This is a new one for me. I haven't watched this yet. I'm about to.
I'm about to watch it at 10pm having had a few drinks, having shed a few more tears, going in with my husband who hated Prince, and I mean hated him. At the time this video came out (not sure I can call it a movie from my recollection, but we will see) Jonathan was with a woman who adored Prince. His friends all loved…
You know how it feels when you have something looming in the not-so distant future: an exam coming up that you know you aren't prepared for; a job interview and you haven't interviewed in years; a dentist appointment and you know you need the needle near the front up the nose (the worst one). You get a feeling days, weeks, maybe even months before that isn't shouting "hey, look at me" but it is there nonetheless making itself known, probably…
I've never seen anything like it.
Imagine watching Die Hard exactly the way it is for 120 minutes. John McClane goes about his business being a bad-ass, Snype keeps doing his fantastic bit, and everything happens the way it happens. There is still plenty of action to go in the remaining 30 minutes. Everything will get resolved next. This is the good part. And then all of a sudden john McClane goes down and the next scene is him waking…
March Around the World - Stop #21: Israel
A lovely and funny tale of an Egyptian Police Band invited to play in Israel. Plans go awry when they get stuck in a small town and rely on the locals for food and shelter (and a bit of fun).
I couldn't watch this one without being reminded of Aki Kaurismäki. The Band's Visit isn't quite full on deadpan like Take Care of Your Scarf Tatiana, but it sure has its moments.…
March Around the World - Stop #19: Czechoslovakia
Give Miloš Forman a local event in a small town community centre and he'll have you in stitches within a minute. It is his turf. He knows the people, he knows the situations and he knows what can come up. He knows it like the back of his hand. He never disrespects his characters, but he sure does emphasize their insecurities and fears. Of course most of us share them, which is…
March Around the World - Stop #17: Canada
I am 30 minutes into the film. I cannot express how much i dislike it so far.
Watching these two psychoanalysts go at it is like listening to two people discuss in all seriousness how UFOs are taking over the world.
Then there is Keira Knightley's performance. Oh my. I can't figure out why she decided to go all jaw-protruding physical to display someone who needs a friend to listen to them.…
March Around the World - Stop #12: Soviet Union
Ok, so I've been seeing this title for like 6 years now and I always thought it was fascinating and interesting and architectural. Flying Cranes. Wow. Will it be a metaphor for doing the impossible? for boundless imagination and creativity? lifting our earthly burdens? seeing beyond the practical and pragmatic? or maybe just the lifting of a weight from the shoulders? "the cranes fly like ships" says Veronika when reciting a…
March Around the World - Stop #16: Sweden
I edited my review. In fact, I replaced most of it. I have kept the original for my records because it reflected what I saw in the film, but it was better suited to a private diary than a public forum.
In my original review (which was more of a post-viewing rant) I made unfair accusations against Bergman. Silly ones, really. I accused him of thinking he was deeper than he was.…
March Around the World - Stop #14: UK
The title, the cast, Sidney Lumet, all reasons it has been on my watchlist for decades. It always seemed so exotic, so mysterious. Of course had I realized this was a Hercule Poirot film, an Agatha Christie mystery, I would have gone in with much lower expectations.
Lumet played up the glamour of the train as much as he could with loads of shots of the idle train blowing seductive smoke while…
March Around the World - 3rd stop: USA
What an odd film. It is set up to be creepy and suspenseful and perhaps even a little bizarre, and all the tools are there to achieve that look and feel but it doesn't quite get there. I wish I were more versed in cinematic language to see what was missing. Score? Editing? The basic story is good enough. A woman's very rich husband dies of a heart attack and to secure…
March Around the World - Stop #10: Iran
I've seen my fair share of two-handers but I don't think I've seen one made up of vignettes in which the same two actors play out different scenes. All the descriptions I have read about the film seem to imply that the vignettes (which are probably less 'vignettes' and more 'conversations') aren't related, in that the actors are playing different people in each of the 6 or 7 or so conversations. I'm…
March Around the World - 8th stop: New Zealand
Cute and quirky with loveable kids this film about young siblings living on their own for a week tried to be charming but doesn't quite get there. The long-lost father who shows up with his friends was too much of a buffoon for the story, creating an imbalance from which the film never recovered. It could have been a lovely, gentle magical tale and I'm quite certain that is what it was aiming for but it missed its mark.