Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Slacking Off

Looks like most of us slacked off on last month's movie, Northfork. My copy is still sitting at home, unwatched. Sorry, Looney. Been one of those months. I still intend to watch it ASAP, and will contribute to the discussion thread below once I do.

It's time, however, for someone to name a new movie. Who wants to be up? First one to post, "Me! Me!" in the comments gets to choose this month's movie. Name your choice here in a new post on June 1.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Commentary Madness: Take Two

This post was inspired by a comment from Mr. Joe the Troll (not that he should get any credit for it, if there is a prize or sumpthin', 'K?). With his interest in film, I was kinda surprised that he had never listen to the commentary version of a movie. I asked around and discovered that a lot of peeps haven't--some are only vaguely aware that they exist.

(NOTE: I meant that them peeps are only vaguely aware that the commentary versions exist, not that them peeps are only vaguely aware that they, themselves, exist--you got that, right?)

Anyway, I just want to say that if yer at all interested in film making, or even just curious about a particular film, I highly recommend this product or service. As I mentioned earlier, the quality varies, but most have been very good--especially if the director and writers contribute. Anyway, to be more specific:

Mr. Joe the Troll wrote: "I knew those commentaries were there for SOMEBODY, I just had no idea who."

[preening] Yep! They put them in just for ME!

"If I want to hear someone talk all the way through a movie..."

That ain't how it works--see, first ya gotta watch the movie w/o the commentary. Otherwise, you'll get lost, 'cause a lot of the time the soundtrack is turned way down so that you can hear the discussion ('til they say sumpthin' like, "Listen to the way the dialogue was purposely overlapped in this scene"). It's a Behind the Scenes thingy. With all that in mind, I usually watch the regular version after the commentary version as well.

I love the good ones 'cause I end up getting more out of the movie (fer ex: I may not have the frame of reference to "get" some theme in it), and because I enjoy learning about what's behind making films in general--directly from different peeps involved in the process.

I just borrowed The Aviator-- saw it a couple of years ago, and liked it, but found that I didn't remember a whole lot. I watched it again, and now have been watching the commentary version. First thing I heard was sumpthin' like, "Hi, I'm Martin Scorsese, director of The Aviator, and I'm going to share some of what went into the making of this movie." I thought, "Alrighty, this is gonna be a good one."

Now I'm interested in finding out more about Howard Hughes during the period of his twenties to his forties, but, more importantly I'm learning to watch movies on a different level, with greater appreciation. Mind you, I never studied film in school, and I find learnin' from the viewpoints of the movie makin' peeps themselves fascinatin'.

Then again, I'm weird that way.

"Good viewing choices, though. I love both of those films. [Mr. Roberts and Arsenic and Old Lace.]

Thenkyew--what do I win?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Stick a Fork in Me

Well, we all know I lurve Northfork. But what do you think? And do NOT read this post if you haven't seen the movie yet! Please!

Yes, this is it! This is the official discussion thread!

Here are a few things I'd like to hear about, for my part:

- Obviously symbolism is rife. What's your overall take?

- What is your theory about Irwin? (I was going to say more here, but I'd rather not color the conversation.)

- What about Happy, Flower Hercules, & Co.?

- What was the significance of the necessity of each family clearing out their dead relatives?

- Who were the government men? Did you attach any significance to their, erm, motivation for clearing the town of its last residents?

- Cinematography? Thoughts? I want to just launch into what I thought, but again, you first!

- Whose performance really stood out for you?

Well, there are a few conversation starters.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Anyone want to buy a house?

This is the perfect pad for a film fiend. Might take all your savings, though.

One Day More

Okay, one more day till discussion day! Hope everyone had a chance to watch it. I'll post an intro and some ideas tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The May Pick - Northfork

Okay, here it is, the Filminati Pick for May


I picked this for a few reasons.

1.) I think it's a very under-the-radar type of movie. It's a truly independent film, by the Polish Bros. (who also brought you the strange Twin Falls, Idaho. I'm hoping there are several of you who haven't yet seen it.

2.) It's very strange and different. I think that several of you will hate it. There is also a ton of symbolism and double meaning.

3.) I find it one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen, and it always elicits some tears for me.

So enjoy! I do hope you guys like it, and I hope we get some good discussion out of it!