From Atlantis to Interzone

Catching Up… Capsule Reviews
June 28, 2009, 11:21 pm
Filed under: Film

Some gems and the… not-so gemmish from the last week of film watching.
The Castle of Cagliostro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1979)
A second viewing for this caper, and I liked it a lot more this time around. What it lacks in ambition, especially when compared to Miyazaki’s later films, it makes up for in delightful characters, charming wit and well executed action sequences.

Une femme est une femme (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)
Pretty. Karina. Fun. Karina. Playful. Karina. Charming. Karina. Upbeat. Karina. Musical. Karina. Humorous. Karina. Cool. Karina. Bright. Karina. Sexy. Eeeh Makarina! A-hai!

Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
Outside of the very strong opening fifteen minutes, this is a rather flat and muddled western. What it does have on its side is some fantastic cinematography, with lovely compositions and a thrilling scene with a long tracking shot early on.

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
I… uh… well… hmm… y’see…
You know what, I think Rouge summed it up best.

Sunshine Cleaning (Christine Jeffs, 2008)
Solid performances from Amy Adams and Emily Blunt unfortunately fail to save this generally tedious affair. The humour and “emotional” elements fall flat, and what’s left is a very weak film that was clearly intending to rely solely on the charm its leads would surely provide. Add Adams’ character’s grating son and a thankless role for Alan Arkin into the mix and you’ve got yourself a big disappointment.

The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
It’s good, yeah. : |


The 10 Best Films I Saw in May
June 3, 2009, 5:48 pm
Filed under: Film

May was a great month for first time viewings, so I have decided to increase this feature’s number of films from 5 to 10. Hopefully I’ll be able to justify this number for June.

Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)

Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai, 1995)

The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985)

Sunset Blvd. (Wilder, 1950)

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)

The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang, 2005)

Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

Youth of the Beast (Seijun Suzuki, 1963)

A “Triumphant” Return
June 3, 2009, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Film

I have not updated this blog in quite a few months. If there are any loyal followers out there (lol), I apologise for this. However, I hath returned!

You can expect more frequent updates from this point onwards.