Friday, October 19, 2012

Holy Motors: A Conversation That Doesn't Use Just Words

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If you don't like "weird", then by all means stay away from this film. If you don't mind going out on a limb, you will discover an alternate universe full of mystery and surprises. By no means a masterpiece, it is more like an adventure full of weird, weird, weird weirdness and beauty beauty and more beauty if you know what I mean.

Denis Lavant plays a multitude of characters, each time completely transforming himself.  Great supporting performances by young actresses Elise Lhomeau and Jeanne Disson (who looks like a young Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Take a chance on this bizarre work.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Petition for Ray Carney to Return Mark Rappaport's Films

Independent filmmaker Mark Rappaport asked Boston University Professor Ray Carney to hold his "films, video masters, early drafts of scripts, duplicates of reviews and announcements" when he left to go to Paris according to Jon Jost's blog.  Unfortunately, when Rappaport came back and asked for the materials, Ray Carney decided to hold them hostage saying they were gifts (when Carney gave back some of Rappaport's materials, he demanded thousands in fees now that he claimed the works belonged to him).

If you want the full run down, check the blog.  If you want to support Mark Rappaport, please sign this petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/ray-carney-return-mark-rappaport-s-films

Ray Carney has done the same thing to John Cassavetes and is keeping the first version of Shadows for himself.  Since Cassavetes has passed away, perhaps the rightful heir is his widow, Gena Rowlands, and not Ray Carney.

Carney has been hailed as a brilliant critic by several people, but it is clear that his actions are deceptive, unlawful, and evil.  Measures are being taken to find out how to get him removed from Boston University, despite his tenure.  The process could be long and hard, but it would be worth it. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Top Five Films of September, 2012

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 The Game
Definitely a smart psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. Michael Douglas turns in one of his best performances; the film also features the underrated Deborah Kara Unger.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Definitely unintentional to watch two David Fincher films in a row, but both delivered. Also worth watching is the original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). There are differences that set both films apart, but they both follow the same storyline.

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Kahaani
Undisputedly, the best Indian film I've seen. It's a great thriller and doesn't have any of the cliches of the genre.

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The Landlord (1970)
 Definitely Hal Ashby's best film, it was also his first. It features non-stop laughs and delves right into class and race issues.

Robert Benton co-wrote the script for Bonnie and Clyde, one of my all-time favorites.  Places in the Heart does not disappoint. It is also set in the depression-era South and features an excellent cast (Sally Field, Danny Glover, Lindsay Crouse, John Malkovitch, and Ed Harris, among others). Sally Field also won her second Academy Award for her performance in this film. It is no wonder.  Definitely check it out.