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Old 10-12-2007, 10:36 PM   #946
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Michael Clayton. 8/10.

I pretty much loved it. It was a bit slow moving in parts and I thought the direction was overly deliberate in some scenes. But George was fantastic, and the entire cast did a great job. Since I am in the middle of recruiting for these sorts of firms at the moment, it hit a little too close to home in some ways.
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Don't be a Tilda Swinton!

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Darjeeling Limited

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Into the Wild

9/10

What can I say? It was heartbreaking. I found Alex/Chris much more sympathetic in the movie than in the book, and whether that's due to artistic license, Krakauer's writing or my own change in attitude, I can't say.

Emile Hirsch was amazing, and the supporting cast was very good. I hope Hal Holbrook wins at least one award for his own moving work. My only issue with the casting is that William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden looked like they were in the wrong movie - surely they meant to be in some movie about the 1970s? I'm sure that's what his parents actually looked like, but still ...

It just broke my heart that he wouldn't reach out to his family to at least let them know he was alive. I understand his parents may have been assholes, but they were still his parents, and what about his sister? Clearly, he loved her. Every side character that asked about his family and if they knew where he was, it broke my heart a little more.

The projector/disc/whatever it is these days screwed up at the end, though, and as the camera panned up from the last shot and the music played, the movie stopped. No credits, nothing. Just the house music and lights and a black screen. It was incredibly jarring, and I really needed a few more minutes in the dark to pull myself together. The theater guy reassured those of us who complained that we did indeed see the whole movie, that was the final shot, and gave us a free pass. But I was really bummed about that abrupt ending.

And then I wanted to buy the soundtrack, but on sale it was still $14.99 (at my favorite local store that usually has sales for new releases under $10), and I didn't want to spend fifteen bucks on a CD that was barely more than a half hour long (if what I've read was correct).
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:21 PM   #950
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The Assassination of My Brain by the Filmmaker Andrew Dominik

I'm nearly speechless. Totally absorbed into this thing. Not much of a story, just a very well-drawn atmosphere of dread and foreboding. Though the characters are completely different, comparisons to Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller are not inappropriate. Nick Cave's score worked in this as well as Leonard Cohen's songs did in McCabe.

Def one of Brad Pitt's career highlights, Affleck is a force to be reckoned with, and at this point I think the Cinematography Oscar is Roger Deakins' to lose. He's overdue anyway. Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me if this is completely ignored by the Academy and the general public because this one is probably a bit too esoteric for most.

My only complaint: Only ONE dialogue scene for Zooey?! She didn't look her best, either. Also, casting Paul Schneider (who continues to impress) and Zooey in the same film and not giving them a scene together, thereby preventing an All the Real Girls reunion, is inexcusable.

Possibly my #1 of the year at this point, though there's obviously a lot of great stuff on the horizon.
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I didn't think I'd be interested in that movie, but after reading a short article on James and Ford in Smithsonian magazine, I think I want to see it.

My big problem? I'm not a fan of "westerns." Although it sounds like this has a lot more going for it than being "just a western."

We'll see if I make it to see it in the theater.
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I've been really looking forward to Jesse James, but like Darjeeling, it isn't playing anywhere near me.

In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises are however; I'm in no way interested in another melodramatic Haggis flick and no one will go see Eastern Promises with me.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:43 PM   #953
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Laz, your review sounds a lot like something I would have written for the film.

I still place Eastern Promises and Lust, Caution above it, but all three films are perfect 9/10's.
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Laz, your review sounds a lot like something I would have written for the film.

I still place Eastern Promises and Lust, Caution above it, but all three films are perfect 9/10's.
How can anything be a perfect 9/10? Isn't that an oxymoron?

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Old 10-14-2007, 07:18 PM   #955
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Meaning they aren't low 9's or high 9's. They are perfect 9's.


Smartass.
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no. just let it go.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:21 PM   #958
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Incontestably, the following is one of my favourite films, and as such, deserving of a sizable, and indeed, overly loquacious, review.


Yakuza Attack Dogs: Half a mile of non-specific runic odes and hieroglyphics…

Gozu (2003)

Directed by Takeshi Miike

Takeshi Miike has often been regarded by connoisseurs of Japanese cinema to be something of a creative enigma, a man who at one moment may wax lyrical about his undying love of traditional flower arranging (ikebana), only to dispense with such feeble niceties to turn his attention to topics of an altogether more sinister variety.

