I've stumbled across a few German films on the internet, late at night, with Wii-ing in them.
I saw the Anvil film on a plane a few years back and enjoyed it I think. Really bucks the idea of hard rockers being rock'n'roll 24/7 I thought. Ordinary guys, pretty likeable, leading normal lives but all the while, wanting the thrill of performing. Worth a watch I'd say.
I also saw the Waltz with Bashir at the flicks a couple of years back and was blown away by it. Be interesting to see what you think of it SVT.
I saw Waltz with Bashir when it was in the cinemas, I thought it was amazing - really moving and thought-provoking, but I think you have to be in the right mood to watch it. Not a feel good film!
I also love Persepolis
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Seriously, I can't think of a film based on a video game that even creeps into the mediocre category...
I'm in two minds about going to see The Iron Lady after reading the posts here, but think I probably will in order to decide for myself!
I went to see The Deep Blue Sea on Tuesday - a film based on Terence Rattigan's play. Rachel Weisz played the lead and I thought she was very good, but the film itself seemed hollow - as though a single idea was stretched too thin. The cinematography was beautiful, though, but not as memorable as Black Narcissus, which I saw on DVD at the weekend.
I'm going to see Puss in Boots tomorrow evening ........ in 3D.......
Saw The Artist last week and loved it
Muttley - I saw something about that in the paper yesterday, I'm not sure if I buy it - seems like a bit of a marketing ploy to me.
This made me laugh - The Lambshank Redemption
Saw Warhorse last night and was very disappointed, as I love the book. Spielberg did his usual heavy handed treatment of it, and I could have wept at the result! And the framing of the final scenes were pure "Gone With the Wind". He nearly caught the horror of the trenches, but by the time we got to that part I felt so let down that it didn't have quite the right impact on me.
I'm told the play doesn't deviate from the book at all, so I'll try to see that.
Squawk - I know a lot of people who have seen War Horse in the theatre and all of them have loved it and been moved to tears (as one so succintly put it "I couldn't believe I was crying at a puppet"). I'm not too fussed on seeing the film, but I really want to watch the play (come on LastMinute - do a special offer!). Speaking of plays, I saw Hamlet with Michael Sheen this week - he was completely mesmerising. I'm not sure how much longer is left on its run, but if you can get tickets then go and see it.
Really want to go to the cinema this weekend, torn between seeing The Iron Lady, J.Edgar and Coriolanus - anybody seen them and care to give a recommendation as to which is best?
xine267 - Yes, I work with someone who has seen the play and thought it was wonderful, so I'd love to see it. Doubt I could get to London, though, so I will have to hope that the play goes on tour.
According to Film 2012, J. Edgar is a bit of a stodgy biopic - fairly good whilst Leonardo is playing the young J.E., but is less convincing when padded up to play the older man. On the other hand, they raved about Coriolanus.
A windy chilly night 150 miles from home and the harsh bleakness of a strange town gearing up to weekend party time is mirrored by my mood – trying too hard to be cheerful in the face of hard times. ‘You should never go to sleep on an argument’ sayeth the wise – you shouldn’t really watch a film on one either, sayeth me. I’d crossed words with someone dear to me the night before and a communication blackout, not helped by my hotel being non receptive to mobile phone signals didn’t help. ‘Sod her – she can ring me... I’m not backing down this time’ being the general theme...which strangely enough leads me naturally into the film review.
Coriolanus has often been described as one of the more difficult of Shakespeare’s plays and perhaps this explains why it doesn’t often find itself on the GCSE reading list or exam texts. However, breaking the play down to its essence, it’s a simple cautionary tale about pride; overwhelming absolute pride, leading to an inevitable fall. Though, there are sub themes of love, elitism and betrayal by those closest to you. As an aside, because of the general theme, many feminist critics hate this play and use it as a prime example of Shakespeare’s supposed misogyny.
To sum up the plot without giving away spoilers, imagine the character of Coriolanus as being a superstar rugby player, the captain of his international team, who is head and shoulders above any other player in terms of skill, physical presence, brute strength, leadership and bravery – but he has one major flaw in his character... he will not entertain the idea that other people are not as talented, brave or competent as he – and he will not temper the character traits that made him untouchable on the rugby pitch to suit the political arena – something his many enemies ruthlessly exploit..
The play was set in Ancient Rome (Pre Imperial) but this production shifts the scene to modern times, (Balkans conflict circa 1992?) and despite my prejudice about this modernisation sometimes being a cop-out by unimaginative directors– it really works with this film. Fiennes is an excellent Coriolanus as is Butler’s Aufidius and Brian Cox is really on form as Menenius; also Venessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain both really live the parts as Coriolanus mother and wife and one Redgrave Fiennes scene had tears running down this reviewers face.
The dialogue is original ‘Bill the Quill’ and this will put some people off; but stick with it – it’s really worthwhile entertainment and lovers of political intrigue and gore will not be dissapointed.
7/10 (enjoyable and at times very moving)
What is it with biopics these days? Has Hollywood forgotten that simple film-making axiom, that to make the famous (and infamous) understandable, readable and most importantly interesting, you need to paint them realistically against the background of the events they shaped and most importantly – pull no punches... tell it how it was!
This film suffers from many flaws, but the attempt to form a narrative arc skewed towards the personal being political (in much the same way as The Iron Lady tried and failed) it doesn’t give a coherent or interesting account of Hoover the man, nor of the momentous times he lived.
There are other flaws. The script is disjointed and yet again relies in the tired narrative device of flashback. Look guys, a personal message from a failed/budding screenwriter. Flashback was done to perfection by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane, it has rarely been bettered, it’s been done to death since – your use of this technique is neither inspired nor a homage – it’s a cliché... and it rarely if ever works, it tends to alienate an audience who like to see their heroes still heroic and not aged or feeble ... so please, for the love of all that’s holy - desist with flashback!
Flaw three – the makeup was sub ‘Planet of the Apes’ (The 1970s TV series – not Tim Burton’s version). DiCaprio’s acting in this awful makeup was pitched exactly the same man as the 22 year J Edgar as he was as Hoover in his late 70s... it didn’t work, in fact it was bordering upon comical at times.
Flaw four – Eastwood’s direction... maan this film had no pace. I found myself checking my watch at about the 45 minute mark and thinking that there wasn’t enough ‘story’ for another hour and a bit... but by jiminy there was, and it dragged, and dragged.... and dragged.
Flaw five – there was no passion for the subject. Not from the director, nor the acting leads (Dench honourably excepted) and certainly not any in evidence from the cinematographer , who used shadow and colour seemingly to disguise rather than display.
2/10... Bloody awful, more passion in a tub of Makeway Curry, certainly more spice
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