Three recent flicks

2001: A Space Odyssey, in 35 mm in a big theater on a big screen. The visuals are so much more immersive on a big screen. But the audio, oh my. Kubrick has a way of saying "you're supposed to feel tense right now".

(Side note on futurism. Commercial fight to space station? Perhaps a bit off in time frame. A commercial flight with a shit ton of empty seats? Yeah, right.)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, digital restoration, same big old theater. With 2001, this movie is part of a 50 year celebration for the theater. This was the first film ever shown here back in 1963. Mad^4 needs to be on the "best car movie" list. Perhaps not a top ten, but up there close. They drove the piss out of those machines. There was a ton of stuff that would have destroyed modern cars.

Twelve Years a Slave. One of the best films I have ever seen. Since I've been on a Kubrick binge, there's a comparison I would make. Like Kubrick, McQueen is not afraid to linger on a scene or a shot, to allow the viewer to inhabit the time and space. Not everything has to move the plot along, to satiate the appetite of a short attention span audience.

- mark 11-24-2013 6:49 am

thanks.....loved Its a MMMMad World as a kid, will get for the kids and will watch 12 Y a Slave one day

watched last night, was quite deep and heavy and maybe great too....

strange fact about the film "US rights were bought by Roger Corman at New World Pictures who paid Bergman $75,000 for it and made $1 million in profit"

- Skinny 11-24-2013 1:49 pm [add a comment]

  • Now that you’ve figured out that Bergman is a great director (just ask Woody Allen,) have you watched The Seventh Seal? Ryley may not be quite ready for it, but it plays well to a boy’s inchoate fascination with medievalism, death, sex, and religion.

    - alex 11-24-2013 4:04 pm [add a comment]

    • i havent watched the seventh seal since it was assigned for a class in college but it feels like its been more recently as the scene where von sydow plays chess with the grim reaper has been parodied numerous times.

      for whatever reason when i watched a lot of foreign films i still never took a shine to bergman. i think the pacing was just a little to long and lingering for my taste. i just got my bergman through woody allen as you suggest.
      - dave 11-24-2013 4:52 pm [add a comment]

    • Interiors is my favorite Bergman film
      - steve 11-24-2013 5:30 pm [add a comment]

    • I remember a reviewer noting that woody flipped the oriental carpets over in scenes in interiors to get the right feel in filming.
      - bill 11-24-2013 5:47 pm [add a comment]

MMMMMMW. Saw in the theater. 1) has an intermission! 2) three stooges cameo. 3) dick Shawn!!!!!!!! 4) that scene with buddy Hacker and Mickey Rooney flying the private airplane going AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH shot through the windshield. Will be repeated as slapstick gold another million times in tv and cinema.

also saw 2001 in the theater when it was 1st released. Five stars.
- bill 11-24-2013 2:25 pm [add a comment]

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