I've decided that every Monday, I'm gonna awkwardly scribble down some thoughts on the movies I watched over the past week, except those which I've already reviewed. Good idea, right? So original too, OMG.
Since there wasn't one last week, I decided to include a couple from that time frame that I actually want to talk about, so it's NOT just because I had a lackluster week! In the last two weeks, I also saw Love Songs, Breaking & Entering, Billy Elliot, Pretty Persuasion, Fanny & Alexander, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (which I can't review until I see it again).
The Secret Life of Words -- I really, really, really, really, really loved this. It really shouldn't be as obscure as it seems to be. It's both warm and cold, and despite what happens and what's revealed, it makes you feel a little better by making you feel a little worse. Hanna is an incredible character, expertly crafted and shadowed, and Sarah Polley gives an absolutely incredible performance - I might even hazard a guess that it's the best of her career, thought most are sight unseen. She's that great. Tim Robbins, Javier Cámara, and Julie Christie (in an outstanding cameo) are all great as well. See it. Now.
Interiors -- Fun fact: this is the first Woody Allen picture I've ever seen that WASN'T made in the last 4 years! Don't look at me like that. I know it's bad, and I know I had to break that habit eventually (especially after the dreadful Cassandra's Dream), but I didn't know when it would actually happen. Thankfully, it has, and with his Bergman movie, no less. I loved it (more or less) as much as the three Bergmans I've seen, too! A good deal of it went like a thousand miles over my head, but I didn't care. I knew what I was watching was something I can go back to throughout the latter stages of my life, and within each viewing I can understand it more and more and I would never love it less, perhaps more. In typical Allen fashion, the ensemble is almost uniformly great, especially Diane Keaton and Mary Beth Hurt. I don't understand Geraldine Page's apparent acclaim, but she definitely had her moments. Wonderfully haunting, complex art.
The Cranes Are Flying -- One of my favorite things about TCM is their Imports series that happens every Sunday/Monday morning. It's basically an excuse to air semi-to-extremely obscure foreign language films that are already readily available from Criterion, and I couldn't be more grateful. After all, it's how I first watched Fanny and Alexander! TLLL: You're digressing again. Right, sorry. The film is absolutely devastating, both in it's romantic and completely human story, and in the way it was made. A film like this made in the USSR in 1957?! Nope. Can't be. And yet... *jumps up and down screeching like a little boy on Christmas morning* The cinematography and editing work is some of the best I have and will EVER see, and it works magnificently with Kalatozov's completely masterful direction. Tatyana Samojlova, our lovely Audrey Hepburn-esque lead, does everything right. So much so that I can't find any faults within her performance. Through her journey, we just witness absolute perfection. And I've gotta say, the ending is one of the most beautiful, non-specifically patriotic things ever made. So is the film.
Hellboy -- I never cared about this enough to see it up until now. It's kinda awesome, kinda funny, kinda del Toro. That's pretty much it.
Porco Rosso -- Excuse this, but it was surprisingly fantastic. Yeah, it's a Miyazaki, but it's lesser for some reason, and for some reason I was expecting lesser. LOL, 'lesser' so doesn't exist. Bad me. It's damn excellent, and an exhilarating juggle of comedy and poignancy, and because it's by who it's by, awesome flying sequences. I loved Gina too. Very entertaining in a different way than his other movies, and it's very comforting to know that.
So, how was your film week(s)? And how many times have you seen The Dark Knight? More than likely, a lot. The highest number gets a cookie, a ghost story and a beating, so speak up!