It does not happen to me often that I pick a film that I forgot I saw. “Somewhere” did not make a whole lot of impression, apparently it neither did the first time I saw it. A film without a story. We just see a few days of the life of a famous actor screwing around and spending time with his daughter. Not boring, but somewhat unimpressionable.
Last weekend I have rewatched both “Drive” (2011) and “Only God Forgives” (2013). The films are very similar, yet very different. Both have Ryan Gosling as poker-faced main character. In both films Goslings character is involved in illegal activities, but does not really seem to want to. Of course, both films are slow and minimalistic. Continue reading
A “blog” with one entry every two years, that is quite cool, is it not?
It has been a couple of years since I added “blogs” to the different sections so I could share information other than reviews. Looking back, I am not entirely sure what kind of information I had in mind. I could tell you about the decline in film quality I have experienced for many years. There are hardly no new films that I really need to see. I look forward to the new Twin Peaks series which I hope will be better than the newest X-Files. I could tell you how old fashioned I am and that I have a subscription to a DVD-by-mail-order. This for the simple reason that no VoD (video on demand) provider offers much that I want to see and all the il-/half-/semi-legal ways bring too much fuss for me. Or tell you about the page in which I see series (two episodes per week max). How interesting is all that?
Also, the nights on which I have the time to watch films seem to deminish as well. But when I do see a film that I had not reviewed yet, I will keep writing a little bit about that. Hopefully there are people that like these scribblings.
During two airplaneflights I have killed some time watching to fantasy spectacles. First the lauded “Avatar”, second the first “Hobbit”. I did not expect “Avatar” to be some sort of “Matrix”, but the famous blue characters inhabit some sort of ‘inbetweenworld’ that men can only come using some sort of machine. The film is an ‘ecological awareness’ film and I hope that all the people who saw the film picked up something of the message.
The “Hobbit” then seems to have been given in by all the people who did not find the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy spectactular enough. Over-the-top action, tons of special effects and a high speed; yep, LOTR in overdrive. I personally prefer the worked out story of the earlier trilogy.
Anyway, on corny earphones in a noisy plane it is close to impossible to follow dialogues, so I undoubtely missed so much from the films that I decided not to really review then. I do not think I will watch either again on my couch if you are curious about that.
This comment was on such a strange place, that I almost spammed it. When I checked what this was about, I found a film with Genesis P-Orridge. The director apparently uploaded his 2006 short to Youtube for your entertainment. Check it out if you are interested. Continue reading
Now that I think of it, we also watched the first series of the lauded series “Breaking Bad“. The series have a nice joke here and there, but also here the first series did not make me want to watch the second. Many people say that the series develops, but frankly, when you want people to watch your series, the first have to be very good, right? I guess I missed that part.
We usually spend one evening a week watching series. Not on TV though, I am terrible with following things on TV, I just want to watch something when I want to watch it. Also I am no fond of all these 7+ season series and consequentally not of still running series. Also I find little of interest actually. Continue reading
It has been a while since I saw “Enter The Void“. Taking that the DVD would be released by now, I thought I would get myself a copy and watch it again. Well, the DVD is available, but from the average DVD shop downtown… Fortunately there is the internet.
Remember “Horizonica” (2007)? The team of “Schat Ik Ga Fietsen” is working on a new full-length “Nederhorror” (“Netherhorror” after the Netherlands) zombie slasher with a plethora of volunteers. Make-up is done by Suzy Terror (who else), Ramon Etman (director of “Horizonica”) has his influence because of the cooperation of “Broet. The title is in Italian “Il Campeggio dei Morti Viventi” and on the Facebook page you can find more information. Also ‘Googling’ the title will bring up Youtube ‘trailers’ and the like. It looks like there will be some zombies in the film that I know, just as in “Horizonica”, hopefully “Il Campeggio…” will be a bit better 🙂
As a new series we got ourselves “Dexter“. These series actually have a 9.3 on IMdB (just as Twin Peaks) and a friend of mine says that it is getter better with every episode, even upto the fifth series. I am no fond of still running series, neither of series with too many seasons, but last week we saw the pilot and first (or second) episode. As in “American Psycho” we get the viewpoint of a serial killer. We hear him thinking, the story is with him as focal point. Dexter is an adopted child and has had urges to kill since his youth. His adoptive father, a policeman, knew all about these urges and taught Dexter to use them ‘for good’, hense, kill the people the police cannot catch. In his normal life Dexter is a forensic expert with “blood splatter patterns” as his speciality. The police is not his employer, but he works for them. His (step?)sister followed her father’s footsteps. Dexters jog inspires his other work.
The first two episodes were amusing, but not brilliant. The series have a grim sense of humour and it is funny that a serial killer is the hero of a popular series. I know that I gave all the information already, but I myself wonder how a series of five seasons with 12 episodes each remain interesting when the pilot already gives everything away. I suppose it does not (and so neither did I) or the writers manage to keep coming up with new ideas. Time will tell.
As you probably know, we are watching “Danger Man” (“or “Secret Agent”), the series that came before “The Prisoner”. Suddenly I wondered what McGoohan would have looked like when he was older. I ran into this page informing us that McGoohan died at the age of 80 on 15 January 2009. The link contains two photos. Also I ran into a very nice interview from 1977 which is mostly about “The Prisoner”, also with photo.
Yesterday we watched “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” again. What a great film! A story with filmographic jokes as only a Kaufman can come up with, empathizable characters (the shy Jim Carrey who falls in love with the extravagant sweetheart Kate Winslet), a great atmosphere. I see that my review gives everything away, but even watching it again (and thus knowing exactly what will happen) makes this film a great one.
However the Danger Man box that I got are the third and forth series, it took a while before the series started to get more interesting. Most of the episodes still are a bit ‘normal’ but not boring, but a few episodes back was the great “The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove” in which John Drake is knocked out and the episode is a very surrealistic dream reminding of the end of “The Prisoner”. Yesterday we watched “Colony Three” in which Drake investigates the disappearance of many people. During the investigation he is kidnapped and kept prisoner in a remote village that is used to train secret agents. The episodes has more than one thing incommon with “The Prisoner”, Drake even calls the man who runs the village “number one”. By the way, the greeting “be seeing you” is also used frequently in the series.