The previews for Whiplash look amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
I saw 'Chef' over the weekend. A very good movie about food, family and finding your passion. And there's a cool road trip to boot. Jon Favreau wrote, directed and starred in the film and did a fine job all round. Thumbs up.
just saw whiplash. it was a very good film, i thought, although it raised a lot of issues concerning the direction and the future of jazz without doing them much justice, at least in my opinion. having a somewhat more than passing familiarity with the competitive big band scene, albeit not so recently, i think the general feel was authentic. but i found myself having to tell my viewing companions that "this is not what moves jazz forward". the filmmakers, perhaps deliberately, kept us inside this tiny, self-absorbed world with little to remind us of little it has to do with music as a whole. a sudden collision with a truck barely registers.
what rang false to me was jk simmons' speech about finding "the next louis armstrong, the next charlie parker". while some people probably think this way, i believe it is a misreading of the history of jazz. the circumstances under which the louis armstrongs and the charlie parkers of the world came to exist do not constitute a repeatable formula, where if followed will continue to produce more louis armstrongs and charlie parkers. it's not simple like that. the (possibly apocryphal) story about jo jones throwing a cymbal at charlie parker was used as an example. i couldn't really get behind his butterfly effect interpretation, that if the cymbal wasn't thrown that night there would be no charlie parker. i think something else would have happened. besides, if that's true, then there must be countless artists like charlie parker that we haven't heard simply because the perfect moment didn't arise to push them far enough.
well, i'd better shut up. the movie brought back some other bad memories, or at least some unresolved shit. i didn't really understand the ending. the guy tried to destroy him, was almost diabolical about it, but it didn't work so everything was good? good movie anyway, worth seeing and talking about.
I rarely see movies anymore, but I did see GONE GIRL recently. When it was over, I like it and I thought it would be worth recommending. It poked fun at every corner of pop-culture and what-not. But a week later I thought about the movie and realized I could have done without it. But the latter is my feelings about movies in general, so who knows.
Seeing Inherent Vice posted above, I am reminded that I do want to see that. I do like the director, and, of course, Thomas Pynchon.
I was finally able to see Mr. Turner, and loved it. Of course any film about my favorite painter would be of interest, but Mike Leigh is is not just any film maker. I think the film is more about the creative process than his personality, although Timothy Spall's shuffling and grunting performance may make more of an impression. The cinematography is fantastic, the sets and simulations of his paintings quite convincing. The downside is that with a slow, meandering plot that concerns the interior world more than dramatic events, it leaves some viewers disconnected. The duality of Turner is well captured, an industrious lower-middle class painter who is emotionally obtuse, yet gifted with an uncompromising genius, and Leigh has obvious affection for his ruffled, grimacing protagonist. For any art history fans, the varnishing day sequence is a must.
Looking forward to Inherent Vice too, nightotter!
I sit and think of everything, then I wonder where I've been.
You are correct Miles, Mike Leigh is not just any film maker. I haven't seen Mr Turner yet, but I will. And Timothy Spall! Excellent actor. He may be too old now, but I have always wanted him to play Divine, in the story of his life. It would be marvelous!
Yeah, so Inherent Vice. Very good. But I expected no less. It can be a bit murky at times, but that's Pynchon, and after a few viewings all is clear. Anyway, it took me out of the "film is meh" mood, for a while - but then I sunk back in.
I just finished watching A Long Way Down, starring Peirce Brosnan, Toni Collette*, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. It's available on Netflix in the US, or look for it wherever you rent videos.
Based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, it is a gem of a film that, at its base, is about the importance of family wherever you find it. It's humorous at times and unobtrusive, touching, thoughtful, and well acted. And it contains this beautiful song that plays during the credits.
* I adore Toni Collette and think she is one of this generation's great actors. I hope she is a national treasure in the UK. If, not, shame on the UK.
A good music documentary to seek out is, The Wrecking Crew. It's a wonderful, loving tribute to the master musicians who played on so many of the hits of the 60s and 70s. Click the link to watch the trailer.
Mare: sticksman1...Hey Terry! Thank you so much for sharing! Thanks to The Fossil Fools and all who helped get the show off the ground with a thoroughly enjoyable performance! I'm excitedly awaiting the release of your set after post winds up!
Sept 28, 2021 2:04:41 GMT