Monday Movies: Intensity
Movies watched since last post:
- Benny’s Video — realizing there were only three Haneke movies I hadn’t seen, I decided to try for completism. So soon after watching 71 Fragments, I didn’t want to like this one as I assumed it was going to be a pretty straightforward moralistic thing, but I found it all increasingly compelling as the parents got involved. Now only The Castle and Funny Games remain (I’m going to count the original of Funny Games as sufficient, even though Haneke did his own English-language remake).
- The Color Purple — I watched this with my Feminist Theologies class, and it was kind of hard to take after I’d seen it so relatively recently (last year at about this time). I saw more artistry in it this time around, but I still find it disappointingly sentimental when it’s not overwhelmingly intense. Also: why on earth wouldn’t Celie’s children address her in English?!?!?
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels — overall, I think we watched this one a decade or so too late, as all of the stuff that was so compelling about it has been copied many times over at this point. It was still a fun movie in itself, though the setup and exposition necessary to prepare for the huge clusterfuck of the ending dragged in spots.
- The Trial — Brad recommended Orson Welles’ adaptation of Kafka to me, saying that it captured the weirdness and atmosphere of the novel, and I have to agree. The use of “Before the Law” as an opening was a particularly brilliant move. The Girlfriend especially loved it, saying it was her new favorite movie and even suggesting we rewatch it immediately.
What about you, my dear, loyal readers?
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