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14 August 2006 @ 08:55 pm
MIFF over: Boppy back  
So the Film Fest swallowed me whole but has now (thankfully) spat me back out the other side. As usual, I feel a little tattered and bruised, but no major damage I think... *pats self*

The highlights of my final selection of films were The Host and The wind that shook the barley.

The Host

The (many) Koreans in the audience started laughing within the first scene--it took me until scene three. Nevertheless, this was thoroughly enjoyable in a really crazy way. The film was spectacularly schlocky yet also had some fantastic comedic set-ups that would have done Joss proud. It has to be seen to be believed, but suffice to say that the movie involved bio-chemical warfare (Agent Yellow!), a very well-animated monster, a narcoleptic idiot father, a wise old 'grandpa' figure (whose speeches put the other characters to sleep--literally), an Olympic archery champion whose Achilles heel was her inability to fire quickly (?!?!) and a university graduate with no career... they all chase around after the cute-as-a-button monster-bait schoolgirl, while being pursued by the authorities. There's some nice commentary on US foreign politics, and part of the movie was clearly a satirical take on SARS... so really, there was something for everyone. *g* It's going to hit the midnight movie circuit in no time...

The wind that shook the barley

I like Ken Loach's movies. He's a master at understatement and realism. He has coaxed some incredible performances out of actors, and his films steer well away from simplistic messages or sentimentalism. Land and Freedom was one of my favourites--it's about the Spanish civil war--so I was all there for him returning to similar themes in The wind. It definitely measured up well. This is by far the best performance I've seen Cillian give and I think he was very well cast here. He oscillates between fragility and terrifying hardness in a confronting role. As in Land and Freedom, Loach shows the way politics when pushed to an extreme end under the pressure of civil conflict can result in horrific acts that further scar and divide people. He also shows the passion that lies inside people when they fight for what they believe in, even when, as in Cillian's character's case, it drives them to turn against their own brother. It's not an 'easy' movie. But it feels gut-wrenchingly real. The world ain't pretty and there's no simple solution.

On a lighter note: EYES! Good god, that man's eyes! There is one moment (I won't spoil) when he looks up and holds his gaze straight at the camera--and, eek, it sent chills down my spine and my heart thumping for him at the same time. Eerie.

So now that that's all over, I'll have more time to play. *waves*

I missed talitha78's birthday!! WOE. I hope you got many lovely things and had a great day. You are my fandom hero, sweetie! Best wishes for the year ahead.

I probably missed a bunch else besides... feel free to fill me in! *g* And yes, I may actually be around a leetle more now. And will stop posting about boring movies you have no intention of seeing. I promise the next post will be fannish-ish. ;-)
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
blowjobs for jesus: Jake c'merekristiinthedark on August 14th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
K!!!! I am sooooo glad you will be around more often! I have missed you!

Um, yes. That's all I have to say. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Naomi King Kongbop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! *hugs* It's nice to be missed. ;-)
I look forward to being around more.
chimosa: onheadchimosa on August 14th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! You're back! Welcome back!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Allison bouncybop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you! *twirls, though not in a ballet way*

OMG--I just realised that I had a dream about studying ballet. In my dream we had to do pirouettes on carpet and there was a lot of Angst about this and how it would be difficult. Interestingly the other dancers were male... but they all wore pointe shoes. Brain? *taps* Hm. Ok, that's all I got.
chimosa: nycbchimosa on August 15th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)

Aw, man, that is so wonderfully random. I've definetly had the angst dreams where I have to perform something Very Hard and I can't for reasons that are totally understandable when I'm asleep. Oh! And the dream where I and Marilyn Manson were Animorphs. *nods* Good times.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark uh...bop_radar on August 15th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Randomness indeed! I'd trade you the animorph dream for my ballet one. Hee! Who knows what it was really all about? Probably editing anxiety... *shrugs*
carpenyx: BSG Gag Reel - Six - Hehecarpenyx on August 14th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yay for more play time. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Cutie icon. ;-)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: fangirl x-files iconbop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh... yes? (and your icon is supersuave!)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee Apollobop_radar on August 15th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
OK will do!
I love red shoes--I'd never thought of the red umbrella, but now that I've seen your icon, I feel like I should have been on to it earlier...
nehellania on August 14th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Boppy Back = YAY! *dances*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clairebop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
\o/ Hooray! I'm back, Jen! *glows*
CapnZebbie: stalkerkittycapnzebbie on August 14th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!

I would like to see The Host--it sounds like the kind of movie I'd enjoy. The other one sounds like the kind of movie I might accidentally get sucked into when it plays on one of the premium channels and I won't want to keep watching but I won't be able to stop until the end.

Cillian Murphy manages to be both beautiful and creepy-looking.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: House Cameronbop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And hee.

I won't want to keep watching but I won't be able to stop until the end.
Yeah... I can see that there are many people in the world who would not go voluntarily to his movies. They are not easy on the soul. But I'm mesmerised by the skill and clarity of vision it takes to make them. If you do tune in accidentally to it at some stage, you have reason to fear the ending. Cillian is both beautiful and creepy in this movie--brilliantly, Loach cast him as a character who is emotionally beautiful yet creepy as well--perfect casting.
Nora Norwich: writing womannorwich36 on August 14th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm very glad you're going to be back, though I will probably be the absent one. :-(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex bitter endbop_radar on August 14th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *g* We can tag team?
Becky: Clark Kisscinderella81 on August 15th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Soooo glad that you are back!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on August 15th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *g*
Talithatalitha78 on August 15th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks for the birthday wishes!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on August 15th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
You're welcome--I just wish I'd been around!
Enderenderwiggin24 on August 18th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
just saying hi :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on August 19th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Awww! The very best kind of comment! *g*
Enderenderwiggin24 on August 19th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
we should really try to figure out how to alternate our LJ absence time effectively *g*
I miss so much, 1 day per week to catch up is nearly impossible!
i came back friday midnight, and my rss reader told me, rougly about 800 !!! new LJ posts from my flist!!!!!
OMG; have I missed some fannish wank in sv ??!?!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on August 20th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
I know! It's almost impossible to keep up... :-( And this is a relatively quiet time of year! No wank to my knowledge. I'll be around a lot more in the next few weeks so I'll keep an eye out for things to alert you to! ;-)