6 items from 2013
Chilean director Sebastián Silva (The Maid, Old Cats, Life Kills Me) makes his English language debut with this psychological thriller featuring intimidation, hypnosis and maybe just a bit of overwrought villainy on the part of Michael Cera. Maria Full of Grace star Catalina Sandino and Emily "Babydoll" Browning also appear in supporting roles. The film played (quietly) at Sundance this year, and while it never secured a theatrical release, it is coming to DVD/VOD in August. Personally, I'm still waiting for Juno Temple to become a bonafide star, as the right part has eluded her even as she brings a significant freshness to whatever project she turns up in. None of these (Killer Joe, Cracks, The Brass Teapot, Dirty Girl, Mr. Nobody) got any mainstream notice. While I...
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
For Jean Luc-Godard, cinema is the truth. For Michael Haneke, it is a lie in service of the truth. For Sarah Polley, the overall purpose of cinema, if there is one, is far less concrete. Her new documentary, Stories We Tell, is a deeply emotional and inquisitive journey into her personal past and the purpose of cinema in her life, but it offers no definitive answers. Cinema is a tool, but what that tool is truly used for remains a question.
As the first documentary offering from Polley, who has spent time as both an actress (Splice, Dawn of the Dead, Mr. Nobody) and director (Away from Her, Take This Waltz), Stories We Tell is an almost uncomfortably open and intimate portrait of her family; more specifically, of a family secret that has become a story that each sibling, parent or close acquaintance has a slightly different recollection of. »
- David Braga
Halfway into Sarah Polley's genre-swapping documentary, “Stories We Tell,” the actor/director takes a break from shooting “Mr. Nobody” with Jared Leto to take a phone call. Still dressed in Neanderthal costume and make-up from the scene, she walks outside, sits on a bench, and reads an email on her Blackberry. Its contents are the makings of a news story -- one that Polley had just intimately lived herself and one that comprises the focus of her stunning, humanistic look at family and memory. The film begins as a tribute of sorts to Polley's mother Diane, as Sarah interviews many of her family members, including her father Michael Polley (who provides narration) and other tertiary characters, about their remembrances of her. But as the storytellers' accounts grow more candid yet contradictory, a greater question of narrative and subjective truth is revealed. It's an astonishing piece of work, an exploration of family, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
A Knight's Tale, 2001.
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.
Everyone has watched the odd cheesy B-movie once or twice, some preferring them to the Aaa Hollywood blockbusters, so I feel justified that I took time out of watching the likes of Mr. Nobody and the Marvel films to watch this medieval-set adventure rom-com. The fact that I genuinely enjoy it and have done since I was a teenager is a rather embarrassing fact to admit, but one I’m comfortable admitting to the world.
A Knight’s Tale is set in the 14th century, jousting competitions and banquets being the backdrop for one man’s quest to become better than his blood would allow. »
- Flickering Myth
Luke Addison on CGI and 3D effects in film...
When you compare television and film over the years, it’s clear that for the most part, they have come on leaps and bounds. The special effects laden Hollywood blockbusters that we see nowadays would never have been possible twenty or thirty years ago, as the technology simply wasn’t there for them.
That said, are the films of today any better than those of old? Does CGI automatically make a film any better? Of course not. For example, compare The Hobbit with the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Whilst the effects on Gollum manage to bring him to life in a way that’s not quite captured in the original films, the CGI orcs don’t seem quite as menacing as the make-up and costumed orcs from the trilogy.
The detractors don’t stop there. Compared to practical effects, »
- Flickering Myth
0:00 - Intro 3:15 - Review: Chinese Zodiac 27:50 - Other Stuff We Watched: Stoker, Mr. Nobody, Gone with the Wind, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), Skyfall, Klute, Executive Decision, Wanderlust, The Man with Two Brains, Argo, Nothing But Trouble, Life of Pi, No, Marathon Man 1:35:50 - Headlines: Academy Member Reveals the Voting Process 1:42:00 - Junk Mail: The Imposter Amazon Reviews, Oscar Categories We'd Like to See Added or Removed, Views on Piracy, Retrofitting Dramas into 3D, Film Junk Special Guests 2:06:20 - Chatroom Q&A 2:23:35 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 2:25:10 - Outro
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6 items from 2013
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