In Month 2 on October 22, 2010 at 5:46 AM
Movie #36 Unbreakable
(2000, US, d. M. Night Shyamalan)
Netflix was down for a period of time this afternoon so I was forced to watch a DVD. I had been listening to some Shyamalan interviews recently about the Unbreakable filmmaking process in general, and seeing as the 10 year anniversary of the release is approaching, I thought it a good time to revisit the film. Let me start off by saying that this picture is both on my Top 10 All-Time and is subsequently, Shyamalan’s best work to date. When initially released the film met with mixed reviews because it was marketed as a follow-up of The Sixth Sense rather than what it actually is – a drama – and people came in hoping for a scare. Over time, the film has been re-reviewed and most critics have changed their opinion. This is the best superhero film ever told. It is incredibly subtle, poignant, and moving. Mr. Glass (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is one of the most unique characters to ever grace the silver screen and his counterpart, David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) is an unsettlingly realistic portrayal of a man who seems to be invincible. As Quentin Tarantino – who placed this film on his own version of Top 20 Films list, said, the film asks the question, “What if Superman existed, but didn’t know he was Superman?” Please watch this film.
In Month 2 on October 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM
Movie #35 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
(2009, US, d. Werner Herzog)
Produced by David Lynch and helmed by Herzog, this Golden Lion Nominee is really a must-see if you’re a fan of either one of them. It takes a simple homicide/hostage situation and not only turns it on its feet, but force feeds it amphetamine and then proceeds to screw it in every pore. But I mean this in a good way. Simply calling it weird and not understandable would do this film severe injustice as it never tries to seek our objective judgement or rational acceptance. It is just a wacky and unconventional way of recounting the events of a mentally unbalanced (probably not the right word) Mama’s boy who finds “God in a cereal box and Satan on an ostrich farm” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian). Though it’s non-linear or strange narrative string is either a hate-or-love element of the film, there is no doubt of its riveting and electric pull.
In Month 2 on October 19, 2010 at 11:36 PM
Movie #34 Days of Being Wild
(1990, Hong Kong, d. Wong Kar-Wai)
Wong Kar-Wai’s films are some of the most mysterious films to me. At a surface level, it’s about nothing. But a level before that, there is so much meaning in the every-day activities of the moody and afflicted characters that grace his pictures. For me, Days of Being Wild (the first part of a “trilogy” which includes In the Mood for Love and 2046) is about the subtle effects of rejection and the lottery that is true love. It’s a fleeting but beautiful and thoughtful movie. It feels so much like Godard yet Melville at the same time, combining elements of the French New Wave and the Italian Neo-Realist movement at once. His films always make me want to go back and give them a second viewing, but this Movie a Day Challenge must go on. Hopefully, one day I can.