( +1 hidden )
August 16, 2020 at 1:42 am #1203648234
Pain and Glory (2019)
As has undoubtedly been said before, this melancholy autobiographical film is Almodóvar’s “8½”, but it’s an apt comparison. I am really glad that Almodóvar, who has been making films since the seventies, continues to make films as great and beautiful as this one. Antonio Banderas delivers a memorable and moving performance, and the supporting cast is also first-rate. I also loved the cinematography, the art direction, and the animated sequences.
Grade: AAugust 17, 2020 at 11:51 pm #1203651969
Will & GraceAugust 18, 2020 at 11:55 am #1203652901
Colonel Redl (1985)
Two classic films by Hungarian director István Szabó, both starring the great Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer. Both films have similar themes, about the “outsider” (of humble origins) endeavoring to curry favor with corrupt elite political powers, to tragic consequences. Mephisto paints a chilling portrait of the artist in Nazi Germany, and Colonel Redl can be seen as a classic of gay cinema, although the ending is anything but happily-ever-after; Brandauer’s performance in both films, especially in the final scene of Colonel Redl, is a marvel to behold. Both films feature exquisite period detail, and are highly recommended.
Grade (for both films): AAugust 21, 2020 at 2:33 pm #1203659292
Apostle!August 22, 2020 at 4:51 pm #1203661601
The Invisible Man (2020)
Enjoyable for Elizabeth Moss’ performance — Moss is always compulsively watchable — and insofar as it confirms our suspicions about all those creepy tech bro billionaires and their creepy high-tech fortress homes, but too often a rather dreary exercise in sadism and blood splattering.
Grade: BSeptember 4, 2020 at 2:49 pm #1203686620
On Our OwnSeptember 5, 2020 at 3:37 am #1203687451
Days of Heaven (1978)
Although I am not a fan of the lethal love triangle plot, nor the picaresque narration, this classic film is elevated on account of its brilliant Oscar-winning cinematography by Néstor Almendros and great score (original music by Ennio Morricone). It is proof early in Terrence Malick’s career that he would become one of the best directors working today.
Grade: ASeptember 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm #1203689741
Out All NightSeptember 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm #1203701688
The Tenant (1976)
At times this film seems like a remake of Repulsion, with director and lead actor Roman Polanski (in drag, no less!) playing the descent-into-madness Catherine Deneuve role. This is not as amusing as you might think. Although the film is interestingly and imaginatively cast with many iconic actors, and creatively photographed by Sven Nykvist, one of cinema’s greatest cinematographers ever, it lacks a strong screenplay such as the ones in Polanski’s masterpieces Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. Polanski remains a controversial figure, but he is without doubt a brilliant filmmaker, although The Tenant, while weirdly, compulsively watchable, does not strike me as one of his best.
Grade: BSeptember 15, 2020 at 9:22 am #1203707939
C.B. StrikeSeptember 15, 2020 at 11:00 am #1203708219
Fruits Basket – Funimation
Red Dwarf – reruns – BBC
As Time Goes By – reruns – BBCSeptember 24, 2020 at 1:18 am #1203731348
Catch 21September 27, 2020 at 2:37 am #1203737468
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes, and Black Narcissus, two films made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, are without doubt two of the most beautiful films ever made, and credit is also due to the extraordinary Technicolor cinematography by Jack Cardiff, as well as its lush score, fantastic art direction, gorgeous costumes and dancing, and memorable performances, including those by Moira Shearer and the wonderful Anton Walbrook, one of my all-time favorites. The Red Shoes is one of those rare, iconic films that (re)affirms the essential beauty and tragedy of life and art. Highly recommended (esp. as a great double feature with Black Swan).
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.