Been kind of curious to watch John Dies at the End again, but went back and watched Phantasm instead. Coscarelli is an interesting cat.
Kind of busy during the week, so the next thing I see will probably be Iron Man 3, but I'm really itching to watch the 3+ hour cut of Margaret.
At the Palm Theatre here in SLO, Sunday we saw (which I had never seen before - we are lucky to have a place like The Palm here in town)
Last night we saw (which was ****ing dynamite - great movie, great story, great performances, great soundtrack - go see this on the big screen)
PS - just to add a few more, starting in January the Palm Theatre has something called Take Two Live the last Sunday of each month. So for the year we've seen The Burmese Harp, Heroes for Sale, Red Rock West and the aforementioned Bicycle Thieves. Upcoming flicks you can see here>>>>Take Two Live - Palm Theatre, San Luis Obispo
The Last Days Of Disco - Anyone who thinks the humor of the Coen Brothers is too subtle for them would hate this movie. It's a very dry jab at the jugular of a certain type of vapid yuppie/hipster from the late 70's and early 80's who would go to disco clubs and buy ****ty apartments in New York with money their parents gave them. I enjoyed it, but I think it may have been even too subtle for me, or maybe I'd have appreciated it more if I'd been around at the time.
Thief - An older Michael Mann flick with James Caan? How have I not seen this before? Solid flick. A lot of themes and ideas Mann would use again, most notably in Heat, show up here and it was interesting to me to see how he's evolved them since. I really dug all the safe-cracking stuff and I was really happy to read about how far they went to make it as authentic as possible. Yeah, solid. I'm wondering if it showing up in HD on a movie channel means there's a Blu release on it's way. It'd get some consideration from me.
Wise Blood - Based on a Flannery O'Connor story, starring Brad Dourif. Also a name used by Jim Thirlwell for one of his music projects. Released by Criterion. Gotta check it out. Dourif plays a soldier, returning home from war in a bad mood. Angry with evangelicals in his southern hometown, he decides to start his own Church Without Christ. I had some trouble with this movie. I missed out on a lot of the symbolism and reading about it afterward, I'd kind of like to watch it again at some point. Dourif is great, as usual, and the supporting cast do a good job. It's supposed to be a black comedy, but I didn't laugh all that often, but I think if I ever get to see it again, I'll appreciate it more.
The Sadist - Pretty ****in' funny. I guess this was a pretty ****ed up picture for 1963, I was surprised it was as violent as it was. Two crime spree killers terrorize some stranded people in a remote location. It was pretty enjoyable as a straight up, tense thriller but Arch Hall, the Sadist of the title, holy ****, he is hilarious. Like a deranged cabbage patch doll. This is the kind of movie you want to watch at a midnight screening with a crowd. Or at home, drunk, with a bunch of friends. I'll buy it at some point.
Love Exposure - I've owned a Region 2 copy of this for years, but I never got around to watching it because it's ****ing FOUR hours long. JD brought it up on Facebook the other day, though, and after watching and loving Sion Sono's Strange Circus a week or two ago, I got the itch. Because I love Sono and so many people consider it his masterpiece. The woman was out of town for the night, so the time was right.
And I loved the ****ing **** out of it. It is bizarre, hilarious and ****ed up in that perfect way that the best Japanese directors seem to do so well. This movie has just about everything I love in movies and it's also really well done. I was thinking about it for hours afterwards. I still think about it. I really need to pick up the domestically released Blu-ray so I can watch it in high def. And the references they make to Meiko Kaji's "Scorpion" character are actually important to the whole movie! How ****ing cool is that? LOVE THIS MOVIE, LOVE SION SONO, 4 EVA!!!!!!!
Yeah, Love Exposure is easily unlike anything I have ever witnessed. Takes a weird(er) turn(what am I talking about, this movie is a series of weird turns) towards the end and loses a little steam...but yeah, highly recommend seconded.
And Adgy, how could you have NOT known about Thief. I am an unapologetic man-crusher on James Caan and have been praising this movie whenever possible. Jim Belushi is even great in it. Yeah, it's got a little of the older Mann-disco tendencies but damned if Sonny, err Jimmy Caan doesn't elevate the whole affair.
Yikes, so much fail in such a short time. Not scary, asinine logic and actions, and a twist done terribly.
Pretty forgettable remake, well done but nothing to really differentiate itself from other superhero movies. Felt like an unnecessary reboot to me. I'll watch Emma Stone in any movie though.
The Passion of Joan Of Arc - One of the best, most moving films I've ever seen. Maria Falconetti's performance is incredible, the score by Richard Einhorn that was played with it was immense and the execution scene was way better than it had any business being. Not bad for a silent film made in 1928. I'm not sure if I want to buy this immediately or try and hold off, hoping for a Criterion Blu-ray. I think if there's no word of a Blu by the time the next half off sale at Barnes & Noble comes around, I'll just bite the bullet and get it. ****ing incredible film.
Definitely agree with you about The Passion of Joan of Arc. The only problem I had was that Falconetti looked a bit old to be playing Joan, but that's just nitpicking on my part, she was fantastic.
Haven't had time to watch many movies recently, and the ones I have watched have mostly been mindless action films, with one major exception:
Mud is the best movie I've seen this year ainec. Absolutely FANTASTIC film. Matthew Mcconaughey gives the performance of his career and Sam Shepard's ****ing awesome as well. One of the most gripping dramas I've seen (and it is a drama, not a thriller; there are some intense sequences but the trailers are a bit misleading). Can't wait to see it again.
Big surprise, Arch Hall, Sr. bankrolled all of this son's "films." I love all of them.
Originally Posted by adgy-san
Another boffo example is Eegah (with Richard [Jaws] Kiel as the dimwitted caveman from the title):
Truly a laff riot. I love cinemauvais!
A film about the rise of Ian Curtis and Joy Division, from their humble beginnings to the verge of their first US tour. The black and white cinematography conveys the darkness of his lyrics and claustrophobia of his life dealing with epilepsy, marriage and growing success, as well as the bleak environs around several English working class towns including Manchester.(no, not that one).
I recommend it highly.
Film Joy Division:
Real Joy division: