Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #136: Shakespeare Adaptation



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Shakespeare Adaptation

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I think I've picked all of them before, but since I decided to do a theme within a theme I'm picking them again.

West Side Story (1961)
I could not watch this the first time I saw it. The dancing turned me off. Gave it another try a few years a later, and I like it much better. Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet was about feuding rich powerful families, West Side Story took it to the city and made it about rival New York City gangs. The urban landscape and race relations made an old story feel a lot more relevant. I appreciate the dancing now too, the choreography was really good.
 
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
I love this one. Shot in Italy, it feels the most authentic. The leads were also actual teenagers and as Romeo and Juliet, they were as young, playful, flirty and naive as they were written.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
One of my favorites. I would never have thought that Shakepeare's style of speech would work in contemporary setting, but here it soo does. I think Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes have always been good actors and they're really good in this as well.

Romeo & Juliet (2013) 
Sorry to end with a bummer, this is probably one of the worst R&J ever. They kept the original setting and even shot in Italy, it's probably trying to be better than the Zeffirelli version but just fails. Not sure how much was changed from the original play but a lot of it feels lacking; like it's not fun and flirty (at least in the beginning it was supposed to be) and totally lack any passion. The delivery too by the actors too was just so meh. Everything was just not working here.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #135: Prodigy/Genius



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Prodigy/Genius

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A very late post...sorry and a quick one too.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
My favorite Wes Anderson movie. It's about a dysfunctional family consisting of three grown up prodigies.

Proof (2005)
I've talked about this one too before. I really loved it when I saw this, a long time ago. Preferred it to the other movie about mentally ill mathematician, A Beautiful Mind. Anyway Proof follows the daughter of a brilliant but mentally ill mathematician, as she realises that she too may have inherited his illness.  

Ex Machina (2015)
One of the main characters is a young tech ceo / mad scientist who creates intelligent androids and conducts disturbing psychological experiments in his secret secluded home/lab.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #134: Movies About Artists (Painters)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies About Artists (Painters)

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We've had themes on writers and musicians, so I thought let's do one on painters. Did I realise there aren't a great many movies about them, maybe not. My choices were slim, in fact I think these were the only 3 I've seen.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
A fictional tale about the unknown girl in Vermeer's famous painting. I've picked this one before so I'll keep this short. Love this one. It's slow moving but so good and such a beautiful looking film . The set design and the lighting makes everything look like they came off the paintings.

Renoir (2012)
Jean Renoir the son of the famous painter returns home during World War I to convalesce after being wounded. Assisting his father, Jean meets his latest young muse who would become his own muse in his eventual filmmaking career. Like the Girl with a Pearl Earring this film was just gorgeous. I came into the film without reading the synopsis thinking it was about the painter; it's actually more about the family and their relationship. I knew nothing of the painter Renoir beyond just having seen his paintings; he was an old man the time the film is set, suffering from arthritis affecting his hands which required him an assistant to prepare his brushes and place them in his hands but continued to paint till the end which was just fascinating.

Summer in February (2013)
A love triangle involving two painters and a land agent at an artist colony in Cornwall. The movie was unfortunately very dull, I just could not care for the story. Unlike the above two films that took total advantage of them being films about artists and using their work as a reference for the visual style of the movie, Summer in February doesn't quite do that; it doesn't have a visual identity. I think it's probably because it features more than one artists it couldn't exactly amalgamate all their artistic style and turn it into the film's visual style which takes out the fun of watching a film about artists.

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