I haven't seen The Fall, but it has been in my queue for a bit.
While The Fall is a gourgously shot film that uses amazing locations and detailed sets to propell a great fantasy story, nothing comes close to Baraka's masterful exploration and presentation of our own world. The most humbling film I've ever seen.
On the topic of jaw-droppingly gorgeous cinematography, Luc Besson's The Big Blue is a pretty under-watched early film of his that while extremely flawed, it just spectacularly shot.
Also I rather love the cinematography that in Bessons' films.
Sound of My Voice was great. The cult leader (and scriptwriter) had a very believable presence. The other two leads were well characterized.
The Cabin in the Woods was a lot of fun. I really liked Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins but my favorite bits were seeing the other countries and the white board. I don't think the gender identity goes anywhere - though I was half expecting that to be the resolve, too. And I feel they held on the choices in the end long enough; much longer and you really have to go somewhere with it, which seems like it would not fit with the film (though there could have been more to point to that.)
I also just saw Heathers for the first time; I'd say that I waited too long but I really don't know when this level of camp/artifice ever would have done much for me as I was not old enough when it came out, and it seems like this sort of thing ages very quickly. We had watched Jennifer's Body not too long ago, I now at least understand the parallels that were drawn but even more than that Heathers kept putting into my mind Juno.
I really enjoyed his Angel-A, which is an easily likable movie. I felt this had great picturesque exterior shots, but obviously cannot compare to The Big Blue because I have not seen it.
I'm a huge fan of all of his stuff. I mean to focus on the more natural beauty on presentation in The Big Blue - it takes place mostly on the sea and on the coast of Italy 9i think - it's been years since I've seen it). There's plenty of exterior shots in the city in Angel-A, Leon, and Le Femme Nikita, but there are sections of Blue that look like genuine nature photography. I still need to see The Lady.
stinkbutt. I'm sure that's an appropriate name.
... does anyone have any idea how happy I am right now?
I was going more for the Wachowski brother you never hear about. You know, the one who's a fucking retard.
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12/17: Pere Ubu @ Slims
12/18: Holograms @ Bottom of the Hill
12/28: Mathew Johnson, HRDVSION, Ewan Pearson, Kate Simko @ PW
1/18: Toy @ The Chapel
1/23: Wooden Shjips @ The Chapel
1/25: !!! @ The Chapel
1/25: Robag Whrume @ Public Works
2/4: Frankie Rose, The Mantles @ Rickshaw Stop
2/22: Xiu Xiu @ Bottom of the Hill
2/24: Courtney Barnett @ Rickshaw Stop
3/7: Anthony Naples, Four Tet @ Echoplex
3/23: Kraftwerk @ Fox Theater Oakland
When is Satantango happening in LA? I'm reading the book right now and want to finish before I see it. I'm going to see it: the book has convinced me that I can watch something this dark and intense and uncomfortable for 7+ hours.
Edit: Looks like it's June 2nd, starting at noon with a potluck, just for current members first come first serve, plus one. Based on that and all the Ghibli screenings I want to go to, I just bought a membership. Anyone wanna plus one?
What did I watch this weekend? Conan The Barbarian - the original one. I liked it more this time, and I will not appologize for it.
Also, the cinematography was really great in that one. It makes you weep a little on the inside when you see how shamefully cheap the sequel looked in comparison.
LA Film Fest
I don't know many of these non-gala titles, as most of them are world/continental premiers. So if you know anything about the movies or their makers, pass it along.
