cinema_babe: (movie reel)
I stole this from [ profile] zoethe, please feel free to steal it from me and pass the larceny on.
List of Oscar's Best Picture Winners; the ones I've seen are in bold )
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This passing thought, has anyone told John Legend that he needs to give Stevie Wonder his act back? I've heard people raving about this kid and when I heard him for the first time I said, "What the hell, *this* is what everyone is so excited about??!! Stevie Wonder was doing that sh*t back in '79....and doing it much better, I might add."

Have I really become *that* old and crotchety that most of the new music sounds like variations on the 'old music I grew up with'?

And while I'm, at it, ragging on celebrities, how's this for a dirt sandwich nightmare: Scott Stapp and Kid Rock in a sex video involving the two of them and 4 groupies on a bus. YUK!!! EEEEWWWW!!!! No thank you I'll pass. That neither titillates nor excites me. I don't even want to see it as a freak show. Just thinking about it makes me want to brush my teeth and wash my hands. And trust me kiddies, by most standards, I'm not that easily skeeved.

Edited to add:
WTF, they made Basic Instinct 2?? Aren't they about 10 years too late for that. The preview looks like a rehash of the first film and I predict that this is going to be a bit of a mess. It is nice of Sharon Stone to share her new face with us, though.
cinema_babe: (movie reel)
Been meaning to give my movie attendance update but I’ve had a lot on my mind (and plate) this week. So without further ado…..

Tonight, I’m going to see The Man Who Fell to Earth over on the Douglass Campus at Rutgers. They used to run this every year or so late Saturday nights on Channel 13 but I haven’t seen it in probably 10 or 12 years. I seem to remember it as being visually dark so I’ll see how good my memory is.

The Rutgers Film Coop is running this latest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I’m not a Keira Knightly fan; I think she is this year’s Gretchen Mol. Out of all the books Jane Austin wrote I ‘m a bit tired of seeing (yet another) version of this one. (BTW, Colin Firth rules! Dig up a British mini series called Lost Empires and a squicky psychological thriller called Apartment Zero; they are both more then worth a look. That'll make you forget all about that awful Bridget Jones mess.)

Tomorrow night, The Raconteur in Metuchen is screening Lars von Trier’s new movie, Manderlay; the follow up to his powerful ( and disturbing) 2003 film Dogville. They’ll be holding a discussion of the movie afterward so it should be an interesting evening. Anyone who wants to go but might need a lift, let me know. I’m going to try to get my hands on Dogville and watch it on Friday while I pack boxes.

I probably have plans Saturday night and Sunday is part three of the strategic planning sessions I’ve been research assisting for; that will be an all day affair. We’ve all been working hard the past couple of months on this and this is the session where it all comes together. It’ll be very cool to see what goals the organization sets for the next 5 years or so.

I could easily be convinced to go to the movies Sunday night. I’ve still got several movies to see before the Oscars in a few weeks.

I'll be sure to have some reviews to post at the top of next week.
cinema_babe: (glasses)
Performance 7 out of 10
This movie was shot in 68 but not released until 70 because Warner Brothers was so shocked by the film footage. Sex! Drugs!! Gender Bending Rock Stars!! Boy will be boys...or will they??!! References to Homoerotic content in bodybuilding!!! Welcome to to the Swinging 60s everybody. Indentity and gender confusion was never so trippy.

I saw this move some 15 or 20 years ago and I can't remember if I liked it then, I know I liked it this time, though. On one level it was a bit like putting on your mom's old vintage clothing and time traveling back to 68. On the other hand there is a feeling of being Alice slipping down the rabbit hole.

Although Mick Jagger is the face most people will identify right away, he doesn't appear in the first 1/3 of the film. The real star is James Fox (who, didn't make movies for a *decade* after making Performance) While Jagger petulantly flounces around being Jagger (and doing a fine job of it!), Fox crafts an eerie portrait of a man whose self identity is disintegrating minute by minute.

