March 31st, 2015 3:52 AMRest
and omg FINAL STRETCH OF MAD MEN EPISODES ON THE HORIZON! Are you excited or are you excited???
March 31st, 2015 3:15 AMRest
Two Lovers! Very beautiful movie, though I haven't seen it in quite a while. There's so many things going for it; the acting (Joaquin hit another home run here but Isabella Rossellini was particularly poignant), the tremendous amount of pathos Gray nurtures for each character and placing them in this incredibly ambivalent and painful relationship story where no one wins, Gray's devotion in depicting a specific community (and he does so quite beautifully with the Russian-Jewish people), but above all his flair with tone is so on-point here. I'm not sure how I can explain that in particular, but it's just so full to the brim with mood. Heck, even that one scene where Joaquin dances in the club had an unmistakable hint of melancholy. Genuinely lovely all-in-all, and I felt like my heart got torn to pieces in the end, which is a testament to how potent the film was to me (I'm usually unfazed by romantic films otherwise).
REGARDLESS, this movie poster for Two Lovers is top-to-bottom vom material.
Also! Nice to see Spirited Away at the top of your list! I might watch Porco Rosso or Princess Mononoke when I get the time. School piling up once again. I have my Professional Medical Exams 1 this August so I've pretty just been studying. I get to see one movie or two on the weekdays but I pretty much just binge the hell out like a pig on weekends. It's funny especially considering my movie craves usually start at the end of the year and go away around the time the Oscars wrap up... but the constant craving's staying a lot longer than I've expected.
March 29th, 2015 1:06 PMMr Cat Dog
I watched Two Lovers earlier today and it was... fine, I guess? To me, the simple story well told dynamic that worked for The Immigrant didn't seem to pay as many dividends in this one, but I get the impression that you like it a lot. Please explain its appeal to me!
March 21st, 2015 10:28 AMMr Cat Dog
So glad you liked it, even though there was never a doubt in my mind that you would! I guess I'm just surprised that you've seen more later-Ghibli than earlier ones. I put together a ranking of all Ghibli films, so you should definitely work your way down this list (although you can definitely skip the last two; they're god-awful).
March 20th, 2015 8:10 PMRest
Oh God. Why'd I put it away for so long. It's as great as people say it is. By the end, when they played this when Chihiro lets her hand away from Haku's, I started welling up (not to mention the scenes where Chihiro eats that rice cake and crying and where Haku finally gets his name back). F-ckkkkkkkkk, movies don't ever do that to me. Such a great film. I can't thank you enough for forcing me to see this. What an experience. Can't wait to tell my friends about it, even though I'm pretty much so late to the Miyazaki party.
March 20th, 2015 8:27 AMRest
Damnit Cat! Alright alright alright, I'm gonna watch it right now but on MY OWN CONSCIOUS VOLITION (I'm half-kidding, that incredible stare gif single-handedly guilt-shamed me into it).
March 20th, 2015 8:17 AMMr Cat Dog
...you haven't seen Spirited Away!?
You need to get that muk sorted right now. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Your friends are right to make fun of you, and they should continue to do so until you've watched it accordingly!
March 20th, 2015 8:01 AMRest
Oh no, poor cat! Gadzookey (!) is amazing and I'm so glad it's reaching its funding goal. And that video is everything to me right now. ♥
DON'T CRUCIFY ME PLEASE but I haven't seen Spirited Away, and quite a lot of the other Ghibli films as well (I've seen three: Arrietty, The Wind Rises and Kaguya). I need to fix that pronto! Quite a few of my friends use it as a running gag against me; it's getting pretty bad.
Dear White People! I just saw it the other day. It didn't make much of a splash for me but I did like the stylishness and concept of it. And I have a mind to watch Girlhood; the TIFF trailer looks wondrous. And I really won't mind a viewing of another French female coming-of-age drama (one other movie I've watched that fits this criteria is Blue is the Warmest Color which was pretty excellent).
Mates wanna go see Kingsman again so I'll probs do that this Saturday, but I need to let my cinephile/TV-phile self take over! (this would constitute watching films or shows by myself allllllllll day in the bed)
March 20th, 2015 7:13 AMMr Cat Dog
I did love that cat, not gonna lie. Did you hear he had cancer quite recently?
Princess Kaguya finally comes out in the UK today, so I'm going to see that straight after work. I saw When Marnie Was There when I was in Tokyo last year, so after tonight, I'll have seen every single Ghibli film ever, which I'm quite proud of!
Saturday is the start of the London LGBT Film Festival, which is an offshoot of the main London Film Festival in October. I've never been to this one before, but there are some films that caught my interest when they were making the festival rounds last year that have popped up on this schedule (The Falling, Girlhood and Dear White People), so Saturday will consist of me seeing The Falling.
Other than that, I am going to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep a lot. Work has been a bit long and stressful this week, so I'm going to look forward to getting reacquainted with my bed.
