Circuses Are Past History - Like the man says, the past is a foreign country. My own past in Los Angeles is of little interest and the more time goes on, the less any of it matters ...
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Top Films (July & August 2015)
Polytechnique (2009, Denis Villeneuve)
It blew me away.
Io la conoscevo bene/I Knew Her Well (1965, Antonio Pietrangeli)
A light film that really captures the lightheartedness of the sixties.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015, Kyle Patrick Alvarez)
The film was low-budget, but featured great acting from the students who portrayed guards and prisoners in an experiment at Stanford. Based on true story, I wish this movie had been around when I was in college. Instead, we watched videos hosted by Philip Zimbardo (the leader of this experiment). Knowing what Philip Zimbardo looks and sounds like, I was a little bit disappointed by Billy Crudup's portrayal of him. The hair and make-up was authentic, but Crudup did not emulate Zimbardo's accent. But for what it was, it was very entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat, even though I knew the story.
Irrational Man (2015, Woody Allen)
The mixed reviews have been pretty unfair. Rarely do you get a choice film from a comedic director that explores a moral dilemma. I could see how someone could be disappointed with it, however, I was not.
L'Homme à l'imperméable/The Man in the Raincoat (1957, Julien Duvivier)
Duvivier is a master filmmaker. He creates this mystery beautifully. It's highly recommended.
Short film: Café (1990, Gretchen Somerfeld)
Cafe by Gretchen Somerfeld from gretchen somerfeld on Vimeo.