Monday, October 8, 2012

Keep an Eye Out For: Room 237 pt. 2

I have written about film Room 237 before....Stanley Kubrick genius mix with fan skepticism and lore......oh this shall be one to watch....oh yes it will. So now you really must keep an eye out for when this movie comes to a theatre near you because the trailer has just dropped. Just take a look...

It doesn't give much away and it shouldn't, but if this doesn't entice you to watch this flick, then I'm not sure what would. That disclaimer....HA! this shall be a site, that's for sure. There is said to be a release next year from IFC. Are you ready to return to Room 237? I know I am. Please keep an eye out and support some creative filmmaking. Happy moviegoing!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

R.I.P Chris Marker

     Today filmaker, writer, photographer, and pioneer of the essay film, Chris Marker has passed. This is indeed a sad thing to hear. I remember watching La Jetee for the first time and being awe struck. The dedication to executing such an endeavor is one I haven't seen matched in filmmaking to this day. There is something deeply profound and poetic to his work that I'm not sure, even to this day, I grasp fully.  He died on his 91st birthday, may he rest in peace. Watch some of his films and prepare to be changed forever.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Keep an Eye Out For: Reality

Matteo Garrone's first film since Gomorrah in 2008. Reality is said to be a bleak look at the Italian public's obsession with reality TV; specifically Italian Big Brother. It premiered at Cannes on the 18th of May to very mixed reviews. However, I must say, just by this poster alone and the slight whispers about some Felini undertones I cannot wait to see this film. It's nice to see filmmakers who still have the gull to take shots at the societies they live in. The film is said to open in France in August and Italy in September; hopefully it'll have a more international release shortly after that. Keep an eye out nonetheless and if you haven't seen Garrone's Gomorrah then I say get on it. Probably one of the best mafia movies you'll ever see.

Happy moviegoing folks!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Keep an Eye Out For: Room 237

Coming out of Sundance Film Festival, what some are calling an experimental documentary, Room 237 was just acquired by IFC Films. Directed by Rodney Ascher the film explores theories behind Stanley Kubrick's The Shinning. The film discusses possible subtext behind The Shinning, things like Kubrick showing justification that he faked the footage of the moon landing. Who's excited!? I am, that's for sure. All in all this should be a must see for any cinephile and any fan of the film in general. I cannot wait for it to come out. No release date has been set, but look out for this Summer or Fall 2012.

Happy moviegoing!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Miss Bala (2012)

     Posted about this film a while back, check it out here. However, I finally saw it. It is quite something. Please go watch if you can.

     It's beautifully photographed and the acting is surprisingly wonderful too. Even filmed on location, this film has the echoes of the neorealist traditions and it aids it so well. This is director Gerardo Naranjo hanging dirty laundry out to dry for sure. The emotional space is tense and with all the long takes the audience is presented with a world where no one helps each other and you cannot look away, literally. I originally posted saying "Blow, Boobs and Blood, Oh My!" however you almost never see all three of those things and it's wonderful.  It draws the viewer in without ever showing the main protagonist of the film, drugs.

     However first and foremost this is a piece about a victim and the film takes it to heart and so did I as an audience member. The film is riddled with long takes and P.O.V shots. Each frame is composed for the protagonist and keeps the audience in the same mind frame as her, in the dark. It's wonderful what is and isn't' show in the film, both in story and in the cinematography. But you don't need to see much, you can tell what is happening. There is very little dialogue yet you're kept on point throughout the whole film, entranced almost in a way.

      This is a film that doesn't treat it's audience like a child. It doesn't need to say much, but it shows all. I can only applaud filmmaking like this and continue to hope that more films are made just like it. Again go watch it if you can.

Happy moviegoing folks!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Keep an Eye Out For: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's new flick. Moonrise Kingdom. Keep an eye out for this one folks. It's going to be.....Well just watch. It says it all for itself.

Happy moviegoing!