Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Let It Out

What's on your mind cinematically speaking? We'll be back shortly with lots of Oscar talk but today was busybusybusy.

31 comments:

Adam said...

I STILL can't believe how Bright Star did not acquire ANY nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Cinematography...garbage. Grr

Amir said...

i haven't seen a movie in 6 days! because of my university raping me at the moment. (trust me, it's hard being a cinephile and an engineernig student at the same time)
but i'm planning on watching shutter island and the defendor later in the week in the theater and a robert altman film, just because i feel like it.

speaking of which, you think the defendor is gonna be better in the theaters or the last station?

Seeking Amy said...

I want to see I Am Love! The trailer has me hooked. I've been meaning to watch George Washington as i've had it for about a week now, but i haven't had the time to watch anything lately. And the next three films on my netflix queue are All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life. Weeee Sirk!

Burning Reels said...

I saw All That Heaven Allows recently for the first time - splendid stuff...

Also watched that Dear Zachary last night - devastatingly brilliant..defo one of the best documentaries I've seen in the last decade

Ian said...

Debating whether or not to finish out my viewing of the Best Picture contenders by watching Blind Side this week. Will probably see Young Victoria and Crazy Heart instead. I love/hate it when the Oscars have so many (potential) single-award winning films.

Also, will be getting $9.99 from Netflix. Anyone seen it?

Glendon said...

Amir, I feel your pain.

Also, I can't tell if I'm excited or dreading seeing the 5 best picture nominees I haven't seen yet before the big night.

David Coley said...

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Onion's headline today: "Denmark introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed by Lars Von Trier." Fantastic.

Kimberly said...

Just finished watching "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" for the first time. I don't have words. Well, perhaps just one, WOW.

Thank God for TMC & 31 days of Oscar, been able to make a big dent on my "I can't believe I haven't seen..." list.

Kimberly said...

ahh, TCM. darn it.

Robert Hamer said...

Anything cinematic on my mind? Well, I was browsing Cracked.com not long ago and it had one piece on unsung heroes of WWII. It makes me wonder, with all of the amazing *true* stories about that war, why Hollywood frequently makes up fake ones or screws with actual events.

@ Ian: Personally, The Blind Side was a *painful* experience. I was literally watching every scene with Jae Head in it through my fingers. Rent at your own risk.

Craig said...

Getting into Israeli cinema for some reason -- Waltz with Bashir, The Bubble, Ajami . . . . Hadn't realized so many good, thoughtful fims were coming out of Israel.

Burning Reels said...

That closing shot really is a killer in Who's Afraid...

And I agree Ian, still a few more of these uninspiring Oscar ventures to see...although I'm hoping with this attitude, I will be plesantly surprised - do I have to see The Blind Side;)

Anonymous said...

I just can't get over seeing Denzel Washington and Sleeping Beauty side by side.

Amir said...

Glendon, you're an engineering student too? yayy
you probably also feel my pain about your classmates choosing transformers on dvd over a serious man in the theater. disaster!

oh, AND you live in Canada too?

Ryan T. said...

Can't stop thinking about how 500 Days was so unceremoniously snubbed from the Oscars. I mean Screenplay was such a "sure" thing. And suddenly it's nowhere to be found. Depressing.

Agustin said...

The Blind Side experience was not that painful to me, I just downloaded it and knew what was coming so I laughed (and cringed) here and there.
I've finally seen The Hurt Locker today and boy oh boy, what a great film. I have to catch up with every Bigelow movie.. and Mackie and Renner were incredible..
I don't get, though, the people who say this movie is politically neutral, wtf! They are over there and don't even care why, they're just getting high on adrenaline every day, Hussein or AlQaeda don't enter the picture.
From the 10 I'm missing Avatar (probably the only person left on Earth who wasn't seen it yet) and A Serious Man which opens here in two days..
I'm still waiting what's your take on Do The Right Thing, if you ever do one of those fund raisers again I'll pay my part for an essay on it. Or can I ask for it now? Work for me robot! hehe

Matt T said...

I just watched American Graffiti for the first time. It was good. I liked it. There were a lot of actors/actresses that had their careers launched by that movie, so I'm glad I saw it.

Derreck said...

I can't believe that every chapter that i should've studied for one of my tests, i watched a movie instead.

Chapter 1: The Bad and the Beautiful
Chapter 2: Shutter Island
Chapter 3: In The Mood for Love
Chapter 4: The Hurt Locker.

Utterly horrible bouts of procrastination with some great movies.

I think i need to watch In The Mood For Love again to really get it, like i did with Birth. I took a 4 year break in watching Birth again because the ending threw me for a loop. After some time, i appreciated it more. With ITMFL, i spent alot of time confused even though i love the style and that seductive theme music that always came on.

notanotherblog said...

Just saw Russian Ark, and I might just blog about it.

pasifauna said...

Nine opens up here this week, and I want to see 8 1/2 before Nine, or maybe after, I don't know. Any suggestions?

@Ian; I have seen $9.99, interesting stuff, but not as good as it seems to be. Still, decent piece.

Anonymous said...

Bright Star...what a travesty it was shut out.

I saw Heartburn for the first time and almost fell asleep.

I am supposed to go see Dear John with a friend. Not looking forward to that AT ALL.

A friend emailed me and told me they heard Adam Sandler's next film would co-star Jennifer Aniston and...hello... Nicole Kidman!!! Is this true? If so it will be the first time I will pay to see a Sandler flick.

The Man Behind The Curtain said...

Amir- I'm not in engineering, but I can totally sympathize with the cinephile-student thing. Hopefully Defendor will be good, The Last Station was so uneven.

Jared said...

Why is no one talking about A Serious Man or District 9? These are two of the strangest and most original Best Pic nominees we've ever seen; yet of the 5 "additional nominees" all people seem to focus on is The Blind Side. Pity.

Robert Hamer said...

@ Jared: That's because it, um, sucks. Like, really sucks. WAY more than most bad Best Picture nominees.

Glenn said...

People who didn't go see Celine: Through the Eyes of the World missed on the most hilarious cinematic experiences (and it is an experience) in quite some time. HYSTERICAL!

Ian, $9.99 is bizarre. Not that great, but with some merit.

T-Rex said...

Just finished "A Serious Man" to see all 10 best picture nominees. What the hell was that I just saw? I hate it when films pull that shit for endings just to be doing something. Whatever.

Robert said...

I'm always jealous of those who are experiencing great movies for the first time (like Virginia Woolf). I feel like it's been so long since I was a young cinephile gobbling up masterpiece after masterpiece.

But lately (after many years) I've finally been in the mood to tackle the 30's and 40's (relatively big blind spots for me) and I'm starting to get that feeling again. Maybe not as much as I did during my Fellini & Antonioni phase but damn its still great to discover a masterpiece.

Just watched Brief Encounter for the first time. Wow!

Stella said...

Yu-Na Kim for the next Bond girl.

Burning Reels said...

Good for you Robert - love Brief Encounter...it's one of those films where I gush but can't describe or sum up the complexity of emotion it creates - 'too personal' perhaps...

Just watched Anvil and The Beaches of Agnes - both enjoyable enough for the first half and then really powered on home for the second half with waves of emotion - B+ for both!

Also jealous of the people who saw Russian Ark and American Graffiti for the first time (perhaps my favorite soundtrack of all time - which uses popular song anyways)

anna said...

I LOVE montages and I'm not embarassed to admit it. :)
One of my favourites right now:
German film kisses

Cory Rivard said...

I just watched 'Sin Nombre' and the entire thing uses the score to 'The Fountain'. Clint Mansell is not credited. It was very strange to watch a new film using a score that I know better than any other. Some of it was altered a bit. Just very, very strange.