Saturday, January 10, 2009

Films seen recently

  • In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008): Now this is a black comedy. Very witty, with an excellent cast.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967): Delightful, even if flawed socio-familial drama. Viewers have rightly wondered what the man saw in her, and ready after just 10 days?!

  • Gomorra (Matteo Garrone, 2008): Very oblique. In essence a take on a viciously criminal society at three different social levels.

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008): Funny only because the puritanism that the film tries to make fun of exists in the audience as well. Interesting. I wondered if Juan had any male friends.

  • Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008): Great way to narrate the story, but Indian audiences will find it less than novel. Too ADD-ish for my tastes.

  • The Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara, 1979): The notorious video nasty. Dreary, watched in sped-up playback mode.

  • Sheitan (Kim Chapiron, 2006): Uh huh. Not disturbing.

  • Calvaire (Fabrice Du Welz, 2004): Interesting, and sometimes surreal, take on emotional and physical neediness. The ending is the best part.

  • The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy, 2007): Rings false. Throughout.

  • Muriel's Wedding (P J Hogan, 1994): Neither is the slapstick first part funny, nor is the tragic second part poignant. A trifle, with pleasant songs.

  • [REC] (Jaume Balaguero, 2007): How do people find such things scary? Despite the cinema-verite style, it's obviously a calculated film. The Blair Witch Project is heads and shoulders above this trash.

3 comments:

nitesh said...

Planning to catch In Burges soon in theaters and Slumdog. Hoping I can get my hands on the Abel Ferrara movie and Gomorra soon.

srid said...

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008): Funny only because the puritanism that the film tries to make fun of exists in the audience as well. Interesting. I wondered if Juan had any male friends.Wonderful film! Enjoyed watching it. Why is it that I tend to like drama films with /romantic/ theme? ;-)

I don't get the relation to puritanism in this film.

Juan apparently had male friends as evidenced in a couple of scenes in the bar where he spends time with Cristina and his "circle of friends" who are shown to be mostly males.

Interesting how even women like Vicky (who surely 'prefers' the nice guys) can fall in love with 'the man' regardless of the marital status. So much for morality, I guess.

Juan, initially, seemed like a composed man.. but later shown to be expressing anxiety (when hearing about ex-wife's condition in transit).. and even several instances of anger.

The relationship between Juan, Cristina and María is a fresh concept to me. (wonder how a woman can instantly become bisexual)

Harmanjit Singh said...

Hi srid:

The film self-consciously shows a menage-a-trois as something WEIRD contrasted with the puritanical beliefs of the married, and of the soon-to-be-married women in the film.

I.e., the relationship of Juan is not shown as natural, it is shown as something slightly alien.

You might also enjoy "Married Life", a delightful comedy.