Archives for November 2010

What do You think Of the Oscar© 2011 Hosts?

With the announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway for next years’ Oscar ceremony, tell me what you think?

What do you think of the Franco-Hathaway Oscar© 2010 duo?

  • What are they smoking? (100%, 4 Votes)
  • Frakin' Awesome! Can't Wait! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Movie Going Dilemma

My decision to go see “Love and Other Disasters Drugs” this upcoming weekend has prompted me to ask myself a question: are there any movie actors that are on a self-imposed “Movie Embargo” list? In other words, are there any films that I will not see based solely on the actors in the movie? The question comes to mind because some of my initial reservation in going to this movie had to do with my indifference to one of the lead actors in the films.

After much thought, I have concluded not really … I feel quite ambivalent about “movie stars” as such. GRANTED there are people that I try to see most every project they are in (read Kate Winslet) but not really anyone that I would definitely say no to or whose screen presence I am completely turned off by.

So I bring the question to the readers: is there any film star, that once you see their name on the poster, you absolutely refuse to see the film, no matter the critical (or otherwise) response?

While the City Sleeps by Fritz Lang

Over the years I have watch many films from auteur Fritz Lang including:

  • The Big Heat
  • The Blue Gardenia
  • Clash by Night
  • Scarlet Street
  • M
  • and Man Hunt

… to name a few.

I am also looking forward to November 7th. On this date Turner Classic Movies will be showing a restored version of Lang’s visionary Metropolis. It will be my first time seeing it! I am really excited.

One film that has flown below my “noir-radar” is his 1956 film While the City Sleeps. It is a really effective crime drama about the hunt for “The Lipstick Killer.” It is really engaging and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. This is another film of Lang’s that casts a noir favorite, Dana Andrews as one of the main protagonists. As someone mentioned in the comments field of the you tube clip I have included on this post, a depressing side note this film is that it is painfully obvious that Dana Andrews is likely “worse for wear” in many of the scenes as indicated by the inflection of his speech.

All this aside, I hope that more people see the film because it is a really good watch.

An Education

Production Still from "An Education"

So as per my way in catching movies WELL after they have been released, I finally got around to seeing An Education this weekend; not exactly Halloween viewing!

Overall I thought it was a good movie – and not quite the movie I was expected in a good way. I was anticipating a dominant theme of high drama. Instead what I experienced was a perfectly balanced film that reflects what many of us go through in our own lives much like life itself – a mixture of light and dark, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and triumph.  Add to this the fact that it is a mid-20th century period piece which is also a coming-of-age story means that it could have easily fallen into the trap of melodramatic sentimentality. It does not largely due to the great screenplay by Nick Hornby and performances, lead of course by a wonderful Carey Mulligan.

Another fantastic artifact of this film going experience is that the director is Lone Scherfig, whose CV is while a bit brief, quite impressive. Her films include Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (a film recommended to me by a blog reader) and Italian for Beginners a film that constantly appears in my Netflix queue of which I have a fleeting interest to check out. So An Education has been an education for me in many respects.