Thanks for those recommendations katky. I missed many of those and will track some of them down.
As for Boyhood, it will probably be the kind of movie that people will either love or hate. It's almost 3 hours long and not much happens. The things that do happen might seem like cliches. But for me it didn't matter: it all just worked. I saw it yesterday and have been mulling it over ever since. It was a great, strange experience.
As a film buff (I keep a little notebook / lol), not only do I look forward to RL's ambitious and protracted production, but agree with you in spades regarding the comprehensive strength of 2013's catalogue of big-screen releases across all genres from horror to documentary! As a transplanted southerner, the most adept analogy I can invoke is to say that last year's roster is the cinematic equivalent of the SEC's football programs: a lot of premium talent with relatively few stinkers!
Aside from those you've listed (except for LLD, which eluded me entirely - though, having read Dylan's Chronicle Vol.1, I understand the significant milieu writers and producers were aiming at) and among larger releases that some might reasonably recognize, I loved Mud; The Way Way Back; Osage County; Dallas Buyer's Club; Philomena; The Iceman (big year for the awesome Michael Shannon (Mud)); Ain't Them Bodies Saints; Frozen; The Spectacular Now; Parkland; and The Place Beyond the Pines.
Also very good were, The Co. You Keep; Old Boy; Wish You Were Here (not Floyd); Fruitvale Stn.; The Sapphires; Jobs; The Butler; Enough Said; Prisoners; Lone Survivor; Gravity; Cpt. Phillips; 12 Years...; The Counselor; Mama (very good horror); Black Rock (suspense); The East (Page adds another line to an impressive resume); and the Conjuring.
Also a banner year for documentaries, especially those critical of the hegemony of extreme wealth in national and global politics./k
Saw "Boyhood" this afternoon. Great movie. Probably Linklater's best movie, which is saying a lot. This one lives up to the hype. Don't miss it.
(sorry, couldn't help it :) Had to go see this with Dolby Surround 7. Saw the 2D show and the special effects were spectacular. I loved this story when I saw it originally as a little kid and the story in this updated version is definitely worthy of admission. As usual, Godzilla is a total badass and in this episode he(?)wakes from the depths to wreak havoc on two other freaks of nature. Good stuff! Spoiler alert: Insurance policies are pointless and property owners in Honolulu and Oakland really take it in the shorts, so to speak.
I really think that this has been a great year for movies. I can't remember the last time I felt that way. I saw "Inside Llewelyn Davis", "Nebraska", "Her", "Blue Jasmine", and "American Hustle" and I loved all of them. Come on peeps, cynicism aside, it's been a great year for movies!
There is a constant theme in Science Fiction that I am noticing these days. The plot goes something like this: Human beings have used up the natural resources on the Earth until it is a wasteland due to different circumstances such as global warming.
In Elysium a paradise in the form of space satellite/station with lush vegetation and artificial environment and robots serve an upper class population who have between able to make the hop between the two bodies. There is strict immigration control and homeland Security for the Space Station.
Life on Earth is a somewhat less than an apocalyptic hell, but almost there. This theme is quite old, it just has different wrinkles in it these days. This version gets a B- for the updates.
I just bought the John Grisham Box set and glad I did. I never saw the theatrical release of this movie until now. This is an excellent movie about the gun industry and the dirty tricks they engage in to keep themselves absolved of responsibility of irresponsible gun proliferation in this country.
The scenes where Gene Hackman, as a jury specialist for the gun lobby, raises millions of dollars from the CEOs of the major gun-makers who explicitly know they are buying a jury and the scene where the opposition lawyer, Dustin Hiffman, asks Hackman how he will feel at the end of his days when he is surrounded by the ghosts of dead gun victims are not in the expurgated TV versions and are especially poignant. Hackman's answer to Hofman about the ghosts is revealing: "I know I'll be surrounded by those ghosts but I don't give a shit and I never did."
I write this today because in another part of this site somebody wrote yesterday that everybody should receive a Remington shotgun for Christmas this year, any make, any model. Their intent was to say there is bonding that goes on between father and son or elder and younger. I understand that. But I also understand that, living in the North Woods as I have for 25 years, there are around 100 death-resulting hunting accidents that happen every year in NY-NJ-New England States, not to mention the problem of hunter's hunting on posted land.
That movie and that comment has me thinking about walking in the woods again this deer season. Don't just think twice, don't do it if you know it is hunting season and you value your life. Wal-Mart is just itching to sell you that Remington and ammo at a dirt cheap price and gun makers will never be held responsible.
An excellent film available on the net for viewing. It shows how Marrion Barry, former mayor of Washington DC got set up by the Feds for smoking crack with a ho. The film chronicles Marion Barry's comeback bid for re-election as mayor.
Topical in the sense of Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford now in similar circumstances.
Maja S. K. Ratkje
Sculpting With Sound
VOICE – SCULPTING SOUND WITH MAJA RATKJE is not only a portrait of the singular musician and singer, but also explores the sound and nature of the human voice in all its facets.
The film accompanies Ratkje as she composes and improvises in various constellations, in the studio, for example, while recording the next album of her quartet Spunk and new CDs of her compositions, which are being produced for Rune Grammofon and for John Zorn’s famous Tzadik record label. There will also be footage from concerts such as Passing Images in Bruges or with the trio Poing in Oslo. In addition, Biermann wants to give an insight into the work Ratkje does on her own back home in Norway, as well as including family moments with her two small children.
Citing directors Thomas Riedelsheimer and Claire Denis as inspirational for the making of this film, Biermann explains that he is aiming to make 2a sensual film, with images for the big screen. Images one can dive into. A film about this woman, her overwhelming creative spirit and her passion which appeals and touches us all. A sensual and unexpected journey into the world of voices and sounds with the complex means of cinema.”
Apart VOICE and NOCTURNE, Biermann is also currently working on a third documentary, ZEHN FRAUEN, which portrays ten women artists.
Director Ingo J. Biermann
Screenplay Ingo J. Biermann
Director of Photography Kai Miedendorp
Cast Maja Solvei Kjelstrup Ratkje, Frode Haltli, Spunk, Kathy Hinde, Trondheim Sinfonietta, Garth Knox, Arve Henriksen, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori
Producer Andreas Louis
Co-Producers Solveig Arnesen, Ingo J. Biermann
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), in co-production with Genesis Film/Hausgesund, IJB/Berlin
Original Version English, Norwegian
Shooting Dates March 2010-Summer 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmkraft Rogaland
And Jerry I; II; III. Opened up an Amazon Visa and got the 4 for $44. What a deal!