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Posted on 5/22/11 09:47 AM
David Attenborough has again done very well, serving the fans of Lady Gaga 'Little Monsters' with this 3D presentation documentary.
2011 is a great year for documentaries and this one is no different, should be fun watching it on television a 3D TV perhaps it may even get released on the new Nintendo 3D hand-held device. 3D films often give me eye strain but this one is fine.
The producers of this documentaries have done very well and the stars of the documentary 'The Animals' also performed very well including the insects, birds and incrustations.
All in all I give this documentary a Rotten Tomato Rating of 10 out of 10, that's 100% well done Britain.
Posted on 5/20/10 08:14 AM
The Sorcerer (1977)
Great film watched it this week the beginning is amazing it comes form the same time zone as the best James Bond films and the Omen. The music is funky and is full of cultural espionage and gives a current incite into organised middle Eastern crime. Prepared for some fast moving camera's that captures of collection people. Be warned though it starts of in Hebrew, luckily there are subtitles included.
The film moves through European locations and was releases the same year blockbuster film Jaws came to cinema's If you like espionage films and like watching movies linked with the occult then you should watch this film.
What I like about this film is the variation of language, the close shots of material items and fine detail to gothic and high class incites into a world perhaps not many of us yet recognise.
The year of the films release i was only five or six and I like many have more memories of Star Wars and Jaws, so its great to go back in time and catch up what I would have watched if I was at the age I am now in the time zone of then. The Internet has given this luxury where we can go back in time and watch quality films then rediscover is worth. Similarly we can find and learn from its content today, like a text book I suppose. Often the case is that writers live in Parallel worlds and in-order to understand you need background information, this gives us access into these parallel worlds where time does not easily exist.
The importance of music never changes however the emphasis on how and what types of music the internet feeds us we attribute this and expect this, how ever cultural world music is just as exciting, classical music is a great example. The Sorcerer uses this particular well, its almost like being in a low key musical performance here in the city. This is conflicting delivered over the top of some great filming, great characters and bullets flying everywhere.
The sorcerer film is difficult to define and plays on human desires and needs. It mixes between money and belief and challenges then all with cultural entertainment and other variations of mediated passions. For example one minute your listening to classical music accompanied by machine gun fire, then your in the car with the cities gangsters singing Irish rebel songs who simply end up distracted and half dead, crashed into a fire hydrant waiting for the cops to clear up the mess. The mess is bloody and the gangsters in the car have pockets laced with $100 dollar bills.
This is the turning point in the film, you see Rod Scheider and then you realises this is in-fact an American blockbuster movie not a low key Cannes Film festival submission. It is a film where cultures meet and European and American values unite through the outcasts of other geographical worlds.
The film includes close up shots of reptilian creatures that rome amongst the land and the location of the film moves with the characters and the events that come to pass inevitably give you a clue of where they are, this is good because it appeals to naturists and even in parts it use like they use in Big brother the birds chirping as a sound track, this if you notice I think is very surreal. In one example the star Rod Scheider is now in Cuba with typical Cuban clothing yet similar to the clothing he and gang wore back in the city, this is a great example of blending characters of a film into the surroundings, I like this its very natural and helps with the explosion of information and scenario's that exist in this film, its great check it out.
Perhaps the reason why this film did not reach its maximum audience is because it appeals to everyone from all backgrounds who work in a number of occupations and perhaps and this is just an assumption perhaps this film was trying to please to many viewers and also it does not immediately fulfil the name of the film although you won't be disappointed with the way this film pans out.
I also think this film is a great example of communications, business psychology and the filming always shifts to give an image of the struggles of common men within industry, in a sense showing both sides of the worlds struggles from the common men working in such a dangerous environment drilling for oil and the pressures of the bosses in Cuba who want to know how to maximise profits during an oil boom in an area renowned for its bottom up society. The working classes will always challenge the way society actually is and Cuba is a county in which we but more so them can really celebrate this bottom up approach. And to know when someone is in trouble there are many others in the area going through far worse than the them does two things. One it brings the emphasis on a moment of trouble and two downgrades the nature of the problem. From start to finish alot of problems in this film occur, I love it and it meets the expectations and criteria of every location it visits.
Without giving to much away but only to answer the questions of alchemy in the movie this film is about movement and how things move and the magic we connect with this, but cosmologically the ability to communicate is a key factor in the Sorcerer, and I guess this is just another celebration of Cuban politics, perhaps this is another reason why this films profits never exceeded its expectations, but we can change that right by reviving these films. The kids today have really embraced the Al Pacino films so why not the Scheider fans. The vorcifourous skills of United Nations knowledge of engineering is like something out the A- Team of McGuver and it would not surprise me if I found out this film inspired some of the creators of these later films we all know and love and can't wait to see the sequel or the remake today.