For Miike is a man with whom little is taboo, a man who is willing to challenge, and indeed defy, the conventions and apparent limitations of not only film, but contemporary art itself. So far, so superlative, but I honestly do believe that Miike has outdone himself with this, arguably his most languid offering, a genre hopping and majestically deranged surrealist treatise on the human soul, known only as ‘Gozu’.

The film itself, for all its worth, centres around the Odysseus style meanderings of a virginal yakuza henchman named Minami (Hideki Sone), who is instructed to ‘remove’ his senior officer Ozaki (Sho Aikawa) due to what the local crime boss describes as his ‘curious’ behaviour. Minami despite having great respect for Ozaki anxiously acquiesces to his superior’s demands, no doubt influenced by Ozaki’s recent elimination of a diminutive Chihuahua, whom he believed to be an assassin of sorts, intent on taking his life.

Upon taking Ozaki for what should be his last drive, an accident occurs, resulting in the apparent fracturing of Ozaki’s skull, ergo, completing the task that had previously fallen to Minami, without his (deliberate) interference. Minami, who suddenly finds himself at a comparative loss, continues to drive with Ozaki’s corpse as a companion, eventually arriving at the town of Nagoya, a grey hued Elysium of a city, still reeling from the last great bout of economic recession (in any case, this is further emphasised by the urine-tinged aesthetic provided by the poorly construed, yet brilliantly employed, camera filters).

Without giving too much away in regards to the psychological minefield that Miike deems to be a plot (screenwriter Sakichi Satô appears to have had a field day writing this one), I do feel that I can safely state that the myriad citizens of Nagoya are the true stars of the show, and at that, the true source of Minami-San’s perpetual introspection.

In any case, one could never describe the ‘human’ population of Nagoya as being normal, as for every autistic clairvoyant innkeeper (who, just by chance, or so it would appear, happens to have an ‘almost oedipal’ relationship with his decrepit sister, or is that mother?), there inexorably appears a night crawling, cow-headed, pornography sharing, tap-dancing, primordial excuse of a man, who much like Minami, apparently seems to be at odds with his current, hellish, surroundings.

So what of Ozaki, the supposedly deceased psychotic Chihuahua slaughterer? Well his body disappears, and afterwards, in one of the most inexplicable and bizarre career comebacks since Christ’s resurrection, his spirit returns, having conveniently adopted the guise of a beautifully voluptuous young woman, who (as one may expect), casually attempts to seduce the increasingly perplexed Minami in a series of sexually arousing vignettes.

As I’ve already stated, ‘Gozu’ in itself is an extremely difficult film to categorise, a writhing goliath of kaleidoscopic themes (including those two seemingly inseparable subjects, homosexuality and reincarnation) and improvised altercations, that inevitably defies the traditional boundaries of cinematic genre by veering sporadically between both comedy and tragedy with an almost stupefying fluidity, that truth be told, will not only confuse those who happen to be familiar with (or fans of) Miike’s sizable back catalogue of ultra violent thrillers (chief amongst which remains ‘Ichi The Killer’) but also those more accustomed to the cookie-cutter fodder of mainstream western cinema, wherein yakuza attack dogs are rarely studied in a serious, let alone detailed, manner.

(Consequently, ‘Gozu’ plays loose and fast with certain filmic conventions. For instance, one need only observe the general irreverence that Miike exhibits in regards to western sensibilities, as he prefers, and rightfully so, to embrace his own cultural heritage, presenting the action in a deliberately episodic and jilted style, that more often than not, proves to be vividly reminiscent of Japan’s first great art-form, manga.)

Nevertheless, despite, or in spite of, the aforementioned weirdness, the most striking aspect of ‘Gozu’ as a film has next to nothing to do with its visual or indeed, thematic deviations, but rather to do with the fashion in which Miike admirably handles such ethereal material, effortlessly creating a believable context, in which, rather contradictorily, anything can, and will, happen.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:29 PM   #959
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Nicely written, ZD. I haven't caught this Miike, and based on your recommendation I'll have to hunt it down. I just went to a website that has good capsule reviews and in their entry for Gozu I came across:

"rectal soup-ladle electrocution"

That alone probably makes this one worth seeing, and is strangely what listening to the studio version of Videotape feels like.

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Old 10-14-2007, 09:33 PM   #960
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Well, is there a better way to die?

Anyhow, if that takes your fancy, the majority of the film will be right up your… street? I would suppose.
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