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avril 2008

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le cahier du cinema

Because I owe you an update, but don't feel like discussing what's been going on in my life, I give you a brief list of the movies I've watched recently, and my opinion of them, in fifty words or less.

  •   Old Joy (dir. Kelly  Reichardt): A painfully apt, understated look at friendship and the tendency to cling to faded bonds and identities in the face of monumental change. Meditative and at times, dull-- you definitely need to be in the right mood to watch this one.
  • Bande à part (dir. Jean Luc "Cinéma" Godard): This has been on my list since I saw The Dreamers my freshman year of college. The robbery plot line is a little hazy and hard to follow, but the famous "Madison" dance and race through the Louvre are absolutely exhilarating to watch. If you like the nouvelle vague, then check this out for sure.
  • The Secret Life of Words (dir. Isabel Coixet): Oof. This one is quite a downer, but Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins are so good in it, that it's oddly a joy to watch. The secondary characters are a little sketchily developed, but I liked what I knew of them, and almost wanted there to be a second film focusing just on them-- in particular Javier Cámara's flamboyant chef and the timid oceanographer.
  • Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (dir. Ridley Scott): Maybe I had to see this one before I watched basically every science fiction film that came afterwards, because this one didn't wow me the way I thought it would. I can see how it was incredibly influential on later movies, but I found myself pretty bored-- and the romance storyline was cheeesy. There were a few badass scenes with Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer, but that wasn't enough to save it for me,
  • Little Children (dir. Todd Field): As expected, I enjoyed this one. Patrick Wilson, Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley are all great, though Wilson was probably the most one-note of the trio. A few nitpicks: I wasn't a huge fan of the quasi-literary narration, and the last fifteen minutes or so were a bit too pat for me. It does makes me curious to read the novel though, to see if we get to see more inside the character's heads during those last pivotal scenes.