Films Watched: August 2012

This post should probably be titled “Oh right, I have a blog”.

Okay, wow. In the seven years I’ve been writing this blog, I have never completely checked out and stopped updating it before. (At least not without a good reason.) Then August happened and I suddenly had absolutely no desire to post anything. None. Zero. Zilch. I don’t even really want to be blogging right now but I’m forcing myself to because, in theory, someone is reading this. (I’m blogging through my writer’s block right now. Bear with me.) The strange thing is I don’t know what I did last month instead of blogging. I definitely wasted hours on the Internet and I watched some good movies. But I wasn’t invested in writing. Anyways, these things happen and if you have read this far, then you may be interested in the movies I watched last month.

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Review: The Fountain (2006)

There is a moment in every person’s life when they realize that they just spent one hour and thirty-six minutes of their life completely, without-a-doubt, 100 percent confused. That happened to me on Friday night when I saw The Fountain.

It’s not that The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is a poorly made movie. It is visually stunning and technologically impressive. Yet for all its creative and inventive elements, there is a definite lack of plot and character development.

The three intertwining stories of The Fountain are over-ambitious. It “begins” during the Spanish Inquisition when an explorer Tomas (Hugh Jackman) sets off to find the Fountain of Youth. The scene jumps to the present with Tommy Creo, a scientist (Jackman) is struggling to save his wife Izzi (Rachel Weisz) from cancer. The final stage of the journey is of a 26th-century astronaut (Jackman) attempting to understand life and its mysteries. Through the themes of adventures, death, and the love of a woman, the three plot lines form an intriguing and thought-provoking exploration of life.

While the basic concepts of The Fountain are fascinating, the movie quickly falls short expectations. Often, it feels as though there is no connection between the three story arcs creating a lack of interest in the movie. Scenes become tiresome, drawn out, and boring.

Despite it’s flaws, I found The Fountain captivating.

If you are looking for a film that is eccentric and trippy, go see this movie. You might not understand it right away(at least I didn’t), but something about The Fountain, (I’m not exactly sure what that something is) clicks, in a good way.

Updated October 12, 2010

My 2006 Academy Awards Recap

The Oscars were really good this year (definitely much better than last year’s show.) Where to begin?

The opening montage of every classic moment/actor digitally animated… wow. For a classic film freak like me, it was fun trying to see how many movies I could name. Then the comedy bits started. I loved it when Jon Stewart woke up in bed with George Clooney. “Is this a dream?” “No.” Great way to start the show.

Stewart’s first few jokes completely bombed but after that he picked up steam. Then he lost it again. That’s okay. Nothing can stop me from loving Jon Stewart. I loved the tribute to Westerns and the innuendos. “The gayest genre” according to Stewart if you watched Oprah today.

Best Supporting Actor goes to… George Clooney, as predicted. He gave a great speech. “All right, so I’m not winning director.” Then he added, “I’m proud to be out of touch”.

March of the Penguins won best documentary, although it should’ve gone to Enron. Still a great movie nonetheless and I loved how the director (I forget his name) dedicated the award to all the children who saw the film and how hopefully it could influence then when they’re making the important decisions (with environmental issues and such) by 2041.

Rachel Weisz winning was awesome and she looked gorgeous for being 7 months pregnant. In her speech she thanked those who do the humanitarian work like her character did in The Constant Gardener.

I guess the old fart’s don’t run Hollywood afterall. I mean, 36 Mafia won for best song. By far the most excited (and more shocked than the cast of Crash) to win.

Robert Altman, director of M*A*S*H and Nashville, received the honorary oscar. Well-deserved. He’s been denied too long. His next feature is A Prarie Home Companion. Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan star in a great ensemble cast.

Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote in Capote. And he dressed for the occasion.

Another shocker. Reese Witherspoon won.

Love Ang Lee. Great director. He deserved it for Brokeback Mountain.

But the best moment of the evening had to be when Crash pulled the biggest upset in recent year’s. Yes, I was expecting that it could happen and as the night went on, it was becoming a little more clear to me that it could, but stilll I was shocked. My jaw literally hit the floor. And then I was pissed. Why? The acceptance speech was cut off. Come on now. They make this big deal during the show to promote great Oscar moments and the producer ruin one by turning off the mic.

I’ll respond to the controversy surrounding this win tomorrow.

The Crash posse

Other great moments:

  • The mock political campaigns fro Best Actress. “Keira Knightley, acting while pretty.”
  • Lauren Bacall. Need I say enough.
  • The montage tributes to epics, film noir, and biopics.
  • Itzhak Perlman, playing selections from each nominated score.
  • Stewart, ” “‘Good night and good luck’ — the line that Mr. Clooney ends all of his dates with.” The look on Clooney’s face… priceless.

Overall a great night at the Oscars. Can’t wait until next year. I’m thinking Scorcese could finally win.