Posted on 12/31/09 11:37 AM
Sherlock Holmes is a difficult lot to beat. Basil Rathbone is great and the Hounds of the Baskervilles is a difficult story to beat. The seventies covered the darker side of Holmes, the television over the past ten years has been full of Sherlock Holmes series. So why is Sherlock Holmes being released during the busiest time of year for cinema. Jude Law and John Downey Jr. are pumping out films like there's no tomorrow and I suppose it was only inevitable that they would get to play two of the most famous teams in London Town. Doctor and detective. Holmes and Watson together on the case to save the world from extinction. Sound familiar?
The heartbeat of the film focus's on Westminster this includes the house of Parliament and Big Ben. Rachel McAdams plays the heroine and the film was directed by Guy Richie and interestingly James Herbert the famous novelist of books like "The Rats' is the films editor. The music is by Hans Zimmer and the Website which has a Facebook enabled game called solve the mystery 221B.SH is definitely worth checking out.
I suspect you are dying to know what happens in the film and the fact that you are still reading and not checking out the website means you interested, therefore bound to critique this film yourself. With this in mind I will leave it up to you to decide how high up the ranks of the long legacy of Sherlock Holmes films this actually is. I have given this a Rotten tomato rating of 90% and I would give a Basil Rathbone a 100%. If your a fan of Sherlock Holmes films, you'll love this one; if not you will learn a thing or two about one of the most perceptive detectives churned out from British 19th century Folk Law.
Posted on 12/28/09 03:09 PM
Gummo. What a great film. Twelve years ago twas made. A very good depiction of decay in society. Based at the lower end of society. The village seems full of outcasts who show bleak lives. The recurring sound track is from Slayer. The Slayer track later in the film is given a binary opposite of a christian tune. Although the lives of everybody seem utterly disgusting and unclean, there are moments from all the characters in which they all achieve something. From holding down jobs to smashing up chairs. Winning in arm wrestles or getting the girls. It is also teamed with examples of societies perverts like the scene with the gossip columnist and the strange blond girls family or the prostitute lady to the transvestite boy. The film gives an inside look from the beginning into the lives of everyone. At a guess I would say this to be the original uncut Donnie Darko. The bunnies ears of the boy at the start of the film who spits onto the motorway has been mirrored by Robbie Williams new video. At the end of the film is possibly the reason why Robbie chose this. The boy with the bunny ears gets the girls in the hot bubbly bath. The boys on the bikes, the two real stars of the film have many troubles, despite this they are still likable. The film paints a collage throughout, of society. It would be interesting to see what Sociologists make of this film. One scene in the film really stands out which may be applicable to the electric environment (well more than one really). A scene when the two boys cycle past a pylon station. The Pylons are clustered together behind a mesh fence. The ominous shot of how power is made is fascinating. It made me think is this why all this is happening. Is it the electrical environment that is contributing to all this apocalypse. Is this why the boy's sit around inhaling glue. Is this why so many people have disabilities, is this why everyone are so different. Despite all my silly questions of in-difference there is a lot solidarity in the film. Throughout the film there is also a reoccurring theme of close bonding between neighbors family and friends. If this is the future and these guy's can make fun of life whilst living in such a decaying pit then I'm sure we can to. This is a feel good film, but at the same time is twisted to the hilt. The main short boy with dispraxia has an inquisitive stare and always manages to ask the right questions. The religious women and her sister who sleep in the same bed are strange. She tries to sing hymns to herself, and spends time in the bath room shaving her eye brows of. Likewise at the beginning of the film we see the blond mother educating the kids how to remove hairs from around the nipple. Hang on, I think it was actually how to make the nipples more erect. Who else the missing cats scenario. Strange and the old woman scene raises questions about the right's to end life. The boy's reinforce this message by leaving a cap in the foot of the lady in question. There are so many really amazing moments in this film. Time seems to stand still for minutes and it is the facial expressions on all the characters faces that tells a whole different story to the actual narrative in the film. The narrative seems to build up to more choas but then flattens out with interesting questions about what happiness is. Is it a new wheel on a bike. Is it doing something special to the world or is it reporting on the members of societies lives. This film covers a whole heap of things which I can't really squeeze in here, the acting is at times Big brother ish. And throughout the film I was left wondering are these real people who generally communicate and procreate in this manner. Is it the way it is because the previous generation left a dismal mess for the kids to grow up in. Finally every moment in the film seeks to be art. Whoever made this film created a realistic mess in most of the houses, even outside the places looked a mess and the short black guy who won the arm wrestle led to the kitchen furniture being scrapped. Thanks Bob, great movie I'm sure will be hearing a lot more about this one in the future months. However the glue theme is a bit 80's or 90's so I think it may not go mainstream.
