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Now that I'm done with film school I actually have time to watch movies.

In Bruges - Martin McDonagh - 2008

My boyfriend fell in love with this movie and demanded to share it with me. He’d also showed me Martin McDonagh’s earlier short, Six Shooter, which I didn’t really feel the love for - the humour was a bit too far on the ~annoying character annoys me instead of amuses me~ scale. However, In Bruges was definitely more to my liking.

In Bruges is the kind of film that I imagine could be plotted out on some massive whiteboard with all these little connection lines between different reveals/joke reprises/connections. Someone would look at the mess and say “that’s too complex and convoluted, it can’t be done well”, but it’s actually so simple. That’s a skill I could do with… pretty much everything I make is actually just complex and confused with no simplicity whatsoever… oops.

I liked this movie. Even the most annoying characters were endearing more than anything, and everything was unexpected. Great performances, including a refreshingly different character from Ralph Fiennes than what we usually get from him. A truly solid film in my books.

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— 1 year ago with 5 notes
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Chained - Jennifer Lynch - 2012

Oh oh oh I love Jennifer Lynch. I think I’ve already mentioned how Surveillance is absolutely wonder. I was so looking forward to watching this. A Jennifer Lynch film with Julia Ormond (even if it was a tiny role) and starring Vincent D’Onofrio. Yes, I’m a Law and Order: Criminal Intent fan so this is a big thing for me. Moreso because Ormond played his therapist in season 10. Talk about a fandom twist.

ANYHOW. I find Jennifer’s work so fascinating. Both Chained and Surveillance have such a dark world view, looking at the corruption of children and adults who live in violent and disturbed ways. Are these children able to break free of this cycle? Or are they destined to be as deranged as the adults? It’s an interesting juxtaposition of innocent youth and corruption/knowledge. I like that her work is somewhat formulaic/genre but in other ways completely out of left field.

Plot: So Rabbit is kidnapped as a kid by a serial killer who kills his mum, and he’s forced to be his slave/servant/protege.

The film was probably more “horror” than I expected; at times it felt like a slasher. Usually I would be super scared but most of the murders have us following the killers, as the film is their point of view, so it wasn’t as scary as any of those silly horrors with some chick screaming “no no no I don’t don’t want to die please don’t kill me”… because those scare the crap out of me.

But it was still so fucking tense. Seriously.

There’s a scene that’s almost romantic, and it seems so poignant amongst all the mess. I loved that.

Everyone’s talking about the ~twist~. Yes, I guess it was shocking.

The ending was ambiguous, I was angry at first but then I liked it.

Jennifer Lynch is making a new movie, also with Vincent D’Onofrio and I cannot wait.

Also why have I not seen Boxing Helena yet?

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— 1 year ago with 8 notes
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We Don’t Live Here Anymore - John Curran - 2004
I really liked this film. Character driven, dialogue heavy, which isn’t always my favourite but can sometimes be done super well and this was definitely an example of that.
Gorgeous and impressive cast, they all moved and convinced me. Laura Dern and Naomi Watts have both been in David Lynch films which makes me smile.
I don’t know if I have that much to say. I liked the way scenes were abrupt and there were flashbacks as quick as a fleeting moment of remembering something. Edith was like that mysterious type of person I could never be, and Terry was desperate clinging crazy in a way that I saw more of myself in. Adultery in cinema is often so glamorous even its destruction, though I wanted Terry and Jack to find their way back. There seemed to be this passion still in them, in the way they chose to hurt each other so badly in such an unhidden way, especially from Terry’s side. I find that fascinating, the ways people are capable of hurting the ones they love.
We’re all a bit crazy, aren’t we?
I liked this movie quite a lot.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore - John Curran - 2004

I really liked this film. Character driven, dialogue heavy, which isn’t always my favourite but can sometimes be done super well and this was definitely an example of that.

Gorgeous and impressive cast, they all moved and convinced me. Laura Dern and Naomi Watts have both been in David Lynch films which makes me smile.

I don’t know if I have that much to say. I liked the way scenes were abrupt and there were flashbacks as quick as a fleeting moment of remembering something. Edith was like that mysterious type of person I could never be, and Terry was desperate clinging crazy in a way that I saw more of myself in. Adultery in cinema is often so glamorous even its destruction, though I wanted Terry and Jack to find their way back. There seemed to be this passion still in them, in the way they chose to hurt each other so badly in such an unhidden way, especially from Terry’s side. I find that fascinating, the ways people are capable of hurting the ones they love.

We’re all a bit crazy, aren’t we?

I liked this movie quite a lot.

— 1 year ago with 10 notes
#allofthefilms  #we don't live here anymore  #mark ruffalo  #peter krause  #naomi watts  #laura dern  #cinema 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Philip Kaufman - 1988
I don’t know when it was that I decided that Juliette Binoche was the most wonderful creature, but it is a belief I hold with conviction, just like my belief in the sun, the moon, or that Midori and Coke is an epic combination that nobody thinks to try.
Apparently the author of the book hated this adaptation and refuses to allow any more of his works be adapted in any way. Yet this film is critically acclaimed. Is this a case of precious artist (writer) or neglectful audience and/or artist (filmmaker)? I haven’t read the book so I couldn’t say. I would probably like it, but I like this movie as well.
I like the interesting people, the way the people interact, these spirits both free and trapped. These are people who fascinate me.
This film was long and I must admit that I felt it. It was a journey that didn’t seem shorter than it was. That does take points off a little.
The ending hit me like a slap in the face. I felt almost cheated, though I saw the meaning and the fullness of it all.
I’d like to read the book.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Philip Kaufman - 1988

I don’t know when it was that I decided that Juliette Binoche was the most wonderful creature, but it is a belief I hold with conviction, just like my belief in the sun, the moon, or that Midori and Coke is an epic combination that nobody thinks to try.

Apparently the author of the book hated this adaptation and refuses to allow any more of his works be adapted in any way. Yet this film is critically acclaimed. Is this a case of precious artist (writer) or neglectful audience and/or artist (filmmaker)? I haven’t read the book so I couldn’t say. I would probably like it, but I like this movie as well.

I like the interesting people, the way the people interact, these spirits both free and trapped. These are people who fascinate me.

This film was long and I must admit that I felt it. It was a journey that didn’t seem shorter than it was. That does take points off a little.

The ending hit me like a slap in the face. I felt almost cheated, though I saw the meaning and the fullness of it all.

I’d like to read the book.

— 1 year ago with 4 notes
#Juliette Binoche  #lena olin  #the unbearable lightness of being  #cinema  #movie  #film  #camera  #allofthefilms 
Captives - Angela Pope - 1994
I feel like this blog might just become a list of all the female actors that I think are so beautiful I could just melt. Sometimes I think what I like most about cinema is the other world you can become so immersed in. A good television drama can do it too. I can almost feel what it’s like to be so mysterious and alluring and so many things I could never be.
Julia Ormond won me over in Surveillance (Jennifer Lynch, 2008), which I strongly believe is not a bad film and got an undeserved bad wrap. Anyhow, I digress. I find Julia Ormond is so captivating to watch on screen. Cute and powerful and all of the opposites that shouldn’t go together but do.
I’d seen posts on tumblr about amazing Julia Ormond/Tim Roth chemistry in this film, which got this onto my to-watch list. Quickflix didn’t have it so I had to get creative. It’s all on YouTube but with an aspect ratio error which is never okay when you’re watching something for 90 minutes.
Not going to lie, I thought I was in for something fairly trashy, and felt like I was watching some guilty pleasure B-Grade flick.. but then I read that this played at some top tier festivals so I now I just feel awkward and don’t know what to think. I think my main judgement is at the soundtrack. Very overt, quite dated, I would love to give this something more subtle, but maybe that’s just a personal preference.
Overall, we have a film with Julia Ormond who is a prison dentist that gets caught up in an affair with a prisoner. Obviously I liked this before I even watched it. Best.

Captives - Angela Pope - 1994

I feel like this blog might just become a list of all the female actors that I think are so beautiful I could just melt. Sometimes I think what I like most about cinema is the other world you can become so immersed in. A good television drama can do it too. I can almost feel what it’s like to be so mysterious and alluring and so many things I could never be.

Julia Ormond won me over in Surveillance (Jennifer Lynch, 2008), which I strongly believe is not a bad film and got an undeserved bad wrap. Anyhow, I digress. I find Julia Ormond is so captivating to watch on screen. Cute and powerful and all of the opposites that shouldn’t go together but do.

I’d seen posts on tumblr about amazing Julia Ormond/Tim Roth chemistry in this film, which got this onto my to-watch list. Quickflix didn’t have it so I had to get creative. It’s all on YouTube but with an aspect ratio error which is never okay when you’re watching something for 90 minutes.

Not going to lie, I thought I was in for something fairly trashy, and felt like I was watching some guilty pleasure B-Grade flick.. but then I read that this played at some top tier festivals so I now I just feel awkward and don’t know what to think. I think my main judgement is at the soundtrack. Very overt, quite dated, I would love to give this something more subtle, but maybe that’s just a personal preference.

Overall, we have a film with Julia Ormond who is a prison dentist that gets caught up in an affair with a prisoner. Obviously I liked this before I even watched it. Best.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#captives  #julia ormond  #tim roth  #movies  #cinema  #allofthefilms 
Caché (Hidden) - Michael Haneke - 2005
My lecturer always noted that my script was vague to the point of being confusing or frustrating. I fought him on this, and I’m happy with my grad film. That being said, I wanted to punch my television screen when this film ended for pretty much that exact reason.
Strong performances; Miss Binoche can do no wrong and she was powerful and fragile and everything in this film and I love her to bits. I also like that it has surface similarities to Lost Highway. :P
Again, it was only after my little post-watch Internet search that I began to realise there was a political statement throughout, although I was picking up bits of the Algerian/French tension as I went along.
This is a film that I really enjoyed watching, but was annoyed with once it had finished, because I was expecting more closure than we were given. As a fan of David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE, I know it seems hypocritical, but in a film like that I was given some sort of catharsis, a “feeling” of closure. With Caché, I was actually shocked when the credits rolled because I wasn’t ready for it to end, nor understood how this was possibly the conclusion. As I think about it more, I’m beginning to understand but the first impression should still count for something.
I don’t even know what I think. I’ll probably remember this film fondly though.

Caché (Hidden) - Michael Haneke - 2005

My lecturer always noted that my script was vague to the point of being confusing or frustrating. I fought him on this, and I’m happy with my grad film. That being said, I wanted to punch my television screen when this film ended for pretty much that exact reason.

Strong performances; Miss Binoche can do no wrong and she was powerful and fragile and everything in this film and I love her to bits. I also like that it has surface similarities to Lost Highway. :P

Again, it was only after my little post-watch Internet search that I began to realise there was a political statement throughout, although I was picking up bits of the Algerian/French tension as I went along.

This is a film that I really enjoyed watching, but was annoyed with once it had finished, because I was expecting more closure than we were given. As a fan of David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE, I know it seems hypocritical, but in a film like that I was given some sort of catharsis, a “feeling” of closure. With Caché, I was actually shocked when the credits rolled because I wasn’t ready for it to end, nor understood how this was possibly the conclusion. As I think about it more, I’m beginning to understand but the first impression should still count for something.

I don’t even know what I think. I’ll probably remember this film fondly though.

— 1 year ago
#allofthefilms  #cache  #caché  #film  #hidden  #juliette binoche  #movie  #cinema  #opening titles 
Salo - Pier Paolo Pasolini - 1975
The Gods of Quickflix said, you will watch this. So I did. I wasn’t as traumatised as I thought, perhaps this is because I’m a child of this technology age filled with sensationalistic news and over-the-top crime television (not that I’m complaining). It was certainly chilling. I probably found the delighted faces of the men more horrid than the torture. Something more introspective about that, like a pointed note of what humans are capable of. To think we could derive pleasure from such actions, that it is capable for a human to do so, is confronting.
For all the metaphor I put in my own work, I’m not that great at picking it up in other films. I don’t know if I would have picked up the underlying political messages in Salo if it weren’t common knowledge. Again, as I am fairly young and not European*, this could be a contextual thing, where I don’t have the knowledge to make what would otherwise be a simple connection. I’d like to learn more and figure more of this out.
It’s not a movie I “enjoyed” watching, but then, a lot of the films I’m drawn to aren’t the feel-good type. It was certainly compelling, fascinating throughout its horror. 
*I am actually technically half Italian. That said, I’ve never been there or grown up with lots of Italian relatives.

Salo - Pier Paolo Pasolini - 1975

The Gods of Quickflix said, you will watch this. So I did. I wasn’t as traumatised as I thought, perhaps this is because I’m a child of this technology age filled with sensationalistic news and over-the-top crime television (not that I’m complaining). It was certainly chilling. I probably found the delighted faces of the men more horrid than the torture. Something more introspective about that, like a pointed note of what humans are capable of. To think we could derive pleasure from such actions, that it is capable for a human to do so, is confronting.

For all the metaphor I put in my own work, I’m not that great at picking it up in other films. I don’t know if I would have picked up the underlying political messages in Salo if it weren’t common knowledge. Again, as I am fairly young and not European*, this could be a contextual thing, where I don’t have the knowledge to make what would otherwise be a simple connection. I’d like to learn more and figure more of this out.

It’s not a movie I “enjoyed” watching, but then, a lot of the films I’m drawn to aren’t the feel-good type. It was certainly compelling, fascinating throughout its horror. 

*I am actually technically half Italian. That said, I’ve never been there or grown up with lots of Italian relatives.

— 1 year ago with 199 notes
#salo  #allofthefilms  #pier paolo pasolini  #cinema