How didn't he? Towards the end of that movie, when the kids are coming down off their drug/alcohol fueled night, everything starts fucking up (they start facing reality) that's basically just what Spring Breakers did, except the girls ran with it. Albeit better cinematography. And secondly, the latter half of Spring Breakers seemed to turn into a really shitty gangster film. It threw the whole "party for escapism" theme out the window and became the same rehashed idea, some thing I thought Harmony would never do.
There were a couple parts I did like though.. When the girls were first explaining the robbery to Faith and when Alien was singing that four birdies song on the piano aha. They should have focused more on that weirder, darker side of the movie than have Selena and the rest of the girls give a shitty "it's so perfect here, i wish this lasted forever" monologue. It was all just really typical.
Watched Rust and Bone last night. Good movie, but not as good as A Prophet so there was slight bit of disappointment. However, it was nice to see a real take on a romance movie. Great soundtrack too. French people like sex, btw.
Is anyone as excited for this as I am?
5/6/16 - Sunn O))) @ Regent // 5/7/16 - Napalm Death/Melvins/Melt Banana @ Troubadour // 5/25/16 - Twilight Sad @ Teragram Ballroom
5/27/16 - Dillinger Four @ Echoplex // 5/29/16 - Sumac @ Complex // 6/1/16 - At The Drive In @ Palladium
8/7/16 - Sufjan Stevens @ Hollywood Bowl // 8/8/16 - Radiohead @ Shrine
Coincidentally, I re-watched Soderbergh's version on Friday night. It's pretty strong for a Hollywood version of the same story, but at nearly half the length (and, as with most films by other people, half the genius) of Tarkovsky's version, it felt incomplete.
I continue to have a tough time with non-A Woman Under the Influence Cassavetes. It's difficult to pinpoint what it is exactly. I watched Husbands tonight and liked it ok, but wasn't overly enamored by it.
Yeah you gotta watch Chinese Bookie. I love Cassavetes though... straight genius.
Have you seen Rosemary's Baby, Chris? One of my alltime favs, great Cassavetes acting.
5/13 - Ratatat - Yugong Yishan - BJ
5/20 - Throne of Blood - Science Museum - HK
5/21 - Magda Mayas + Tony Buck - Empty Gallery - HK
5/22 - Charlie Lim & the Mothership - The Hangout - HK
Bookie was the first Cassavetes film I saw, and I really didn't like it.
Husbands had its moments, but some of the scenes were excruciatingly long to endure...that bar scene (and the bathroom scene that followed) in particular. I'm glad I stuck with it, but I considered turning it off after those two scenes.
If you're going thru the Cassavetes Criterion stuff, I think it works best to go through them chronologically. He definitely gets more control over his craft as he goes along. I think you'd probably appreciate Killing more after having seen the others.
I've only seen Shadows so far. He was excellent in Rosemary's Baby.
The trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's new film looks pretty awesome:
Hoping I like it more than Drive, which I intend to revisit one of these days to see if my opinion has softened.
After laying dormant in my queue for years, I finally watched The Spirit of the Beehive tonight. I'm most likely going to resort to my naturally hyperbolic self here, so I apologize in advance, but that was, without a doubt, among the ten best films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Initially a wonderful exploration into various themes of childhood including imagination, wonder, fear, and curiosity; the virtually dialogue-free second half is some of the most hypnotically paced, lushly pensive filmmaking I've witnessed. The minimal score was absolutely divine, the little girl said more in her facial expressions than most actors do ten times her age with dialogue.
I'm kicking myself for just now watching this.
Determined to catch Upstream Color and hoping to catch To the Wonder in between Coachella weekends while in LA.
jeez, how long has Tony Leung been around? He was in Hard Boiled.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.