Just saw two amazing movies on Netflix. Saw them back-to-back. Too cold to print so I am binding books inside and watching movies that my wife would not like.
Nymph()maniac - The Director's cut. All 5+ hours. If you like Lars Von Trier, you'll love this. Really amazing story, but super disturbing and by far the most graphic non-porno movie that I have ever seen. I'm still a bit surprised that netflix has this streaming as it is NOT for kids and would certainly violate obscenity laws in some parts of the (mostly Southern) US. One of those movies that sticks with you. I saw Melancholia about a year ago and that movie still makes me feel uneasy. The same with Anti-Christ. It would be interesting to see all three in a row that would be really tough.
The Double - Not really a big Jesse Eisenberg fan, although he was GREAT in Holy Rollers. This movie is based on the Dostoyevsky story of the same name. Very dark, but quirky. Really one not to miss. J Mascis has a bit part in this movie and it is odd... I recognized him from the back and thought that it looked like him. Another movie that unlike most Hollywood pictures, this one is not easily defined.
I've mentioned Copolla's The Conversation before. Just re-watched it for the tenth time, i think. Watched all the extras. One of the best movies ever. Also just watched my first Kirasowa movie, High and Low. The influence on Scorcese and Wes Anderson and many others is obvious and very cool. Brilliant movie too. Time to watch more Kirasowa.
Obviously most people will have heard of The Seven Samurai which is great but 3 hours long or so. On a similar sort of theme Yojimbo is a great introduction to his work. It's quite lightweight by his standards and it inspired A Fist Full of Dollars. It's also only about 2 hours long.
"Bad Boy Bubby" is one of my favourite all time films. Thanks for posting this.
Just watched a tv movie (1974) I bought off Amazon recently with Jack Elam (a favourite actor of mine), Larry Hagman & Lou Gossett titled 'Sidekicks'. I e-mailed the studio who made the film years ago asking whether it will ever become available and it looks it's been out for a little while now. I saw this film many years ago and still remembered the dialogue years later. I don't know who wrote the script but the actors must've been laughing their arses (sorry, 'asses') off when they first had to go through the lines. Here's a taster:
That clip has been blocked on copyright grounds. Oh well. I have heard the title of that movie before, but don't know much about it. I'll have to look it up.
Speaking of German movies, although I know Michael Haneke is actually Austrian (even though he was born in Germany), do any of you guys happen to like his films? I mean besidesFunny Games. I know that one was really popular, but that's really not his best film. I actually really liked The Seventh Continent very much. It's one of my favorite movies. It's not for everybody though.
It was on TV over here tonight. The whole evening on one of our TV channels was devoted to German movies and documentaries due to the 25 year anniversary of the reunited Germany. One of the other movies was called "Barbara".
Thanks for mentioning Michael Haneke, esart. Not sure if I've ever seen one of his movies, but I definitely didn't know The Seventh Continent. Seems to be a pretty intense one - I watched a trailer today.
Waited over a year to see this. Filmed mostly on Skye whiich was a good choice as they got a broody,misty,magical atmosphere for free. Castle scenes - England.
The actors are fantastic, but some of the play’s power; the intimate, claustrophobic disintegration into madness felt underdone at times. Perhaps the visual beauty of it detracted a bit from the power of the language, not sure. But worth seeing though.
I'm a sucker for a good boxing movie. This is one of the best in my opinion even though the sport is actually mixed martial arts. A good boxing film has to weave together the protagonist's battles both inside the ring and outside the ring. This one does it twice with each brother fighting against their circumstance. Bonus: Nick Nolte as their recovering alcoholic father trying to make amends with his sons. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for this role.
I really could not wait to see this, I though it was going to be the mother of all Macbeth's. I was disappointed and enthralled in equal meaasure. Like you say he excels at Macbeth the warrior and the action scenes are superb.
He does a great job of restoring Macbeth to his warrior status with the noble death that redeems him, but... and it's a big but, it should be mostly a psychological drama, intense, claustrophobic and dark! the theatricality,style and confidence he has with the battle scenes leave him on the crux of the play, which is all about the Macbeths, their ambition, passion for each other, their subsequent loss and disintegration into madness. Also it's a play steeped in fear of the darkness and the supernaral which was very real not just in Shakespeare's day but most definitely 11th century Scotland, it lacked the right amount of spookiness for me. The absolute key moments/speeches by both of them are flattened and minimilist and way too short, often set in daylilght, when it should be in darkness. This wasn't a fault of the actors who were briliant, more in the direction.
The scenary is a scene stealer I kept getting distracted, I know Skye very well and love it, it was a great choice, there is a strange, magical atmosphere there, due to the geology and mists. The music was great, the droney pipes and fiddles were menacing, baleful and gorgeous.
If Justin Kurzel had been a little bolder with the psychology not just the physical it would have been fantastic. Just a wee bit of Orson Wells and he would have been there. Yes I like Polanski's version. I haven't seen Akira Kurosowa's Throne of Blood, but I think it takes the warrior path too.