My friend Darci (see the collaborators page), told me her favorite movie is The Fall, by Tarsem Singh. And then she handed me her personal copy. So I watched it last night. It was good!
Here's my low brow review:
The intro (train on bridge) to the movie was incredible. I couldn't tear my eyes from it. In fact, EVERY SHOT - every one - in the whole film looked like a high art photograph or painting. I loved the uber-natural interplay between the young girl and the guy in the hospital. It made me think of a Hemingway novel for some reason... those scenes in the LA hospital in the 1920s. i loved the Wizard
I thought the story/plot got a little... overwrought/cliche'd/predictable/heavyhanded in the last 20 minutes of the film -- like the filmmaker realized all of this stunning cinematography actually had to end at some point and the writer in him kind of woke up and said, "Oh shit! I need to wrap this up - NOW!"
My favorite line: when the young girl turned to the depressed actor and said, "She lied to you". Like it was SO OBVIOUS. And he had that moment of... "I'd never thought about that possibility. Hmmm..."
Oh, it also had gorgeous shots of a swimming elephat. Worth the price of the rental right there.
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light at Red Rocks.
CAN YOU HEAR ME
by John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light. Directed by David Dyster/Umbrella Brigade.