what I previously said) but I really do need to watch it again in when it can be rented to really decide how I feel about it.
There's a great little noir from back in the day called The Naked City that expires on Netflix in a few days that I watched last night. Recommended if you're looking for something to watch this week.
^ Sounds good.
I tried watching Captain Phillips over the weekend and fell asleep after Cpt leaves with the pirates. I tried watching the rest the next day and ended up pausing it at some point and never went back to finish it. I preferred A Hijacking which was more interesting and had much better acting. And talk about better acting, fucking Meryl Streep in August: Osage County was wow to watch. I can't wait to watch that movie again - it was at times hysterical and other times depressing. I don't care much for Julia Roberts but she manages to hold her own for the most part. The rest of the cast was great too, especially Chris Cooper.
Enough Said, James Gandolfini's last role and Julia Louis-Dreyfus's first film role, was a really nice piece. Nothing brilliant, but thoroughly watchable and a fairly original and thought-provoking take on self-destruction in relationships. Gotta admit, it made me a little wistful to see the big guy on screen for the last time. Glad it wasn't in a total piece of shit.
In A World... was a moderately funny little indie piece about voice over actors all competing to replace the guy who coined the "In a world..." movie trailer voice over thing who died a couple years back. It was cute enough, only had a couple joke beats worth laughing at, but it's always kinda funny to watch people whose entire lives hinge on something that seems so utterly silly.
I watched Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine the other week and thought it was excellent - probably my favorite Allen film since Sweet and Lowdown. I don't know if any of you saw what Allen's son Ronin Farrow tweeted during the Golden Globes but needless to say it was pretty scathing.
I was pretty young when that whole investigation took place and I think I conflated the molestation charges with his marriage to his other adopted daughter. After researching the case I'm fairly convinced that Allen is a pedophile. Now, with that belief in mind, should I have any moral obligations when it comes to a film like Blue Jasmine? Is it okay to love the art and even though I find the artist repulsive? Or is it just that attitude that has allowed him to remain a free man and possibly abuse other children? If I torrented Blue Jasmine and didn't support the film financially, am I off the hook? So many questions.
I've had this conversation before in regards to Roman Polanski and I think it's a difficult issue. Lots of great art has been made by horrible human beings.
cleared him after an exhaustive investigation. Also, the principle evidence against him at the time were videotaped allegations that were presented in a video that was recorded and edited by the other party in the custody proceedings. All of which is a world away from Polanski, who admitted to having had drug-fueled sex with an underage girl without her explicit consent, and who even plead guilty to charges.
EDIT: Also, the team of child abuse investigators you mention never even interviewed the little girl, declined to testify at trial except via deposition, and destroyed their notes on the case.
The case came down to the word of a 7 year old girl versus that of a rich adult celebrity. At the time I think it's safe to characterize the relationship he had with his current wife as grossly inappropriate. Soon-Yi was 20 years old when Mia Farrow found the nude pictures that Allen took of her.
Anyhow, this is not the conversation I was interested in having. We can shift to Polanski if you think that's a better example.
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http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/...-ronan-farrow#Originally Posted by Vanity Fair
I think they can skip the DNA test.
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I have zero problem separating the art from the artist. The way I see it, people like Polanski and (allegedly) Allen are only the ones who have been caught/publicly accused. We'd likely be appalled by several of our favorite musicians/filmmakers if we were privy to all of their actions. That said, this top photo totally creeps me out now haha.
The Act of Killing is a fucking crazy film... what a trip. These men are monsters.
Last night I went to a screening of Our Robocop Remake, a project organized by Dave Seger from Channel 101, in which roughly 60 teams of filmmakers took on 60 scenes from the original Robocop. It is one of the funniest, strangest, and incredible things I have ever seen. I was dying the entire time.
I imagine it will be available to watch in its entirety online in the near future, and I cannot recommend it enough.
And here is a photo with me and some friends the incredible ED-209 costume/puppet from one of the scenes.
Has anyone seen All is Lost? I hadn't heard anything about it whatsoever, but I saw it tonight on a whim. It stars Robert Redford as a man who appears to be a well-to-do retired solo sailor in a nice, modest yacht. He wakes up one morning to find his ship punctured by a shipping container adrift at sea. He has to fix a hole and bail out the yacht, and things continue from there. Redford is the only face on-screen the whole time, and he only speaks, at most, ten lines over the course of the film. He does an excellent job of embodying this old, obviously skilled sailor. The bare-bones plot was forgiven, for my, by his strong performance and the spare film-making. There were some gorgeous shots of the ocean and a really desolate atmosphere created by the vast amounts of space it provides. I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Yeah, I liked that one ok. Surprisingly captivating for something with zero dialogue and only one actor for 90 minutes.
Speaking of which, enjoyed Polanski’s Knife in the Water as it really stirred the loins without having to resort to a bunch of nudity. All the playful teasing and power struggles was enough. Did beat off.
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