Monday, October 16, 2006

Update 3

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Another update...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Update

it has been a while i know. i just couldnt keep up for with reviews, as i watch too many films. i often wouldnt get round to reviewing them for days, by which time iwould have forgotten vital thoughts i had about the film!!!!!!!!!!! so i gave up, but here i post a list of films ive seen and a star rating. it is very brief tho and doesnt include where and when i saw them,links or info on the film. i just havent got it in me to do it....sorry! Most recent first...


Happy Endings.
***
Moolaade.
***
City of God.
****half
Bus 174.
***half
Tom White.
**half
Nanny Mcphee.
***half
The King.
***half
The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
****
Lord of War.
**
The Producers.
****
The 40 Year Old Virgin.
**half
War of the Worlds.
***half
I'm Going to Tell You a Secret.
***half
Yes.
**
Three Dollars.
*half
The Assassination of Richard Nixon.
***
Walk the Line.
**half
The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe.
***half
The Propostion.
****
Once Were Warriors.
**half
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
****
Wah Wah.
***
Dinner Rush.
****half
Yesterday.
****half
The Constant Gardener.
****
Me and You and Everyone We Know.
***
Hotel Rwanda.
**half
Tim Burtons Corpse Bride.
***
Love in Thoughts.
****
The Magician.
***
Wallace and Gromit-The Curse of the Were Rabbit.
***half
Everything is Illuminated.
****
Capturing the Friedmans.
***
Totally F***ed Up.
***
Rize.
****half
In Her Shoes.
***half
Night Watch.
****
Grizzly Man.
**half
Oyster Farmer.
**
Palindromes.
**
Mysterious Skin.
***
Citizen Kane.
***half
Inside Deep Throat.
**half
Code 46.
***half
V for Vendetta.
****
Memoirs of a Geisha.
***

I have only seen one stage production...
Dusty: The Musical.
***

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Capote. Directed by Bennett Miller


Friday 3 March 2006. Kino.

This is yet another stunning film that has captivated me. The whole story is a absolutely fascinating one, from the beginning when the story grabs Capote's interest, to the end where he is desperate to see the men hang so he can finish his book which has engulfed his life. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is totally real and brilliant as Truman Capote, he becomes this person in every way and gives us the beguiling Capote that mesmerised the world in the 60's. He was a truly fascinating person and the manipulation he used to produce the story he needed was incredible. And yet the relationship he had with the prisoners was interesting. The film itself has a beautiful look to, stunning wide angle shots of the landscapes and maybe darker tones to represent the dark nature of events. The crime itself when recounted is quite horrific..I found myself recalling each time the gun was fired and im not usually that affected by those sorts of things. I loved Catherine Keeners subtle performance and the scenes of Capote being the social darling of the era were so interesting to me. It also made me feel that there is nothing to compere to that era. Writers these days aren't as prominent in popular culture as actors and TV celebs, how times have changed.
after watching the hanging of the condemned it is not hard to understand how Capote could have been so affected by this event. Definitely Oscar worthy stuff.

Sin City. Directed by Robert Rodriguez/ Frank Miller


Thursday 2 March 2006. On DVD.


WOW! I think I felt a little worried about this film.not sure why. Maybe I thought I wouldn't like it and felt it was a waste of time watching it. But WOW! This film really amazed me and has to be one of the best films ive seen. Sin City is a violent, gritty world where the men are gruff and the women strong and sexy. I loved the characters, Rosario Dawson, Brittney Murphy, Bruce Willis are all great. And some of the cameos are terrific: Rutger Hauer and Josh Hartnett are two standouts. But utilmatley its the look of the film thats makes this so special. The film looks like a moving comic book, and nearly every scene I found myself smiling(at one point clapping) at this technique: I was just spellbound by it. The angles, the flashes of colour, the use of white to highlight certain points. Even the rain and snow were amazing. It just looked stunning. It produced a dark and ominous world, but what a ride! Glad to have gone on it.

A Home at the End of the World. Directed by Michael Mayer


Wednesday 1 March 2006. On DVD.

I really liked the start of the film. Though I wasn't expecting the boy to run through the window or the mother to start smoking a joint with her son and his best friend. But I found this part of the film the most interesting. The relationship between the two boys and with the family. As the filmed moved the characters into their adulthood I became less enthralled by the story. However, the 3 leads all give fine performances and Sissy Spacek is just wonderful as the Mother. It is a quiet, affecting film,beautifully shot, with much of which I can relate to: themes of loss, death and family resonate through the film but never thankfully become to sentimental.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Jarhead/ The Aristrocrats/ Munich

Jarhead. Directed By Sam Mendes. Greater Union. February 16 2006.




For a film based around war this is pretty good stuff. im not a fan of war films, but Jarhead is if anything an anti-war movie. The adsurdity of the situation that these young men find themselves is often very funny and very disturbing. The scene where Gyllenhaal threatens to kill one of his fellow marines before coming to his senses is full of tension. There are also some fine performances, from Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and even Jamie Fox( who normally I find very annoying): a loud soundtrack is another highlight of the film, but above all its the stunning photography that really make this film something special. The scene where they are among the burning oilfields is one of many visual treats.


The Aristocrats. Directed by Paul Provenza. Kino. February 17 2006.

