Lets Talk Movies

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Well, I certainly dropped the ball didn't I?

All I can offer as excuse is Life Happened!

The fall semester was an insane 4 class load..working full time and 4 classes wiped me out..
So my movie experience was limited to one or two theatricals and lots of dvd's at home.

So, in the Theatrical area:

The Illusionist and The Prestiege

Two wonderful films about magicians. The Presteige being the darker of the two. I liked both films, but I have to say that I "enjoyed" The Illusionist more because it was everything that prestidigitation is in its purest form..misdirection at its finest. If you want to know what stage magic is all about..this is the film for you. The cinimatography was lovely..it was a pleasure to watch. The Presteige offers a stellar cast with a surprise appearance by David Bowie, but the plot of "I get you then you get me" gets old very quickly.

In the area of Independent films..

Amazing offerings: Heights and House of D

I put them together because they were Netflix deliveries..but in no way can these films be put together.

Heights involves a peek into the sordid, self indulgent world of broadway. It features an amazing performance by Glen Close as a theatre diva who IS shakespeare on the New York stage. It explores personal honesty, and the consequences that occur in dominoe effect when we are not honest about who we are. I highly recommend.

The House of D - written and directed by David Duchovny.

Just a nice film. It is a mans journey into his past. We see his child hood with his emotionally broken mother - Tia Leoni, and his best friend, a retarded man played beautifully and respectfully by Robin Williams. The story of his child hood is told, and his catharsis occurs when he returns to his childhood neighborhood as an adult. It will make you chuckle..and it will make you cry.

There, we're off to a good start!

enjoy! til next time!

Pennypengo

2 Comments:

  • I'm happy to see that i'm not the only one that felt that HoD was a teriffic little film. The critics paned it to hell, but i loved it. It's one of my favorite movies now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 PM  

  • Reading your take on House of D was lovely. It's reassuring to know others 'get it,' too.
    The writing blew me away--to find out Duchovny could write at all & then to find out he could write like *that.*

    OT: What a great combo-philosophy, religious studies, & gender counseling. With all that to draw from, there's no doubt you'll help an awful lot of transgendered people and their loved ones. You give interdisciplinary coursework a good name.

    By Blogger Zanzibarz, at 4:13 PM  

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