Posted: July 5, 2016 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Abbey Lee, Alfred Hitchcock, Bella Heathcote, Bernard Herman, Blow Out, Body Double, Brian De Palma, Carrie, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington, Dressed to Kill, Elle Fanning, Gaspar Noe, Jake Paltrow, Jean Malone, Jill Clayburgh, Karl Cusman, Keanu Reeves, Melanie Griffith, Mission to Mars, Mission: Impossible, Molly Laws, Nicholas Winding Refn, Noah Baumbach, Obsession, Only God Forgives, Phantom of the Paradise, Polly Stenham, Robert DeNiro, Roger Cormen, Scarface, Terence Malik, The Black Dahlia, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Neon Demon, The Untouchables | Leave a comment »
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Two movies have opened recently that revolve around style. One is a documentary about a filmmaker who is known for his, the other is a film by a director who has it.
How one reacts to De Palma, the new doc by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow about the director, first name Brian, who really made his mark in movies with the horror film Carrie, may depend on how you feel about the filmmaker’s films in general. For me, De Palma, who is the only talking head here, it’s his show all the way, is only as interesting as his movies, which means that once we get to Blow Out, it’s all down here from there.
His earliest films tended to be of the independent sort, made on a shoestring budget, if that. They may not have always looked as professional as a Roger Corman production, but they had a fresh hipness to them and gave us such actors as Robert DeNiro and Jill Clayburgh.
His most successful films, when it comes to a meshing of auteurism and box office, came with the movies that were heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, films like Carrie, Dressed to Kill and the aforementioned Blow Out. There was something so kinetic and thrilling in his combination of individual style with Hollywood slickness that gave these films a certain electricity. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 26, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alex Manugian, Alex van Warmerdam, Alia Shawkat, Borgman, Boudo Saved From Drowning, Brian De Palma, Coherence, Emily Baldoni, Gloria Norris, Home Movies, James Ward Byrkit, Jan Bijvoet, Jane Weinstock, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Martin Henderson, Meat Loaf, The Moment, WTF films | Leave a comment »
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Three movies have opened recently that I call WTF films. You know what I mean, cinema deliriums that after you watch it, you turn to your friend and go WHAT THE…?
Movies like The American Astronaut, Eraserhead, La Mustache, El Topo, Holy Motors, Dogtooth, Mulholland Drive…
Movies that play mind fuck games with your, well…mind.
Movies that are strange and offbeat and abnormal and peculiar and original and unique (well, I could go on, my thesaurus lists a lot of words similar to these, so I think I’ve made my point), but also movies made with a vision and passion and eschew normal rules of screenwriting and filmmaking.
And if there is one thing I like in films, it’s have my fucking mind…fucked. Or blown. Or something else that can have a sex act as its metaphor. Read the rest of this entry »