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Film Recap #2

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More blurbs from my film recaps on the Harmony Korine forum. Note that some of these are one line and pretty pointless, but I thought I’d post it here anyway.

Dig!: I really haven’t listened to BJM (or the Dandy Warhols) but I thought the movie DIG was pretty good. I liked the film because it showed some insight into just how fucked up their bands are. I didn’t really like the people in the film. They seemed SO much different than me and I couldn’t relate. Although I did enjoy them as characters.

Nosferatu – Werner Herzog: I actually liked it lot. It was actually my 2nd Herzog film after Even Dwarfs… Nosferatu was good for me because I was on some sort of nostalgic kick with it. I remember seeing the poster for it and being freaked out as a child, but never having seen the film myself. So it was enjoyable to watch it as an adult.

Cinemania: The characters in the documentary are obsessed with watching films and there are a few characters who seem to be very knowledgeable about the subject. Particularly Jack Angstreich who was watching Godard films as a young teenager in the 80’s. And watches anywhere from 2-5 films a day. He also refuses to watch video and watches films only on the big screen. And only if the projection is good and the print is good. Most of the characters were definitely social outcasts and had some serious OCD problems. But I think Jack was the most “normal” out of them and was actually interested in the art form. Bill (the one who was trying to get a girl through the dating service) seemed into the art form as well.

Masculin Feminin – my fav Godard so far (others were Week End and Alphaville)

Running Scared (new one) – A friend of mine said it’s the best movie they’ve seen in years. Jesus Christ he needs to get out more! I won’t even go into it other than the this: Unbelievable TWISTS AND TURNS OMG does not make a good movie. And neither does dropping hundreds of F-Bombs, Name Calling, andshouting account for good realistic dialog.

Little Miss Sunshine – Really liked it, but it seemed like it added a spice of Hollywood gratuity here and there to keep the average viewer interested.

Thank You For Smoking – pretty smart film that “doesn’t apologize for itself”

8 1/2 (Fellini): BTW, just watched 8 1/2 for the first time and I was enjoying the film at first, but then caught myself dozing off a few times towards the middle. I was kind of mad at myself for that. But I was really into it the last 40 minutes or so. I liked it more than I thought I would. Does anyone else have audio/language problems when they watch it? I saw the Criterion version and it was in Italian with English subs, but it still seemed like the lips were saying things different than what I heard. Sometimes it would look accurate, other times the persons mouth would be closed and you’d still hear them finish a sentence. I saw other times they mouth english words, but it was dubbed over in italian and had the english subtitles at the bottom. That irks me.

Werner Herzog Shot During Interview

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HOLLYWOOD – German director Werner Herzog was shot by a crazed fan during a recent interview with the BBC.
The 63-year-old was chatting with movie journalist Mark Kermode about his documentary Grizzly Man, when a sniper opened fire with an air rifle.

Kermode explains, “I thought a firecracker had gone off.

“Herzog, as if it was the most normal thing in the world, said, ‘Oh, someone is shooting at us. We must go.’

“He had a bruise the size of a snooker ball, with a hole in. He just carried on with the interview while bleeding quietly in his boxer shorts.”

An unrepentant Herzog insisted, “It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid.”

— from Hollywood.com

Herzog is superman. He’s from another universe. He gets shot and he just calmly passes it off. He’s fearless. Take a look at the video of the interview. The video seems to play as just images with the audio. And also, he rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash just recently. This man blows my mind.

See The White Diamond now! 10/10

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Go see Werner Herzog’s 2004 documentary The White Diamond!

It’s one of his bests docs in my opinion. Better than Grizzly Man? Could very well be. This film is glorious. Basically, it’s about a visionary scientist who designs an airship for the purpose of flying over the rainforest. But that really doesn’t matter – the images you see on this film are just breathtaking and it’s a joy to watch. Herzog never ceases to amaze me and that’s why he’s my favorite filmmaker right now. I read a review on the imdb and it sums up my feelings on Herzog almost exactly:

I like Herzog’s films generally, but I think that he is most satisfying as a documentary filmmaker. It seems to me that Herzog is not really interested in “story,” the aesthetic feature which dominates the response of probably about 99% of the people who watch films in the United States. Herzog is interested, it seems to me, in visceral experiences, and the documentary form frees him more to explore this kind of experience.
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Fitzcarraldo – 9/10

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Werner Herzog’s 1982 film Fitzcarraldo starring the incredible Klaus Kinsky is an instant classic. And not just a Herzog classic, but I think a film that surpasses just those who dig his work.

It seems I’ve given nearly all my reviews a 9/10. Strange. Generally I only get movies on Netflix that I think I’d like or I’ve read about or have had good recommendations for. So I usually love every movie. But I don’t want to give any a 10 unless it’s absolutely astonishing. Which, of course, many of Herzogs films are. But this one isn’t my favorite. But it’s close.

In this film, which is a long one at 2 hours and 37 minutes, is another trip into the Amazon jungle just like Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Except this time crazy Klaus plays an Opera enthusiast who is bent on getting his own Opera House built. And to get money, he hears about an unexplored territory in the Amazon with millions of rubber trees. It was unexplored because the river leading to it was very treacherous and no ship has made it out of there.

So Klaus had a plan to go up stream on another river and then actually drag his mammoth ship over the mountain to the other side where the rubber trees were located. This would avoid the treacherous rapids on the other river.

This film is monumental. Herzog filmed hundreds of non-actor natives in the Amazon and they all performed with a certain beauty and humanity. It was amazing to watch them all work together and get this ship up the moutain. You have to see it.