Rjd2 wrote: »
Touchez pas au grisbi I watched a few months ago on my "mubi travels" has been added to the Irish version of Mubi.
Its a brilliant crime thriller from the 50s which flies by and has a great lead performance.
Pops up on lists when people talk about best French gangster films.
fisgon wrote: »
The Hummingbird Project - Nguyen - 2019
A story that illustrates the absurdity of modern capitalism; a millisecond can mean hundreds of millions of dollars, and can inspire an insanely ambitious project. Jesse Eisenberg just plays his usual angsty self but Stellan Skarsgard really plays against type as a hunched, socially awkward nerd savant. Salma Hayek breaks balls. A weird little story that kind of works, though not sure about the Mennonites' role in this….:):):)
Tetro – Coppola – 2009
The choice of black and white for this film seems perverse; it is set in the vibrant, colourful city of Buenos Aires, which is drained of life. The whole father/son thing is melodramatic and overplayed, and the story never engages; it kind of limps along. It has Carmen Maura but it is no Almodóvar. Could have been good, but is just aimless and disappointing.:)
fisgon wrote: »
Under the skin – Glazer – 2013
Profoundly weird and intriguing, right from the beginning. The guy with the facial deformity in the middle just adds to the deep strangeness, as well as the incongruity of Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson driving around Scotland in a white van picking up guys. Loses its way a little in the Highlands, a little like Scarlett, but still absolutely unique. One of the strangest things I have ever seen.:):):)
Bozo Skeleton wrote: »
Finally finished The Pusher trilogy. All three are excellent.
fisgon wrote: »
Agree, like a cross between the Sopranos and a Danish Trainspotting.
Borg versus McEnroe - Pedersen - 2017
Didn’t believe Shia Leboeuf for a second as McEnroe; surely they could have got someone who actually looked like him. He is not at all convincing. However, the film centres more on Borg, and this portrayal is a little more effective. There is some insight into Borg’s complicated relationship with fame, but not enough. There is a great film to be made about this story, but this is not it.
A Single Man – Ford – 2009
Moments of clarity, but not that engaging. Fundamentally, the desire to live triumphs over death, though there is always an ironic sting in the tale too. Colin Firth plays himself, as he did in Bridget Jones, and certainly doesn´t extend his range here. Julianne Moore is underused. Strangely we have American actors playing British, and British playing Americans. A mixed bag.
Princess Cyd – Cone – 2017
A terrific film. Full of feminine energy, it is about family, memory, youth, getting stuck in a rut, loss, trying new things, ideas, literature, growing up, getting off, the power of friendship, the pull of family and the past. Cyd, the 16 year old central character, drives the story with her wit, openness, lack of tack, appetite for life. A real surprising pleasure.
Yes – Potter – 2004
A film without any real flow. We are in London, then Belfast, suddenly we are in Havana, Beirut. It is a staccato narrative not helped by the stuttery visual effects. Characters are inconsistent, adding to the imbalance. The blank verse adds to a sense of unreality; not necessarily a bad thing, but the whole thing has the feel of a rambling experiment at times.
the secret of the grain 2007 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487419/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 , charming, the old man, how people loved him , especially his stepdaughter.
I had a couple of Christian Petzold films from the Now Showing section of Mubi that I wanted to see.
It turned out that his style and subject matters are appealing to me so I ended up watching the whole retrospective that's available in the library - 7 films and 3 shorts.
His films are slow paced in general and the stories focus on the characters and what they are going through - often though and especially in his later films there are elements of fantasy - the likes of "does this really happened or is it all in the protagonist's head?". There are also allegoric references: his latest film, Undine builds a story around water. Generally there isn't really much action, the devil is in the details and random coincidences can be important and the actors express themselves with their whole body, not just by the dialogue available to them,
Petzold also has actors that are regulars in his films: Nina Hoss especially is like a muse to him, having played in 5 of Petzold's films. Her characters are always intriguing. She gives at least 2 brilliant performances in Barbara and my favourite Petzold film, Phoenix. Franz Rogowski is another regular: he has starred in the last 2 films alongside Paula Beer and their chemistry is fantastic.
The tenth victim – Petri – 1965
Despite the idiotic ending, this is quite a lot of fun. Very sixties, a world where violence is controlled by a Hunger Games style hunt that channels people’s urge to kill. Very stylish, curious, though the story doesn’t always hang together. Marcello Mastroianni just plays his typical suave rogue we have seen many times before. The dubbing is weird, but the pace is fast and it is never boring.
First cow – Reichardt – 2019
Kelly Reichardt does love the American wilderness. This film is set on the frontier in the 1800s, and centres on a group of people living hand to mouth in primitive conditions in Oregon. It is as slow as you would expect from Reichardt; the slowness doesn’t always add to the narrative. A small story about ambitions, dreams, a drive for survival in hostile conditions.
Sibyl – Triet – 2019
This film is a bit of a mess, like its protagonist. The first half is full of these short flashbacks that break up the narrative and only serve to confuse. Once the story settles down there are intriguing aspects; the whole menage-a-trois on the film set has promise and there are some nice moments, many involving Sibyl’s sister. A mixed bag.
Rubber – Dupieux – 2010
The strangest thing about this movie isn’t even the sentient, homicidal tyre, it’s the whole set up with the spectators and the question about what is real and what is fake that is truly bizarre. A lot of fun; intriguing, absurd, stupid, gruesome, never anything less than creative.
The perfect Candidate , saudi arabia , 2019 . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6971114/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 . Looking at culture and relations across family and community as a female doctor runs for local election. well worth watching
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