5/15-17/15 - Psycho CA @ Observatory // 5/22/15 - Laura Jane Grace @ Hollywood Forever Cemetary // 5/27/15 - Neutral Milk Hotel @ Warner Grand Theater
6/3/15 - Sufjan Stevens @ Dorothy Chandler // 7/15/15 - Shellac @ Regent // 7/31/15 - Melt Banana w/Torche @ Roxy
Speaking of positive associations and renovated theaters - last night was my first visit to the Sundance Cinemas Sunset location, which used to be the Laemmle Sunset 5 (my former favorite theater in LA). I'm not entirely sure how much I love the high-class, rustic-in-quotation-marks aesthetic, but the beer selection and menu look pretty promising; I'm also inclined to love the room simply because I have seen so many great films there. Something about walking outside and riding down the escalator and thinking "holy shit, that was great" that just feels right, And while my last trip to the theater was the terrific closing-night doubleheader of Another Happy Day and Rampart (both of which I was quite fond of, the former especially), my first film post-facelift keeps the tradition alive - Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is awesome. I haven't read the novel, but it's reasonable to assume that the complex gender politics and impeccably interweaving of ideologically conflicted relationship should be credited to Tolstoy. However, Wright gets full credit for the film's thrillingly audacious staging, pace and setting - the central conceit being that it takes place in a live theater, incorporating the stage, backstage, perms and audience into multiple different sets. It's tough to describe the effect sight-unseen, but it's an inspired stroke of brilliance for a narrative in which so many choices are made under the consideration of societal scrutiny. Also, how is Keira Knightly so fucking great in Wright's movies, and yet so terrible in almost everything else*?
* - Spoken as a fan of her work in A Dangerous Method, if not the film itself.
When's Schwartzeneggar going to make another movie, greatest movie star of all time, your fans are waiting.
"why are you so annoying" TheKlein25
Did anyone see Hitchcock? The dvd screener just leaked, wondering if it was worth watching?
U2: 6/28 @ United Center
Lollapalooza: 8/1 @ Grant Park
I saw Jack Reacher yesterday. I liked it a lot though it felt like I was watching a made for TV movie some of the time. However, I really like the way Christopher McQuarrie directs suspenseful action. There are some really great scenes in it. They could've done a better job with the fight scene at the end though. Werner Herzog is awesome and I much preferred his villain role to Javier Bardem's in Skyfall. It's definitely not a film to rush out and see in a theater at full price, but I'd redbox that shit as soon as it hits.
Finally saw flight. I'm sure Daniel Day Lewis is going to get the best actor for Lincoln, but Denzel really needs to get some votes for it. The movie as a whole was good but I thought Denzel was great in it. And the Goodman character reminded me so much of Walter.
Saw Django Unchained and i really liked it. I agree that the violence was over the top, but i think most Tarantino movies are like that. The talked about scenes were very brutal, but the gun fights and violence are pretty on par with his other films. Biggest issue with the movie: Why didn't Django save his friend!! He just stood there while the one guy left a gun was turned around...what a dick
Yeah, I caught Django Unchained yesterday at the New Beverly (its only 35mm engagement that I've been able to find so far) and fucking loved it. The length didn't bother me at all; I mean, it would be very easy to identify several chunks of the film that could be lifted in the name of cutting it down to a more plot-favoring 90 minutes. But as I've said many times in one form or another, Tarantino's films work best as a hang experience where we're invited to spend a generous amount of time with some of the most colorful, profanely eloquent characters in modern cinema - and on that count, Django Unchained is ecstasy. It's easy to liken Django to Inglourious Basterds, being an obvious cousin in Quentin's ongoing historical revisionist phase, but I think it has more in common with Kill Bill, in that the "vengeance" is motivated as much by the pursuit of a loved one as it is the desire to slaughter an enemy - a crucial different that helps assuage my own aversion to violence as entertainment. Also, the narrative is strengthened by the primary target of said vengeance and the antagonist being the same person (as opposed to the previous film's splitting these functions between Hitler and Landa), and also by that person being played by DiCaprio in one of the finest performances in a career full of great ones.
Every other actor is equally tremendous, including Jamie Foxx (who I like in some things but was easily the biggest wild card going into this - an uncertainty that seems impossible in light of just how perfect he is here) and Samuel L. Jackson (who reminded me, for the first time since maybe Black Snake Moan, how fucking great he can be when he decides to play a real person rather than an Avenger). Definitely my favorite Waltz performance so far also.
