Monthly Archives: August 2010
Auteur of the Week: Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel only has three films to his name (with a fourth coming later this year), but all three films are both visual and visceral masterpieces. Coming from a fine art background, Schnabel has made three of the best, most visually stunning biopics in the last fifteen years. Schnabel’s films are kind of like his art, they’re bold and they’re colorful and they’re a mixture of all sorts of things and in the end they are celebrations of life itself.
Movie Quote of the Day – The American President, 1995 (dir. Rob Reiner)
It’s The End of Summer and the Beginning of Fall Film Festivals
I’ve never been to a film festival, but boy do I long to do so. A lot of this year’s major buzz-worthy films are having their debuts and/or are being showcased at various film festivals. Here are some of the up coming film festivals and some of the noteworthy the films being showcased.
Oscar Vault Monday – A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951 (dir. Elia Kazan)
I hadn’t seen this movie until about a month or so ago, when I discovered it was on Instant Netflix. I watched it pretty late at night, and I must say that was probably not the best idea. It is a brilliant masterpiece of a film, but it is has such heavy subject matter, it made for a pretty fretful night of sleep. I’ve watched several adaptations of Tennessee Williams plays, and I definitely think this is the best of the lot. I also think it is Marlon Brando’s best work (although, I have not seen but pieces of The Godfather; please refrain from stoning me, I swear I’ll remedy that soon). It was nominated for a whopping 12 Academy Awards, winning four and is one of a handful of films to be nominated in all four of the acting categories. It was nominated for: Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Costume Design, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Writing, Screenplay (this was back when their were three writing categories), Best Actor Marlon Brando, Best Director Elia Kazan and Best Picture. It won the following categories: Best B&W Art Direction, Best Actress Vivien Leigh, Best Supporting Actress Kim Hunter and Best Supporting Actor Karl Malden. For Best Picture it was up against A Place In The Sun, Decision Before Dawn, Quo Vadis, and winner An American In Paris. I’ve seen two of those films and I would most definitely say the Academy made the wrong decision here. It was really another case of flashy musical winning over gritty, masterful drama.
Movie Quote of the Day – Hable con ella (Talk To Her), 2002 (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
Benigno: Talk to her. Tell her that.
Marco: I’d like to but she can’t hear me.
Benigno: Why are you so sure about that?
Marco: Because her brain is turned off.
Benigno: A woman’s brain is a mystery, and in this state even more so. You have to pay attention to women, talk to them, be thoughtful occasionally. Caress them. Remember they exist, they’re alive and they matter to us. That’s the only therapy. I know from experience.