Monday, 29 December 2008

My Week in Film


Well here we are with the last Week in Film update for 2008! It's been one heck of a year and I'm still tweaking my favourites lists and thinking of all the awesome films that came out this year.

Once my holiday 'list of things to do' were done, I did get a few chances to make it out to the theatre to sneak in a few more 2008 films. First up was an advance screening of The Spirit, which is the first time in a long time that I've had to do a bag check. Night vision technology was certainly in effect. I wanted to wave to the security folks, but I have a feeling that would have given the wrong impression. The Spirit has a lot of awesome clothes in it for the ladies, and I certainly enjoyed it more than Sin City. The unique visual style wasn't consistent throughout, leaving long spaces of time with nothing but regular visuals which was unexpected. The audience was interesting though, it was like they didn't know how to react to the film, especially the humour. There was one glaring product placement that really turned me off. It made no sense in terms of the films setting or style, making it stick out like a sore thumb.

The very next day I headed back to the theatre to see Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood's latest film which he not only stars in but directs as well. I knew this film may be challenging for me to watch considering the main character is shown to be very racist, something that I can't stand. Overall it was worth it as the film takes a rather unique look at racism and relationships, although I would forewarn you that there are racial slurs rampant throughout the film used in negitive as well as endearing manners.

The last trip to the theatre I found myself at a jam packed, sold out showing of The Wrestler. I'm talking the front freaking row was full. I'm still processing my thoughts on it, it was a good film and Mickey Rourke was exceptional. There is something about it that I can't quite put my finger on yet though, so that is all I will say on it for now.

Other than that I had a Kung Fu Christmas! Last Christmas I decided to snag and watch a bunch of Bruce Lee films and that was a lot of fun so I decided to keep it up. This year the I went with Fist of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection) one of the Bruce Lee films I hadn't yet seen and it was a lot of fun. Great action, strong story and even a sweet romance subplot. Perfect! Next up was The 36th Chamber of Shaolin which I've been waiting ages to see. I picked it up after going to the Heroes of the East screening back in July with Gordon Liu in attendance. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin was awesome, it's jam packed with action and has a beautiful story and message as well.

I also caught up with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless which I forgot I had already seen. Oops. Still a great film, I love the dialogue in particular. Also chilled while watching Out of Sight, I picked it as it was on some top list of something somewhere. Wow, that was articulate. Anyway, it had some good moments with George Clooney & Jennifer Lopez but the story wasn't all that interesting.

How was your week in film?




Genie Sea said...

I rented movies like the DVD Apocalypse was upon us this past week.

Here they are:

Wanted: It. was. Underwhelming. I laughed way too many times in the movie and I know it wasn't supposed to be funny. Great f/x. That's it.

X-files: As a fan, I was so tickled pink to see it, and it didn't disappoint me as a fan. Not too sure I would have liked it if I weren't.

Wall-E: Okay. I will admit it. I loved it. It was heartwarming and engaging.

Prince Caspian: Meh. I found myself focusing on filing my nails during the fight scenes.

House Bunny: Cute moments. Eh.

My two faves in this bunch:

The Women: Yes. I loved it. I was not prepared to, but I did. I was engaged from beginning to end and I watched it twice. One of the best ensemble movies I have seen in a while.

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna): Simply amazing. The little boy is totally adoptable. The story is somewhat predictable but takes a few unexpected turns which delights me in any movie.

That's it for my contribution thus far :)

Drewbacca said...

I finally saw The Wrestler. Expectations were high, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Didn't feel like an Aronofsky film at all (whatever that feels like). Felt more like Half Nelson or Rachel Getting Married.

I also caught Revolutionary Road and was completely wowed. As for old stuff, haven't had time to catch up on that. Trying to get through all the "for your consideration" stuff for 2008.


Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Wow, Genie Sea - you got through a lot of movies! I enjoyed Wanted, I really like the director he has such an interesting style. I loved Wall-E too! But wasn't super keen on X-Files although I realized I didn't watch all of the seasons which I'm now working my way through.

Under the Same Moon did pop up here but I think left quickly, I'll have to keep my eyes open for that one.

I'm glad you enjoyed The Wrestler Andrew! Do you mean that it's more of a straight narrative than Aronofsky's other films (Pi, The Fountain?).

I'm looking forward to Revolutionary Road, thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. Looks like the release date here got bumped again but should be out in Jan 09.

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