Movie Beat – 08.30.13

Afternoon Delight – Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a stay at home Mom with not a whole lot going on. Her husband, Jeff (Josh Radnor) isn’t the lovey-dovey type and the marriage is on the rocks. Rachel needs something, anything to make her feel important. She met McKenna (Juno Temple), a nineteen-year-old stripper who has been kicked out of her apartment and invites her to come and stay with her family and “act” like the nanny. Inviting a nineteen-year-old stripper into the home when your marriage is on the rocks seems like a bad idea to me. Jane Lynch, Jessica St. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.30.13

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

  Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is the perfect antidote to anyone who has spent the summer overwhelmed by too many CG fight-scenes, too much frantic cutting, too much shaky handheld camera work, too many sequels and too many reboots. Saints is quiet, methodical, even meditative in its approach. It is a slow burn of emotion, not taking anyone toward a left turn or surprise destination, but to a dead-end. Everyone on board knows exactly where this ride is going to let off, yet they all climb aboard. Their life is just one long, hot summer day. The heat is unrelenting … Continue reading AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

Born On This Day – August 24

“I don’t make rules myself. I didn’t study enough to be able to make them. I’m too stupid. I spend my whole life making movies, so I have to enjoy it. Even at times when we had a very tight and difficult schedule, it was always enjoyable. Of course I wonder if the film will be successful afterwards. It’s wonderful if a film becomes successful as a result of the enjoyment that we had”. –Takashi Miike Continue reading Born On This Day – August 24

Movie Beat – 08.23.13

Devil’s Pass – Fifty years ago, nine people froze to death while hiking in the Ural Mountains. Now, a group of idiotic twenty-somethings is going to recreate that hike just to prove that man can conquer the elements. Or because they have nothing better to do. At first things go well, it always does, then something happens, and things don’t go so well. They always do. Someone tries to kill them, first by avalanche, then by gun, but once they find a long abandoned bunker with some sort of zombie-demon inhabitants, they are doomed for sure. Happens to me all … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.23.13

Born On This Day – August 23

“Basically, I’m throwing out the question ‘When is such violence justified?’ To get that question to touch the audience physically and directly – that’s what my goal is. In the experience of watching my film, I don’t want the viewer to stop at the mental or the intellectual. I want them to feel my work physically. And because that is one of my goals, the title ‘exploitative’ will probably follow me around for a while.” –Chan Wook-Park Continue reading Born On This Day – August 23

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

The Spectacular Now - PosterThe poster for The Spectacular Now is quite misleading. When I first saw it, my eye was drawn to the girl in the yellow dress amidst a sea of green. Two teenagers sitting on the trunk of a used sedan, dressed for prom, and the giant words THE SPECTACULAR NOW. Clearly this is a teen movie about first love, about high school, about a time and place where the world was right there at our fingertips. The Spectacular Now indeed. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie that the present the girl in the yellow dress is holding is not an innocent Prom Corsage. It is a flask.

The boy in the poster is Sutter (Miles Teller), a high school senior who doesn’t want to leave high school, his town of Athens, GA or the bottle. The movie opens with a montage of him partying, having sex with his girlfriend (Brie Larson), and drinking. He narrates all this with excitement and reverence. He loves himself. He also loves everyone around him. But he especially loves drinking. A lot of teenagers drink, but few of them carry a pocket flask and spike their Big Gulps with brandy. Sutter doesn’t think he has a problem, most likely because no one has told he that he does have a problem. He is such a charming drunk and nothing terrible has happened, it’s probably just a phase that he’ll grow out of.

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