Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jul 25, 2010.
Finally got around to watching Perfume. Not nearly as good as the book.
Winter's Bone. Moving, tense, very, very well-acted, gripping. Surprised at how good (great?) this was. A young girl needs to find her father, or his body if he's dead, to stop the courts taking her family's house.
wonderful film that, the tone of the whole thing is bleak, but never wholly depressing. Beautifully shot, and Jennifer Lawrence is superb.
On a rather different note....watched Sarah Millican’s Chatterbox last night. Very funny indeed, we laughed lots.
Very stylish film. What ruins it is the website selling a perfume coffret, whatever that is when it's at home:
Haven't seen the website, but the book's language is extremely sensual (even in translation), in a way which just wasn't adapted well to film this time.
The film of The Perfume had a self-conscious and artificial look to it, all the grubbiness looked carefully art directed and looked like movie squalor rather than the real thing. Like many big budget European co-productions it felt like a film that had little personality and most of it faded from my memory soon after I saw it. I read the book in the 80s and remember enjoying it a lot more.
Bob le Flambeur - Continuing to work through Melville's films. Absolutely brilliant, like all the Melville films I've seen it looks fantastic and manages to keep the main plot going while still giving proper character backgrounds. I saw the Neil Jordan remake before this version but that doesn't come close to this.
Plus Isabella Corey is insanely good looking.
Contagion: Steven Soderbergh's 'killer epidemic' film. It was OK but felt a bit flat somehow - the characters weren't terribly interesting and, for a disaster movie, it was very low-key, which I'm guessing was the point. But still...
Batman Under the Red Hood. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1569923/
Quite a cool, gothic film, which seems to be available on youtube and is well worth 75 minutes, especially if you're into the novels or have played the recent games.
Watched Inception for the 2nd time (first time at the flicks) and now I finally understand all the dream layers.
The Crucible, tonight, that's how little there is worth watching or listening to as far as I'm concerned.
I didnt want to watch this, but the mrs got it
Today I feel slighty soiled by the mawkish emotional triggers employed thoughout the film. Didnt connect with any of the charachters, didnt like the hybrid scouse/ Daphney from Frasier/ American accent used. Truly rotten film
Finished watching Strumpet City this afternoon. Fairly engrossing, if a bit pedestrian by today's standards. Wonder how much Ustinov got paid for his cameo
We started watching Your Highness but it was such a load of utter toss we went to bed instead.
Tinker Tailor -atmospheric chain smoking bunch of secret service toffs who are all sexually or emotionally disfunctional hang about in dark rooms seeking information or misinformation.. It was ok but not as good as the TV series and the who dunnit part was so vague I lost interest and just admired Smiley.
Sometimes there's too much tossing in bed and I have to watch telly instead
Little Caesar. The rise and fall of a thirties' gang boss, played by Edward G. Robinson. What struck me as interesting was that some of the shots were set up in the same way that the old silent movies would have been, even though this is from 1931, and is mainly a talkie.
Worth watching, even after eight decades.
One of the best films of recent years, and Jennifer Lawrence should have got the Oscar.
Watched La Haine again the other evening, still great.
I also loved Winter's Bone - was almost a film noir really, plotwise. Hillbilly noir.
I'll be going to see Hunger Games next week on the strength of Lawrence's performance.
/dex mutates into a twihard
The Help. Simplistic and manipulative and the type of film engineered to appeal to Oscar voters. I probably should have hated it and yet it was rather watchable thanks to a great cast. Octavia Spencer absolutely deserved her Oscar for best supporting performance.
You not a fan then?
Hot Tub Time Machine
c'mon. not even this?
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