I'd say open up one of the great red Syrah blends from the Languedoc while watching this movie the first time and go for a baby Beaune the second time you watch it. By the 3rd time, you'll want a glass of Champagne (from a small grower not anything from the L. Vuitton stable) or a lovely Limoux and a notepad to jot down some of the quotes.
[b][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000]?The wines that make you dream, that transcend time? they bring youth instead of wrinkles. For millennia, wine has been a nearly religious relationship between man and nature, with the earth, the live earth ? free of synthetic products- and the weather. A great wine springs from love, humility; a communion with the spiritual ? with earth and time. It takes a poet to make a great wine?. Aime? Goubert[/color][/font][/b]
However, if you have any interest in winemaking, the wine industry and the different philosophies those in the business take, Mondovino is the film to see.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mondovino" is an informative film which does touch on some important issues but also could have been helped by a narrator to assist those of us uninitiated across three continents. It does not help that the movie is filmed by someone who was apparently more interested in filming dogs than human beings.(Bonus points for including a Basset Hound, though.)[/font]
It'a about the golobalisation of wine. Surpisingly, it's not boring but it is pretty depressing. The somewhat elistist traditional wine growers of France and Italy are completely crushed by ginormous dead inside corporations. The new world wines are made from young vines. The old world wines are made from old vines. The new world can't make wine like the old world so they CONVINCE the world that that's what wine is supposed to taste like. People with money believe what their told and buy only new world wine. Old world wine that has been made for CENTURIES is dismissed as crap by people that have been making wine for five years. It is slanted but some of the shit that comes out of these people's mouths you just can't write. See the old aristocratic famililes in Europe who have allied themselves with the corporations (nouveau rich) and hear them refer to them as good 'workers' (if you're not an aristocrat you're a peasant) and describe their own ancestors as followers of fascism (but 'only the good parts') Listen to the corporations fantasise about growing wine on other planets 'Wouldn't that be something??' Watch as the winemaker for a old winehouse is referred to as the 'Technical Director' because whatever it is he makes now it sure as hell aint wine!!!! Angrifying!!
Punch Drunk Love
Um. Yeah. IT was pretty psycho. Very skillfully directed. I felt highly tense and insane in parts of this film. The juddery camera movements and weird sounds really added to the 'on the edge' feelings of Barry. I kind of related to him a little bit but I am more abusive than him so I don't have to smash stuff up. Well, not as of yet. His sisters were [i]hideous,[/i] if they were my relatives they would be dead and I would be in jail. I found Emily Watson's character a bit weird..Her predatory delight in his psychotic neediness was disturbing..It was odd to see the female play an utterly emotionally dominant role like that, sexy and scary and well, different. So. hmmm.