- To Rome With Love, Woody Allen - Italy/USA (Sony Pictures Classics) - North American Premiere
- Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh - USA (Warner Bros.) - World Premiere
- Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin - USA (Fox Searchlight)
- Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay - USA (AFFRM)
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Lorene Scafaria - USA (Focus Features) - World Premiere
Narrative Competition (10):
- All Is Well, Pocas Pascoal – Portugal – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Breakfast with Curtis, Laura Colella – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man, Arturo Pons – Mexico – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Crazy and Thief, Cory McAbee – NORTH PREMIERE
- Dead Man’s Burden, Jared Moshé – WORLD PREMIERE
- Four, Joshua Sanchez – WORLD PREMIERE
- A Night Too Young, Olmo Omerzu – Czech Republic – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Pincus, David Fenster – WORLD PREMIERE
- Red Flag, Alex Karpovsky – WORLD PREMIERE
- Thursday till Sunday, Dominga Sotomayor – Chile – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Documentary Competition (9):
- 25 to Life, Mike Brown – WORLD PREMIERE
- A Band Called Death, Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino – WORLD PREMIERE
- Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore – WORLD PREMIERE
- Call Me Kuchu, Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall – US PREMIERE
- Drought, Everado González – Mexico – US PREMIERE
- The Iran Job, Till Schauder – USA/Germany/Iran – WORLD PREMIERE
- Sun Kissed, Maya Stark, Adi Lavy – WORLD PREMIERE
- Vampira and Me, R. H. Greene – WORLD PREMIERE
- Words of Witness, Mai Iskander – Egypt/USA – US PREMIERE
International Showcase (15):
- Bestiaire, Denis Côté – Canada
- Bunohan: Return to Murder, Dain Said – Malaysia (Oscilloscope Pictures)
- Canícula, José Álvarez – Mexico
- The First Man, Gianni Amelio – France – US PREMIERE
- The Last Elvis, Armando Bo – Argentina
- Neighboring Sounds, Kleber Mendonça Filho – Brazil (The Cinema Guild)
- On the Edge, Leila Kilani – France/Morocco/Germany
- P-047, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee – Thailand
- Return to Burma, Midi Z. – Taiwan/Myanmar
- Sister, Ursula Meier – Switzerland (Adopt Films) – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- The Strawberry Tree, Simone Rapisarda Casanova – Canada/Cuba/Italy
- Summer Games, Rolando Colla – Switzerland
- Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen – Denmark (Film Movement)
- Unforgivable, André Téchiné – France (Strand Releasing)
- Without Gorky, Cosima Spender – UK
Summer Showcase (16):
- About Face, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO Films)
- Beauty Is Embarrassing, Neil Berkeley
- Big Easy Express, Emmett Malloy
- Celeste and Jesse Forever, Lee Toland Krieger (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki (Wolfe Releasing)
- Gimme the Loot, Adam Leon (IFC Films)
- The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki
- It’s a Disaster, Todd Berger – WORLD PREMIERE
- La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, Mark Kendall – USA/Guatemala
- Neil Young Journeys, Jonathan Demme (Sony Pictures Classics)
- An Oversimplification of her Beauty, Terence Nance – USA/France
- People Like Us, Alex Kurtzman (Dreamworks Pictures) – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield (Magnolia Pictures)
- Reportero, Bernardo Ruiz
- Robot and Frank, Jake Schreier (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
- Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul (Sony Pictures Classics)
Community Screenings (6):
- Dirty Dancing (1987), Emile Ardolino – Grand Performances Screening
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg – FIGat7th Screening
- G-Dog, Freida Mock – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Invisible War, Kirby Dick (Cinedigm)
- LUV, Sheldon Candis – Project Involve Screening (Indomina)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Nicholas Meyer – FIGat7th Screening
The Beyond (3):
- The History of Future Folk, J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker – WORLD PREMIERE
- Juan of the Dead, Alejandro Brugués – Cuba
- Saturday Morning Massacre, Spencer Parsons – WORLD PREMIERE
- Ballads, Blues and Bluegrass (1961), Alan Lomax – WORLD PREMIERE
- Banishment (2007), Andrey Zvyagintsev – Russia – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away
- The Breaking Point (1950), Michael Curtiz – Film Foundation Screening
Goldstar has half price tickets for CineFamily screenings at the Silent Movie Theatre including The Turin Horse, Numbers Patterns and Shapes, Almanac of Fall and a double feature of The Nude Vampire and Daughters of Darkness.
(you may need to log in to your free Goldstar account to view the site)
This may slightly traumatize you, but filmmaking isn't a competitive sport. My movie not being good enough for a festival you got into does not make your movie good or even "better". In fact, the two principles couldn't be less connected. Even Cannes has programmed many cinematic disasters over the years, and by all appearances you would be headlining that sidebar.
Look, your parenting is yours and Randy's business alone. But the reason your directorial ineptitude is being highlighted over mine is that you're presenting yourself as a rotten, self-satisfied asshole who, quite frankly, hasn't made a single interesting or substantial comment about movies since you first deigned to enter this thread. Thine epitaph shall read "Worst at Cannes; last to discover Internet".