There isn't really a thread for this sort of thing, but if you are a fan of Mark Haddon's book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Britain's National Theatre is currently presenting the world premiere theatrical adaptation. And in September you can see the filmed version in cinemas across the world. They've been doing this for a few years. I was skeptical about these kinds of presentations until I saw my first one last year. These aren't just stage plays filmed from the back of the house, but really carefully and artfully shot cinematic broadcasts of live stage productions. Nothing can replace being there in the theatre, but this is as close as it gets. In LA they're screening Curious several times in September. They're also doing an encore run of the very popular Danny Boyle production of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternating the lead roles.
I, for some reason, thought The Fly came out after Naked Lunch and thus may have been viewed by Gabe. I'm wrong it seems, but agreed. The Fly was the first Cronenberg I ever saw, and one of the first horror films I ever watched as a kid. My dad loved it and showed it to me when I was 8 or 9, and it freaked me out in such a great way. Definitely either that or Arachnophobia for my first horror film.
I also saw it when i was really young...probably on HBO after the initial theatrical run. The birthing nightmare in particular is still an image that terrifies me. I still need to see Rabid, The Brood, The Dead Zone, and M. Butterfly.
Just watched My Week With Marilyn - what a charming little movie! Michelle Williams was marvelous, as was the entire supporting cast. Really nice.
I watched La Cara Oculta. Spanish film set in Colombia; good suspense flick about a girl trapped inside a house watching her boyfriend (who thinks he's an ex-boyfriend) go on with his life. Ultimately the 3 main characters end up being terrible and selfish but at least they're all very easy on the eyes.
The thing that stood out for me is that the english subtitles were VERY well done. I can't remember a film in spanish i've watched where the english subtitles weren't completely butchered translations.
Been binging on movies and tv shows while I'm sick.
Xanadu: about as awful as I expected, and not really in that over the top way that makes it entertaining, save for a scene or two. The Apple still remains the quintessential disco musical camp fest.
Bad Timing: I feel like Nicholas Roeg films are always at least a little bit questionable, and this one is more than just a little, and not just because of the excessive screen time dedicated to Art Garfunkel's ass (really, any at all is excessive). It's like the sex scene from Don't Look Now stretched out to a feature. The film seemed to have some interesting things to say about sexual obsession, co-dependent sadomasochistic relationships, emotional insecurity, and so on, but in the end, I don't think it really worked. I had a hard time buying into Garfunkel and Theresa Russell as a couple who burned so brightly for each other that it was bound to turn destructive. Russell does the best she can but Garfunkel is such a non-presence that when she goes off the deep end over him, it seems more like arty nerdy white boy wish fulfillment than a plausible exploration of toxic love. Also, whatever the hell was going on with Harvey Keitel's detective character in relation to Garfunkel's character wasn't developed enough to make any fucking sense. Most everything worth recommending this has been done better in other Roeg films I feel like (the cross cutting and other stylistic flourishes). It's not terrible, but it falls far short of its aims in my opinion.
Arthur: Not sure why, but I felt an urge to re-watch this, guess I wanted something light and entertaining and not too excessively bad, and it was all of those. For all its cliches, it's still fun to watch Dudley Moore throw off a line of self impressed one liners while pretending to be drunk.
Winter's Bone: This was awesomely bleak. I'm a sucker for harsh realism like this. It was a potent reminder that some parts of this country are still relatively "uncivilized" and working off a wild west mentality. I was impressed with a lot of the details they got right regarding the lives of the working poor. There was definitely a danger of being cartoonish or condescending about these characters, so it was a relief that it didn't ever sink into that.
I remember seeing The Apple and also had the soundtrack on LP too, but don't remember the film as well.
I love the duet/dance routine with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly in Xanadu. And God all the ELO! It had great music anyway and horrible early 80's outfits. My sister and I used to listen to the soundtrack on cassette for hours as children and dance around the house.
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
I tried to watch Xanadu about a year ago, really expecting it to be fun, and I thought it was just flat out boring. It took a lot of effort to get through that.
Most of the non-music dialogue is pretty boring, I agree. I hate the lead guy -- he's so useless.
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
He doesn't have a lot of charisma, but he works really well in The Warriors, which would never have worked if they didn't have a straight man in the middle of all that lunacy. Which reminds me, i am really overdue for a re-watch of The Warriors, i LOVE that movie.
While I can understand your criticisms about Bad Timing, Soul, I still think Theresa Russell gives an extremely underrated performance. It's so tough to really get ahold of what my true feelings on Roeg's films are. I think Walkabout is his masterpiece but after that it's hard to put which one would be my second favorite. Maybe The Man Who Fell to Earth, though I do like Bad Timing.
Fuck Lincoln. Power ballads.
I haven't been this excited for a new film since The Tree of Life last year.
The past few years I've been really behind on my movies, after seeing Samsara last night, it was really refreshing to not see a pile of shit on the big screen. Unfortunately to start the show, we (the theatre) had to listen to a man who was 5lbs past the weight limit for his seat mouth breathe and snore. Fortunately the Dome was pretty much empty on a Wednesday night, so my friend and I were able to snag some seats on the other side of the theatre. The pacing of this film, mixed with the soundtrack make this film experience similar to a sound bath. Seeing the different faces of the world, the poverty and absurdity of some of the places you visit in the film, the criticism of american consumerism...it was all very intense and breathtaking at some moments. I had my mouth open in awe quite a few times, the shots they got... The birds view of Los Angeles' freeway system at night was spectacular. It made this awful city look like a system of wonder.
I think the most interesting thing I took from this film was the part with the processing of chicken, milk and pigs. I've seen plenty of PETA videos and shit on the internet that makes you consider not eating meat, but holy shit, this film really made you think for a second about the stress and terrible order your food goes through before it gets to you. Since you had to sit through the imagery, it definitely took a stronger effect on me. Interesting when compared with seeing a video you can just click X on and curse your friend for sending you. Going with fish and veggies for a while. Thanks a lot Samsara
I watched The Deep Blue Sea last night. It's a strange film. i had a really hard time getting involved with it, though it does have some very strong performances in it.