What the hell is wrong with me??? I think I'm in a movie watching slump at the moment, since all I've watched in the last couple of weeks has been good movies. Not a single bit of trash in there...
Well, I've re-watched trash, but no NEW trash...
Just some quick, very vague comments on some of the films I've watched:
Went in with average expectations, and that's exactly how I left it. For a film nominated for a swag of Oscars, I did expect it to be more, but it was engagind nonetheless. The story of some people whose lives are all connected and changed by the simplest of things. Two boys shoot accidentally an American tourist, which sets off a series of important events ranging from the Nanny who is looking after their kids back home, to a Deaf-Mute Japanese girl who feels like a monster.
There are some really engaging parts, but also I just couldn't help like I should be feeling all awe-inspired, but the feeling just never hit. By the end of it all I was just starting to get into it, but I suppose that's a bad place to be for a film that goes for more than two hours...
Worth a look, but I probably won't watch it again anytime soon.
*** stars out of 5
Notes On A Scandal:
Let me start this by saying how freaky Judi Dench is. Her performance as a confidant in a 'school teacher sleeps with student' scandal is quite solid, and really just makes the film. Her 'Stroking of the arms' scene is hilarious [to me at least]
Cate Blanchett does a good job here too, as does her 'lover' who really is quite the charmer, what with text messages like 'I'd really like to be f***ing you right now' and more gems like that. Plus Bill Nighy is always a treat as Blanchett's much older husband.
I tell ya, the soundtrack to this movie is so incredibly over-the-top, it's hard not to realise what's going on. "Oh look out it's the suspense music, something bad must happen soon...''
Wow. This was quite the film. I don't really know how to explain my thoughts on it properly. I'll let you look it up for plot details, but the basics include a peadophile who has just moved back home after being charged with indecent exposure to a minor, a wife who feels seperated from who she is and trapped by her current situation, and a husband who is studying, and failing many times, to be a lawyer who has basically become Mr. Mom.
I really didn't expect there to be narration at first. As a serious film, it seemed out of place, but worked really well. It almost felt like something you'd see on Desperate Housewives: funny black humour moments, created often by the narration, interspersed with some nudity, touch football and creepy moments.
Very much reccommended, though not to everyone's tastes I'm sure. The scenes with the peadophile are great: he's so damn creepy, and the whole thing just builds and builds until the last scene, which thankfully didn't end where I thought it would.
Breaking and Entering:
Another long film, but another one which grabbed my attention from the start and didn't let go. Usually I'm not the biggest fan of Jude Law but he does well here.
Basically the story is about a man who has an architect company which he and his partner move to a dingy, dirty part of Kings Cross [?] in England. Thievery is high, and not long after they are settled in they are robbed by a couple of street kids and their gangster uncles.
Jude Law ends up staking out the office after a couple of robberies, spending nights talking to a hooker, played to perfection by Vera Farminga of The Departed fame. He is in a long term relationship with a woman who has a daughter with another man, a daughter who has some very odd problems [not sure what it was exactly, but something like OCD I spose] This of course means he is feeling a bit left out of the family unit, even though he cares for both very much.
One night, he spots one of the youngens who is trying to rob him a third time, and gives chase. Thinking he lost Jude, the kid heads for home, not realising that he was followed.
This leads Jude to start hanging out with the kid's mother, who sews and fixes things [he pretends to have a torn shirt etc] and they form a friendship.
This film was also a great one, which held my eye from start to finish, and even kept me in the cinema after the credits rolled. I suppose I was just in the mood for it, since looking back now it shouldn't have been as good as I seem to think it is, but I loved it all the same. I hope those who watch it also enjoy it.
That's all for now. My next viewing plans this week are the Notorious Betty Page and a screening of Shortbus at the "Rooftop Cinema" which is, funnily enough, on the top of a roof in the city.
Now that the Host is out, I think I'll have to give that a look-in. And with Hot Fuzz out next week, I should be up to my eye-balls in filmic brilliance. Plus Danny Boyle's apparently coming to town this week or next for a screening of his new film, and will give a talk after, so I might try and get in on that action if the timing suits.