Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Movies! Winter 2006
Finally, after a bit of a drought, I've seen some films. Probably have seen some and neglected writing about them, but there you go. Not all of life fits into the blog! Tonight I finally watched Another Woman (1988), http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0094663/. Gena Rowlands was wonderful, riveting. I had forgotten that it was a Woody Allen film, and it was masterfully done. Anyone approaching a mid-life crisis should see this one, so thoughtfully and artfully done. The supporting cast was uniformly wonderful, too.
In the past couple of days I finally watched Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô - 1962): http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0056443/ and Yojimbo (1961): http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0055630/, a pair of films by Akira Kurosawa. Wonderful, just wonderful. The Clint Eastwood film "A Fistful of Dollars" was based on Yojimbo, which is just classic. Sanjuro is fun, with the foolish 9 would-be heroes.
Blue Citrus Hearts (2003), directed and written by my MySpace buddy Morgan Jon Fox from Memphis, Tennessee: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0398791/. Really AMAZING film shot for no money ($3000, according to IMDb). Filming and color was quirky, sound was uneven, pacing was uneven, but I was riveted. This is what indie film is all about. The "making of" feature on the DVD is a textbook of one way to make indie films. Well worth your money and your time! http://www.bluecitrushearts.com/
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005): http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0404032/ - Interesting mix of horror and courtroom drama. Excellent cast, art direction and sparing use of special effects. Thought-provoking rather than mindless.
Interesting little film from the DVR; Camp (2003): http://imdb.com/title/tt0342167/. If you like musical theater and drama kids, you'll like this movie.
More later about these and any others I can dredge out of the memory banks.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Harry Potter (2005)
Chronicles of Narnia (2005)
The Family Stone (2005)