Mother Night Reviews
This movie however is an exception. Based on one of my favorite Vonnegut novels, Mother Night is the story of Howard W Cambell Jr (Nick Nolte), and american playwright living in Nazi Germany. Cambell lives for his wife Helga North(Sheryl Lee), a german actress. They vow that no matter what happens in the world that their love with prevail. Cambell is approached by Major Frank Wirtanen (John Goodman) and asked to be an american spy. Cambell uses his standing in society as a playwright to get himself a radio show, where he quickly gains himself a reputation as the voice of Nazi Germany, while feeding secret messages over the air. Late in the war Helga is a casualty of the war at the hands of the Soviet Army. When Howard finds out he quits his work with the propaganda ministry and when the war ends the US government sets him up with a new identity and a place to live in New York. Years later he is in a prison in Israel awaiting a trial for for crimes against humanity. In prison he is asked to write his memoirs before the trial, at which point he writes about his life from the point he was approached by Major Wirtanen to the point where he was sent to Israel.
This movie successfully captures the essence of the novel. While this is one of his most serious writings, the movie doesn't convey much of the classic Vonnegut humor, with exception of the few scenes featuring Robert Sterling Wilson: The Black Fueher of Harlem. The movie however completely captures the love and despair of the story, and raises the questions of what is real? what is real because we want it to be? what is real only because of the perception of reality? and what do you do when your only reason for living is taken away?
I highy recommend this movie and this book. It is truly one of Vonnegut's masterpieces. My only disappointment with the movie was the omission of the final iconic line from the book. I won't ruin the ending or any of the plot twists throughout, you'll have to find those out for yourself.
A couple of things...if you do read this Ms.inddirect one I still haven't gotten to watch your film that you provided in the PM. I just haven't had time. Not ignoring the movie. Lord knows I would love to watch it and bash the living hell out of it in hopes of making you feel like less of a human. But alas...I don't even get the small joys anymore. I also want rmk to know that there is a rule in this journal that if you read it you must comment on it. I don't care what you say really but you do have to say something.
One odd development in my life recently is that by coincidence I've had to stay with people that watch loads of movies. They are netflix fanatics. I have to say it seems like a good deal. You get movies in the mail without the bothersome drive to the store or standing in line but one must wonder what that does to this economy. We are a consumer driven and service driven economy. How many people's jobs depend upon you going to the movie store? The destitute oil industry. The bloke behind the counter at the gas station. The owner of the gas station. The owner of the movie store. The clerk behind the counter that used to have to listen to you swear that you turned Meet the Deedles back on time. The times they are a changing.
So anyway I saw Battle Royale and it lived up to the hype although it is shockingly unoriginal. I figured that it was going to throw some curves and swerves but it really is less introspective than Lord of the Flies. It is like Lord of the Flies with guns and without the heart. I still loved it.
Mother Night was one I've wanted to see for a long while. It follows a US Spy that played the part of a Nazi during WWII. Problem is that after the war no one except a select few knew that he was a spy. So he is forced to live the rest of his life in hiding until the Israelis find him out. Nolte is a great actor that is sadly now more known for his famous mug shot. Still a great fun little movie you should check out.
Then we have Badlands which shocked me for one reason. I had no idea how much Tarantino had ripped off this flick for True Romance. Even the people that made it stayed with the flow of ripping it off by using almost the same damn annoying score slightly modified. It isn't a bad movie and Martin Sheen is cool most of the time. Just like True Romance our guide is a dim-witted girl who is blindly to the point of being annoying in love with some average schmo. Not bad but I expected more from Mallick. Watch Thin Red Line instead.
Lastly...yes I watched Brokeback Mountain. I know Mr.Furious. Don't even say it. I gotta say I thought it wasn't as gay as Bad Boys 2 but there is no way around the fact that fundamentally this movie just sucks. Heath Ledger talks as if he constantly has two cocks in his mouth and Donnie Darko is hard to believe in the cheery power bottom role. I prefer him brooding and homicidal. I can't get past the fact that this movie would've been nothing if it had Ledger and some married girl he wasn't supposed to have sex with instead of some sheep herder he wasn't supposed to have sex with. While I will admit that seeing the Princess Diaries girl's tits was cool you can skp this movie if you haven't seen it. All praise be to Allah for Crash getting Best Picture. The half assed way they ended this movie makes the sappy Crash ending look Usual Suspects inspired. If you haven't seen it don't read this spoiler but the 5 second way they wrote off Gylenhaal(sp?) had me in stitches and Ledger desperately trying to emote in the aftermath was just confusing. Why was he never that caring beforehand?
So this has been yet another installment of me talking out of my ass. I hope you enjoyed yourself and the complimentary bagels provided by my mysterious jewish benefactor. Adios.