Monday, January 29, 2007
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Judge: "Are you in a state of grace?"
Joan:"If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me."
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
I saw this film for the second time in my Contemporary Japanese Film class. I always thought of it as a really "fun film" (I mean it can't really get any more fun than 40 kids put on an island to kill each other off until only one remains alive), but after seeing it again I got a chance to analyze it more critically and realized there is a lot more to it than the underage children nihilistically slaughtering each other.
Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945)
"It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra."
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
I didn't have any real problems with the film. In fact I liked the whole concept and it had some very touching moments. It was well acted, and the cinematography and sound also worked well. I just felt that some of the dialogue was very poorly written. For example: They really tried to beat us over the head with lines about how close Clive and Julian's characters were twenty years ago. There are also some unprovoked backstory moments which always annoy me, and after it is discovered Kee is pregnant, Theo reiterates this fact not only once, but twice as if it weren't already apparent.