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May 11, 2021 at 5:22 am #1204250512
Watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s this weekend. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the whole thing before. Anyway, Audrey Hepburn is the very definition of film grace and elegance and every frame of this looks spectacular. I thought George Peppard was quite good in a fairly thankless role. He managed to find some moments for himself in a bland part. The travesty of Mickey Rooney in yellowface and buck teeth playing an Asian man makes you think, even in 1961, What were they thinking?
At any rate, overall this is an excellent job of turning a plotless character piece into a conventional romantic comedy. Not much actually happens, but you don’t really care because it feels like you are entering a specific world centering on this distinctive woman.May 11, 2021 at 2:59 pm #1204251351
Sound of metal
The best movie of 2020 so far for me. Such a great indie with great performances, script. The editing and sound in this movie is beyond!
Riz Ahmed, you are gonna get some great roles in your future.May 12, 2021 at 7:47 am #1204252166
“EMMA.” (2020): I wasn’t that interested in seeing this last year for some reason, maybe b/c the story is so well-worn and the trailer didn’t grab me initially. It ended up being a perfectly nice watch, and I appreciated that Autumn de Wilde leaned into more quirky Wes Anderson-like tendencies that gave the adaptation some modern flourishes. If this and “The Queen’s Gambit” doesn’t clarify that Anya Taylor-Joy is the moment right now, I don’t know what will. I don’t think she necessarily deserves every acting award there is given her competition, but it’s so apparent that she has an undeniable singularity that the camera adores. I can’t help but remember one of those “brutally honest” Oscar ballots from a while ago. A visual effects branch voter (the tone makes me think that the voter is male) wasn’t really a fan of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but he voted for it in Makeup/Hairstyling b/c the continuity was consistently good throughout. As for “EMMA.,” he said something like, “I’m sure it’s wonderful, but I’m done with films like that.” Maybe the perception of being a stodgy, all-white, British period piece hampered this in costumes and makeup, b/c ten years ago, Alexandra Byrne would have picked up her second Oscar no problems. Now that it’s a “new” Academy, voters have moved on. The ensemble’s vitality might have swayed this guy over to enjoying it. Bill Nighy (sadly wasted), Miranda Hart, Rupert Graves, Mia Goth, a very game Josh O’Connor, Tayna Reynolds, Gemma Whelan, and a surprising casting choice of Johnny Flynn as Mr. Knightley. Flynn also performed music in the film and the soundtrack (the end credits song “Queen Bee”). Regardless, it’s a faithful adaptation with a strong directorial voice. Screenplay is a tad busy, but I’d still recommend the film to anyone.May 12, 2021 at 9:22 am #1204252276
I watched Mitchells vs the Machines last Saturday and Force Majeure on Monday evening.
Mitchells was great. Visual great, very funny and a heartwarming story.
Force Majeure had great acting, great writing and the scenery was beautiful but it had a very ambiguous ending which I still haven’t figured out.May 12, 2021 at 6:03 pm #1204252890
Fargo (1996) – This movie is virtually flawless. One of my all-time favorites.
