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Old 01-28-2008, 12:55 AM   #916
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^ I had a similar response except I LOVED Mr. Radiohead's music set against that sweeping landscape. But I had a lot of WTF moments and yes, give him the Oscar already.

I just saw Away From Her the other night. I had been avoiding it because my mother has Alzheimer's in a fairly early stage. It was even more devastating than I feared but fortunately reminded me nothing of my mother and her/our situation. One thing that played out so beautifully was what people who have been through it with a parent always tell me, which is that it's much easier on the one with Alzheimer's than it is on everyone else, which is a relief for her sake but still horrible for the rest of us. Julie Christie and the actor playing her husband were pitch perfect. I hadn't even realized the film was based on an Ann Munro story either, that's how much I'd been avoiding it. But I'm glad I saw it and hope my sisters will see it, too.
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I'm really regretful that I missed that when I had the chance.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:21 PM   #918
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Come and See
This Russian film from the mid-80s depicts the Nazi occupation during World War 2. It’s not a barrelful of laughs. The story follows young Florya as he is first enlisted into the Soviet army and the events that follow as he tries to return home with an abandoned girl and what happens when he gets there. Most easily compared to Apocalypse Now, the film feels like a nightmare as things slowly turn worse before culminating in a horrific finale. Like Coppola’s film, the madness of war is also a theme that runs through the film. Whether or not it is portrayed as cyclical is open for debate; whilst the final scene suggests this the final shot itself throws in some foreboding that could only come with 20/20 hindsight.

Much has been wrote about the emotional climax of the film but I won’t ruin it here. Suffice to say that coming after a scene that feels like it was shot in Hell, it’s emotionally charged but manages to offer just the slightest glimmer of hope for humanity.

No Man’s Land
Another war film, this time from Bosnia and set during the war of 1993. Much more intimate in focus and even grimly funny at times, it’s much more a study of the different types of individuals that war affects than an account of various battles and such. The film focuses on three soldiers caught in an abandoned trench in the middle of No Man’s Land, two from one side and one from the other. One of the two also happens to be trapped lying on a landmine that will explode if he gets off it. Power and attitudes towards one another switch throughout the film and they eventually manage to have the UN informed of their dilemma, who sends in a rescue team to investigate. Media from around the world also convenes on the trench.

With the language jumping from Bosnian, English, French and German depending on the group of people talking, it helps to pull the viewer in rather than confusing them and allows the situation to take on a universal feel. Motivations and decisions from all the parties concerned are examined as events take their course and it eventually becomes apparent that this a story that relates to the Bosnian War as a whole, rather than just the plight of these three men. It won many major Best Foreign Film Awards in 2001 (even beating Amelie to the Oscar) and is well worth a look.

Bad Education
Right from the opening titles this is ‘Almodovar goes Hitchcock’. At first they reminded me of North By North West (never a bad thing) but by the end of the film the reference is surely Vertigo. Like the 50s classic this film revolves around identity, betrayal and features mirrored events. What Almodovar does more explicitly is blur the boundaries of fact and fiction, showing us both and then leaving us to unravel which imitated which.

Gael Garcia Bernal shows once again what a talented and fearless performer he is, here playing three characters both within the film and as a part of it. I’ve yet to see him reach his limits, even in the slightly disappointing Science of Sleep. It’s also something that the biggest complaint I had with Babel was that he was sorely underused, but I’m sure some people could point out plenty more issues they had with it. Anyway, while nowhere near as fabulous as Volver it does play with form and conventions as his previous Talk To Her did and for that I rank it above All About My Mother but below those two out of those I’ve seen so far.

The Road Home
I stuck a few of Zhang Yimou’s pre-Hero films onto my rental list after laz mentioned preference for them and as Raise the Red Lantern is currently available this one got shipped out to me.

Wow.

It’s been a many, many films since I was touched right to my emotional core like this did. A manly tear even slipped down my cheek at one point. It’s a slight story that has a predestined outcome due to present day bookends, but I still got so caught up in Zhang Ziyi’s magical (debut!) performance. With much of the courtship between her and husband-to-be played out in longing glances and youthful giddiness, she succeeds in bringing the audience into her thoughts and feelings in every scene. When she smiles we’re elated and when she cries it’s almost too much to bear. 2046 aside, I’ve only seen her in martial arts related roles, so it was refreshing to watch her play a much simpler character and focus on the emotion rather than the action.

Overall, a wonderful film about young love and the rush of emotions that overwhelm those experiencing it. From what I’ve heard Zhang Yimou produced even better films before this and I can’t wait to sink into them all.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:03 PM   #919
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Glad you liked Bad Education, MS. It didn't effect me as emotionally as the others, but cinematically I think it's the best I've seen from him.

I need to see more Zhang Yiimou myself. I really want to get a hold of Ju-Dou. Supposedly it was shot with one of the few remaining three-strip Technicolor cameras.
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Sorry, allow me to correct that. Ju-Do was one of the last films to use the Technicolor dye-transfer process for the printing of the film (the last major American film to do so was The Godfather, Part II), but it was still shot on Eastman color like most other films.

From what I've heard though, you can still see the difference in the colors, which are supposedly much richer. Apparently a few other semi-recent films used the process, like Warren Beatty's Bulworth, Apocalypse Now Redux, Pearl Harbor, and the first Toy Story (strange that a cutting-edge company like Pixar used it).
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:15 PM   #921
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I checked out his work on Wikipedia and a lot of it sounds pretty good, but for the time being a lot of it seems to be unavailable on my rental service. Be great if now that he's completed his wuxia trilogy he scales back again and produces something like his earlier films. Preferably in China / Hong Kong.

Hmm, can't really comment on the difference that technique makes to the final film but I'm sure someone like Zhang Yimou would make full use of a richer colour.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:17 PM   #922
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Agreed. And I'm curious about John Woo's return to China as well, though it's a shame Chow Yun-Fat dropped out of the project.
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Well Tony Leung is involved so it's not all bad. And it's interesting Mr Woo is doing a period film for a change. I'll be keeping an eye on it.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:59 PM   #924
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Yeah. I know Leung is great, I was just hoping for Chow to recover some of his lost credibility. Woo has some catching up to do as well, but I really liked Face/Off in all its OTT, trashy glory.
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Candy.

Heath Ledger was fantastic.


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Old 01-30-2008, 04:52 PM   #926
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There Will Be Blood



I mainly wanted to see it to see what all the fuss was about DDL's performance. And he was FANTASTIC - just give him the Oscar now.
Absolutely.

DDL is amazing.

For me the score was part of the movie and it added to it. Surreal.

Movie; 8/10
DDL's performance; 10/10
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Punch-Drunk Love

I'm surprised Sandler hasn't done more of these types of roles since, he was brilliant - the rest of the cast was solid, too. Loved the color composition and music throughout. It didn't grip me as much as Magnolia and Boogie Nights, but it wasn't supposed to. I enjoyed it and it makes me even more excited for There Will Be Blood.

8/10
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7/10

I ranted about it elsewhere and will not get myself all lathered up over it again. I liked it more than Fahrenheit 9/11, which I thought wasn't as good as Bowling For Columbine.
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There Will Be Blood - 8/10

Daniel Day Lewis. 'Nuff said.

Could have dealt without the running commentary from the idiots behind me, though. I was this close to drinking their effing milkshakes.
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Thank you, guys, for making my date go really well.

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