Friday, December 6, 2013

films lately

I've stumbled upon some darn good cinema over the past few months. Funny how much a mood or life change will influence what one wants to watch, even to decompress or escape the usual for a bit. Lately I've been into subtleties, and human connection(as always). A lot of love, some ache, some quiet moments between characters. The kind of massive, massive silence that isn't quiet at all. I thought I would share some of the films that struck me.

Take this Waltz
You have your couple, played by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogan. I like Williams. She can pull off a shit ton of emotion in one character(see: Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, Me Without You). Rogan's character is a bit flat in this, I felt, but he doesn't need to be much. He's her sweet partner. But then there's this OTHER fellow that Williams crosses paths with randomly on a plane...she returns home to run into him AGAIN because surprise! He lives right down the street. There's flirting, there's not-flirting which IS actually flirting and then there's the not flirting and REALLY not flirting. There comes a point where you are just waiting for one of them to lean in and make all of it a reality. Before we even go near that point, they have this conversation. I found this scene pretty intense. He tells her what exactly he would do if they could take it a step further(it's a little graphic, language-wise):

Yeah. Intense.

No spoilers here. All I'm going to say is that it includes "Take this Waltz" by Lou Reed at a really interesting point. It's on Netflix. I liked it.

28 Hotel Rooms

I'll admit it--I have a crush on Chris Messina. So there's that.

This movie centers on two people, both married, who cross paths on a business trip. Over time they maintain their affair thanks to the nature of their jobs(lots of travel, hence the name of the film). You're watching two people fall in love, have a relationship, that shouldn't be doing so at all. At first it felt awkward to me, to watch their meet-ups and their hot/cold. So in-the-moment and on fire when first meeting, but somewhat distant and almost business-like when it is time to depart. They meet up so often that you do start to see their connection unfold. I am a huge fan of the lighting and cinematography in this movie--most of it takes place in hotel rooms, so the lighting is usually dim or very exact with where it falls. A lot of their moments are intimate, one on one. There are close shots of the body, time lapse sequences of sex and the mundane.

This is also on Netflix.

Next up:
Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus

This is on Netflix as well. I wanted to watch it as soon as I saw that Gaby Hoffmann played one of the lead roles. She's always been one of my favorite actresses, plus she grew up in the Chelsea Hotel(color me a little envious there). Her acting is top notch. This is a weird movie, but if you like ones that are about human connection and doing drugs you will enjoy.

Michael Cera's character is kind of a dick in this movie, and he plays it well. He's the American guy that wants to find the cactus, cook it down, and do the drug. He wants to trip, ASAP. He becomes annoying with his determination, even to his travelmates. He invites a girl along that he meets at a party named Crystal Fairy. He mocks her a bit to his travel companions and none of them feel very comfortable when Crystal Fairy comes out of the shower and is completely fine hanging out/standing around completely naked as they converse. She's comfortable with herself, plus she's a little out there, so no one knows what to make of her.

I'm a big fan of the cinematography in this one, plus I think they captured the essence of tripping quite well. I love when Cera's character starts to think his voice sounds funny and he just keeps yelling out to prove his point. I loved Crystal Fairy in this movie so much. Gaby Hoffmann nails it.


Frances Ha

The entire thing is shot in black and white, and I love Frances so much. It's a movie about friendship and finding yourself and being clumsy and giving shit a go anyway. I don't want to say too much about it. It's a really sweet film with great dialogue. Again, very subtle stuff.


1 comment:

  1. I don't know any of these movies but now I have my post-holiday, January 2014 watch list. Thanks!