Friday, March 12, 2010

What's on your mind?

Cinematically speaking? Sound off in the comments. It's an open thread.
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56 comments:

CT said...

I miss really great romantic comedies.

Dig Dug e. Fre$$$h said...

I really want to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch on the big screen, complete with cult followings. One of my favorites that I never got to see in theaters :(

NoNo said...

I finally saw Bright Star! Oh god, how incredible! It's definitely a film that will be remembered more fondly when we look back. Especially if Abbie Cornish has a great career.

I can't wait for Broken Embraces to come out on DVD on Tuesday!

Ryan T. said...

I miss James McAvoy. And I really need to see The Last Station.

Robert said...

I admire Noah Baumbach but does Greenberg look good to anyone? I've just about had it with films about middle-aged man-children and the women who can see through to their softer side.

Julian Stark said...

I'm seeing Remember Me tonight, in hopes that it's good. It'll be interesting to see Robert Pattinson stretch his acting beyond emo vampires that sparkle.

Oh, and (really random) Jeremy Renner was incredible in a little indie flick from 2005 called Neo Ned. Renner's work in that film ranks as some of the best I've seen this decade; he was much better there than in The Hurt Locker, where he was fine but not as great. Oh, and Gabrielle Union was really good too. For those who are interested, it's on Netflix Instant

Just saw NoNo's comment about Broken Embraces coming out Tuesday... moving it to the top of my Netflix queue :D :D :D

Anonymous said...

I am dreaming of Michelle Pfeiffer being directed by Stephen Daldry. Julianne Moore could be on it as well.

Marcelo - Brazil.

Deborah said...

Here's my thought: Difficult (as in emotionally painful) movies are easier to tolerate on the big screen than at home. Discuss.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering how I STILL have not seen Avatar.

Seeking Amy said...

Dorothy Malone's performance in Written on the Wind has been on my mind for several days now, all I can think about is her dancing like a crazy little girl and her reminiscence by the river.

Jake D said...

Billy Elliot has AWFUL sound mixing, which combined with those terrible accents, makes the movie a real chore to watch.

Also I caught Dare (with Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford) on Netflix last night. Thought it was Derivative with a capital D until I realized I had seen the short film it was based on. Oops. But it still wasn't that great- kind of a timid script.

billybil said...

Not only great romantic comedies but I'm yearning for a grand drama full of gorgeous costumes and intelligent dialogue and great passions being thwarted. I even want lush, sweeping music and exquisite cinematography. You know, the same old, typical movie. :-)

Amy said...

Ryan T, I share you're sentiment.

Very worried for McAvoy - he drops out of a film during production and skips the Oscars (he was meant to present to Helen Mirren) because of "sad news". Really hope everything is ok with him and his family.

On a better note, I'm about to sit down and watch Wild Strawberries for the first time :)

Karl said...

Debating whether or not to see Alice in Wonderland.

NATHANIEL R said...

Deborah -- i absolutely agree. i think it has to do with the stockholm syndrome. it's much harder to leave a dark theater than turn off the television.

Deborah said...

CT-- I agree.

Nathaniel-- that's it exactly. I just turn off the TV!

Burning Reels said...

I agree Robert, I really liked Baumbach's last two features but the Greenberg trailer seems a little off..hopefully we're wrong and the James Murphy soundtrack will work too

Jealous of you Deborah - a smile comes over me when I think of Wild Strawberries

Watched Rudo y Cursi - Carlos Cuaron is clearly not as talented as Alfonso!

Drew C. said...

I'm enjoying Lonesome Dove. Although yes it is a TV movie, it is a genuinely gorgeous cinematic experience complete with great performances by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones who seem predestined to play retired Army Rangers. Duvall and Jones's strenghths as naturalistic character actors is well suited in this adaptation of the Larry McMurtry novel.

Michael C. said...

I promised the movie Gods that if Hurt Locker could win picture then I would not bitch about Bullock winning actress. So far so good, but it hasn't been easy.

john said...

Hey Nathaniel what do you think of the new Robin Hood trailer?

NATHANIEL R said...

SEEKING AMY -- that performance is hard to shake, isn't it?

DIG DUG -- i can vouch that it's super fun to see on big screen.

NATHANIEL R said...

Michael C -- you should never make promises to the movie gods! They hold grudges if you break them.

Iggy said...

I was wondering what happened to Agora that has no US release date yet. Being from an Oscar winner director and with an Oscar winner actress it should've been sold long time ago. It's a very good movie shot in English with exotic settings and a very well told story untold before that should've fitted into this "year of the woman".

