Monday, August 31, 2009
The Gold Rush - 8.5/10. This version is the 1940's re-do with narration, which is fantastic, and proves the writer in Chaplin. On the Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin divide, I fall well clear on Chaplin's side - with two forks and some bread, he brings more of a sense of wonder than Keaton could do with a runaway train or hurricane.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Eyes Wide Shut - 7.5/10. "Kubrick was not so much interested in capturing reality as he was an impression of reality." That fits, I guess.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ponyo - 7/10. While I usually put the blame on myself for coming away from Miyazaki unsatisfied, I'm going to put this one squarely on him. The first three-quarters are wildly imaginative and so it is unfortunate that everything that happens is thin and surface-level. There is no story. There is no one here that we grow to know.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Paper Heart - 7/10. There was a comic book I read called 'Blankets.' It was of a batch of late '90s, early '00s indie comic books that defined 'real' as 'boring.' To wit: an IMDB user who uses these words to describe this movie: 'Paper Heart doesn't have any real direction, but neither does life.' What's my point. Oh, yeah. I thought 'Blankets' was based on a real story. After reading the book, which is long, and boring, I excused the deeper recesses of it being boring by chalking it up to being real, and I guess if it really happened, then there's some kernel of truth to be gained. But at the end of the book, the author admitted that it wasn't real. Which maybe it's my fault. But it means there wasn't any kernel of truth to be gained. It was just fucking boring. Anyway. This movie wasn't boring. But neither was it real. And it passing itself off as real, by mixing it with real-defined-as-real stories, which are wonderfully handled, the moviemakers end up just defrauding the entire thing.