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Tonight's film: Keoma (1976), starring Franco Nero. Made after the heyday of the Italian spaghetti western and filmed outside of Rome in this volcanic rocky post-apocalyptic terrain, the movie comes with its own self-packaged nostalgia like a British architectural folly and feels like M. John Harrison's Viriconium stories. Very cool. Thanks to CINEMA OVERDRIVE and Rialto Colony for running this on the big screen.

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Saw John Frankenheimer's SECONDS (1966) last night at the Colony as part of the Cinema Overdrive series (next month is Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet). A middle-aged man signs over much of his savings to a mysterious corporation that fakes his death, gives him plastic surgery and months of physical training and orientation (provided by a guidance counselor played by the brainwashing specialist from Frankenheimer's earlier film The Manchurian Candidate) and now the dead middle-aged married man with college kids is a single Rock Hudson painting in Malibu.

Will Geer as the old man and head of the organization providing Witness Relocation Program For Midlife Crisis Sufferers is positively mephistophelean in his gentle convincing of the main character to sign up for the program. Dionysian bacchanal in the middle probably felt different to a pre-Wicker Man audience. Great unnerving soundtrack, amazing cinematography. Recommended.
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[ profile] maegwynn and I saw The Perks of being a Wallflower at the Colony last night. We both enjoyed it.

I have almost every song on this movie's soundtrack. Morrissey, the Smiths, David Bowie, the Cure, the list goes on. (I had to check to confirm that I don't own any Air Supply.) Strongly recommended.
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Went to see Farewell, My Queen at the Colony last night.

Set at Versailles in 1789, a few days in the life of a young woman who is the reader for Queen Marie Antoinette. A small-scale film that focuses on the fictional Sidonie Laborde and her devotion to her job and her boss, the film feels intimate, desperate, and almost an anthropological study of a tribe in its last days instead of a big sweeping historical grandeur. Feels similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring. Quite good. Solid acting. Discordant jangly film score great for setting the mood of uncertainty.

Of course, dinner afterward at the nearby and excellent Coquette.


* The Queen of Versailles - Documentary about a billionaire hotel magnate and his wife, and how they cope with the downsizing of their lives after the stock market meltdown.

* Celeste and Jesse Forever - Married couple in the most amicable divorce ever, then drama.

* Robot & Frank - Frank Langella is a retiree whose adult kids get him an ASIMO-like robot as a companion.
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Saw Beasts of the Southern Wild this evening at the Colony with [ profile] maegwynn. Basic story: a six-year old girl living with her father in rural Louisiana (filmed partly in Terrebonne Parish) searches for her long-gone mother when her father falls ill, the ice caps melt, and now-unfrozen giant aurochs come menacing up from Antarctica.

If I describe the film as a magical realist fantasy echoing Hurricane Katrina and Louisiana that feels slightly similar in different aspects to The Fall, Pan's Labyrinth, or Terry Gilliam's Tideland, that description's not accurate on several counts but I hope it gives a hint as to whether you want to watch this movie. Some brilliant performances, most notably the lead role by Quvenzhané Wallis. Nice score.

Favorite credit: "Nutria Expert".

trailer: Ruby Sparks - Title character suddenly appears to a young writer.
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Recently-viewed movies: Brave, Savages, and the Grand Exotic Marigold Hotel. We recommend the first and the last.
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Went to the Colony Theater tonight to see The Stepfather, a surprisingly not as bad as it could have been suspense film starring a young Terry O'Quinn.

Trailers before and after:
* Homebodies, a very black comedy
* Our Mother's House
* The Toy
* Rider on the Rain, a 1970 French suspense film starring Charles Bronson, who the trailer pulpily describes as taking the law into his own hands - and squeezes it to death
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Saw Sound of My Voice Friday afternoon at the Colony. A low-budget indie film about a couple who are self-appointed investigative journalists making a documentary about infiltrating a cult whose leader says she's from the future. Disturbing and uncomfortable, mostly for cult mind games, manipulation, and control. This is a movie almost no one I know will see: if you're local, get to the Colony and see it so we can talk about it.


* Darling Companion - Long-married couple uses a stray dog to communicate over and re-bond. At least that's what I think happens from the trailer.

* Bernie - Dark comedy "based on a true story", funeral director gets involved with a horrible woman, and eventually decides he's made a mistake.

* Moonrise Kingdom - Looks like Wes Anderson filming the summer camp sequence in Addams Family Values.

* Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Plot looks ehh. Cast looks amazing. Probably go see.
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Saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi tonight at the Colony. I don't tend to eat sushi and watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi made me hungry even though I had dinner (at Hayashi-Ya, [ profile] maegwynn's current favorite RTP-area sushi restaurant) before and a cookie during. Yay foodporn. Most of the film score is Philip Glass, so if you like that it's great and if you don't, well, look at the gorgeous sushi. This is a documentary made about Jiro, an 85-year-old sushi chef, his tiny restaurant which is booked a month in advance and serves only sushi: no drinks, no appetizers, no desserts. Only sushi. A three-star Michelin rating for a hole-in-the-wall place in a subway.

As for the people involved that is not a terribly happy story )


* Footnote - A well-respected Talmudic scholar is awarded a prize, but his father, another Talmudic scholar who has been ignored, is informed by mistake that he will be receiving the award. I plan to see this as soon as I can. The poster is excellent.

* The Deep Blue Sea - Drama, British, about 1950.
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Went to the Colony Theatre Wednesday night for the Cinema Overdrive screening of the completely silly 80s end of the world film Night of the Comet and enjoyed myself more than I expected to. The print for the evening's screening (picture under the cut) was simple, but nicely done. Trailers for the screening from the same time period as the film included Battle Beyond the Stars, and The Legend of Boggy Creek 2. Yes, the sequel to the swamp bigfoot movie.

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Saw Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's play Coriolanus at the Colony. A modern-day adaptation filmed in Serbia with Fiennes in the title role and Gerard Butler as his principal antagonist, the combination of archaic speech and modern-day military reminded me more of the sadly-defunct television show Kings than anything else, and casting Brian Cox in the film only accentuated that resonance.

mild remarks but not spoilers (and is Shakespeare grandfathered in as immune to spoilers? It's been centuries, after all). )

Recommended as very good but not great.

Encountered this morning: Shakespeare Visualized, with this image in the post

trailer: Kid With a Bike
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Went to The Colony Theater Wednesday night to see the Cinema Overdrive screening of George A. Romero's 1973 film The Crazies (also remade in 2010 with Timothy Olyphant). A small-budget horror flick about a small US town accidentally infected with a military virus that mostly causes irrational behavior and the US government's imposing military quarantine on the town. As the infected populace acts irrational and violent, it's essentially a fast zombie film - odd coming from the archetypal film creator of the shambling slow zombies.

Recommended and related: (film) Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, (novel) Jack Chalker's A War of Shadows.

Cinema Overdrive, as is their custom, commissioned a print for the evening's screening:

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To be added to the calendar listings next week, but they're here now. show listings )
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So the Colony Theater has been running the James Bond films on the last Thursday of the month, and the series has worked its way up to Pierce Brosnan's debut as Bond James Bond in Goldeneye. Also notable in this film is Judi Dench's debut as M. You, or at least I, don't see Bond films for their believability, and this one is way up in the "oh, come ON" scales, hasn't aged particularly well. But Brosnan didn't make a bad Bond in my opinion, Dench establishing herself as M is nice, I'll watch Sean Bean in almost anything and seem to have done so already, and Robbie Coltrane has a small funny scene while Alan Cumming eats the scenery throughout. Didn't actually realize that was Minnie Driver until I looked at the credits. Eric Serra's score sounds very close to his score for La Femme Nikita, which resonance isn't reduced by Tcheky Karyo's presence in a small role.

January's last Thursday: Tomorrow Never Dies.


* The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

* Anaconda
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Went to the Colony Theatre for the winter screening of Serenity - well-attended, saw people I didn't expect to, and had a nice evening. Having seen the film more than once, I spent about half of the film with my eyes closed separating the audio to the different speakers: where the surround noises went and so on. Nice evening.

The above image is of the print for tonight's screening by Iron Jaiden, whose website Kingdom of Nonsense (other link) is worth visiting for his other print work: I have his poster for the Cinema Overdrive screening of the alien horror flick The Visitor.
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Saw Take Shelter tonight at the Colony in north Raleigh. Billed as a serious drama, I think it would also potentially be appreciated by horror film fans of the more subtle style of horror film. Strong performances, at least two including the lead, currently in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. I am happy with over 99% of the film and the remaining less than 1% I consider might have improved the film if left out, at least for me. The objectional to me piece is brief but memorable. That said, still worth watching. Sparse and laconic camerawork, nicely done.

trailer: The Skin I Live In - new Almodovar. Hmm.
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Saw Attack the Block Thursday night at the Colony Theatre. A street gang living in a monolithic British public housing development defends The Block against an invasion of alien monsters. People involved also involved in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, Attack the Block felt like a combination of Pitch Black, the 1950s Invaders From Mars, The Goonies, and The Warriors. Felt a lot like Shaun of the Dead, which is good in my opinion. Recommended as an intelligent funny low-budget sci-fi B-movie. Favorite quote: "Too much madness to explain in one text!"

trailers )
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Opens today at the Colony. I am so there. )

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