And no, I don't work for the PR department, but it baffles me that this movie can't get an appropriate distribution plan while All About Steve managed to open here and make a poor $48,207 gross.

The only explanation I can find it's that being about religious fundamentalism and specifically in this movie, the fundamentalists being a (gasp) group of Christians, American distributors might find it inappropriate to sell it to wide audiences. But that hypothesis worries me even more.

adelutza said...

I'm looking forward to this weekend as I plan to host a Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective at my place. Alain Delon at his best :-)

Burning Reels said...

That sounds like great fun, why can't I have friends like you Adelutza:)

Michael Parsons said...

I have been thinking about the 'Precious' women. Since Mo'Nique owns the rights to the Hattie McDaniel story, will she take the lead role for herself or, perhaps, will she hand it to Gabourey Sidibe (Who is closer in appearance) ?

archer said...

The Oscars: American cinema awards or Fashion awards?
Films like Bright Star, Fish Tank, Tetro, Chéri, (500) Days of Summer…are ignored by The Oscars, do you now why? (a naïve question, I suppose)
“Kristen Stewart finally looked great” and “Kristen Stewart can stay”: Are you madly and secretly fall in love with her?

Tedums the Precious said...

I have access to all the Nightmare On Elm Street films. I'm watching the original tonight, but are any of the rest worth my time?

Marky Smith said...

I dont know why but I have a feeling that this will not be the last time we see mo'nique and gabby at the oscars as nominee's

Film said...

Thinking how some of the young stars who died recently and tragically - Brittany Murphy (Girl, Interrupted) Corey Haim (Lucas) and Brad Renfro(The Informers) -- acted in movies that Winona Ryder starred in..hhmmm

Volvagia said...

With the average Rotten Tomatoes score on Alice in Wonderland, I really hope Dark Shadows is better. I know, what are the odds of a soap opera adaptation even getting close to the heights Burton has managed to scale? Depp isn't a great indicator, because, well, he's been in a lot of his films, but it's never been positively awful if Burton involves him.
However, maybe what he really needs right now, after a likely 5 adaptations in a row (Charlie, Sweeney, Alice, Shadows and an adaptation of an adaptation, an expansion of his own Frankenweenie), is an original concept. It's rare, Burton's oeuvre being almost entirely adapted works, but his best movie, Edward Scissorhands, was an original concept so it would be interesting to see him make another one.
So, another day, another comment.

Timothy Marshall said...

I'm seeing Madeo (the new Bong Joon-Ho movie) tonight with my boyfriend. We're going to the IFC Center in the West Village. Anyone else been there? Anyone else seeing this movie? Discuss.

I've been excited about it ever since I read reviews from the NYFF. I've heard Hye-ja Kim is astonishing in the title role.

I also concur with the person who is excited about the Broken Embraces DVD release. As Almodovar completists (we own the Viva Pedro box set) we need it. Plus, I love it. It might be amongst my Almodovar favorites, though they're impossible to rank. I'll try anyway:

1. Volver
2. Hable Con Ella
3. Los Abrazos Rotos
4. Todo Sobre Mi Madre
5. Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios
6. La Mala Educacion

JA said...

I'm seeing Mother tonight too, Timothy. I love IFC Center, it's my favorite theater in New York. It's not the best screens or seats really but they're passable and it's always got the best shit going on. I mean, I got to shake Werner Herzog's hand at that place, so it's forever ace in my book.

Tedums, Wes Craven's New Nightmare is terrific (except the final couple of minutes when some truly awful special effects show up). And depending on the mood you're in there's plenty of fun to be had from the terrible movies in the middle.

NATHANIEL R said...

archer -- bite your tongue! Kristen Stewart = ewww. ;)

volvaggia -- maybe Burton just needs a few years hiatus and recharge his creative batteries. now that i'm done with Oscar stuff i'm finally seeing ALICE and i'm just not excited. his films keep getting worse.

pomme said...

i agree with CT:where are great romcom?

Lorenzo said...

I just re-watched Dark Passage with my whole family and it was a huge success... I'm always so proud of my old movies when one of them proves still able to convince and fascinate someone who's not a old hollywood fanatic like me! Hurray for old Frisco, subjective camera, the paranoid world of noir and of course the magnificent Lauren Bacall!!!

Graham Greenlee said...

Just watched "Adam," with Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne... and I was really surprised. On paper it reads "woman falls in love with developmentally challenged man, cliched romantic dramedy," but the film wasn't completely like that.

To start with, it deviated from most romantic dramedy cliches, but what really made it work was how the filmmaker and Dancy made Asperberger's syndrome completely accessible to most audiences.

There is a big dramatic turn that in a lesser film would make Dancy's character just seem crazy, but the film earned my respect because it took the time to really explain in basic English how a person with Asperberger's thinks, so that I could completely empathize with the way he handled a few situations (even if I clearly could navigate them myself).

The film also didn't end the way I expected it to, and I won't spoil it, but that's what made me walk away from the film really enjoying it. So, definitely recommend "Adam" if you like these kinds of films.

Otherwise, I just saw Mulholland Drive again the other night and two things: Why has Naomi Watts never been this good (including her VERY one-note Oscar-nominated performance in 21 Grams)? Also, where is Laura Harring?

/3rtfu11 said...

I feel greatly embarrassed by how attractive I find Mitt Romney.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Home alone, so trying to decide whether to pop in Nixon, JFK, or Battle Royale. Also, Kubrick FilmFest at my school next week.

Morgan said...

I recently remembered how much I enjoyed Iron Man, and am getting progressively more excited for the second installment. Dammit, can't May get here sooner?

Jen said...

Read recently that Julianne Moore will cameo in the last episode of As the World Turns. What do you think about this?

Liv said...

today in my first period class, Clint Eastwood was referred to as 'what's his name' by my teacher.
i don't even like him and i was just disgusted.

Devin D said...

Barry Pepper in a Coen film.

Craig said...

Edgy German 'New Realism' cinema. Seems like there has been a real renaissance of the German film culture the last 10 years.

Caroline said...

Saw "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "25th Hour" the other day and I LOVED, loved both. I finally get the fuss about Gael Garcia Bernal now, and Edward Norton was simply great. He better make a comeback with "Leaves of Grass". Leo Dicaprio is not the greatest actor of his generation - Edward Norton is, by a far, far stretch. That reedy little fellow is just effortlessly monumental in everything he does.


And bring on all the Oscar articles! I feel like I just haven't read that many quality post-Oscar articles this year. Everyone's buzzing about the stupid "Oscar-Kanye" moment. I say who cares? And are people really complaining about the post-Oscar coverage? What a lot of divas.

Caroline said...

Ok, I never notice these things, but someone just started complaining to me about how they changed the format back to "and the winner is....." instead of the much classier "the oscar goes to....." Why the F!CK would that do that?

James T said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one thinking about going to Alice or not. I am definitely going to Thirst though.

brandz said...

still wounded over Meryl's loss. such a pity.

jimmy said...

....thinking that Nancy Pelosi is an evil monster....who could play her? assumes meryl will finally win for "August: osage county"...i think she will end up winning 2 more. would like to see john travolta do something decent. hopes faye dunaway gets "master class" made / but i doubt it. after watching the oscars - there are no more movie stars - the magic is gone....where are the audreys, carys, sophias, kim novaks, jimmy stewarts, gene kelly's? Long gone. hopes i never have to see ben stiller, steve carell, or tina fay on the oscars ever again. whatever happened to jill clayburgh and marsha mason? I like James Caan.

archer said...

Don't worry my cat has got my tongue. I won't tease you anymore about Kristen Stewart.
Don't panic, one day you'll like K.Stewart's all films.

Fernando Moss said...

@jimmy: I think Carrie Fisher could play Nancy Pelosi and be great... hehe

notanotherblog said...

P-p-Polanski! Just saw Ghost Writer. The word of the day is convoluted.

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ferdi said...

Yesterday I saw Chloe on its openin day in Italy. I had no expectations about the movie (mixed reviews in Toronto and London) but I was surprised. It's a good thriller, more complex than it might seem at a first look. Very intriguing. Egoyan has a strong hand, injecting a disturbing tension in every frame. And Julianne... she's a kind of great. She's definitely back in her mesmerizing psycho-sexual-interior conflict-drama territory where no one is as good as she. The movie is a B (or B-) but Moore is an astonishing A (also Seyfried is terrific: she has to add sooo much of subtext, cause the script forgot to explain about her character).

Jake said...

I'm wondering if 3D will become the defacto standard for new films, or if it's just a fad...

Craig said...

Jake, check this article out in The New Yorker, March 8, 2010 issue.

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/03/08/100308crat_atlarge_lane?currentPage=all

Just copy and paste above link in new tab.