If you loved Cherbourg, you'll adore Rochefort. They're not the same film by any means (the tone is quite different in each of them), but I'm sure you'll find much to like.
March 20th, 2015 5:36 AMRest
Definitely see some of your criticism, but I'm glad we can agree that Elisabeth Moss is so astonishingly great in this. The portions with Moss might just constitute my favorite parts of the film as well (though that's not to say I don't love everything else). This includes that one shot where she comes out victorious after degrading Philip when he tries to come home. So gratifying and amazing. And Gatzuki (?) the cat is just the greatest. He's almost as great as the two marmalade cats in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Weekends! Rochefort time! What are your plans this weekend Cat?
March 18th, 2015 3:07 PMMr Cat Dog
I have the complete opposite reaction to Schwartzman than you do in that, for the most part, I've never really liked a performance of his. Not in a Wes film, not in Scott Pilgrim, and definitely not in Listen Up Philip. The performance of his that I've liked the most is probably I <3 Huckabees, but he's still the weakest link in that cast by far. As for Listen Up Philip, I went in expecting to love it and everything (except for the gloriousness of Elisabeth Moss) just fell flat for me. The dialogue felt overwritten and was a case of horrible characters being horrible to each other in a completely uninteresting way; the look of the film felt completely fake with its '70s style cinemtography that just looked like a bad Instagram filter; and it felt like it went on forever. To me it just felt all surface-level, without anything at all under the surface, except when it came to Moss' character, and that amazing close-up of her face. That nearly single-handedly saved the film for me, but by that point it was a case of too-little-too-late.
And please don't apologise for the word vomit! I love reading word vomit! Much moreso than actual vomit. That's not nice to read at all.
March 18th, 2015 8:01 AMRest
I like Schwartzman in pretty much anything he's in (the Wes films, Funny People, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette), but he's especially good in this. He gives the tragically disillusioned role of Philip such an acidic tinge. As for the film itself, I love it. I see very much the literary spirit of Roth's The Ghost Writer in it which I like a lot, even though it adapts roughly probably 1/4 of that book's content (neither the protagonist's Jewish problem nor the twist in the Anne Frank story but rather its themes on artistic idolatry and artistic ego) I LOVED the narrative form that the film takes; it opens up very much like a novel, and keeps the story at a steady pace without meandering. And here again, Perry unleashes through his characters, his unmistakable knack for highly combative dialogue (it's not as extensively used here as in The Color Wheel but it's there and it's always cuttingly written and incredibly entertaining). I actually pretty much found it just decent when I first saw it because I expected a full adaptation of The Ghost Writer which it wasn't, but I loved it the second viewing-round when I actually payed attention to what it's offering. Very lovely film, though I can definitely see why people would hate it (it's intensely pessimistic; my roommate loathed it, but I don't mind it honestly).
And Elisabeth Moss. GOD BLESS MOSS. She's in the next Alex Ross Perry film and I can't wait to see what she can come up with next.
And soooooorry for the word vomit. I feel like I reply entire essays to you most of the time!
EDIT: Why'd you hate it? D: Thought it'd be right up your alley.
March 17th, 2015 9:33 AMMr Cat Dog
Oh, you did proper rankings and everything. Good job! I'm so glad you liked Oscar Isaac: the man is a genius! You know my feelings about the ones that I've seen, so the only real 'surprise' on this list is Schwartzman. I haaaaaaaaated Listen Up Philip but loved Moss in it, but did you like the film on the whole?
March 17th, 2015 7:34 AMRest
I'll defo check Rochefort or Model Shop out sometime later in the week, as I'm swamped with university work right now. And yeah, Lola is great but it also builds on the back-story of the man who marries Deneueve's character in Umbrellas (it's an earlier film and apparently both Umbrellas and Lola are set in the same universe), so that's one reason to check it out. Very cool stuff! And this: http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/1055-the-essential-jacques-demy I WANT
Anyways, as I promised: my favorite perfs of 2014.
Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Franziska Weisz, Stations of the Cross
3. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
4. Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Melanie Lynskey, Happy Christmas
Best Supporting Actor
1. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Jake Lacy, Obvious Child
4. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
5. Michael Lomenda, Jersey Boys
Best Actress (Pike and Stone top this list in a deadlock)
1-2. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
1-2. Emma Stone, Magic in the Moonlight
3. Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
4. Zaraah Abrahams, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
5. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
1. David Oyelowo, Selma
2. Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
3. Jason Schwartzman, Listen Up Philip
4. Joshua Burge, Buzzard
5. Gérard Depardieu, Welcome to New York
March 16th, 2015 11:52 AMMr Cat Dog
Ugh, I'm so happy for you! I wish I could go back and watch Cherbourg for the first time again. It's absolutely brilliant and so is The Young Girls of Rochefort (with a Gene Kelly cameo, if you're into Singin' in the Rain). Haven't seen Lola, but I'll try to, given your recommendation!