Yes Michel Gondry seems French, yes this BR Cover is in French but the film is in English and it is a certifiable Gondry Hit! He makes the inside of a bus alternately jubilant and hard to watch all at once.
This is a terrific after school special for when you are too old for after school specials..
This is the end of the school day and the bus ride home in NYC for 2 hours, and, if you can take the harsh cruelty we all meted or endured (mostly alternately), caught unflinching in this brave fiction, the rewards are sublime.
You should know Gondry from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” at the least or perhaps “The Science of Sleep” and in so knowing know what to expect..tricks of scale, thought provoking imagery and a subtext left for you to figure it out.
Bring your own spoon, but don’t miss this one!
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This 2012 Czech film is “Tinker Tailor Spy Good”. It is not an espionage film but a hard-boiled detective tale set in a corrupt system under corrupt state control.
Terrific muted color palette (though not as muted as the pic above would suggest) tasteful camera and a great performance by the lead, Ivan Trojan. We as filmgoers have seen all of these story elements before, but this film has history stirred in.
Like in the “Hamilton” film the United States is a player, not the focus, of the film. It is a film about a dark period in another country told in the space around the plot. The director trusts the audience, not panders, and the results are something to see.
Got these in the mail. 1 traditional, 2 gate-folds. The Eno came with 4 prints/postcards. 2 of these three are by consummate musicians, one by Eno, which is, for all intents and purposes, and, like his name, 3 letters: Art.
When I purchased these from Amazon I was able to add all of them, immediately, to the “sound cloud” of which I have a piece reserved for me and can purchase more space if I so choose, ostensibly to have “my music” available to play “anywhere”. Having returned from a place with no connectivity - to which I would return in a heartbeat if I had the venture capitol to set the space up again - I really value the dead tech of physical media.
Never mind how good it sounds.
Listening party @ Westview tonight, hopefully a review of these before the 3rd Hamilton movie hits!
“Man on Fire”, “Deja Vu”, “Domino”, “Unstoppable” - just 4 of my personal favorite Tony Scott films. It is a shame to lose him, but we will have his films, as we have Ray Bradbury’s books. He will be missed, his mark on the film world is indelible. My condolences to those he left behind.
John LeCarre would be proud of this perhaps too handsome spy…the angst, motivations, flashbacks and storyline of inter-crossed and twisted motivations are certainly worthy of the master!
This will most likely not be released in the states - a pity - as it rivals a genre that, in spite of “Tinker Tailor..” performs at the BO. Check this one out!
We have all read his books. My wife has read the short piece he wrote for Playboy in 1971. I showed a man 18 years my junior a film I had seen when I was 12, the Illustrated Man, based on a Bradbury collection, just 2 years ago.
We may contemplate the passing of the book in the age of the iPad and the Kindle, but nothing can extinguish the flame of Fahrenheit 451.
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Django from Miike, Cowboys and Aliens, Warrior’s Way..never mind 3:10, Tears of the Black Tiger, and the Proposition — Bunraku may just be flipped out enough to make me add “Westerns” to my Watch list!
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