Posted on 11/29/09 10:14 AM
Firstly I would like to begin from a Media Studies student perspective. This film is incredible Ang Lee has been repeatably cited as a director that fits into the glove of modernity. This film will I suspect be the future of media studies.
One thing about Media theory is that it is drawn from older text, many of the theorists are talking about music made in the swinging 20's never mind the cosmic era of love 60's. With this in mind I will begin my review of this amazing film.
taking Woodstock historically is an epic portrayal of an amazing festival, even though it lacks any contribution by 'famous acts'. If you are looking to see alive concert your best bet is to rent out a documentary of the Grateful Dead or better still wait till June when the Glastonbury festival begins it's broadcast on BBC 1 and BBC 2. If however your looking for an outstanding movie which will shake your world and escort you along within the narrative and offer a conscious shift in thinking and yes expect a few surprises along the way then definitely this is the film for you.
This is a feel good film. Set in the country we see a transformation from local character analysis in which we are introduced to the type of people who live in the village to then be spoonfed nearly everyone in the film. The main character's trait in the film is this interest in people. From the begining this film sets up an event that has a bit of everything within. From Jack Black type characters, to Tootsie typed Queen's and kaleidoscope visuals that will as the cover shows take you on a trip down memory lane.
The film has a hidden interest in technical matters involved around organization and gives a relatively true representation of this world. There's a great baseball bat moment in this film. This film is about a family. But is also about a commune of local hippies who seem to live of creativity and nature. It has characters that you end up caring about. And also those you care about at first cleverly gives you reason to question why you liked them. The clever series of events that lead up to this event are incredible, I really enjoyed this film.
The stars of the film a great two guy's that you'll recognize is the ex Vietnam Veteran and the sites landowner look out for them. But the main star of the film is so normal it is something that again should in my opinion make you able to really enjoy the achievements. Sometimes only superficial achievements but as the film goes on a new narrative arises.
This is a recumbent message about freedom in an age when drugs were used to raise consciousness in-order to rise above the past consciousness of failure like alcohol was before prohibition.
This film is about the middle class baby boomers and how freaky they were and how they take over a quiet middle of the road crossroads village. But on arrival already within the base of the site already exist the freakiest team led by the Jack Black look alike. Whose creativity is more above free love and nature rather than money and industrialization.
Within the whole ethos of festival's there is money in this film, wads of cash in-fact, money exchanging hands, corporate industries as they set up shop fro one of the most talked about festivals since Glastonbury. In-fact it would be great to see something similar made about Glastonbury. Go out and watch this film in the movies or get it on Blue Ray. The hallucination scene is cosmic and you want good quality screen to get the best aesthetic effect.
If you like films that rock your thinking and make you like the characters this is the film for you. A feel good film with some decent enough reconstructions of a really popular moment of America's history, not quite Independence day but definitely up there.
Posted on 7/29/09 05:49 PM
G.I. Joe the action figure was a great big seller for boys in America, similarly Action Man was very popular here in Britain. G.I. Joe was more of a gadget man who had very well armed jeeps with fancy rockets and flying gadgets. The flying suits of G.I. Joe are very impressive and I'm positive this will be a box office hit. Cobra is an arch nemesis of the G.I. Joe's military organisation and their plot against the planet is very serious, without G.I. Joe I do not know where we'd all be. Big up to G.I. Joe against the battle of the evil slippery snake Cobra.
Posted on 7/29/09 05:24 PM
This sequel film is an artists dream. The director Alejandro Jodorowsky is very imaginative. This film the follow up to another popular world cinema film El Topo, which again did surprisingly well in Mexico has to be an all time cult classic.
The film itself is full of bare bones, midgets, crucifixions and ritualistic explanations that far outreach anything I've ever seen before.
The remastered version done in 2007 is fantastic, the colour and sound is greatly improved form the 1973 original. When watching this film I look at through artistic eyes, and I imagine what John Lennon, David Lynch, Dennis Hopper, David Cronenberg and Marilyn Manson all seen in this film.