I have only seen like 40 movies from last year, so the idea of making a Top 10 list at this point feels silly. But when I ultimately catch up with the myriad new films I've been meaning to see and make such a list, this will almost certainly be on it.
I agree with literally everything you said in that post.
That being said while watching the film I wasn't quite of that mind, which hurt as once Tarantino gets killed there is no conflict, no tension, just killing. This is an awful ending if Stephen is not the main villain; as it stands it's just a little boring.
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As I understand it there are whole portions of the screenplay excised from the release. Zoe Bell's appearance as an unnamed mute tracker, for instance, makes no sense. Maybe she just couldn't hack it (I've seen Deathproof) but I think we might get a longer cut at some point. Right around the time the Whole Bloody Affair comes out.
Yeah that's the only "icebox" moment I noticed in the film.
But I kinda liked it. Just like Hitchcock's use of the term; it's something that occurs to you when reaching for some cold chicken in the icebox, "Oh yeah, who the fuck was that girl?"
I saw Harold & Maude for the first time last night. Such a great, hilarious movie that was wayy ahead of it's time.
I didn't mind the level of difficulty in the final sequence.
I don't see how it has any credibility (for the film it is trying to be) without that love story. I am not saying it wouldn't be nice if it was a better love story but making it more of a throw-away or taking it out entirely leaves it a very different, rather empty film.
I generally like my sci-fi harder and more full of tech but a good deal of Looper was built entirely upon the science fiction and fantasy elements as presented so I am on board.
I mean, I can see saying sorry, JGL falling for lady and deciding that her son will be better off and a better person with her than without her isn't realistic and thus I don't accept what you're trying to do but it doesn't feel like that's what you're doing. It seems like you're taking this more on a aww, this would be better if they had laser guns or and androids or someshit. And that's surprising.
I was on board, mostly because I was blown away by the Rainmaker reveal and the realization of how they had built to it that I was set up to take whatever. The sentimental (if that's what it was) route was legit and I, personally, was only thrown by the brief lapse of judgement which made me mentally question why he didn't just shoot off his hand but thankfully that passed (because then he'd be in agony and Willis would pick up the gun with his other hand or whatever and finish his mission).
I'd like to see it again.
I rewatched Looper a few days ago with my girlfriend who hadn't seen it. She hated it. I hated it more the second time around; especially the second half. The first half is alright, pretty quick moving. The second half of the movie (when JGL arrives at the farm) nearly bored me to sleep. Sooooooo dragged out. And the love/sex scene felt completely forced and out of place.
I think this is pretty easily explained... a kind of dull lag was already introduced as the primary symptom of the evolving timelines... this plus the fact that Levitt's newly minted feelings were competing with Willis's (admittedly fading) life long relationship seems a fairly reasonable way of explaining Willis's continued determination.
regardless, it was a fun, well made film for a hollywood sci fi flick...
i enjoyed Django, but thought Fox was mediocre and the pacing/cinematography weak for a Tarrantino film. Still fantastic though.
Zero Dark Thirty was abysmal. Genuinely shocked at the praise this film has gotten. I had nothing good to say about it by the end.
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Watched Seven Psychopaths tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. Haven't seen Mcdonagh's other film In Bruges but I've been meaning too. I thought this one was pretty funny, held together tightly by great performances from Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. Woody Harrelson does a good job as well as the film's "chief villain". The meta-story ala Kaufman's Adaptation wasn't as fluid or deftly done but it's a good-time movie with some dark, violent humor. Tom Waits with a brilliant cameo also.
Sure, it's better than many other "sci-fi" action movies. But personally, that's a genre I'm becoming increasingly hard on.
I was okay with Looper as it was a brain dead sci-fi flick. Why not just shoot JGL character and get it over with, why let him hunt his future self? Why hunt any future selfs? Just have another looper shoot your future self. Movie over. Yeah, Looper sucked. Loop right into the goddamn furnace.
The best Sci-fi flick of 2012..... Safety Not Guaranteed.
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Safety Not Guaranteed was a GREAT movie.
5/1: Giegling Showcase @ Oakland
5/2: Sleater-Kinney @ The Masonic
5/8: Talker, Patricia @ f8
5/28: Refused, White Lung @ GAMH
5/29: Spoon @ The Fox Theater, Oakland
5/29: Max Cooper EMERGENCE @ PW
5/30: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Pappy & Harriet's
6/2: Kiasmos ft. Olafur Arnalds, Rival Consoles @ The Independent