Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Nomi Song


I had never even heard of Klaus Nomi until this movie had come out. Then I started seeing some of his videos on New York Noise and I was hooked. What a unique voice and vibe this guy had. He was a German musician/artist in the late 70's/ early 80's who helped create his own crazy ass scene in New York. This is a documentary about his rise, his attempt at the big time, his popularity overseas, and his eventual death of AIDS in the early 80's.

The film is perfect for a DVR type setting. Youthlarge and I must have watched this in at least six different increments. I'm not sure how much I could have fully paid attention to it in one viewing. But I would recommend seeing this for some completely arresting footage.

At least, give this video a shot. Why this song wasn't a smash in a world that bred some weird early 80's type stuff is beyond me. If a song like "She Blinded Me With Science" or a singer like Boy George could capture the imagination of middle America, there's no reason why Klaus Nomi couldn't have done the same. Do yourself a favor, watch the video.

Sundance Channel
2003, Year of U.S. Release - 2005

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Crash

Wow. I really kind of wanted to almost like this movie. But it was even worse than I thought it would be. And that is saying something. What the fuck? Do Hollywood bigwigs really hate homosexuals so much that they would give this piece of crap Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain? It seems like people were so into the "message" of this film that they completely overlooked how ridiculous and contrived the movie actually was.

I don't really know where to start. What was the worst part of this movie?

Was it the laughable dialogue? The slow motion brilliance? The crazy coincidences? Oh my god! I loved that scene where Matt Dillon saved Thandie Newton from the burning car. What are the chances of that? Or what about Ryan Phillippe who was the good cop shooting the black carjacker with a heart of gold that he had picked up while hitchhiking? Or maybe when Don Cheadle's mother accuses him of being the reason that the previously mentioned carjacker had been killed?

Hmmmm....

Maybe it was when the Asian smuggler of immigrants tells his wife to cash the check for the immigrants because he was in the hospital after the carjackers ran him over? Or maybe it was when Matt Dillon told off the woman from Boston Public and then went onto a wonderful monologue about his hard working father? Or perhaps it was the Persian store owner trying to shoot the Latino repairman and then his five-year-old daughter rushing into his arms to save him because she thought that she had been given special powers to be protected from bullets the night before? Or maybe the following scene when the store owner confesses to his daugher that he shot a little girl but she was really his guardian angel but then we find out that she had filled his gun (the same gun that he was buying because he was robbed and where he was told off by a white store owner who called him Osama) with blanks.

Or maybe it was the car crashes that bookended the film where different people get to curse Asians for not knowing how to drive? Or maybe it was when Terrance Howard almost got shot in the driveway while one of the carjackers who had unsuccessfully tried to carjack him was hiding in his front seat? Perhaps it was Sandra Bullock (I think this was the first movie I've seen of hers since Speed and I'd really like someone to explain her appeal to me) slipping and falling down the stairs. Maybe it was the closing montage with the burning car? Or simply maybe it was Tony Danza.

Any which way you cut it, this movie is a complete joke. As Youthlarge asked, "This is a comedy, right?" Anyone who likes this movie, I have some serious reservations about your movie tastes. I really wish that I had seen this last year because it definitely would have been my least favorite film of 2005. I'm cracking up as I type this just thinking how bad this movie was. What a joke!

This movie makes Magnolia look subtle. The only thing this movie has in its favor compared to that film was that, at least, instead of frogs raining from the sky, we only had to suffer through a snowstorm in Los Angeles. This movie makes the dance piece at the Oscars with the burning car seem artistic.

Wow!

For a great piece about why this movie sucks, check this out.

Showtime
2005

Monday, May 08, 2006

Mountain Patrol: Kekexili

This movie will stick with you. Filmed in the remote border of China, Tibet, and Uygur, this film is based on the true story of the Mountain Patrol. Apparently, during the 90's, there was a major problem with poachers killing Tibetan antelope. A number of people decided to form the Mountain Patrol to fight the poachers. Violence ensued between the poachers and the patrol.


This film blew me away. Director Lu Chuan definitely was influenced by Leone. Every scene is amazing. The cinematography is stunning. I would never have thought that dozens of antelope carcasses could look so beautiful. The 95 minutes fly by. It is fascinating to see a film like this set in a place that I don't know anything about. The men not only have to fight amongst themselves but they also have to deal with the harsh elements. If nothing else, this film is worth seeing for the death by sand scene that comes out of absolutely nowhere. The fact that this is based on a true story makes it all the more astounding.

The Sunshine
2004, Year of U.S. Release - 2006