Enjoyed Mama. Some amazing special effects and a bit scary in parts. Going to try his Devil's Backbone later (catholic orphanage in Spain horror story).
Dr. Strangelove showing at the Regency 3 Santa Ana tomorrow night if anyone's arsed.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
Mama was not directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
I liked Trance quite a bit. The performances were strong and it was a good deal of fun.
2/21: Weyes Blood, Half Waif, 20 Minute Loop, Young Moon @ Swedish American Hall
2/22: Uniform, Black Marble, Mall Walk, Blank Square @ Starline Social Club
2/23: Hot Toddies, Great Apes, Brasil
2/23: Japanese Breakfast, Miya Folick, Dante Elephante, Flying Circles @ Rickshaw Stop
2/23: Julien Baker @GAMH
2/24: OCD, Trash Vampire, Phosphene
2/24: This Will Destroy You, Emma Ruth Rundle @ The Independent
2/24: Dr. Rubenstein, Erika, Christina Chatfield @ Monarch
Trance had good actors in it, but the plot was pure shit, one of the worst screenplays I've ever had to sit through. There was only one good scene in the entire movie and you know what scene I'm talking about, the part where the black guy from the office got his dick blown off.
If that's actually in the movie, thanks a lot asshole
No problem, and hey I just saved you two hours of your life that you no longer have to waste by seeing trance
Okay, Trance and Pain and Gain are Citizen Kane compared to this freaking god-awful Twilight movie on the television right now.
I've been working on my laptop and left it on in the background out of morbid curiosity... damn, how does anybody like these movies? It's the final one with the chick as a Vampire, and probably the worst high-budget movie I've ever partially seen. It makes me want to watch a "Bonfire of the Vanities", "Wild Wild West", and "Hudson Hawk" triple header. Sheesh. Just awful.
And why in the flock did they use a CGI baby face instead of a real baby? Creepily retarded.
I watched The Impossible on the weekend and I was in tears pretty much the whole time. The performance of the young actor that played the eldest son, Lucas, was fantastic. He carried the whole movie for me. But it was a gut-wrenching watch.
I realize I'm behind the curve, but I finally got around to watching Compliance. I have to admit, I forgot it was based on the true story stuff, and I thought it was a good old fashioned stalker horror thing... so I was pleasantly surprised.
The performances were really good, but the best part was when I YouTubed the primetime news segment talking about the actual story and found that it was pretty much as accurate as any Hollywood flick ever is. That shit is messed up, man. Just terrible. Thank God a few of the participants manned up and said "Naw, fuck this, you're crazy, I ain't doing this", because otherwise the human race is completely fucked. Somehow I thought the original news story was just some dumb manager enacting martial law, I had no clue how complicated the whole scheme was, and how many people got duped. What a mess.
The real-life girl who went through the whole ordeal was probably cuter than Dreama Walker, and a brunette. Why does Hollywood make everyone blonde?
I read earlier this week that Lars is no longer considered "persona non grata" at Cannes, and that he would be welcomed back to competition, but that a cut of Nyphomaniac simply wouldn't be ready for the festival.
The screen shot doesn't surprise me, but I really hope they were more imaginative than for those to be the real posters...
I watched Compliance and I did find it compelling. At the same time it amazes me the girl this really happened to didn't pipe up and say - "fine, come show me the surveillance footage. If I am in trouble come down here and prove it because there is no evidence I've done anything wrong." I can't imagine it going that far with only one or two people questioning the validiity of the call. It's mind boggling.
It amazes me that Louis Malle isn't discussed more. Not just in this thread, but in general. After having been completely enthralled with Zazie in the Subway and, for far different reasons, Elevator to the Gallows, I watched Black Moon tonight. Three films that could not be more different - the first is a haywire frenetic romp, the second a classic noir, the third straight-up avant-garde - but each a near masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. With every film of his that I see, he climbs higher and higher up the list of my favorite directors.
So I finally got around to watching the Sound City documentary tonight. Like the first 70 or so minutes are cool when it talks about the history of the studio and cool stories from musicians that recorded there. Also shows a lot of footage from bands recording which is also pretty cool to see. However the last 30 or so minutes is just them showing the recording process of the CD that came out with it and that got boring pretty fast. Yeah some interesting stuff was said but just thought the length of it was overkill. Much would have preferred to have more cool history stories and cut the last part in half. Overall it was an OK documentary. Music fans, such as everyone on this board, will enjoy it just for the historical aspects however I don't see it gaining much interest from just an everyday person.
I caught Takashi Miike's Ninja Kids last night at the Aero. It was pretty fantastic. Likely the most fun I've had watching one of his films. He has really hit his stride recently. While most of his movies are hit and miss I think in the past few years they've mostly been hits. He seems to only be getting stronger and more exciting as a filmmaker. I wonder when it will let up. His "latest" Lesson of the Evil will be playing the LA Film Fest. I look forward to catching that. There's actually quite a few films at this years LA Film Fest that I hope to catch.
I just watched Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters for the first time yesterday. The insight that it gives you of Mishima's life is so beautifully done through the retelling of some of his novels that it makes you want to read all of them. My favorite of them all was "Kyoko's House", a beautiful story not even yet translated to English. But most of all Philip Glass' score is probably one of my favorite works by him. Being a younger guy myself I have no idea if I was the last person in the world to watch this movie, but personally I give it my highest recommendation.
I'm excited, to put it mildly: