Water — A social critique of the plight of widows in India. The movie is a powerful experience, but the storytelling is dominated by the moral lesson, at the expense of dialogue and character development.
Red Dragon — Good thriller. Hannibal Lecter's motives are clearer than in The Silence of the Lambs. The twist at the end is hard to buy.
So when that Angel of the darker Drink At last shall find you by the river-brink, And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul Forth to your Lips to quaff — you shall not shrink. ~ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Saw the remake of the Omen and thought it was pretty bad. The people in the theatre seemed to be laughing more than being scared. Like when the kid started giving his evil stare it just seemed funny to me.
Also saw Match Point today and can't believe it was a Woody Allen movie, definitely a departure from his usual comedies(although similar I guess in some ways to Crimes and Misdemeanors, although even that had a comedic side, this did not) Yet I still liked it and found it interesting. It reminded me a lot of the movie Closer for some reason, I guess being set in London and having rich people having affairs.
For whom is the funhouse fun? Perhaps for lovers. For Ambrose it is a place of fear and confusion.
I saw "To Die For" yesterday...wow. I thought it was great, definately a performance by Nicole Kidman more deserving of an Oscar instead of her role in the horribly boring 'The Hours.' The way the story was told and how the story began to unfold from the different characters was clever and interesting and new. Definately worth a watch.
I just finished watching Hotel Rwanda which rates right up there with the most upsetting, and important, movies I've ever watched in my life along with Schindler's List.
Not one government in the western world nor the UN lifted a finger to stop the genocide of one million people. One million people! This was just twelve years ago. Too bad Rwanda didn't have oil, then foreign troops would be there to help in a heartbeat.
Warning: This movie will make you angry and distraught and if it doesn't, check your pulse.
On a lighter note, I've been on a Alfred Hitchcock kick lately. I watched eight classics so far. They've all been great, but my favorites are (drum roll)--
Through the Back Window North by Northwest Vertigo Birds
Do you mean Rear Window?
The only one I didnt really care for was The Birds. I think Vertigo is fantastic. The Man Who Knew To Much (the remake) and Psycho are still my all time Hitchcock favorites
Rear Window of course. Thanks Infinite. I just saw The Man Who Knew Too Much last week and really enjoyed that as well. In fact, I have this strange desire, now, to go to Marakesh and eat chicken using only two fingers and a thumb. Psycho was cool, there were just others that I liked a bit better. Two other really good ones: Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train.
Okay, question for you Infinite: Hitchcock seems to make a cameo in each of his films. Where did he appear in Psycho?
Silly Zaab, trying to stump me with a Hitchcock question (although I am sure there are *some* I dont know, heh) ;D
The shot is of inside the bank where Marion works and he see Hitchcock standing outside the door with his back towards the door
There is one film that I cannot seem to find him...haveyou seen Rope? There is suppose to be a shot of his sillouette in one of the signs outside the apartment window...but I cant seem to find it.
That's tricky! No wonder I didn't see him. I haven't seen Rope yet, but I may have to queue up a few more Hitchcock films in my Netflix. My favorite cameo so far is in Through the Rear Window where he is mingling in a party that Jimmy Stewart is spying on. That made me laugh.
My favorite Hitchcock cameo is in Lifeboat. You can see him in a magazine for a weight loss ad. I like North by Northwest as well, when he was running for a bus but the doors closed right when he got there.