Hereon, this entry will be exclusively movie-oriented. Not really anything I'd planned, but, there've been a couple good flicks lately, and some especially fun ones coming. It'll probably be a very busy few weeks ahead, but I'll be around nonetheless. ^_^
Now, this is a film I definitely want to see: Beyond the Black Rainbow. It's listed as being produced in 2010, but it's only now seeing some form of release - by "now", I can only go by Apple's trailers page for it saying "coming soon". =:P Thus far, it seems to've only been shown at film festivals, and there doesn't seem to be any sign of it on iTunes or Amazon. One of the IMDb comments suggests the trailer does indeed convey what sort of trip you'll be in for, and certainly, not for everyone:
OK so for convenience, I'll just break it down to the kind of people who will like this movie, vs. those who won't. You pick your category and then you will know if you should see it. Because 1 out of 20 people will love this, and the rest will think it is the worst movie ever.
You will love it if: 1: You felt 2001 could have been even slower paced and still be awesome 2: You love really thinky sci-fi even if it doesn't involve people shooting aliens 3: You are crazy in love with 80's hair styles and weird synth music (this movie takes place in 1983, and takes that responsibility VERY seriously) 4: You loved Agent Smith's delivery of lines in The Matrix, and would have liked it if he talked even more slowly and threateningly 5: You think the only good sci-fi is 70's Russian sci-fi
You will hate this movie if: 1: You enjoy having more than one person deliver lines over the course of two hours (basically one speaking part in this movie, though the actor does a good job) 2: You don't like when movies are very, very pretentious 3: You like your movies to generally make an effort to make sense (at one point I swear the main guy gets a phone call from Speak-n-Spell) 4: You don't like when movies spend a considerable amount of their running time trying to injure the viewer's senses 5: You like a really good ending (if you look over the reviews, whether people loved or hated this movie everyone agrees the ending was weak)
All things considered, I really liked this movie, and so did the people I saw it with. But that's a bunch of film geeks. If you're a weird film geek too, I recommend it.
.. or ..
I saw this film at the AFI film festival. Before the film started the director said "I hope you're as messed up in the head as I was when I made this film." He was very right. The film is not for everybody, nor should it be. It is long, confusing, and I loved every minute of it. It is a film you have to buy into to enjoy, but once you're in you're in for a trip. A brilliant piece of science fiction, and contains one of the scariest scenes I have seen in a long time. The cinematography was also brilliant and some phenomenal lighting. This movie is not for those with a short attention span, but anybody who can sit through 2001, Enter the Void, or Stalker should love this film.
Two other trailers that make me wish I could see the film already:
The Fairy, a Tati-style comedy, and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, about a group of British pensioners lured to a retirement home in India.. and the cast measures up, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.
Films seen lately:
- The Muppets. I'd been vaguely interested for a while, and then the family came up for a visit, so that was the obvious choice. Very well worth it. ^_^ Surprisingly smartly written, with some out-loud musical numbers, and a good old fashioned carpet-chewing bad guy.
- The Woman in Black. Ah, yes.. famous names may come and go, and all too often, their re-emergence is little more than a familiar name or logo. In this case, seeing "Hammer" at the start really does seem to usher in a return for the old name in British horror. For better and for worse, I'll admit - it felt often somewhat unrelenting, with little chance to savor normality again, before knowing that their world was again being thrown around. Still, there's hardly any shortage of atmosphere (or tropes =:), and the ending was particularly good.
- Chronicle. I felt matters escalated somewhat more quickly than felt plausible within that context, but nonetheless, despite the opening setting up some fairly unlovable characters, we began to feel some hope for their potential, and with it, sympathy for their future, and themselves.
At the risk of seeming to be a showbiz reporter in this entry, I was intrigued to see a Doctor Who comic crossover planned - with ST:TNG, wherein the Cybermen and the Borg forge an alliance, compelling the Doctor and Picard to join forces. We can only hope the writers manage to pull it off. ^_^