Few things piss me off more than when those movies I've been putting off watching for months suddenly disappear without warning from my Instant Queue. Thanks for the tip.
First official trailer for Blue is the Warmest Colour:
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Awesome flicks I've seen on Netflix recently:
Last Days Here (Documentary about Pentagram & their drug addicted artist)
Do they have a not dubbed version of Old Boy yet?
Nope, but the movie itself doesn't need all the dialogue to drive it.
Very interesting to see a movie based in Japan created by Koreans
Have you seen Gia? That's like the only lesbian movie people need to watch.
Did you ever watch Fucking Amal/Show Me Love, Amy? That was great. There's also a French movie called Water Lilies that i liked a lot.
Well, he's obviously had a lot of lesbian sex
He's just into S&M and Gina Gershon and that's totally cool
When I was 11, I wanted that pussy
I was always more into Jennifer Tilly over Gina Gershon.
Let it Ride and Moving Violations are two good movies never talked about enough.
Some other lesbian themed films for Amy's French boyfriend to critique: High Art, My Summer of Love, Heavenly Creatures and if you like your lesbians a little older there's Vanessa Redgrave's magnificent turns in The Bostonians and If These Walls Could Talk 2.
Just got caught up on Argo. I am puzzled by what seemed to have been near universal praise for this one. What a dull, bloodless snooze. Affleck's shown himself to be a capable director in the past, but this one misses the mark and he's not a strong enough actor to anchor a film. If you're going to revise history, misrepresent the role of the Canadians, give the hiding American embassy workers nothing interesting to do or say and focus all of the attention on the CIA, you should probably cast a damn charismatic actor in the lead role.
So I saw Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm at the Cinerama last night, and it was so awesome to be able to revisit the film because I think the first time I saw it was at my grandmother's house when I was a teenager.
The film itself is totally stunning -- so many great long shots of the immense expanse of tan desert sand, and just tiny black spots for humans and camels emerging in the distance. These are scenes that worked especially well in the large scale, and I can imagine much of that anticipation being curtailed with a smaller screen. There were definitely a few scenes where the film looked a little off-color, but overall this print was pretty incredible considering the quality necessarily to project at that scale.
And of course it was fun to revisit the narrative and remember anew the character development of not only Lawrence, but also Ali and Auda, both of which have much more complex character arcs than I think I was expecting based on a general assumption that there would be a fair amount of Orientalist mentality applied to the depiction of Arabs. Also, man are there some zingers in that screenplay, including Lawrence's answer to a question about what attracts him to the desert ("It's clean") and the reporter talking about deception ("A man who lies like me merely hides the truth, but a man who tells half lies has forgotten where he has put it.")
There are a few things about the film that I'm still processing in my head -- How much of the homoeroticism in the film was intentional, and how much am I projecting? When Lawrence is back in Cairo and says that he has killed men, and that he enjoyed it, how much is he acting and how much does he genuinely believe it? To what extent does the film portray the complexities of so-called "Arab-ness," and to what extent does it over-simplify, especially as related to the fundamentally tribal, separtist and violent aspects depicted? And where on earth are the women?
I think we clocked in at about 4 hours total last night including intermission, but such a good way to spend a Friday night. And a great reminder that it's 100% worth it to go back and re-watch films I haven't seen in a while.
Just saw George Cukor's Born Yesterday. Total delight, especially Judy Holliday as the mobster's girl. Her transformation from ditzy blonde to self-aware, (somewhat) empowered woman was great fun.
Olivier Assayas' stellar film from last year, Something in the Air, is up on Netflix Instant.