Posts tagged Films
Posts tagged Films
First still from ‘Before Midnight’
Be still my heart.
There’s been too much overearnest talk and not enough cats on this tumblr lately. So here’s a montage of Studio Ghibli cats.
the secret world of arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ - Kari-gurashi no Arietti) Imdb
Finally watched this and it was adorable. Ghibli are the best at boy-girl friendships. Also, I really need to get around to reading The Borrowers one of these days.
“Every generation needs its art-house romance, and who better to deliver it to Gen-X than “Slacker” director Richard Linklater? Scruffy Ethan Hawke and luminous Julie Delpy are perfect as the not-fully-adult-but-already-weary Jesse and Celine on an all-night stroll through Vienna. Every generation also needs movies like this to give them faith that there really can be good movies about people just standing around and talking—look no further than the 2004 sequel and start holding your breath for a third installment that is reportedly due in 2013.”
From Paste Magazine, the 90 Best Movies of the 1990s
And apparently it’s true.
Intrawebs, I NEED TO BE TOLD about these things. They’re important in my life. *holds breath* It had better be good. Please, let it be good. The other two mean too much to me for me to be able to handle it not being good.
Trailer for the upcoming film version of The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe . I’m actually in the minority when it comes to the book - I enjoyed it but didn’t find it that scary - but this, wow. Sooo creepy in all the right ways.
Away We Go (Sam Mendes; script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida)
I watched this today, and while it wasn’t brilliant or a new addition to my favourites movies, I thought it was thoughtful and entertaining and equal parts touching and funny. The main criticism of the film I’d come across - that the main characters were unbearably holier-than-thou - just didn’t hold for me. What I saw were two people who were a little lost and sometimes scared but were trying to make the best of this whole being an adult thing. I don’t know; perhaps I was just relieved to see characters who were quite a bit older than me and yet were still trying to Figure It All Out - when most of the times what I’m exposed to is the idea that people in their late twenties are really not supposed to be this lost.
Particularly refreshing was seeing a female character who doesn’t want to get married make it all the way to the end of the movie without seeing The Error of Her Ways. I cowered in fear at one point when Burt tells Verona that he knows she doesn’t want to get married because her parents are dead and won’t be there to witness it. Oh no, I thought. Here we go again: the suggestion that the only thing that could make a woman believe she can be in a committed relationship without calling it “marriage” is some sort of trauma. She has to be damaged in some way not to want what women are “naturally” supposed to want. But Verona dismisses this idea, and by the end, when she seems to come to terms with the loss of her parents, there’s no suggestion that she’ll change her mind and get married after all. So hooray for that.
One last thing: allow me to share my thoughts on the idea that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character, LN (yes, this is how she spells Ellen) is a representation of “one of those rigid campus feminists who have banned human nature from their rule book”: BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The only thing to tie the character to feminism at all is a misquotation of Simone de Beauvoir, and the humour of that scene comes exactly from the fact that she’s trying to use de Beauvoir to support a gender essentialist point that goes against everything she believed in. So really?
I haz new bag :D
I want them allll.
LOVE the Pratchett analogy! And I think I know exactly what you mean. I kept catching glimpses of that other side of it, which is why until the final 15 minutes or so I kept hoping I’d love it.
That was pretty much perfect.
Christmas gift from M’s mom. I can’t believe I hadn’t even heard of it before. It had some brilliant bits and some bits that bothered me, but I think that overall I liked it a lot. Anyone want to watch it and come discuss it with me? Trailer here.
Why didn’t anyone tell me how AWESOME The Muppet Christmas Carol was?!
(Oh wait, you probably did.)
It’s kind of funny how everything feels so much bigger when you’re a child. In my memory, this movie was longer, more epic; it had a lot more going on in it than it actually does. At the same time, though, I can’t dissociate how I feel about it now from how I felt about it as a 7-year-old. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Next up: Scrooged, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and The Muppets Christmas Carol (which I didn’t actually get to watch as a child). It’s the twelve days of nostalgia Christmas films.
[Warning: this post contains spoilers. It’s also ridiculously long :S Apparently today is Ana Never Shuts Up Day. Even more so than usually, I mean.]
There’s something really disappointing about disliking something you were convinced you were going to love, be it a movie, a book, or a new album by a favourite band. And in some cases, for reasons that I hope will become clear as this post progresses, there’s something really lonely about it too.