Category Archives: Film

Well… we could go to Taco Bell if that’s more your style.

In honor of yesterday’s post, here’s something that is definitely worth watching. This is a scene from Jim Jarmusch’s spectacular Coffee and Cigarettes featuring Tom Waits and Iggy Pop.

Check it out.

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

I just got word from a friend of mine over at The Shoeless Reader about the Old Pasadena Film Festival.

For the next three weekends on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be screenings of at least two great films each night. There is a bit of a Audrey Hepburn theme this year, with titles like Sabrina, Roman Holiday, and, of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Also, at 7 PM each night, at the Armory Center for the Arts, they are screening an Emerging Filmmakers series featuring films by local students and artists. If you’re only going to go to one screening, I really think it should be one of these.

Also, for those so inclined, there is an all-night screening of the three Lord of The Rings movies. There will be a “Sunrise Hobbit Breakfast” to follow. Not sure what that means, but worth a shot.

All screenings are free, so there’s no reason not to check it out. See you there.


All day I’ve built a lifetime and now the sun sinks to undo it.

Recently I watched both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The movies were made eight years apart and follow the story of a man and a woman that meet on a train traveling through Europe. Each movie takes place in a single day, the second, actually, covers only about an hour and a half, and shot in real time.

In the first movie Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is traveling to Vienna to catch a plain the next morning, and Celine (Julie Delpy) home to Paris. When the train pulls into Vienna, Jesse convinces Celine to spend the night with him in the city. The two spend the night talking and seeing the sites of Vienna. As they learn more about each other, they begin to fall for each other, but they know they have only one night, and it would be impossible to get together.

The second film picks up 8 years later, and finds Jesse in Paris. He is on a tour promoting his book, a novelized version of his night with Celine. She comes to one of his appearances, and they see each other for the first time in years. Jesse has little more than an hour before he must be at the airport, so the two wander the streets of Paris and talk of what might have been. Continue reading

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

I was browsing around the web and came across this over at My Blog. My Space. I thought I’d post my version.

Using the Entertainment Weekly list of the top 100 movies from the last 25 years:

* Bold the movie if you’ve seen it.
* Put asterisks next to the movies you’ve seen and really liked. If you saw a film and hated it, cross it out.

1. Pulp Fiction 1994 *
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03*
3. Titanic 1997
4. Blue Velvet 1986
5. Toy Story 1995*
6. Saving Private Ryan 1998*
7. Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
8. The Silence of the Lambs 1991*
9. Die Hard 1988*
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I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.

I watched Lars and the Real Girl last night. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while, but for one reason or another, just kept putting it off. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the trailer was a bit misleading as to the tone of the film, selling it as more of a comedy than it actually was. Don’t expect to be rolling on the floor or even laughing out loud. For those that don’t know, Lars and the real girl tells the story of a man named Lars (surprise) and his new girlfriend, who happens to be a very real looking love doll named Bianca (don’t’ worry, Bianca is very religious and the happy couple sleeps in separate rooms). While this could have very easily been way over the top and overdone, the script and the cast pulled it off perfectly.

Lars and the Real Girl dealt with some heavy issues and a very complex character. I can’t think of many actors other than Ryan Gosling that could have pulled of the character of Lars. I believed him every second he was on screen. His was a solid and consistent performance. His better roles might not be as well remembered as his turns in Remember the Titans or The Notebook, but his roles in Half Nelson The Believer have shown him to be an incredible actor capable of tackling dark characters.
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The old drug-his-prunes, fake-the-fight, ransack-the-apartment, and switch-places-with-the-Admiral trick

I went to see Get Smart this last week.  I love seeing movies in the theater; it’s one of my favorite things to do, actually.  I’ll go see pretty much anything, though I haven’t really gone to see much in the past six months or so.

I had been looking forward to this movie in particular. Having grown up watching reruns of the show, I was nervous that my childhood was about to be lanced by the movie remake of the show.  I’m happy to say, I came out of the screening with a smile.
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