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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Coming Soon

Last year, I offered up my Christmas Movie Guide, and I intend on doing the same this year, hopefully in time for this weekend. If there is any special film you are interested in hearing my viewpoint on, please post it in the comments section.

I've been racking up the film miles of late, and tomorrow, I intend on watching the otherwise hateful Sean Penn, in "Milk".

As a sneak peak, let me just say the best film I've watched so far this season is "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas", adapted from John Boyne's book.

It's hard to describe the feel of this layered film. It reminds one of Egon Monk's Die Geschwister Oppermann (perhaps the best rendering of the early Nazi period I've ever watched on German television), Spielberg's Schindler's List, and a dash of The Omen too. I think it's those eyes.

See you in the third row from the back!



  • Well, you never posted your review of the latest Bond film, QOS. Did you go? I have "Casino Royale" queued up in Netflix to watch again as a primer.
    That reminds me of a couple things. My wife and I used to really enjoy going out to movies (that’s what I call “cinema”—the theater experience). When we lived in Zurich in the early 90's there was a thriving cinema scene. Practically everything rolled through that town (American and UK bands too). Most of theaters were small and independent. Also, the Swiss never went for Synchronisierung, the practice of dubbing films into a native language (I recall "discovering" that in Germany there were "career voices" associated with American actors/actresses). Anyway, for a couple of years, we saw practically everything that moved.

    Then later, when we lived in the Bay area, we discovered the Stanford Theatre, a truly wonderful place in downtown Palo Alto. In those days (over 10 years ago now), David Packard, founder of the theatre and son of the David Packard, would often introduce films. He had connections with film archive historians at UCLA and would sometimes actually screen original reels from the vaults (usually to make some technicolor point about the original quality of the film). Over a period of a couple years we saw many, many American films from the 30's, 40's and 60's. And that mighty Wurlitzer organ at intermissions! If we ever moved back there we'd be there every weekend again. Anybody staying or visiting Palo Alto should check it out. If anybody reading this has been there recently, I'd like to hear how it's doing.

    Sadly perhaps, we are kind of hooked on Netflix these days (mostly because of location), but nothing is forever.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Dec 02, 03:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My sister, Ruth and I are huge movie-goers. We just discussed this the other day.

    I am convinced that it's in our genes. Our father's grandfather (I think) owned the Gero Theatre in Manistique, Michigan in the days of early early movies....can you say black and white and the Charlie Chaplin non-talking movies.....

    I go to a movie at least once a week if not more. I am often asked why I don't stay home and do the Netflix thing. Two reasons: (1) I secretly LOVE movie popcorn and (2) I fall asleep if I stay home.

    Ruth mentioned that it's the ambience, the experience of what it means to see a movie. The whole, "going to the cinema." I remember all the fun Disney movies Mom and Dad would drop us off at.

    Don't forget that our mom went to see the Wizard of Oz in 1939 or so and she actually got up and asked for her money back because it was advertised as being in Technicolor and it wasn't at the beginning....I love that story. Mom is a retired bookkeeper...*grin*

    So, with that said, Vic, bring on the Holiday season. My g/f Anne and I go to a movie everyday, usually between Christmas and New Years' Day!! It's always fun and even pneumonia couldn't keep me down too long last year.

    Movies that I hope to see:

    The Boy in the Striped PJs
    Seven Pounds
    Benjamin Buttons
    Rachel Getting Married

    Synecdoche, NY with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener who I believe played in the acclaimed Capote....is about a theater director who struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play

    Happy Go Lucky


    Nobel Son (with Alan Rickman who I love from Love Actually - one of my favorite movies...)

    Cadillac Records

    Nothing Like the Holidays

    And...I have seen Q of Solace 2 times and have seen Australia and Four Christmases.

    Too bad I have a project due, because tonight would be a great night to go to a flick!!

    Take care and thanks for your guide!!

    See you a little further back....from the 3rd row.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Tue Dec 02, 04:43:00 pm GMT-5  

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