June 2013. Saw Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravenese, 2013). I had read the OK novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I have to read all the successful teen products, it's for work, of course. This is the OK movie adaptation (not entirely faithful). Teenage boy and teenage witch fall in love. Nothing to write home about in the treatment, but it has its charming moments. For a rainy afternoon with your younger sister.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
February 2017. Saw Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher, 2015). Absolutely delightful little action comedy. Not for intellectuals. I have always liked Reese Witherspoon, as I keep saying, but I am passionately in love with Sofia Vergara. She is marvelous in every episode of Modern Family. She is to die for in Machete Kills (Robert Rodriguez, 2013). She is tremendously sexy and funny in this. Many jokes depend on her hyper-femininity, just as many of the Modern Family jokes do. Hurrah for walking caricatures. The alchemy between the two women is perfect. Reese Witherspoon is not very convincing at all in male drag, but I expect she knows that. That sort of movie can actually be used in a Gender Studies class.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
December 2016. Saw Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015). I love Todd Haynes, obviously (I mean, Far from Heaven, Velvet Goldmine...) And I adore Cate Blanchett. I don't know if it's because this is a Patricia Highsmith adaptation or something, but I wasn't bowled over this time. Aesthetically pleasing, historically interesting, Cate-Blanchett-Beauty-and-Talent-highlighting, but I didn't scream with cinematic joy. In a way it feels like Haynes said, well, now that I've done the 1950s gay thing with Far from Heaven, I'm gonna do the lesbian one! Worth seeing, though, clearly.
Watching television series: This Is Us. Showrunner Dan Fogelman. Has interesting things to say about race, gender, fat, etc. Endearing characters. I recommend Justin Hartley making fun of his own "hotness" in very metaleptic bits.
Monday, January 09, 2017
December 2016. Saw Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016). Not my favorite Jarmusch, but, hey, it's Jarmusch, so it's interesting anyway. A bit slow and eventless, but that's the whole point. It's beautiful and poetic while at the same time beautifully poetic and poetically meta. Fine acting. Depending on your mood, you might think, hey, this is a movie about a loser bus driver who thinks he can write poetry, or you might see it all as a marvelous story about a poet who drives buses. The artist / baker child wife is not as spot-on, but I don't think the treatment is sexist. Adam Driver is definitely not your typical Hollywood looker, but that's why independent filmmakers go for him.
February 2014. Saw Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013). Jarmusch is a genius, but not all his films delight me equally. This one is absolutely indispensable. Totally Jarmusch. I've always been a huge fan of vampire stories, but this one is something else altogether. Tilda Swinton is sublime. The way Jarmusch uses Detroit and Tangier tremendous. Highly recommended.
January 2017. Saw Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, 2016). This is a French film, so of course there are problems with the rhythm. Slow and weird, but a good film, mostly because Kristen Stewart is absolutely perfect, and obviously inspired Assayas in the strongest way. In the end it doesn't matter if there are ghosts or not. It doesn't matter who killed whom. What is interesting is the way Stewart's character Maureen reacts.
June 2010. Saw Blood and Chocolate (Katja von Garnier, 2007). Stupid French title Le Goût du sang. I like werewolf movies, and I like Hugh Dancy very much (and Olivier Martinez, to a lesser extent). But this is a disgrace. Terrible movie. I guess more charitable people would say all the awkward moments are tributes to old movies, I just think it's lazy. Yawn.
June 2010. Saw The Invisible (David S. Goyer, 2007). Justin Chatwin is an interesting actor. I liked him as Cam Hawthorne in American Gothic, among other things. The Invisible is not a bad movie. Goyer wrote several superhero movies, but this is no superhero movie. "A teenager is left invisible to the living after an attack" (IMDb) Quite gripping, really even if it's a bit corny.
Watching television series
American Horror Story
The Good Place
Queen of the South
Fear the Walking Dead
Sunday, January 08, 2017
June 2010. Saw Race to Witch Mountain (Andy Fickman, 2009). Remake of an old Disney movie. I can't really tell if this is meant to be enjoyed strictly by children or not. Not uninteresting to see what they get Dwayne Johnson to do. He's not just a hard mountainous body. The kind of movie to watch when you wake up at 12 on a Sunday morning after a night of heavy partying.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
September 2016. Saw Serendipity (Peter Chelsom, 2001). I had seen it before, obviously, but I knew this second viewing wouldn't bore me at all. Screenplay by Marc Klein. Absolutely delightful romcom. Kate Beckinsale is utterly adorable. John Cusack (15 years ago, he was young) is fine. The rhythm is flawless. Good movie to reflect upon the genre and successful formulae. A really good romcom is totally predictable and yet you thoroughly enjoy every second and the predictability in no way ruins your excitement.
Friday, September 16, 2016
September 2016. Saw Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli, 2015). I gather the movie is based on a true story. I also gather the Meryl Streep movie, Florence Foster Jenkins (Stephen Frears, 2016), that I have yet to see, is based on the same true story. A pathetic 1920s aristocrat thinks she can sing, but really she can't. No-one tells her. Some sad moments, some funny moments, some sad / funny moments, but not an immortal masterpiece. I like Catherine Frot.