Saturday, April 28, 2012

Brokeback Schoolbus!

Please note the stupidity.

So recently, a couple friends and I made a project that is just utterly unique, a parody of Brokeback Mountain. Except, it's kids on a schoolbus. Aptly titled Brokeback Schoolbus, this is my directorial debut, and there is no better way than to show off my passion on YouTube. Trailer down below.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Masterpieces Classics: Fanny and Alexander (1982)

What is it that makes Fanny and Alexander so great? I think it comes to the multiple perspectives.

Ingmar Bergman, with this film, has crafted an utter masterpiece with this one. Everything about it is something I can praise. There's great acting and lovely lingering cinematography. There's a great script that's almost like a lore or fable. I consider it a fairy tale for adults.

This film is very adult for many reasons. First off, I think the pacing is consistently glacial, in a good way. There is a whole family, the Ekdahls, that is portrayed through the entire film. Secondly, it is much more than your average Disney-film. There is darkness everywhere, especially inside our subjects, Fanny and Alexander.

The film opens with Alexander playing, but bored. Later, a Christmas feast. This is one of the slowest openings to a film that I've seen, but it sets up everything needed for the film. The dinner portrays the Ekdahls as picture-perfect, and the next morning after is when you realize the flaws and desires in every single Ekdahl.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ruby Sparks

So, I LOVE Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine. Their second film, Ruby Sparks, had a trailer released yesterday, and I won't mind seeing it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012 Cannes!

I've been eagarly awaiting this year's Cannes Film Festival ever since The Tree of Life won big last year. Unfortuantely, this year's lineup is... disappointing.

There's a healthy amount of english-language films in the festival, including On the Road, Moonrise Kingdom, Cosmopolis, Killing Them Softly, The Paperboy, Mud, and Lawless.

I'm mainly disappointed by the lack of Malick and PT Anderson, or a suprise screening of Prometheus. On the bright side, I'm happy that Cosmopolis made it, and am still rooting for Moonrise Kingdom. Full competition below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Masterpieces Classics: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Yes, I realize that this film is of recent release, and that may not define it as a classic. But, I cannot deny the film of being a masterpiece because it simply is one. Its future uncertain, but I hope that as I age, I will hear the word "Benjamin Button" and "Classic" used in the same sentence.

I'm sure that most of you know what the story is, but for those who don't, here follows. Benjamin Button, born an old man in the Jazz era, ages backwards. You see his life and history revolve around him, and most of all, his relationship with a dancer named Daisy.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Masterpieces Classics: Raging Bull (1980)

Not so often in history is a film that seems like a surreal escape to the movies, yet it maintains reality. One fine example is Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, a human drama about an angry boxer, Jake LaMotta, his relationships, and the punches in between.

The performances here are top notch, mainly Robert De Niro. His transformation is powerful as it is shocking, from being on top of the world to a painful plummet to the bottom. Pesci and Moriarty also deliver as Jake's brother and wife respectively.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Classic films...

I'm sorry, two people that read this!

I've been on a classic film odyssey, from space (2001) to a playground (Ikiru), and mainly a mob (The Godfather). I updated the Chinese Appease, including new favorites like The Godfather, and The Night of the Hunter. I have now officially decided that I will have a section called MASTERPIECES CLASSICS, where I will review a classic film each week. As this is April, chances of Oscar contenders are slim, so MASTERPIECES CLASSICS this may be. 

My goal for this newly introduced segment be a lesser equivalent to Roger Ebert's GREAT MOVIES list. My first review, should it be soon, will be Scorsese's Raging Bull. Keep posted ya'll!