The purgatory that is the Fall movie season continues in megaplexes everywhere, but there are still a few things to go see if you look hard enough.
Fr. V over at Adam's Ale got a chance to see Toronto Film Festival favorite Bella and was so impressed that he's looking for some folks in Cleveland "to get together again for eats, a movie, and discussion" just so he can see it again when it opens wide on October 26th. The movie has no monsters, but it does have Eduardo Verastegui, the Brad Pitt of Latin America, which is almost the same thing isn't it? (Actually, I here this one is pretty good.)
Speaking of Brad Pit, um... the Brad Pitt of the United States, khall356 from Some Have Hats has a few words to say about Mr. Pitt's latest opus, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. (A movie undoubtedly named by the same long-winded guy who titles all of the Vatican's official documents.) It seems khall356 was enjoying himself until one scene which "was just wrong in as many ways as a thing can be wrong." But you'll have to go there to find out what it was.
Just in case you think khall356 is overreacting a bit, be sure to check out Barbara Nicolosi's review of The Assassination of blah blah blah at Church of the Masses where she runs into the same brick wall. Barbara notes, "As my friend said, "They just demolished the fourth wall with a nuclear weapon." Terrible, stupid, distracting call."
Once you've had your fill of all that art house goodness, head on home and pop some guilty pleasures into the DVD player. Archistrategos from Ecce Ego, Quia Vocasti Me offers up another viewing of Mosura tai Gojira, better known here in the states as Mothra against Godzilla. (If one of your artsy friends calls and wants to know what you're watching, you can always give them the Japanese name and they'll think you've got the Sundance channel on or something.) In a really cool geek-out moment, Archistrategos recognizes the language sung by the miniature Mothra twins (if you're reading this blog, you know exactly what I'm talking about) and translates the words for us.
And just because I truly love the imagery in many of the old silent movies, Daniel Mitsui at The Lion and The Cardinal has posted some image caps from F.W. Murnau's 1926 classic Faust. They truly do not make them like this anymore. Mr. Mitsui vehemently agrees, "Since then, the cinema has been a blight upon culture, producing nothing valuable enough to justify its existence." So, it's safe to assume he's probably not a reader of this blog, huh?
That's just as well, as it's hard to imagine any movie here would convince him to change his opinion anyway. Certainly not what we're reviewing in a few days. See you then.
I don't know about Miniature Mothra Twins (oooh, what a euphonious phrase!), but then again I've only watched those b-movies that were on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
As for Mr. Mitsui's belief that all non-silent movies are worthless, I would say it is impossible for cinema to be worthless. Movies are fiction, and fiction is a necessity (to quote G. K. Chesterton).
You don't know... (sputter) This calls for an intervention! The original 1961 twins can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZbQnNs3Mk
I never knew what I was missing...thanks!
Archistrategos from Ecce Ego, Quia Vocasti Me offers up another viewing of Mosura tai Gojira, better known here in the states as Mothra against Godzilla. (If one of your artsy friends calls and wants to know what you're watching, you can always give them the Japanese name and they'll think you've got the Sundance channel on or something.)
LOL! What a brilliant idea! Now I can watch cheesy movies and still sound like a film snob! :)
Film Snob: Mosura tai Gojira. Hmmm. I've never heard of that one. Is it one of Kurosawa's lesser known works? Miyazaki perhaps?
Me: Er, uh, not exactly. Care for some more brie?
You don't know... (sputter) This calls for an intervention! The original 1961 twins can be found ...
I watched this, and it's one of the weirdest things I've seen in a while. Sort of a Kabuki theater acid trip that turns into "The Poseidon Adventure" at the end.
Glad to offer the public service of introducing the twins to the uninitiated. They're in every movie Mothra is, so you can track them through the decades. Some love them, some hate them, but none may ignore them!
Uh oh, I didn't make it to this one. Guess I better go watch a movie. I was thinking of seeing The Seeker, but I already hate it, so I suspect I'm too biased to write a good review.
Come to think of it, that's never stopped me before.
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