Watched Cleo from 5 to 7(62) yesterday, decided to have another go at notching off a bunch of films from me "1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die" book. I was expecting to be bored but I fell in love with Marchand and didn't want it to end. Turned into a really nice love story.
Actually then watched Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters(85) Found it a bit boring.
I watched The Last King (Norway, 2016) last night. Which was very good. Set in the 13th century in the middle of a civil war, lots of snow, trees, skiing and axe-wielding mayhem. And a very cute kid in the sort of but not really title role - he's actually the son of the last king, who grows up to be one of Norway's most famous kings, Hakon IV. Who's equally famous in Scotland for undertaking a rather pointless and half-arsed invasion thereof, and dying in the process. Oops. Anyway, good film.
... travels the world in search of dignitaries to indulge the fantasy that he is a broker of trade deals and not a sleaze-tainted simpleton on a sinecure.
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Dragonflies (2001) I went in, having come over a cheap DVD copy full of praise and raving reviews on the front cover, plus two of my favorite scandiavian actors in Kim Bodia and Mikael Persbrandt, and on top of that the lovely Maria Bonnevie. Sadly, what started out as an interesting movie became another boring and overlong scandinavian artsy/fartsy movie for specially interested. The only good thing about it was that we got to see very much of the lovely Bonnevie and her two "talents" several times.
Zingo (1998) Swedish "comedy" where a bunch of losers is about to make a porn movie in the wild, because their junkie leader has gotten himself invovled with a psychotic biker leader, and to gather in some easy money, they fool some german moneymen into thinking they are about to get the very first taste of a porn film starring an old and forgotten swedish movie star and a horny moose. The film tries to hard to be funny and quirky, and it is very clear they have seen Trainspotting several times before, as they even end up "borrowing" the famous "I want to become just like you" line that Mark Renton says at the end of the film. The beautiful Helena Af Sanderberg shows up and makes the film a bit more interesting, and Per Moberg (probably most famous for being the angry boss of Martin Beck in the swedish crime films Beck or at least in the first seasons from 1997-98) and he is the wannabe movie director that is gonna make them a lot of money.
For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. And I saw her sent upon a hairy beast and she held forth a golden chalice full of the filthiness of fornications. And upon her forehead was written: "Behold I am the great mother of harlots and all abominations of the Earth."
The National Film Board of Review has selected "Roma" (2018) as the best film of the year. No recognizable actors to an American audience, Spanish language subtitled and in black and white. Maybe with Netflix distributing it this will be seen by more people than usual. Except for an intense section near the end, this is what I term a movie set at the pace of life. That bores some people but it worked for me here. The cinematography was a big plus (by director Alfonso Cuarón), with some very long continuous takes adding to its effectiveness.
Boku wa asu, kinou no kimi to dêto suru (My tomorrow, your yesterday)
Managed to catch this gem of a movie this week. I was charmed from beginning to end...I would place this in the Romance/Fantasy category, much like the aforementioned Il Mare (The Lake House - not even in the same league as the original), which I am also a fan of. Let's hope our friends in Hollywood refrain from churning out yet another inferior remake.
Učitelka (The Teacher) / Jan Hřebejk (2016). Slovakia / Czech Republic. In 1983 during Soviet Union rule in Bratislavia, a new teacher arrives in town. Miss Drazdechová (Zuzana Mauréry) is not just a teacher, though. She is the local head of the Communist Party. With an always friendly attitude, she begins demanding favors from the parents of her students ranging from smuggling to repair of her appliances to the children doing her housework. If the parents comply, their children get good grades, If not, the parents begin to fear that the teacher’s retaliation will affect their child’s future. Seriously, Miss Drazdechová reminded me a lot of Dolores Umbridge. What you will take away from this film is Zuzana Mauréry’s performance which has won or been nominated for regional awards. Director Jan Hřebejk’s previous film “Musime Si Pomahat” (Divided We Fall) is on my best of the year list for 2000.
L'atelie (The Workshop) / Laurent Cantet (2017). France. In a French sea side town, well known author Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs) holds a workshop for young aspiring authors. They decide to co-write a thriller. After struggling to come up with a plot involving the town’s history as a busy port, one of the young men, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci) reads them a disturbing story he had written about a mass murder told coldly from the shooter’s viewpoint. Both students and teacher are freaked but Olivia takes an interest in Antoine and tries to understand just what he is about. There is a slow build but a suspenseful payoff and satisfying ending.