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I hoping your attention span is ok, because I suspect that this one is going to be long and meandering....
Yesterday, Caressmewell posted [post 424049]. I responded, but a) felt like I wanted to say more, and b) realized that I'd left off one major item....
There are 5 films either out currently or due out within week that I really want to see. That number has no precidence... I can't remember there ever before having been so many films out at once that I really wanted to see...
Starting with what's out now, and then moving on to what's due next week, and then the honorable mention....
1. A Scanner Darkly -- I admit that the concept of running a film through rotoscope doesn't grab my imagination, but I'll be damned if just about any adaptation of Philip K. Dick that's ever made it to the theatres hasn't been worth seeing. This one has gotten good reviews, and I've discovered that I'm always impressed by Robert Downey Jr. It's easy to see why he keeps getting work, despite his troubled personal life--the man always gives great, layered performances. (Note to self: one of these days, tell the story of how I actually got to meet Phil Dick briefly, back in the early seventies. Not many people can claim that.)
2. La Moustache -- A fuck with your mind/what is reality film that I read a review of a week ago. Seems to be a real Drew movie... A Parisian man and his wife prepare for a small dinner party with another couple (turns out the other guy is the wife's exhusband and new wife). Impulsively, as he finishes cleaning up, the man shaves off his moustache. Disconcertingly, not only does no one notice, but when the subject comes up, every one denies that he's had a moustache for years. According to the L.A. Times, "a witty, dark metaphor of marriage with husbands and wives no longer seeing themselves as they really are -- or as they see themselves". (In French with English subtitles)
3. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man -- Of course, I've known of Leonard Cohen's existence for just about forever--he wrote "Suzanne" which Judy Collins recorded over 35 years ago. Then, about 13 or 14 years ago, I wonderful (late, lamented) radio station that I'd just discovered one night played a song with the following lyric, "looks like freedom, feels like death, falls somewhere in between I guess". The station didn't give the name of the song or artist at that time, and it was months before I heard it again. The artist was Leonard Cohen, and the song was called "Closing Time" (this was years before the similarly named song by SemiSonic was released). I admit to being intrigued, by I had this impression of Cohen as being a bit too "mainstream" for my tastes. Fast forward a few years to 2000, and there's a new Boby Dylan song, called "Things Have Changed" that I've become obsessed with. That song only exists on the sound track for a movie called Wonder Boys (also highly recommendable, while we're on the subject). So I buy the sound track. Not only does it feature that Dylan song and 2 other Dylan cuts, there's Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, a Van Morrison song I like better than anything else of his I've ever heard, Tim Hardin, John Lennon, and Tom Rush, but there's a song called "Waiting for the Miracle" by Cohen. Ok, the man has hit me where I live. I can resist no more and I purchase "The Essential Leonard Cohen" off of Amazon. Years later, and it's still a favorite album (2 discs) of mine. That growly voice that just loves to pronounce the word "naked" the soothing tone of a lot of the songs that belie the ironic tone of the songs, the witty turns of phrase that he tosses off so easily--the man has won his way into my current designation as "favorite artist". And now there is a cpncert/interview/homage movie which features both his and other artists interpretations of his material. (There's a dj in L.A. who frequently plays other artists covers of Cohen songs--I'm always amazed as to how well they make the transition.)
4. Clerks 2 -- Somewhere in the ancient past (A monologue on the subject of Kevin Smith...) I addressed the subject of Kevin Smith at some length. I can't help but jump to see his return to the Jersey series as soon as it appears.
5. Lady in the Water -- I consider Sixth Sense to be the finest movie ever made, in terms of telling its story cinematically, being honest with the viewer, and packing a hell of a punch. Then he did Unbreakable, which got through to my comics fan sensibilities (and then totally broke my heart, I had so identified with the Samuel L. Jackson character--that was me growing up). I haven't liked the last two as well, but there's no denying that the man has wonderful storytelling skills that I'm willing to follow. He may be the only director making films now who can open a film just on the strength of his own (multi-syllabic) name.
Superman Returns -- I'm dismayed by the reviews, but I'm sure I'll have to see it at some point in the theatres.
7/13/2006 7:33 am
"A Scanner Darkly" is on my list to see but I'm going to pass on "Superman". In August I will more than likely see "Snakes on a Plane" with Samuel L. Jackson.|
7/13/2006 8:49 pm
I already saw Superman Returns....and if you are a superman fan....it was okay! Maybe we can see some of these on our dream date arranged by Shaye! |