I was a little unsure at the start of this film, but suddenly at some point I got it. This documentary is probably the filthiest thing your likely to it through. I thought it would be a little boring hearing different comedians tell the same joke over and over, but the film broke it up into different ways: almost breaking down the joke and analyzing it. This made it much more interesting and ultimately more funny. Some of the versions were REALLY gross and even I found myself feeling a little uneasy, yet some versions were so utterly hilarious I could barley see the screen for the tears streaming down my face. The version that got me the most was Mario Cantone( Sex in the City' Charlottes gay friend). His version done in the style of Liza Minnelli or maybe it was her mother had me in hysterics. There was also a version told by a woman where she turned it around. The middle part was clean and the punchline was obsecene, but hilarious. My only fault with the The Aristocrats is that there was no on screen introduction to the comedians. Many of whom I didn't know. And it wasn't until the end of the film that we were properly introduced to them all. Otherwise this is very obscene very funny stuff.


Munich. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Greater Union. February 25 2006.




This not the best film ive seen. If anything Munich oftens feels like a regular thriller with lots of shooting and explosions. But you have the knowlegde that this is based on true events. And it comes with a heavy political message. The old Jewish/ Arab issue. It is that element that maintained my interest. But I found that I wasn't really intersted in the characters as they began to wrestle with their conscience. The cast is very good. Eric bana is so very sexy in this( especially in those tight fitting 70's fashions!!!!) and some of the assaniation techniques are fascinating. But it just seemed to go on and the scene of Bana's character having sex with his wife, inter cut with scenes of the massacre was truly terrible. When Bana threw back his head and sweat shot off I cringed. But overall this taught me a few thing I didn't know.but then cam the final scene. Against a backdrop of Manhattan, two characters discuss the outcome. I instantly wondered whether they would show the World Trade Centre: we see the UN building, then the Empire State. Then as the characters walk off screen the camera pans and there are the (digital) WTC. And that's where the film ends. I found this a very big statement. To me it was suggesting that the Arabs killed Jews at the Munich Olympics,innocent people and Arabs killed innocent people in the 9/11 attacks, many of whom were Jews. That Arabs are continuing the persecution of the Jewish people and that in the instance of the Munich aftermath the people responsible deserved to die and not be brought to justice.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Island. Directed by Michael Bay.

Wednesday 15 February 2006. On Dvd.

I admit im a sucker for a bit of sci-fi action/thriller/drama,who isnt? And, I came to this film feeling a bit uncertain. It was a pleasant surprise then to find that The Island is pretty good. Visually, its a treat, the Utopia is wonderfully conceived, and once in the real world it all plays out in brilliant sunshine, making great use of the natural light, which makes a wonderful diffenrence to the normal style where the action oftens happens at night. I like seeing peoples visual concepts for the future: the floating train was great for instance. And the whole cloning topic is of course more and more relevant to today. The action went on abit to much and the end was predictable(of course everyone will be saved!!!!) and its a shame that the beginning of the film isnt explored more, but overall a very satisfying bit of sci-fi action/thriller/drama.
However. And yes there is a big HOWEVER. Product placement. Its everywhere. Puma, Mack trucks, Amex, Ben and Jerrys, MSN and Calvin Klein, which is by far the most blatant use: as Scarlett Johansson' character sees the 'tv advert' that her real life version is in(shes a model) I realized that the 'tv adverts' werent just made for the film they were actual TV ADVERTS that ive seen on real tv. nice one guys!!!! i haven't seen product endorsement like this since the film 'Minority report'. shocking stuff

My House in Umbria. Directed by Richard Loncraine

Wednesday 15 February 2006. On DVD.

Not sure about this one. My House in Umbria certainly carries an interesting story, I think I found my concentration waning about half way through. It has to be said that the glorious backdrop is the films most pleasing aspect. The acting is fine, Maggie Smith is Maggie Smith and shes very good as the alcoholic writer, its also good to see Ronnie Barker, but im afraid I kept expecting him to say something funny. It started very well but becomes less so nearer the end and the final outcome is not very climatic. I also thought the use of voice over here to be overused and in many instances the long drawn out looks that Mrs Delahuntly gave, whilst the voice over played, reminded me of bad US daytime soaps. It did feel like a TV movie at times and if it wasn't for the stunning Italian countryside this film would have been alot worse.

Tarnation. Directed by Jonathan Caouette.

Friday 10 February 2006. On DVD

Tarnation is an interesting documentary and a interesting use of film-making. It is also maybe a little self indulgent. But the portrayal of the family is often fascinating and often very sad. I loved the use of writing on the screen instead of vocal narration, it probably made things alot more cohesive, especially as there is alot of information to get thru. Some of this story is confronting, most of it relating to what happened to the Mother, who is so very damaged and yet I left the film feeling that he has complete love for his mother. Yet thankfully it never becomes too emotional. The use of 8mm camera is wonderful, its a shame this is no longer used and digital camera work slowly takes over.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Peaches. Directed by Craig Monahan

Wednesday 8 February 2006. On DVD.

This film really REALLY bored me. The story was tedious and why she would sleep with him I have no idea. And the sex scene in the middle was overlong, badly shot and cringe worthy. There were some nice shots of the scenery but otherwise this is another Australian film that didn't work for me.