Monthly Archives: September 2008

No Country for Old Men (2007)

“No Country for Old Men” won Best Picture last year. I know that people are thinking that this is the Coen’s masterpiece, but I was not.

There is a lot of tension in this movie. No music. A very quiet film. It’s hard to watch. Not that it was bad, but it’s something that I try to avoid. There are people like this in the world. It scares me that there are people like that.

I am a squeamish person. Whenever Anton Chigurh came onscreen, I had to cover my eyes. The violence is so sporadic in this film, but it leaves you with a sense of dread, anxiety and fear.

It reminded me of “A History of Violence”. At the beginning of that movie, it was dead quiet. Sorry for the pun, then a flurry of violence endures and back to silent again.

I have to say that this is not my type of movie to watch. I am glad I didn’t watch it at the movie theater. I would have run out of the theater.

If you have a strong stomach and you can FORGIVE the ending, then go see this movie.

Quills (2000)

I stumbled on this movie a couple of times on cable and I was enthralled by the story the last days of the Marquis de Sade.

This is the first time that I saw the movie in its entirety. I have to say that I really appreciate Doug Wright’s words here. It’s an acquired taste for some people, but I like the bawdiness of the language and innuendo. “Quills” is the blackiest of black comedies that I have ever seen.

See this film for Geoffrey Rush’s performance as the Marquis de Sade. The film also stars as Kate Winslet as the laundress in the asylum where de Sade is, Joaquin Phoenix as the abbe that has relationship with the laundress, and Michael Caine as unorthodox doctor watching over the abbe’s role in the insane asylum.

Watch this movie if you have an affinity for toilet humor and preserve imagery.

FB Recommendation: Saints and Soldiers (2003)

I saw this movie recently and it forever changed my perception of war. It’s not all black and white like you have seen in other WWII movies. I have become an unspoken advocate for this movie to all of my snobby friends.

The story is about four Allied Soldiers that escape a makeshift POW camp near Malmedy, Belgium. The incident was later named “The Malmedy Massacre.” They go on a journey to get to Allied territory. On the way, a British intelligence officer crashes near them who has very powerful Intel that subsequently changed the path of the war.

I won’t give the entire movie away, but I have to say that I came away from it with a new understanding about faith, friendship, what is an ally, what is an enemy. Nothing is clear cut in war.

“Saints and Soldiers” quietly came and went when it traveled the film festival circuit in 2003 into 2004. It was nominated for Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2005. It lost to “Garden State”.

Side note: I have to say that I think that “Garden State” is terribly overrated. I saw it and I liked it, but it doesn’t deserve all the praise it got at that time.

Death of Paul Newman

As many of you know, legendary actor, Paul Newman died yesterday after a long battle of cancer. I don’t want to taint his name with a sappy eulogy. All I have to say is thank you for the work you have been in and thank you for being here. See you later, Blue Eyes.

The Times Of Harvey Milk (1983)

I have just watched documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk”. It recounts the life of Harvey Milk, who was the first homosexual elected to local office in San Francisco in 1977. Harvey’s close friends in the campaign are interviewed. They recount the good moments when he was elected to the assassination of George Moscone and himself by the hand of Dan White. There are few moments that truly touched me was the audio that was released after his death and also the candlelight vigil that took place. Harvey self-described himself as “The Mayor of Castro Street.” That is so true. This man that owned a small camera store with his partner to become a part of history is amazing. The documentary was narrated by Harvey Fierstein and it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. It’s a must see.

I’m glad that I have seen this movie before Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” comes out later this year. I am looking forward to it. This could be big.


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