Sunday, February 24, 2013

I Wish

This is the 4th film by Hirokazu Koreeda I've seen and I've liked them all. The other three are After Life, Nobody Knows, and Still Walking. This film as the NY Times review states is "delicate and observant." Yup. Heartbreaking at times as well.

This film is about two brothers who are living in a different towns from each other because their parents have separated. The one living with his mom is more of a deep thinker. The one with the dad is more of a go with the flow kind of kid.

Most of the scenes are just with the kids with their respective friends and how each is dealing with the separation. There is a subplot involving the hope that a bullet train passing another bullet train at top speed will bring a miracle of their parents getting back together. I was kind of hoping it would happen but this film unlike After Life is based in reality. Instead, we are left to watch two boys have to make sense of their new reality and figure out a way to make the best of it.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
2011, Year of U.S. Release: 2012
Blu-ray

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Killer Joe

Imagine the trashy trailer park scenes from Wild at Heart. Sprinkle in some Red Rock West noir. Add a dash of Jim Thompson depravity. Top off with some Coen Bros. Blood Simple era craziness.

Viola. Killer Joe.

Directed by William Friedkin
2012
Blu-ray

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beauty is Embarrassing

If you like the poster, you'll like this movie. I promise.

I didn't know anything about the artist Wayne White until I watched this documentary. But I knew of him. He's the guy behind a lot of the puppets and other visual aspects of Pee Wee's Playhouse. So what's not to like? But he does many other things as well. But his art is only part of it. He's a fascinating guy with an interesting story. There's some dancing, some good storytelling, and some banjo playing.

This movie is well worth seeing.

Directed by Neil Berkeley
2012
PBS

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Otis and Sam had a brief fling with Wallace & Gromit over the summer. They were infatuated. They haven't had the same love affair with Chicken Run though. I've tried to watch it with them twice and haven't made it all the way through either time.

I wasn't sure if they would have the patience to watch this whole thing. They kind of did even though we split it up into two sittings. I'm not sure how much they understood but there was plenty for them to like - hell, there are pirates and a monkey and cannons.

The movie is kind of what you'd expect in a good way. Nonstop crazy stuff and fun little asides. There's some damn clever stuff in here. I loved that Charles Darwin is one of the main characters and that the Queen of England is a badass villain. These guys need to make more movies.

 Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Hewitt
2012
Blu-ray

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Weekend

This movie deserves the accolades it received. It's smart, well-written, and a good little movie. It reminded me of the golden age of American independent films of yesteryear - you know the mid 90's. Or maybe it just reminded me of being young?

I liked the structure of the film really only taking place over one weekend. I liked the two main actors. I like that the movie was about a gay relationship but not about being in a GAY relationship if that makes any sense. I liked that it was a universal love story of yearning and hope coupled with what it means to be gay when society still isn't quite ready for that.

Directed by Andrew Haigh
2011
Blu-ray