Post by Friendly Destroyer on Jan 15, 2012 15:08:57 GMT -8
I'm surprised that Darjeeling is so low on the lists. I loved that movie so damn much. I have two siblings and they are both brothers, so many of the dynamics of their (Darjeeling) brotherly relationship rang so true to me. Also, having Adrien Brody and Jason Shwartzaman in same movie is always a home run for me.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Jan 17, 2012 22:19:21 GMT -8
So I saw Hugo today...
Anyone who loves movie making and film needs to catch this in theaters, like right meow! Why are you still here? You should be in the theater, there's no time to make homemade popcorn and sneak it in. Yes I know theater popcorn costs the price of small country (except the small bankrupt European ones). What's that you say? Yes, I know theater popcorn tastes burnt and is made by cretins who look as if they are really walking a fine line on those child labor laws. What? Yes I realize that homemade popcorn not only costs less but tastes better, but we are wasting valuable time here. Hugo will be out of the theaters soon and we will all have missed it (unless you already knew to see it, like a million years ago when it first came out in theaters. Good job you, if that is you!).
Really I have no idea where to start with this movie. It's a great movie overall, but does feel very sluggish at times, seems to shift its focus quite a bit (like Sorceresses dude, I'm already invested in the kid and the clocks, what's all this about Ben Kinsley and movies meow?). However, it's one of those movies that will grow on you after leaving the theater and is totally re-watchable.
It also has some down right astounding scenes. The opening shot is marvelous and actually achieves an illusion that you are moving on a ride of sorts. Incredible! 3D movies, I'm not really a fan of most of 'em, but Hugo's 3D is insane. There are a couple of shots where Sorceresses has a character slowly lean in or slowly zooms up on a character all while having the background get pushed back and the effect is INSANE. It looks and feels like the movie is all of a sudden in your head. The weirdest thing. The wildest thing!
I actually had no idea what the movie was about, I had read that Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) recommended it and decided to see it. To my astonishment the movie is partly about Georges Méliès! Being able to see a facsimile of his stuff on the big ol' gigantic screen was practically a dream come true. It was beyond a delight. You must see this on the big screen. Go!
EDIT: By "Patterson Hood recommended it" I mean he did so on the Drive-By Truckers website.
I loved Hugo! I've been raving about it all week. Like Friendly, I didn't really know what I was getting into when I went to go see it but when I left the theatre, I was just so happy I'd decided to go.
To get to see some of that Georges Meiles footage on the big screen was just fantastic, and the 3D was the best I've ever seen. Normally, I hate 3D and always pick the 2D version (I didn't know there was an option for 2D, or at least it's only playing in 3D here) but it was just so well done in this case. There were so many gorgeous shots in this movie that the 3D added to rather than annoy me like it usually does. It's not a flawless movie but there's definitely something magical about it.
I don't know if this is the right place for this, or if it has been mentioned in my absence, but has anyone seen that Flaming Lips documentary over at poochfunk? It's pretty interesting so far.
Yeah I watched that the other day, not bad. I love music things that talk about a band's recording process from songwriting to their studio gear. Pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the next one for sure.
Rust: Have you seen the Flaming Lips doc The Fearless Freaks?
If anyone is looking to kill some time on the internet with other music related stuff I was just introduced to Ameoba Record's "What's in My Bag" web features. The content quality ranges from pretty cool to downright annoying.
Post by Horned Gramma on Jan 19, 2012 8:30:34 GMT -8
I saw a rough working cut of The Fearless Freaks in SLC a couple years before it was released. Brad Beesly, the guy who directed it, was touring with his short doc Okie Noodling, that weird little thing about Southerners who trawl for giant catfish by sticking their arms into muddy holes (the Lips scored that film).
I loved Okie Noodling but what I saw of The Fearless Freaks at the time left me cold -- and this was when I was a fucking loon for the Flaming Lips. I don't know if the final cut is different, but the one I saw had this way of making various Lips shows look flat, boring and low energy... Which more or less HAS to be the product of really terrible editing.
It's like that Radiohead doc that came out about ten years ago... They would spend a lot of time backstage with the band, and then they'd follow the band out onstage, and then they'd launch into some song you love... And it would cut away right as they started to get to the meat of the tune. I get why Radiohead would want to make that decision -- we all love them so we can all acknowledge that Radiohead's stock-in-trade is cockblocking their fans whenever they possibly fucking can -- but it sure as hell didn't work for the Lips.
aside from the nominations for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (and to a less extent, Albert Hobbs), I thought they were decent enough. Tree of Life actually got a few nominations and everything else was basically what was expected. At least Daldry isn't up for best director this year.