Sayonara Jupiter (1984)

I love Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey quadrilogy, and the 2001 film was truly remarkable, so when I saw that this Japanese film was intentionally made to somewhat mimic the 2010 sequel, I couldn’t resist.  Perhaps that was a mistake…. It’s hard to say whether this was a “bad” film or not.  It is what it is:  a cheesy Sci Fi B-movie.  There is a play (i.e. twist) on … Continue reading Sayonara Jupiter (1984)

Tenth Victim (1965)

A.k.a. La decima vittima in Italian.  Directed by Elio Petri. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen any other films by Petri.  I’m not sure I’ll be running to the video store (or the Netflix queue) to try and find others, to be honest. This film, on the surface, is about society’s acceptance  and perpetuation of violence.  The plot centers around legalized hunting of humans, a.k.a. The … Continue reading Tenth Victim (1965)

Il bidone (1955)

This film’s English title is The Swindle.  It’s directed by Federico Fellini.  By now, I’ve seen about 85 % of Fellini’s films.  Slowly but surely I’ve been accomplishing that goal over the years. What I like about Fellini is how he presents (and therefore essentially critiques) society and our various approaches to life.  A consistent presentation of such in his films is that of the … Continue reading Il bidone (1955)

Black Sunday: The Mask of Satan (1960)

The film’s Italian title is La maschera del demonio.  I’ve seen a few other Bava favorites:  I tre volti della paura (Three Types of Horror, a.k.a. Black Sabbath, 1963), and Ercole al centro della terra (Hercules in the Center of the Earth/Hercules in the Haunted World, 1961).  I’m continually impressed with Bava’s films.  I have never specifically been into Italian horror films but the more … Continue reading Black Sunday: The Mask of Satan (1960)

Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

  This Russian film was directed by Aleksandr Rou. And like all fairy tales, it has a moral.  And, like many Russian films, that moral tends toward glorifying the State.  And that’s okay.  I don’t mind.  I liked this film a lot.  I loved the colors and the characters with their backwards names, like “Dneirf,” which was translated in the subtitles as “Friend.” Or “Lesaew,” which … Continue reading Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

Milk (2008)

Saw this last night.  Sean Penn’s skills at acting are certainly amazing.  Actually, overall, all of the actors were amazing.  The film itself was put together nicely with stock footage from the 70s.  One such use of stock footage was the brilliant opening sequence where men were being rounded up by the police and taken down to the station in paddy wagons just for fraternizing in gay … Continue reading Milk (2008)

21 and Up (1977)

This is the third part of the UP Series, directed by Michael Apted.  The series started with Seven Up in 1964 and then Seven Plus Seven in 1970.  It’s an intriguing series to watch because you see fourteen children from different socioeconomic backgrounds in the UK, whose lives are tracked in increments of seven.  It’s interesting to see how your own predictions for them are … Continue reading 21 and Up (1977)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

This classic Eisenstein has eluded me for years.  Despite having read many readings about this film in grad school, I haven’t managed to actually watch this film until now.  It was well worth the wait.  Why, you ask? For starters, I didn’t fall asleep.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is elaborate on your own thoughts.  I think with Battleship Potemkin, this is infinitely difficult … Continue reading Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Empire of the Sun (1987)

It’s amazing how much the Little Christian Bale looks, acts, and speaks like the Big Christian Bale.  His voice, his lips, his eyes:  all Christian Bale.  Now, you might be wondering why I say his lips here, but since he became Batman, one can’t help but focus on his lips when he’s in the Bat Suit. It’s a legitmate observation.  And, it makes me think … Continue reading Empire of the Sun (1987)

My new reading blog

I’ve decided to create a new blog just for what I’m reading. There’s nothing on there right now but I’ll be posting my thoughts soon on the first few chapters of Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time,’ which is one of the books I’m currently reading. I’m planning to use the new reading blog to help me flesh out my thoughts on the different … Continue reading My new reading blog