Archive for August, 2009

It’s Filmmaker Fridays and this week’s featured filmmaker is Zhang Yimou because he just makes some of the best martial arts films out there.

20Aug

August 20th

Robert (I never use real actors anymore because computers make the movies for me) Zemeckis is going to remake Yellow Submarine. Apparently he has no original ideas anymore so he feels the need to rip off classic films. But to him, it’s not ripping it off if you make it in 3-D, then it’s a whole new vision of the film! Yeah right. I am incensed. First Harvey, now Yellow Submarine. What’s wrong with these directors? Too much money and no brains. As a Beatles fan and film fan, I urge all viewers to boycott this sad excuse for a film  because, really, all you would be doing is putting your money right into Zemeckis’ filthy pocket. And that’s what he wants. Directors like him need a wake up call so don’t give him what he wants. Watch the original instead.

18Aug

August 18th

As of now, the foreign film recommendations are complete. Now I can work on my adaptations page.

17Aug

Moon

Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Duncan Jones and Nathan Parker
2009

Moon is nothing as I expected or thought it would be, which is a very good thing. This is an incredibly original film about one astronaut, Sam Bell (expertly played by Sam Rockwell), who is on a three year lunar mission to mine a new resource on the moon that is used as energy efficient fuel back on Earth. One fateful day he discovers he is not alone – he finds someone else in the space station who looks exactly like in in every way imaginable. Is he a figment of his imagination for having been alone too long? Is he losing his mind? Has he died? I won’t tell you because you have to see the film for yourself, but believe me it is quite the splendid surprise.

Sam Rockwell, is of course, brilliant in this film. He is one of those few actors around who can play the same character in multiples and really pull it off. I cannot rave enough about his performance, you really must see Moon to really appreciate and bask in its cinematic presence. Kevin Spacey is the voice of Sam’s computer GERTY and a more suitable actor could not have been chosen. He has that kind of tone where you aren’t sure if you should trust him or not – and it works well with the film. One last note: the music score by Clint Mansell (composer for Pi, The Wrestler, The Fountain to name a few) is amazing! The music fits the film perfectly and ties the whole story together beautifully. Moon is a definite must see!

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17Aug

August 17th

Most of the foreign film recommendations have been added. I just have to add some African films and all done! Then of course it’s just maintaining the list and adding any more foreign ones I have seen. 

I saw Moon over the weekend and it was so good! Not at all like I expected. The review will be up later today so check back.