Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/30/2015





243) THE CONNECTION
(2015 dir. Cédric Jimenez) Date Seen: June 30 2015

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242) HARD TO BE A GOD
(2015 dir. Aleksei German) Date Seen: June 30 2015

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/29/2015






241) ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST
(2015 dir. Andrea Di Stefano) Date Seen: June 29 2015

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/28/2015






240) LIVE FROM NEW YORK!
(2015 dir. Bao Nguyen) Date Seen: June 28 2015


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/27/2015






239) THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE
(2015 dir. Matías Piñeiro) Date Seen: June 27 2015

Señor Piñeiro seems to have the Midas touch as far as my cinematic preferences go.  Blown away once again.





Friday, June 26, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/26/2015





238) MAX
(2015 dir. Boaz Yakin) Date Seen: June 26 2015
"Lassie Come Home From War"




I hate to poo poo on a film with such good intentions, but I found the proceedings dull as hell. Hoping for an animal picture as thematically rich as Sam Fuller's WHITE DOG (1982), I was disappointed. A much more nuanced film about humans & animals with PTSD could've been delivered... But at least the genuine sentiment is there.

I fear the Boaz Yakin that once gave us FRESH (1994) may no longer be.








237) UN CHANT D'AMOUR [A SONG OF LOVE]
(1950 dir. Jean Genet) 2nd Viewing: June 26 2015
this viewing was in honor of the Supreme Court's historic Marriage Equality ruling! The pictured film being one of the earliest examples of proud Queer Cinema I can think of & a triumph for the moving image. A hypnotic dream of stark contrasts. Unapologetic.

I've just been in a state of elation ever since the news this morning & wanted to watch something in praise of love. Truly one of the great civil rights triumphs of our time, & something I thought I would never ever see in my home state. Thank god my cynicism was proven wrong. 

So here's to you, my LGBT friends & family! You've earned this victory.
A big step in the right direction for our Republic. Now, with a renewed sense of optimism, let's extinguish the many other faces of inequality that remain.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/25/2015





236) TED 2
(2015 dir. Seth MacFarlane) Date Seen: June 25 2015
MacFarlane may dethrone Happy Madison Productions one day as enemy #1 for American comedy.. He's about neck-and-neck with the Wayans Bros. in that race. Sad thing is, if I saw this baked I still probably wouldn't laugh much.



 

Viewing Journal: 6/24/2015





235) RUBBLE KINGS
(2015 dir. Shan Nicholson) Date Seen: June 24 2015
Warriors!! ... come out a- Very well, I'll stop.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/23/2015






234) INSIDE OUT
(2015 dir. Pete Docter, Ronaldo del Carmen) Date Seen: June 23 2015


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233) LAVA
(2015 dir. James Ford Murphy) Date Seen: June 23 2015






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Monday, June 22, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/22/2015





232) DOPE
(2015 dir. Rick Famuyiwa) Date Seen: June 22 2015

Might exist somewhere between "Whack" and "Aight," but certainly not "Dope." It positions itself as something brazenly clever, but is really only a notch above something like AMERICAN PIE. Only with more MTV appeal. There's a handful of funny bits sprinkled throughout. (ex. beating off on the corner of the bed)

Pharrell's music sure as shit isn't "Dope." That dude's corny as hell.




Viewing Journal: 6/21/2015






231) ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL
(2015 dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) Date Seen: June 21 2015

more 'film school in a box' out of the Sundance labs.

Lots of talent on display here obviously, just didn't feel any of the filmic reappropriations were very interesting. It dances a line between cute & annoying. You get a "look, ma! I'm directing" vibe from every scene. (The number of times a Fassbinder-style pan away from action occurs had my eyebrow thoroughly raised) And anyone can write this type of stupid voiceover to walk an audience through their picture. It's hard to describe what I felt while viewing this. A Coca-Cola commercial by way of Criterion Collection?

Brian Eno's music is gold though.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/20/2015





230) BEYOND THE MASK
(2015 dir. Chad Burns) Date Seen: June 20 2015

It's like THE PATRIOT (2000) meets Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed- only it comes with a authenticated "christian" seal of approval!! (courtesy Burns Family Studios, LLC) So you get to pat yourself on the back afterwards for witnessing a movie of bonafied faith! As opposed to imitation faith.

a screenplay so tonally clear (⸮) & historically misty-eyed, you'd believe Glenn Beck himself penned the final draft. I just wish they'd stuck with the working title, "THE REDCOATS ARE COMING VIA MEDIOCRE CGI"..

a movie written at the 6th grade level pitched at old evangelicals who still think & feel at the 6th grade level. And all of this before we even begin to complain about the production, craft or staging.

(for additional cinéma de la mental midgets, see also; MEET THE SPARTANS, ATLAS SHRUGGED, EXPELLED NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED, LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, BUCKY LARSON, BATTLEFIELD EARTH)







229) I AM BIG BIRD:
THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
(2014 dir. Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker) Date Seen: June 20 2015


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Viewing Journal: 6/19/2015





228) THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING
(2015 dir. Jacques Servin, Igor Vamos, Laura Nix) Date Seen: June 19 2015


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227) THE AMBASSADOR
(2011 dir. Mads Brügger) Date Seen: June 19 2015


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/18/2015





226) MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT
(2015 dir. Tom Green) Date Seen: June 18 2015

MONSTURDS: SHART CONTINENT..
Sequel to MONSTURD (2003).





Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/17/2015





225) GOOD KILL
(2015 dir. Andrew Niccol) Date Seen: June 17 2015


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/16/2015






224) TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
(2015 dir. James Kent) Date Seen: June 16 2015

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223) EDEN
(2015 dir. Mia Hansen-Løve) Date Seen: June 16 2015

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/15/2015





222) HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
(2015 dir. Safdie bros.) Date Seen: June 15 2015

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221) CONDOR
(1986 dir. Virgil W. Vogel) Date Seen: June 15 2015

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Viewing Journal: 6/14/2015








220) WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
(2015 dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi) Date Seen: June 14 2015

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