I'm talking about the cinema, that place with the big screen where you sit in the dark with other people you don't know.
I saw two films on Saturday so I will list them both:
Los Bastardos - a Mexican film about illegal immigrants in Los Angeles; very gritty.
Espion(s) - a French film about a pilfering baggage handler in Paris forced to become a semi-spy in London because he is the only person who can recognize the Syrian terrorists who sneaked away with the diplomatic bag full of chemical explosives.
The Curious Tale of BenjaminButton. A beautiful homage to NOLA,great music, decent acting, gorgeous location shots. Read the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story on which it is based but very loosely,very,very loosely. Same premise about the phenomenon of aging in reverse which Fitzgerald got the inspiration from a remark by Mark Twain and apparently Samuel Butler wrote something almost identical.
I saw & loved Benj.Button but cannot comment on it here because I didn't see it on the big screen.
This is embarrassing, but I'm pretty sure the last movie movie I saw what the Jack Black King Kong, when that came out. Before that, it was Zapata (the Mexican version w/Alejandro Fernandez, not the Marlon Brando one).
This may only be amusing to me, but ........ Alejandro Fernandez is known for his uni-brow, which was plucked so he could play Zapata. I always wondered if they used that excess brow hair for Salma Hayek when she was Frida.
The last film I saw at the mowie was Australia. I still don't know if I liked it or not. I hardly ever go to the movie... the one I saw before Australia was about a year ago: Into the wild. A brilliant movie that I can really recommend.
"When life gives you lemons, ask for Tequila and salt and give me a call."
I recently saw Slumdog Millionaire. This could be viewed as a 'rags to riches' story or it might possibly nudge people into thinking about the extent of deprivation in India that most of us don't want to acknowledge. It is violent and fast-moving and a profound social statement.
Defiance was last cinema film, I really loved it. There were a couple of cheesey moments (daniel Craig on white horse giving a speech was cringeworthy) but the film was good enough for them to be forgiven.
Since the beginning of the year, I remember watching:
Sleep Dealers - science fiction meets social realism in the maquilladoras of the future where the internet means that 'remote workers' have microchips fitted to do the movements performed by robots on the actual building sites. It's quite well put together but I found it a little one dimensional (like many political films). I have a lot of friends who loved this film though so what do I know.
Import Export - Film about how youth in central Europe are hemmed in by mediocre lives and expectations. Siedel follows two modern day Bartelbies (I'm not sure that's a correct plural) as they meekly try to refuse what has been set out for them. Very depressing and very good in equal measures.
Slumdog Millionaire - I'm pleased I watched a download of this as I'd have been pissed of about paying good money to see it legally, nuff said
Wristcutters, a love story - whimsical film about suicide, this one sounds depressing but isn't (unlike Import Export). Quite good, a film for relaxing after a busy day at work - cute with some funny scenes in it.
Tigronette, thanks for mentioning Wristcutters and for your great description of it. In addition to the whimsy, I enjoyed the cinematography -- the lighting really sets the mood, and the fact that it's a film that in an odd way makes you think a little harder about life.
Today I went to see "Role Models" which was only released on 3 screens in Paris. That is known as a "technical release" and they don't care if not a single person sees it at the cinema during the coming week. Unless there is a "technical release," the DVD cannot be released as a "film" but only as "straight to video" which appeals much less to consumers.
I have a soft spot for that kind of movie, of which I would tend to call the genre "stupid jerks make good." Stupid jerks are the people who need the most help on this planet, whereas most movies are made about good people who probably would have succeeded in their endeavors anyway, albeit perhaps not as depicted in the film.
Oh ~~ I saw Role Models. I have to admit I frequently crave fluff. Since I watch most movies online, it's free & easy to find. And really, Role Models was not pure fluff -- it had some good stuff in it about finding acceptance and how good intentions and empathy can sometimes win the day. A movie like this is likely to be seen by a huge number of people of different ages and can actually do some good ........ and does provide entertainment.
In the last week I saw Defiance, Slumdog Millionaire and Revolutionary road.
Defiance was my favourite as I love Russian/Soviet history. Slumdog was good unless you saw "City of God" 6 years ago which was 100 times the film, just not with a silly gameshow storyline and English language.
Revolutionary road was zzzzzzzzzzzz up until the point where Kate kills herself and the hideous couple end.
I have seen Vicky Cristina Barcelona lately, I found Salma Hayek Penelope CRUZ performing great, and the atmosphere where movie was shot, and the music was great also...But at a whole it was a so so movie.
My take on No Country is that the battle of good vs evil can never be won. It just goes on and on, and good men grow old fighting against it, only to find there is no sanctuary (No Country) at the end of it all. It also means that if you aren't able to fight back, then there are some places you just don't want to be (ie: the lawless country).
What I liked about No Country is that it's literary in its pace, in the way scenes are framed so that there's lots of space for the viewer to fill in with her own imagination, and in a certain dreamlike quality it has. You could also say it's literary in the sense that the meanings can be discussed endlessly. It's full of symbolism which can be ignored and the movie enjoyed purely on the basis of its excellent suspensefulness. And one person's take on the symbolism can be fascinating to another person, who may have gotten something completely different from it. For instance, what Aussie says is not what I took away from the movie, but I'm quite willing to accept her interpretation as completely valid as well.
Many people seem to require a clear ending to a film and are dissatisfied if all of their questions are not answered at the conclusion. Although I do understand that point of view, I am sometimes happier with open-ended movies, for example where you might be 99% sure that the guy is going to die at the end, but you are left with a 1% hope for him.
I loved 'Slumdog', best film I've seen in ages. In recent days I've watched: 'Seven Pounds' (disappointingly slow) 'Hancock' (ridiculously surreal) 'Paschendaele' (like 'Titanic' but in the trenches instead of on a ship) 'Burn After Reading' (black comedy at its best)