The film is full of nostalgia and follows a planned dark comedy that is in parts truly offensive however as a piece of art retains an amazing overall quality about itself.
I'm so glad I bought this remastered version on DVD because now I can watch this film over and over again. This film is a masterpiece and is also an amazing piece of art.
Jodorowsky's filming holds a certain symmetry that has my approval and is effective on many levels. Throughout the montage of this film you are constantly following one mans journey through the purgatory of a fantasy village, and like fantasy island has a Rumpelstiltskin type midget in the cast and a captain who rules the town from a distance with an iron fist.
If this truly is an adaptation of a Holy Village then I chose not to be part of it. However like all good retribution stories this film does withhold a happy ending.
Posted on 11/23/08 02:54 AM
James Bond tries to save the water. He's on a mission again, and I don't say this reluctantly because from the beginning you see him swinging around like Tarzan in a suit. He puts The Bourne Ultimatum to shame as he clutters down the expandable stairs, flies around like a circus act then beats up the baddies like a clown in the first five minutes. Well that's the circus charade out the way. Onto the rest of film (without revealing the whole plot) it includes everything you'd expect from a British intelligence movie; action, intelligence, light sexual scenes, and whole hearted faith in the hero (even though he spends most of his time in the film being distrusted). Previously in the 007 conundrum the James Bond in the shape of a icosikaihenagonology (21st) 'Casino Royale' insisted on painting Craig as a bad boy. Now the icosikaihenagonology (22nd) continues with this ridiculous notion except they almost arrest him this time. Judy Dench 'M' is a great actor however I think she is the trouble maker of the team, Q is much better; John Cleese has always been funny taking over from the original 'Q' who was the heart of Bond's team, however there is no 'Q' in Quantum of Solace. For quite some time now. Director Mark foster brings to the film a technological apple like application of shots, everyone are tactile including Bond, constantly touching things, scrolling through screens, hugging. The panache of Bond is depleting some little. For example he now insists on an olive in his drink, sorry no it's the shaken not stirred condiment thin slice of lime that got my mouth watering, why not a thick chunk of shredded slices. Even the traditional dinner suit now seems out of date. I think it's time for a 'tracksuit Bond' from the Northern region of Britain, who maybe for example knowing how to swear in Albanian.
My favourite scene's of the film are infinite, it's a great film full of motorbike chases, helicopters chasing planes, boats flying over boats, boat hopping, building hopping. Then there is as ever the usual underwater scenes. What is now a new addition to this quandary to a lot of films that I've noticed recently is; of how mobile phones now seem waterproof and the cars are no longer fascinating. In this film the submarine scenes and the repeatedly near death of 'Bond's' friend 'Felix', and Bond on a Sunday spending time with beautiful women (not always seducing mind) are forgivable repetitive. Sony Ericsson have really gone to town with his phone this time even I could have had a phone like his however I'd like to know exactly where he downloads his applications from. If this film was starring Sean Connery it would be perfect.
It goes on for you slightly less than your bog standard Bond films (106 minutes) which is perfect for a Sunday afternoons feet up and do absolutely nothing. Can't wait to watch the repeats on TV and on Boxing Day and just hope that Judy Dench steps down so they can fill her shoes with a man. I mean a man with his own shoes who is not so active and stays in his office. Which brings me on to submissive Miss Money-penny, she is a rising star whom I'm sure the next plot has room for flexibility. Not that every possible plot has already been hammered. Ian Flemming I believe lived the life of a secret agent which is why his stories and plots were on par with modern trends, however modernity has become so informative and obtrusive of all our lives there seems to be not many surprises.
I was outside last week in Leicester Square trying to get interviews with people about what they thought. Could this be their favourite film of 2008, would they just like to speak into my Dictaphone. A handful of guy's perfectly carried this task out although; gave their opinion, on some more striking films, of this phenomenal year for movies. Where as the women were even less subliminally receptive, not even wanting to have there comments recorded. Don't worry though they didn't bomb me out, they were just not sure of their favourite film of 2008. May the onslaught of quantitative success of MGM and other oligopolies films continue.
Films to look out for in the near future:
'Watchmen' : http://www.scarthemovie.com/
'Tim Burton's Nightmare 3-D: http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/nightmare/
Relevant sites for Bond film Quantum of Solace
Official James Bond Website: http://www.007.com/
Quantum of Solace IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830515/
It was released on the 31st of October 2008 in the UK.
Starring: Daniel Craig as James Bond, Judy Dench as M and Jeffery Wright as 'Felix'.
Locations Italy, Haiti, Bolivia, Britain and Austria.