Phew, just made it. Great week, yeah, yeah. Let's talk about the poll. I thought we were all over The Dark Knight. So why did it win? The Night of the Hunter and Sunrise (SUNRISE) were options. Yet, TDK won. I want the names of the people who voted it, and their motives. NOW. *sigh*
Also saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Misfits (which is too hard to nail down), and Black Narcissus (Week MVP; review coming soon - promise).
Reprise -- A poignant, electrifying jolt of cinematic life. It's too complicated to sum up in concrete terms, but that's the awesome part of it - it's something you really have to experience, and you can't get it from someone explaining it to you. It teeters between being vibrant and intimate, loudly and subtly, so much, and it consistently works to the film's advantage. It's truly beautiful, truly special filmmaking. So, do see it.
Redbelt -- Surprising good. It's unfocused and tepid, but it's intriguing (though not exactly interesting) enough to keep you watching. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a very good performance, and most of the cast is adequate or better. Emily Mortimer is the definite standout, though. No surprise. I don't know if I'd, like, recommend it, but overall, I liked it.
Breakfast at Tiffany's -- There are a lot of legendary and iconic films that everyone knows my heart that I have shamefully and inexplicably never seen in my life. Up until last week, Breakfast at Tiffany's was on that list. What took me so long? This was seriously amazing. It's romantic comedy, and it's balanced melodrama, was always enjoyable and exuberant. It's like a giant happy fluffy orgasm. Audrey Hepburn is so pitch-perfect as Holly, isn't she? She was so charming. The music is pretty great, and the writing, and the photography, and the costumes, and the everything. I swooned more than I should have, but I don't care.
Annie Hall -- The epitome of neuroticism. It's excellent and amazing and mind-blowingly funny, of course. I hella loved it. But MAN, was it neurotic! I wasn't expecting that much, to be honest, lol. I don't really have much else to say. What else is there to say?
Burn After Reading -- Crazy, crazy, crazy. Seriously, this movie needs some serious dosage, and FAST. It's all over the place in tone and in plot, confusing, illogical, and fucked up beyond a good deal of belief. It's not exactly brilliant, but it's certainly peculiar. McDormand is definitely the best of the cast, with Malkovich and Pitt not far behind. Swinton didn't really have a lot to do except be an ice bitch, a type she excels at, and her performance is only noteworthy for that. And I just don't like Clooney as an actor. I try, but I can never find a lot to love. IDK. Long story short: this movie is why the modern term "WTF" was created. And in the end, there is no point to the madness, except to show us how stupid humanity can be. It actually really works in that respect.
So, what have y'all seen recently? I'm always all ears.