King Arthur (2004)

This is an interesting film.  Fuqua does not take the “Pete and Repeat” attitude like others before him have done.  He doesn’t stick completely to the most recognized and overdone Arthurian narrative, and while I commend him for taking the narrative road less traveled (because Arthurian tales DO vary), I also have to say that what Fuqua did to the essence of the Arthurian tales is … Continue reading King Arthur (2004)

Hellboy II (2008)

I have mixed emotions about this film. On one hand, I love the costumes and characters that Guillermo del Toro creates for his films. Pan’s Labyrinth was also great in terms of that.  What I’m struggling with in terms of Hellboy II is the fact that there are many aspects of the film that have been more-than-just-slightly appropriated from at least two other epic stories: The … Continue reading Hellboy II (2008)

Last Life in the Universe (2003)

I’ve been holding off on writing about this film because I wasn’t quite sure what to say about it.  It’s a film about perception of reality, though on the surface it is about suicide, love, life, living & relationships. This film reminded me of a Haruki Murakami novel because of the mystery that unfolds for the viewer.  As the film progresses, the viewer sees that what was … Continue reading Last Life in the Universe (2003)

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)

10,000 B.C. (2008)

Despite the clear fictionality of the “history” that is portrayed in this film, it was a decent film.  I didn’t know what to expect and was hoping it wouldn’t be a horrible film. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. What I liked was the plot.  I think this film does what Babel cannot:  show the TRUE interconnectivity between people who “seem” to have no connection with each … Continue reading 10,000 B.C. (2008)

Little Otik: Otesanek (2001)

We came across this film from the Czech Republic on Netflix in the “Watch Instantly” section.  Who could resist a description and a movie poster like this: In this bizarre fantasy from the Czech Republic, an ordinary couple, Karel and Bozena, are unable to conceive a child. When Karel digs up a tree root and whittles something vaguely resembling a human baby, Bozena’s strong maternal longings … Continue reading Little Otik: Otesanek (2001)