Friday, June 18, 2010

Viewing Journal: 6/18/2010






27) TOY STORY 3
(2010 dir. Lee Unkrich) Date Seen: June 18 2010




A worthy end to Pixar's preeminent TOY STORY trilogy. These films could function as emotional therapy for most. They have so many life affirming moments. Their writers/animators know how to craft ideal comfort cinema. This newest installment has the most potent sentimentality of the three and some of the most exciting action I've ever seen in an animated film. I guess it all started with that impressive climax of the first TOY STORY. I remember being on the edge of my baby seat in 1995 during that film's entire final 15 minutes. The only thing that got my heart racing faster at the time was Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK. Albeit for different reasons. I think Lee Unkrich really outdid himself this time. TOY STORY 3 has more thrills to offer audiences this weekend than any of the moronic action films aimed at older folks do. Thank you Pixar for cooking up so many classics for me and my future chitlins to enjoy.







26) THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
(1979 dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 4th Viewing: June 18 2010


2nd favourite Fassbinder film next to ALI: FEAR EATS SOUL (1974) and undoubtedly one of the best films of 1979. I must point out that the current streaming version Netflix Watch-Instantly has of this does not look very good. Fassbinder's work cries HD.






25) THE MESSENGER
(2009 dir. Oren Moverman) 2nd Viewing: June 18 2010




I would have included this in my COMBAT ON FILM post had my guidelines been different. Haunting for most of it's runtime.







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