Sunday, June 13, 2010

Movies and more

Let's see if I can list the movies I've watched over the past few weeks without having to pause:

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow .. Sophia Loren looking mighty fine. Vittorio DeSica directed ... he of Bicycle Thief fame. It's a trilogy with Loren and Mario Mastro-inoni, or however it's spelled. The first story with Loren playing a feisty woman who is bucking the system so she avoids jail for not paying her debts was great. The other 2 stories were just ok.

Tigerland: Colin Farell is becoming the new Brad Pitt ... underappreciated great actor. I do believe this was his first American film and he was GREAT. It's a Vietnam film .. kind of like Full Metal Jacket. It's about infantry soldiers who are in training in Louisiana. Farell plays an anti-war guy who gets others out of the war, much to the chagrin of the officers. I'm not a big fan of Joel Shumaker films, but this one is the exception. It was really good.

The Hangover ... funny, vulgar, Apatow stuff. Did he have anything to do with it?

Zack and Miri Make a Porno ... funny, vulgar, typical Kevin Smith crap.

W ... exactly what I thought it would be. Simpleton gets in over his head. Nice to see marley shelton though. Not as conspiracy theory-ey as most Oliver Stone films.

And finally:

The Limits of Control. WOW!!! I LOVE THIS FILM. Don't even know where to begin. I love Jim Jarmusch films. My Gael Garcia Bernal and Jim Jarmusch wishlist picked it up on tivo. Typcially, it's hard to describe. It's not easy to describe like Ghost Dog (BRILLIANT!) .. it's about a nameless assasin who travels through Spain gathering clues with every visit from a stranger ... and finally completes his task. But it's so much more than that. It's about art vs. corporations (played by Bill Murray ...). The cast ... the assasin is someone I've never seen. But, Tilda Swinton, Bernal, John Hurt ... it's one of those movies that moves really slow, but about 3/4's of the way in, you have this a-ha moment. I love films like that.

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