Archive for January, 2011

Sunday January 30, 2011 14:12

Movie #0041 – Down by Law (1986)

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
First Viewing
Synopsis: Three men form a tenuous bond after meeting in jail as cellmates.
I’ve watched (and re-watched) a lot of great movies for this blog. This was not one of them. I won’t say that I hated this movie, but I will say [...]

Sunday January 23, 2011 11:26

Movie #0040 – Days of Heaven (1978)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
First Viewing
Synopsis: A man and his girlfriend take the opportunity to con a rich farmer who they believe is dying.
After being blown away by the amazing, downright beautiful recent trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (seriously, it’s my favourite trailer of the last little [...]

Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits (Videodrome). Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm (Naked Lunch).
First Viewings
Synopsis: In Videodrome, a TV producer finds himself the victim of strange hallucinations after watching a mysterious, pirated video signal called Videodrome. In Naked Lunch, a writer finds himself losing his grip on reality [...]

Wednesday January 12, 2011 22:11

Movie #0037 – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
First Viewing
Synopsis: An aging German woman finds herself a pariah after she starts dating an immigrant worker.
This film owes a great debt to All That Heaven Allows. In fact, in many ways it plays like a loose remake of [...]

Sunday January 2, 2011 20:40

Movie #0036 – The Tin Drum (1979)

Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
Second Viewing
Synopsis: About the exploits of a strange young boy in World War II-era Germany who decides to stop aging.
Off-putting and kind of unpleasant, I didn’t much care for this the first time I watched it, and watching it again, I still don’t [...]