Also, I thought it worked to subvert the five character types by having none of the characters in the group fit into any of the categories, rather than to mix them up and have a man be the virgin instead of a woman. Plus, if it's about satisfying the gods, it's about holding up the character types as much as possible, not about who is technically a virgin. It is hard to tell how much any of the characters were or weren't in those categories anyway, because apparently their behavior was being altered? Even though it is pointed out that the characters don't fit, we still see them mostly behave according to the categories they were cast in, so... Like, even though the virgin wasn't a virgin, she did make it clear she didn't want to be set up with that guy or, later, have sex with him. I think I lost my point. I'm not sure how much the roles were fiddled with, it feels like the movie tried to just say "hey this isn't how real people act" but at the same time, we see them act that way the whole time.
There's a werewolf in The Dark Knight?
Man it's been sooooooo long since I've seen 24 Hour Party People, I really need to revisit that. I remember being super impressed with the actor who played Ian Curtis, and the reproductions of the Joy Division live performances were awesome.
That reminds me. I never saw Control. Remember hearing great things about the actor who played Ian Curtis in that one too. Gotta add that to the queue.
Yes, Control is fucking awesome. The cinematography is quite beautiful too. It's a pretty goddamn morose movie though, as one might expect.
Both takes on Ian Curtis (film- and performance-wise) are tremendous. I'd have to give the overall edge to 24 Hour Party People because it's a deliriously entertaining and formally inventive take on the music biography, whereas Control is merely a traditional rendition that happens to be gorgeous and carefully-observed.
got 'European Vacation' ($3 on ebay) to possibly watch tonight after the Clipper game and I guess people have been critical of the blu ray features, or lack thereof rather. All I care about is that the image is not cropped and that it's full screen on the plasma. Seen the film before, but it's been a long time since I rock n rolled, since I took the stroll, and can't remember many parts. The first is such a classic.
I saw The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover last night at the New Beverly, and the first thing I said to Matt upon walking outside was "That was INSANE!" I hadn't seen this or any of Peter Greenaway's movies previously, and aside from the things implied by an NC-17 rating (HOLY FUCK HELEN MIRREN), I'm not entirely sure what I thought I was getting into...but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a sensually fetishistic, almost Marquis de Sade-esque tale of adultery juxtaposed with the theatrical artifice of Dick Tracy and formal rigorousness of Brian DePalma. One of Matt's friends mentioned that Greenaway had intended the film as a satire of Margaret Thatcher, which I find amusing....but then, I just found this movie extremely fucking amusing overall.
I also saw Fritz Lang's M on Monday while I was home sick and forgot to write about it. I don't have a lot to say that smart film writers haven't been saying for decades, but obviously it's downright masterful - sparse and dread-inducing in the early stages, then suddenly a rousing manhunt, and finally a candidly humanist look at vigilante justice. An all-time great.
That reminds me. For any Fritz Lang fans out there, Screen Archives is releasing The Big Heat on Blu-ray next week through their Twilight Time label. You can pre-order it now and it's limited to 3000 copies, so if you're into it you might want to jump as soon as possible (3000 can end up being a lot as far as boutique BD releases go, but you never know).
The other day I was part of the first audience to see Killing Them Softly. I'll just say to all you Andrew Dominik fans, heed the warning that was sent to us when they change the films title. It was far from the worst film I've ever seen, but I'd be shocked if it takes home any awards at this years Cannes film festival. It can be greatly improved between now and it's release date, but I doubt so much as to make it an excellent film. It's main problem is it's incredibly heavy handed with its political message, the music used in the film is very cliched & there are too many scenes in which the characters are just rambling on.
I could word myself better, but yeah Killing Them Softly is a disappointment.
The other leads in Sound of My Voice are all a bit odd looking but they are just supposed to be normal people, not superheros or models or anything, so I think it works.
Also, damn but isn't The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover just gorgeous. I haven't seen it in years; most of what I remember are the shifting color schemes. Well, that and the ending, but, hey. It won't compare to seeing it on the big screen but I have queued it up on Netflix (and the first time I saw it was on a rental VHS so it's a lateral move.)
2014 Collaborative Playlist on Spotify.