Monday, 12 May 2008

My Week in Film


I'm happy to say I've been spending some more time at the theatre seeing some special presentations along with some regular release. Oh course I've caught up with a few regular films from the comfort of home, but first up are the new and experiential!

First we have The Machine Girl, which was on for one night only as a part of the Over the Top Fest and over the top it was, it is one of the most extreme films I've ever seen - I'm not sure if 5 minutes went by without blood spurting on screen or some highly ingenious violent scenario. I can't really say that I enjoyed the film as I spent most of the time either with jaw dropped or eyes averted, but that is the kind of film it was. I would have been in higher spirits if the film had started somewhere near being on time. It was a midnight screening, but the film didn't start to fly until 45 minutes after that and then had some tech issues. They were resolved quickly and swiftly but it was still a really a late start to an already late screening. It was a one of a kind type of event though, I will give it that. If you are interested in the film, check out the trailer (shows extreme violence and most of the 'money' shots) on Twitch.


One of the other regular theatre releases I caught up was The Visitor, which I saw with the lovely Danette whom always makes the movie going experience more fun. Lucky for us The Visitor was a wonderful and tender film, and one that out of the the 2008 releases so far I would have to say I have enjoyed the most. There has been some flack surrounding this film and the possible emotional factor but I would say that there is nothing wrong with that. It was an emotional and believable journey, and one I was happy I take. I also got to catch the Canadian Fugitive Pieces, which is part of the 2007 Canada's Top Ten and just recently hit the theatre. It was nice to see that it did attract a pretty solid crowd and the film itself was strong overall overlapping themes from history perspective and how they affect present day in reference to a personal journey. Last up for theatrical releases was getting out to the first of the highly anticipated summer blockbuster release: Iron Man. It did amazing at the box office for it's first weekend and received strong reviews, but I must admit I was underwhelmed at best.

On to visiting older films I trekked through the land of Fitzcarraldo, a film I was drawn to watch as it is directed by Werner Herzog. Up until now I've only seen documentaries by him so this was a chance of see a fiction/narrative film. Although it took me a few sittings to get through the film, it is a force to be reckoned with. The title role is played by Klaus Kinski, whom seems to carefully walk the line between primal drive and madness. I don't think it's a film for everyone but overall I was happy I saw it through to the end.

There were also a few days where I was under the weather, and what better at that time than to pull some heart-string with romances? I've noted before that I'm not the most romantic person but I'm always willing to give these films a chance and as The Notebook has been sitting on my 'borrowed' shelf for quite a bit I thought the timing was perfect. I would have to say that I do consider it a good film but I didn't 'feel' it as I thought I thought I might. I felt like I knew what was coming for the majority of the film, and I add that to the fact that I didn't feel that they styled Ryan Gosling well to fit the historical times. I know many people really enjoyed this film and I wish I had as well, I suppose I had my intellectual cap on at the time and stunted me. In a surprizing turn I caught up with The King & I, a film from my 101 Films I Can't Believe I Haven't Seen and I loved it! It was a deferred romance as well but I felt connection throughout. But, I was conflicted knowing that some (or all) of the cultural references may be out of date, beyond that I did enjoy the strength of Deborah Kerr's character as well as the overwhelming presence of Yul Brynner, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera! Honestly, does cinema today have someone that compares to Yul? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Up next week is: Redbelt, Then She Found Me, Hard Core Logo, Indiana Jones I-III (revisited)


Suzie Ridler said...

The Machine Girl sounds absolutely shocking! Ugh, no thanks.

I got out to see Iron Man this weekend. I didn't have high expectations so I did enjoy it but gotta say that it should not be a movie with kids in it. I found that really disturbing. I agree about the blah female role too, R totally disagrees with me but oh well.

That's awesome you and Danette got to go to the movies together, what fun!

I do shockingly recommend 27 Dresses if you're looking for a silly romance. It's fun but has a little heart. Although I know The King & I is so much better! Who doesn't love Yul? I can't think of anyone who comes close to his appeal in today's world unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Machine Girl DOES sound shocking...and I'm all keen to see it but I doubt I'll have a chance to catch up with it any time soon! I'm thinking I'll get to this one on DVD at some point. :(

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Machine Girl really was loony tunes. Suzie, I think you are safe staying away from it but Marina - I bet you will like it and it sounds likely to be special screenings/festivals only so DVD may be the way to go.

Thanks for the head's up on 27 Dresses Suzie, it sounded like a good guilty pleasure - I will have to keep it in mind.

Me thinks Yul was a one and only :)

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RC said...

can't wait to see next weeks.

i'm revisiting Indiana as well (I rewatched #1 last week).

red belt looks interesting...especially with David Mamet steering a martial arts project...gotta be better than Machine Girl...that looks so dumb.

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