I saw a grainy but bright and colorful movie print. I read on IMDB that this might be released on DVD this year. It's worth a spin

Dark City 8.25 out of 10

That's all I have to say; it was *that* good. Imagine The matrix but written for adults and with a good plot. I'm so ashamed this flew so far under my radar. I've never been a huge Rupert Sewell fan but he's good in this and he's has a quirky but talented supporting cast to back him up: 2006 Oscar nominee William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien of Rocky Horror fame and Keifer Sutherland playing a guy who is a bit like Jack Bauer's mirror image (think twitchy, pale, timid and bespectacled)

The movie begins with a man waking up in a bathtub in a seedy hotel. Uh-Oh, there's a dead prostitute in the next room and that's never a good thing. Of course he doesn't remember committing murder and in fact, most of his memories are a bit hazy. I can't say more without giving away some of the plot twists. This is one nifty roller coaster ride. A bit of A bit of oddness though, there is a scene at the end the is *identical* to a scene at the end of 'Requiem for a Dream" which also starred Jennifer Connelly. Darren Aranofsky swears that he didn't see Dark City until after filming Requiem for a Dream but after seeing that final scene, I'm not so sure.

Do yourself a favor, rent this film. (Thanks Shaun!)

I went to the Saturday and Sunday night showings of The Raconteur's French Film Fete and here's what I saw:

Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) French w/ subtitles (Paul and Carla) 7 out of 10
This was a great thriller that, At nearly 2 hours, might be a bit long for many American filmgoers. I enjoyed how they actors and director wound up the tension and you weren't always sure who was playing straight with who. In short, mousy secretary hires hunky recent ex-con to be her office assistant. She can use his petty thieving skills to help her advance on the job and he can use her super-duper lip reading skills to 'eavesdrop' on his new boss, a small time club owning mobster with a volatile wife and a heist in the works. If you like French cinema, this one is worth a viewing. Snuggle up with a sweetie, a bowl of popcorn and a good French wine

Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf) French w/ subtitles (Alex and Michele) 2.5 out of 10
I suspect that if I had seen this when it first came out in the early 90s I might have liked it more. No, let's revise that. If I had seen this when I was in my early 20s I might have liked it better. Emphasis on the word 'might'. A boy, a girl, an old man and her cat all living squatting on the Pont Neuf in Paris while it is closed for renovations (the story begins in 1989. Renovations on the bridge were completed in 91). This was one of the most expensive French movies ever made, not that you would know it on sight. Apparently they were unable to film on the bridge and so big chunks of Paris had to be reconstructed on a sound stage. To be blunt, Michele, (played by Juliette Binoche in between 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' and 'Damage'.) takes a real beating in this film and after a while it was hard for me to watch. The young man she shares her life with is obsessed with her and it just becomes creepy the lengths he will go to to keep her at his side. Even after he goes to jail for a mishap related to keeping her with him, he still is obsessed with her. Despite that, there are moments of the tender whimsy of new young love, unfortunately its set against a backdrop of mental illness and squalor. Watch this film if you like, once was enough for me.

What's on tap for The Cinema_Babe......
Not much this weekend. I'm going to try to see Brokeback Mountain, probably on Friday. Since I'm not scheduled to work that day, I'll probably try to squeeze in some other films as well. If there's anyone who's around anytime Friday or Saturday afternoon and wants to catch a movie, let me know. (Pretty much anything except King Kong that is....)

My friends at The Raconteur are having a special screening of Lars Von Trier's Manderlay on Feb 10th to be followed by a discussion of the movie. This film is part 2 of von Trier's trilogy that began with Dogville. Currently this movie is playing in New York and there are no New Jersey showings except for the one at The Raconteur. Suffice to say I'll be renting Dogville sometime next week to refresh my mind.

If this appeals to anyone (or two or three), let me know, maybe we can do dinner first.
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Read some guy's comments on a post in [ profile] theferrett's journal and clicked over to this guy's blog and WOW. He was a sexy, adorable, long haired brunette wearing a kilt. All I could think was, "God I love a nice pair of manlegs in a kilt." I'm shallow sometimes, but in a sweet way.

A movie madness update.

I am going to see Nicholas Roege's film 'Performance' on Thursday night at Rutgers in New Brunswick. I am very excited by this! Also, The Raconteur is having a French Film Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. I have plans on Friday but I'm going to try to hit the other two nights. I will be so movied out by Sunday night. Gorging on cinema is wonderful. It always feast or famine with me.

Here's the info on the The Raconteur's movies for this weekend and slightly beyond. If anyone is interested they are a place worth checking out. If you want to go to any of the movies this weekend, you just need to call them and let them know.

I should probably have put all this info behind an LJ cut, but I'm feeling too lazy tonight.....

@ The Raconteur

Fri: Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'Enfants)
A huge hit in France, "Love Me if You Dare" takes the traditional l'amour fou scenario and runs it through a pinball machine. From childhood, Julien and Sophie engage in an obsessive battle of one-upmanship: if one of them hands a brightly colored candy tin to the other and makes a dare, the recipient is bound to honor it, no matter how destructive or dangerous the dare might be. When this wacky habit enters adulthood and begins wrecking their lives, they ought to change... but that's not how l'amour fou works. Part "Amelie"-style comedy, part dark fable, this movie has quirkiness to burn. If you're curious about what would've happened to Amelie if she took her obsession to its logical conclusion, hop aboard.

Sat: Read My Lips (Sur mes levres)
Carla, our anti-heroine (Emmanuelle Devos), is an ugly duckling working as a secretary for a construction company in suburban Paris. Dowdy and all-but deaf, she's exploited and put upon by her male coworkers. When her boss lets her hire an assistant she bizarrely chooses Paul (Vincent Cassel), a scruffy and none-too-bright ex-con. But an odd symbiosis grows up between this pair of losers; the combination of his petty-criminal skills and her lip-reading abilities has certain potentials. Devos, glowering malevolently beneath her dark brows, and Cassel with his greasy hair and ratty moustache, turn in relishably truculent and un-starry performances, and director Audiard deftly manages the transition from romantic office comedy to gangland heist thriller with no grinding of gears. The noir-ish lighting and potent use of hand-held close-ups enhance the film's sense of nervous unease, and there's ingenious use of sound to convey Carla's hearing-impaired world. Downbeat and unblinkingly amoral, "Read My Lips" offers pleasures that a glossier treatment would have missed entirely.

Sun: Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf)
Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. The film portrays the harsh existence of the homeless as Alex, Michele and Hans, an older vagrant survive on the streets with their wits. As they both slowly get their lives back together, Michele becomes increasingly dependent on Alex as her vision deteriorates further. Fearing that Michele will leave him if she receives a new medical treatment Alex attempts to keep Michele practically a prisoner. The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop to the story in a series of stunning visuals which dominate the film. Must be seen on a big screen!

Free Admission
Complimentary wine/snacks

8 PM, Fri, Sat & Sun. Jan 27, 28 & 29

All Raconteur screenings are presented using a high definition, digital projector (courtesy of Leah Kane) -- colors are rich and skin tone natural -- and a 6' X 6' movie screen. The audio is
routed through the store's six, built-in speakers, so the films invariably sound fantastic. Seating consists of some twenty-five folding chairs (feel free to bring cushions). Please reply if you plan to attend.

The Raconteur
A Damn Fine Bookstore
431 Main Street

If you know of someone who might be interested in the above event, please forward this e-mail.

On Deck:
From Passion to Page. Raconteur Writing Workshop enrollment deadline: Feb 1 (Workshop starts Feb 8).
*Added Event! Feb 6. A special screening of Lars Von Trier's MANDERLAY. A NJ Premiere! (opens in NY Jan 27). Please note: This is not a bootleg. It is Region 2 DVD presented with a multi-regional system.

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