The Lighthouse (2019) – This kind of movie isn’t really my thing. It looks great, the direction and performances are good (I felt like Pattinson was a little weak sometimes, but he was certainly committed). I’m just not a huge fan of these kind of mystery-box video essay type movies.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – I’m a Wes Anderson fan, but my fandom has always been incomplete because I’ve never seen this movie (weird, right?). Anyway, I finally got around to it, and it’s pretty good. Not a flawless masterpiece or anything like that, but very stylish and enjoyable.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – After watching Moonrise Kingdom I had to revisit one of my favorites, and this one holds up. In fact, I’d call it perfect. I might have even enjoyed it more this time than the last time I watched it, which was 4 or 5 years ago at this point. It’s a brilliant movie. Watching it probably set my hopes too high for The French Dispatch, but it’s worth it to see this again.May 13, 2021 at 2:59 am #1204253281
Do male actors ever get “the camera adores him” treatment?May 13, 2021 at 4:43 am #1204253323
Hellbound: Hellraiser II. What an awful film lol. Typical poorly acted, edited and paced 80s shitty movie 🤣May 16, 2021 at 5:01 pm #1204257755
“Saint Maud” (2021): I wouldn’t have known about this film’s existence without the BAFTAs, so maybe there’s some silver linings found with the otherwise questionable jury panels. The horror genre has never suited me, but I’ll occasionally sit through some nostalgia trips with Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. Ever since “Get Out,” the social horror genre has really captivated my interests. “Us,” “Hereditary,” “Midsommar,” “His House,” and now “Saint Maud” joins the field. The major theme here is religious isolation instead of racial alienation, but similar types of undercurrents were present in each film. Morfydd Clark gave me young Emily Watson in “Breaking the Waves” vibes, and Jennifer Ehle would have made my personal supporting actress lineup had I seen the film earlier. Their duo was absolutely incredible! Rose Glass’s direction felt so experimental and risky, and her first feature film after doing mostly shorts. I can’t wait to see what project she tackles next. I might say that I wanted more development from the screenplay in stretches, but I also appreciated the impact of a short runtime. Get in there, get outta there, and leave ’em wanting more! Highly recommended viewing.May 17, 2021 at 10:42 am #1204258557
Mortal Combat: I enjoyed it.
A Lady Gaga DEVOTEEMay 26, 2021 at 3:30 am #1204273093
Army of the Dead on Netflix. I enjoyed it, and Dave Bautista was really good in it. My favorite character was Lily, who was portrayed by Nora Arnezeder. I hope she gets more roles going forward.May 27, 2021 at 3:10 am #1204274768
The Sixth Sense.
Not as good as I expected it to be.May 30, 2021 at 12:35 pm #1204279286
“I Care a Lot” (2020): Never grow old. That’s pretty much the main takeaway of the film. As much as the implausibilities mounted in this ridic plot, I was carried along for the ride by sheer force of will with Rosamund Pike’s performance. Lots of “Amazing Amy” realness here, though “Gone Girl” was far better. I know the Golden Globes are “cancelled” ATM, but I’m somewhat surprised by her lead actress comedy win. Pike was excellent, but it’s not a “funny” performance at all. Anya Taylor-Joy was funnier. The should-have-been-nominated Cristin Milioti was much funnier. Voters clearly loved “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” so Maria Bakalova losing was glaring. I’ll take Pike’s win as being eternal affection for her in general above all else. J Blakeson’s script was all over the place, but the premise was inventive enough with the legal guardianship grift. Dianne Wiest could have, and definitely should have, had more screentime. Peter Dinklage, yeah. I only see Tyrion Lannister no matter what he does now, and when he’s not in a role that plays exactly to his strengths as an actor, he falters. I didn’t buy him for a second in this role, which is unfortunate since he was clearly game for anything. Pacing and ensemble were both fine, but there were stretches where I wanted more realism, and then other stretches where I wanted more outrageousness. Pike is worth the view regardless of what’s surrounding her.June 8, 2021 at 12:33 pm #1204291897
“Eighth Grade” (2018): Such a great little discovery, and I’m mad at myself for waiting so long to see this. I was one of those people who rolled my eyes at Bo Burnham winning WGA, b/c I remembered his dumb YouTube videos and thought, “why is this guy getting Oscar buzz again?” But now I see the reasons. Highly incisive slice-of-life type film about the ills of adolescence in the modern era. Elsie Fisher was absolutely superb as Kayla. So specific, awkward, uncomfortable, and endearing throughout. I’m somewhat surprised that Burnham could write for the female voice this convincingly. Those “self-help” videos were needed grounding forces, and I cackled at the scene where Kayla’s doing an Olivia Jade makeup tutorial so she can post a “waking-up” selfie on IG (that’s aged well lol). Fisher was in a packed lead actress field, and child bias prevented any traction for her beyond the Globes, which is unfortunate. There’s no excuse really for Burnham’s snub in Original Screenplay. “Vice” could have easily been removed for this gem. I waver with Josh Hamilton, mainly b/c his father character was so idealized and supportive that it bordered on unrealistic in stretches. I guess it’s nice that Kayla had that unwavering support system, b/c another film could have taken it in an opposite direction. Glad I finally watched regardless. Highly recommended viewing.
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