Ok movie buffs and film students - I was off from work today, spent the whole day cleaning up and I found this note I wrote to myself, a list of films I wanted to check out, but never did. Here's what it says:
Godard, "La Chinoise", "Weekend" Wexler, "Medium Cool" De Palma, "Dionysus in 69" Tanner, "Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000" Kramer, "Milestones"
You want a recommendation? My standing answer to anyone asking this question is Park Chan-wook's Oldboy: you know it makes sense...
Is that the one where they guy is stranded in a room (...of his own guilt?!) or something? If so, I saw it, and thought it was ridiculous. Now - it did remind me of the movie, Revolver by Guy Richie, which I did enjoy quite a bit.
No, not unless you're remembering it slightly wrong. It's about a 30-something Korean man who is abducted by persons unknown and held captive for 15 years in a private prison, where his cell looks like a dingy hotel room. He has no idea who has imprisoned him or why, and unexpectedly he is released after 15 years, and told that he has 5 days to find out why he was being held. There's more after that, but that would be completely spoilerific, so I don't really want to describe it in any more detail than that. Hope that's enough for you to go on to decide if you have or haven't seen it!
And you thought that Revolver was good?! I'm not joking, that has been the only ever movie where I've left the cinema before the end of the film because it was so bad! Really. Ah well, different strokes for different folks, but if you're saying you thought Revolver was a good film then I don't think you and I are going to agree on much when it comes to movies...
Ah, yeah, I did see Oldboy - there was some drama over the guy's sister or something right? Anyway - I usually wouldn't have thought a movie like Revolver was worth my time, except, that I read all sorts of symbolism it had in it on the imdb.com message board - because I thought something was surely missing when I saw it - and then it all made perfect sense. It's kinda like Alice In Wonderland to the uninitiated. At first viewing one might think it is all nonsense, the white rabbit, card soldiers, mad hatter and so on. But in literary, or, cinematic fashion it's all in reference to other elements. In the end though - even though I liked it, it didn't strike me as particularly GOOD - hell, I had to go on a message board to make any sense of it! It was just interesting, I guess.
The Dark Knight very good. Probably about half an hour too long (they could've even chopped the last hour off the film and used the last hour as the opening of a new and equally great film), but still a very good watch. Much more worthy of the hype than the rather mediocre Batman Begins. And the hype around Heath Ledger's performance was also probably justified: often people are 'bigged up' for no other reason than they're recently deceased, but Ledger's performance was very, very good. As was Aaron Eckhart's as Harvey Dent. First time in a good while that I've really, really enjoyed a mega-budget blockbuster.
Wall-E was also excellent, though it's very much more a film for adults than it is for children. Equally enjoyable to The Dark Knight though.