Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I stated in an early posting about Argo that Ben Affleck directs Ben Affleck better than anybody, and it's true as hell here. What's great about this film is that it's not just a cool heist flick, it's about an area - it's about people. Sure they've thrown in the plot convulsions to keep the story going, but at it's heart there's a strong character piece inside of it. It's intriguing in those moments, and thrilling when it gets into the action.
I watched the Hollywood Reporter's director's roundtable today with Affleck and he doesn't seem the most confident of director's - which is fine by me, if humility is what allows you to be this good at your behind the scenes craft then keep it up.
If you like dramatic thrillers and haven't seen this, you're really doing yourself a disservice. Check it out ASAP. I love it.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you haven't seen this yet, clearly you're not a fan of Quentin Tarantino, so not sure what else there is to say about it. I suppose, at the bottom of it, I'm more curious what the non-die hards think. I find it entertaining, but largely forgetful. No offence QT. I'll still watch every new thing you ever make - but I don't disagree with the comments you've made that state you've only got about 10 films in you - shame is that half of them are the same story.
Monday, November 26, 2012
I remember seeing this initially in theatres and really loving the set-up - the fake documentary and newsreel stuff was really great. They set up the world spectacularly. And Ephraim got a kick out of all the physical stuff. I think it's a film he'll continue to revisit and appreciate in new ways as it goes along.
It's always surprised me that they haven't followed up with a sequel, but I assume it's because Brad Bird hasn't made it his focus in any way and should he ever get the right idea he'll be on it right away. But for now we've got this gem to re-watch.
I'll say this - if no other reason - become a parent so you have an excuse to revisit some awesome "kids" movies :)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Julie Taymor is a visual phenom - no denying that - but holy shit can she not string a story together into this clusterfuck of a film. It's actually kind of lazy and insulting. Characters like Prudence exists, mostly just so that other characters can sing Dear Prudence. The leads are strong given what they've got to work with. It's a melodramatic puff piece. Here's the thing - it's worth checking out for the music interpretations alone - but watch it more like you would a porno - assume that it's really just all about the music/sex and that everything is merely filler to get you from one place to the next. That's really what it is.
I vowed I'd never watch this again, but here I am - so perhaps it's not all that terrible. And if it is your neighbour molesting your kids, well, at least they're singing some pretty great songs while they're doing it.
Friday, November 16, 2012
So while this film is by no means essential viewing, if you're going through Burns filmography it's not one you want to skip over either.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Is Sasha Gray a fantastic actress? Probably not. Is she amazing here? She sure goddamn is. There's tinge of vacancy going on, and whether it's calculated or not it works. You're seduced into this world by Soderbergh and Gray all at once. I don't know how widely this got released but if you're into dramatic relationship films that are slightly unconventional than this is probably going to be straight up your alley. I found it pretty damn charming and lovely.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
He loved the hell out of this film. Baloo made him howl with his physical antics, and he really got caught up with the story and how it played out. The animation style and limitations are so dated, but it's lovely to see that that doesn't matter story-wise to someone so with such fresh eyes. I'm going to do my best to keep him in a mixture of classic and modern films - he's got enough of an attention span so long as something's good.
Every movie geek father dreams of having a movie geek child - and so far - so good!
Friday, November 09, 2012
If you grew up with 80's flicks like I did this will probably make you feel right at home. I decided to give it a shot on Netflix 'cause I wanted to just chill, catch up on e-mails and watch something not too demanding - and it fit the bill perfectly. This film knows exactly what it is - light entertainment - and there's nothing wrong with that.