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Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:53 am
by wpqx
Watched Sherrybaby (2006) earlier today and was a little let down. I just wasn't in the mood for dysfunctional family drama. It was difficult to watch and the longer it went on the more upsetting it got. Not to take away from Gyllenhaal's performance, just not what I was in the mood for.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:29 pm
by wpqx
Night of the Hunter (1955) - Charles Laughton

This was part of my re-watch list as a film I didn't appreciate that I felt was worth another look. I was right in assuming I missed something the first time around, and I'm not even sure what I missed. Something about the film just didn't click the first time around. I found Mitchum's performance grating and over the top, but that's almost the very reason to like the film. The main thing that this film has going for it above all else is Stanley Cortez' cinematography. This in many ways fulfills the promise of The Magnificent Ambersons that Cortez really was one of the all time greats. It is very much in the same vein of expressionist lighting and deep space compositions, if you paused the film on any given image you'd be looking at one of the best still frames in all of film. Laughton had an appreciation for silent film and apparently watched a lot of Griffith before making this picture. His odes to expressionism, Lillian Gish, and Griffith's narrative devices come up again and again. Interesting that one of our great American fables was again made by a foreign born man. Really remarkable and it's a damn shame Laughton was never able to follow it up with another movie.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:24 pm
by tzarine
I love Night of the Hunter. Scared the $*+* out of me when I was a child. Gish is perfect as the alternate mother/angel. Don't forget Shelly Winters.

The Goddess with the amazing Ruan Lingyu.

A woman works as a Shanghai prostitute as she raises her son. Amazing visuals and absolutely no moral judgments. Stanley Kwan recreated some of the scenes with Maggie Cheung in Actress.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:41 pm
by wpqx
I also revisited Color of Pomegranates yesterday but didn't really get to post on it. Still an amazing film but not sure if it quite captivated me the way it initially did.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:40 am
by wpqx
The Happening (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
My Way Home (1964)

I'll try and get more about the new releases tomorrow/later today technically, but I'll say Hulk was entertaining if not quite a great film. The Happening was disappointing and not even remotely interesting, by far Shayamalan's weakest film.

The Jancso was a treat although I wasn't sure if the DVD I saw was the correct aspect ratio, it just seemed to look a little distorted.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:38 pm
by arsaib4
I believe the recently released Second Run DVD of My Way Home is 1.78:1, about the same as the French DVD I have. The film feels like a companion piece to Jancsó's other '60's efforts such as The Round-Up, The Red and the White and Silence and Cry.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:12 pm
by wpqx
Definitely agree, I watched Silence and Cry yesterday (which was 2.35:1) and very much in the same vein. Still of the four I would have to go for Red and the White as my favorite.

I also have Red Psalm and would like to get to that as well possibly today or tomorrow.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:59 pm
by arsaib4
Silence and Cry is said to be Jancsó's last b&w 'scope film. Its mise-en-scène felt like a visual ballet. Red Psalm is in color and is 1.33:1 but is no less sublime (its a musical). I just got a hold of his second feature, Cantata, which supposedly reworks La Notte.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:20 pm
by wpqx
I think Tarr much more closely resembles Jancso than Tarkovsky but surely each is their own artist. I'd like to see Cantana and a few others for that matter, his style is perfectly suited to my taste in cinema.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:39 pm
by wpqx
I did watch Red Pslam and my goodness this might be Jancso's best film. Absolutely remarkable and that final shot is brilliant.