This was a genuinely weird week. With just about all of them, I was frustrated with failing to nail down a grade for them, and it's really left me confused over how much I actually liked them. I don't even have an MVP this week. Add that to a re-watch of Hero inspired by my earlier post that totally made me confused over how much I actually liked THAT... well, my head hurts. Every so often, my mortally enigmatic letter grade scale fails me. It's NOT a professional grade by any means, I'm tellin' ya. If I wanted to start writing legitimate reviews one day, I'd use a 5-star scale that is vastly more reasonable and generally more accurate to my feelings. The grades don't really mean anything. IDK, I'm just venting. Now, let's get to the very clever and very depressing movies I saw this week, done with the usual amount of quasi-adjectives and drooling over hot guys that distract me from my thoughts.
Also, let's all just say this was posted on Monday. Alright? Alright. Coolio. Oh, and Fargo won the poll, unsurprisingly. Chungking Express would've been last week's MVP, if I did one. I really loved that movie. Hopefully I'm getting the Criterion for Christmas! Which would be sweeeeeet.
The Sound of Music -- Yeah, this was my first viewing. That really confuzzles me, because isn't this, like, the prerequisite movie you're supposed to show your kids? Alas. Well, it's pleasant as hell, and has a lot of Nazis. [Whee!] The song score is among the best I've ever heard, honestly. I really loved it, but it wasn't like a total love, you know? If only my parents worked it in earlier. *sigh*
Love Actually -- Awwwww! This was so freakishly adorable in a way only those saucy, f'd-up Brits could manage. It's happy and self-knowing, but always in an overtly cute way. Why is it, though, that the only storyline consisting of non-Brits ends... unsatisfyingly? For both us and the characters? It also stings because it consists of the sexiest guy and (arguably) the best actress in the whole movie. Bleh, whatever. I still loved it, for all it's quirky awkwardness.
But seriously, Rodrigo is a sexy, sexy man. Speaking of Laura...
You Can Count on Me -- Laura Linney is my God, as you know, but I was committing a mortal sin for not having seen this yet. Now I have, and my love for her has actually GROWN. It might really be her best performance. Mark Ruffalo is also really, really great. It's funny and sweet, and very sincere. Pretty much as good as indie family dramas can get, which is definitely a good thing.
The Maltese Falcon -- Fortunately, it lived up to it's reputation.
Breathless -- The seminal Godard. It's not perfect, but I think that's why it's so great. If it were perfect, you could never be interested in what's happening. The ways in which it was made and laid out were truly radical. Jean-Paul Belmondo's performance stands out as well. He's completely up for any crazy thing the film asks of him. And not that it has anything to do with anything, but wow, that man was gorgeous. I surely loved it. Now I'm curious, with two films of his down, what I'll really think about Godard once I see more...
Secrets & Lies -- One of the more blissfully devastating films I've seen in a while. It's ultimately positive, but it's almost melodramatic whole is oddly entertaining in a very draining way. Brenda Blethyn, MY GOD. That was one masterly fucking performance. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, too, even if it was a quiet, more subtle portrayal. It was all so affecting.
The Fall -- Imaginative and totally amazing, to say the least. It's absolutely sumptuous imagery and rather simple but still mind-blowing storytelling techniques make this one of the most stunning films I've ever seen. But as it gradually turned into a harrowing fight for survival and humanity, it became harder and harder to watch. By the end, my eyes were almost bleeding, my body was shaking, and I felt completely numb. I don't know if I can say anything else on it. It's so WOW. But... Lee Pace is gorgeous even when he's suicidal. I had to say it.
See. what. I. mean? Anyway, how was your week, cinematically or otherwise? I really do care about y'all. Every single crazy one of you.