What’s up guys? Have a good Halloween? Shit your pants when you realized it was already November? No? Well it fucking is and my mind has split into two tiny pieces. I ended the month of October with a bit of a shorter week than normal. Too much on the plate this week, trying to get some writing done for Halloween pleasures. But I got a big write up for one of these movies coming later in the week, so keep an eye on that. And I disliked a classic flick in a big way, so that’s fun. Give it a go and share my silly opinions around. Thankee sai.
Steve Jobs (October 25th, 2015)
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels
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Repulsion (October 25th, 2015)
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, and Yvonne Furneaux
So far with the movies of his I’ve seen, Polanski is not the most consistent filmmaker. At least, not of the legendary directors. Chinatown is one of the best movies I’ve seen and his take on Macbeth is a cool, brutal spin on the tale. But Rosemary’s Baby, while technically well made and I know in my brain is good, I just can’t connect to it. It leaves me at a distance. And I was hoping that Repulsion would connect with me more, being another horror movie from the man. Another well regarded, classic horror movie. But alas, it didn’t. But this time out, I honestly don’t even think it’s that good of a movie. My mind won’t even give me that. It’s so painfully boring and lacking in anything to latch onto. It’s a voyeuristic look at a crazy woman going even crazier until she starts killing folks. Which sounds fine, that’s something I can work with. As long as the character at the center is interesting to watch. But Deneuve is an absolute blank slate. I won’t even blame her completely. She doesn’t help, but Polanski doesn’t give her anything to do. The role is blank and she rises up to that level. And you don’t even get to the only parts of the movie I like until more than halfway through the movie. The parts when she’s locked away in her apartment and starts going crazy, moments where the movie gets really weird. Cool visuals and an ambiguity of the reality of the movie. But there’s not enough of that, so it’s a lot of time with this absolute nothing of a character (who is the only focal point), running into absolute pigs of men to sorta make it ok that she kills them. This really did nothing for me for the most part, but at least it gave Polanski a chance to move onto stuff that I actually like.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (October 27th, 2015)
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and Holly Hunter
You can’t say that The Coen’s don’t do their own thing. Time in and time out, these dudes just go at their own speed. Even from the very beginning with Blood Simple, there was always that special flavor to their mix in what could have been a simple neo noir. And ever since, they’ve done that thing to varying successes. For every Fargo, there’s a Hudsucker Proxy. But, up until No Country For Old Men, they didn’t have as big a success as O Brother. It’s always weird when one of their movies becomes accepted by the mainstream, since they’re so idiosyncratic. And it isn’t like this movie is any different. It’s a weird little flick, with them essentially adapting The Odyssey into the dust bowl era with a folk/country soundtrack. It’s a very musically inclined movie but with the kinds of music not typically consumed by the masses, but this time it was. There’s an argument that this movie’s existence and success is responsible for Mumford and Sons, but I won’t hold that against them. This is one of their comedies, aiming more for the funny bone in their own weird way. But there is more heart and drama in it then in, say, The Big Lebowski. And it’s a good mix. The cast is all doing great work. Clooney is the weakest of the trio, if only because he’s too modern a presence for me to buy as a country slick talker. But Turturro and Nelson are amazing as these dumb hayseeds with some decency in them. And as usual with the Coens, it’s got some great actors showing up in these bit roes, making the flick feel alive. The music is great and gives the movie the kick it needs to be more than just a road movie. But I have a weird relationship with The Coens, where I can enjoy and respect most of their movies, I very rarely love them fully. I get Fargo and Raising Arizona, but I don’t really connect to them deeply. The only ones I do are The Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing and Inside Llewyn Davis. This is one of the ones I don’t get into completely. I think maybe it’s just a little too whimsical for me, but I’m never gonna throw this in the way I do the three I mentioned. But I am here to say it is a damn good movie and something that everyone should see, cause I get the love but it just isn’t for me. Maybe it’s for you.
From Russia With Love (October 29th, 2015)
Director: Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya, and Robert Shaw
There’s gonna be an extensive write up on this later this week. Keep an eye out Thursday. I’ll update this page.