Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
"A Walk into the Sea": Esther Robinson's indirect biography of Andy Warhol, based on the disappearance of her nephew
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The DVD has a 20-minute short documentary about Truffaut, "Cineastes de notre temps"; a lot of music from the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique gets played.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Garzelli's "The Sentiment of the Flesh" plays with peculiar fascinations and fetishes (among doctors)
Picture: not from film (a local karaoke party)
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The DVD is spread onto two discs, one is the film, and the other has many extras.
I recall the marque for this movie appearing in the Washington papers for weeks around 1953. I think it played at the old KB Ontario, which showed mostly foreign films. This film is both in French with subtitles and English.
Friday, July 15, 2011
One of my favorite lines occurs early, "Wands choose their wizards." Quite existential!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
In a countryside that looks a bit like Middle Earth, the Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is to marry Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and is kidnapped to incite a war. The adventurer Westley (Cary Elwes) will negotiate a land of Chaucer-like characters to save her, including Vizzini played by Wallace Shawn (“My Dinner with Andre”), but not after undergoing “rendition” himself in a rather provocative-looking “torture machine”.
There is a wedding scene that in retrospect would seem like a parody of the recent Royal Wedding, and she never says “I do.” That becomes critical when Westley finally is reunited with her, when he utters a now famous line often showing up in heterosexual tweets: “There is a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”
The film still has the following official site, link.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
"Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" is about an architectural photographer, for a change
Monday, July 04, 2011
The DVD Bonus Footage contains several short films: "An Alternate Approach", "More from Do You Care Truck", "Extended Shishamareff", "Rick and the Bar Mitzvah", "We Could Just Adapt", "A Message from the North" (with Jake Gyllenhaal making a visit), "Jeff Nachmanoff and DAT" (with more commentary about the importance of the 2004 Roland Emmerich film "The Day After Tomorrow" (20th Century Fox), where entertainment engages the public more than documentary "information".
There are also five "Activist Extras": "Everything's Cool at Sundance's Leveraging Film Festival". "Set Up: A Day of Action", "Biofuels High", "Green Jobs Revolution", "Youth Unite for Clean Energy". The last short, the most substantial, presents youth undergoing a 3-day fast in front of the White House (not just a 30 hour fast) because the US wouldn't sign the Kyoto agreements. Another student drops out of college (sacrifices) to start a green "social movement". The relevant web link is Climate Challenge here.
These short films come from "Working Films".