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DVDs and movie news -- Orli's latest

About those DVDs I mentioned yesterday ...

Hard Core Logo:  I couldn't find a copy to rent, so I just went ahead and bought the DVD.  People whose opinions I respect have written enough good things about the film and the actors that I figured it would be money well spent.  And I wasn't disappointed.

The BankThis is a very good Aussie film that had a one-week run here in Los Angeles a couple of years ago, which is when I first saw it.  If you like David Wenham (LOTR's Faramir), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace's  Special Agent Jack Malone playing very much against type), international finance, or mathematics (chaos theory and fractals), then I think the film is worth a couple of hours of your time.

The Village:  I'm beginning to think that M. Night Shyamalan only had one good film in him.  The Sixth Sense was remarkable, but it's been downhill ever since, imo.  This latest film is just plain silly, and the critics rightly panned it when it was released last summer.  So why did I bother to rent the DVD?  Morbid curiousity I guess -- wondering if it could really be as bad as I'd heard.  Well, it was.  A terrific cast (Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Bryce Dallas Howard -- the actress who's going to take over the Nicole Kidman role in the sequel to Dogville) couldn't do much to save the film.  Knowing the movie's big secret in advance also means that you're free to pay more attention to the dialogue.  Every time a character spoke, I pictured a cartoon bubble over his/her head, with all the words capitalized:  "Those We Do Not Speak Of," "The Bad Colour," "The Shed That Is Not Used," etc.  And then, with hitherto unrecognized masochistic tendencies in full flower, I followed The Village with ...

Troy:  I had a lot of things to talk about, but then I went back and reread the long discussion that alinewrites and morgared had last month.  That just about covered everything.  I did like the performances that Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole gave (Hector and Priam), but I'm afraid it's thumbs down to everything else.  My pet peeves en bref:  (1)  The war had been going on for 10 years before Hector was killed; the film made it seem that the whole story took maybe 10 weeks or 10 months;  (2)  How can you do a film about the Trojan War and leave out Cassandra and her prophecies (Paris warned the Trojans about the horse -- oh, please);  (3) While someone may have thought it was nice symmetry to make Brisëis Hector and Paris' cousin and a priestess of Apollo, so that her loss of her cousin Hector could balance Achilles' loss of his cousin Patroclus, that's not at all who or what she was;  (4)  The filmmakers can't have it both ways:  if the homoerotic elements are going to be taken out of the story to preserve the innocence of the target viewing audience, then Achilles' reaction to the death of his "cousin" Patroclus (a reaction that would be completely understandable if they had been portrayed as lovers) is just wildly over the top here;  (5)  Agammemnon:  His whole motivation seems to be the desire to bring Troy under his sway, but what about the all the bits and pieces of the story that are left out:  (a)  He's doubly bound to help his brother, as Helen is not only his brother's wife, but she's also the sister of his own wife Clytemnestra; (b) Once he starts against Troy he can't give up, lest the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia be for nothing (and where is she in this story, btw?); (c) If he's killed by Brisëis at Troy, then how can he return home to be murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover?  I could go on, but I'll spare everyone and stop here lol!

Now, just a bit about "Orli" (Orlando Bloom) and his latest project.  The first thing I want to say is that I think he should hurry and put away his toys (swords, bow and arrows, etc.) before he's seriously and irreversibly typecast.  I'm already finding it difficult to picture him in a modern role, unlike Dom Monaghan, who shed his furry hobbit feet as fast as possible and scored a great coup with the role of Charlie on Lost.  Finally, a word about Kingdom of Heaven, which is due to be released on May 6th and which gives Orlando Bloom star billing.  Is it just me, or does anyone else out there think that this film, which is set in the Holy Land and is about the Crusades, is a really really bad idea given the current state of the world?  I don't know how this film was ever greenlighted by a studio, or how they got an actor of the calibre of Jeremy Irons to sign on.  I personally don't think the film should have been made in the first place or should be released now.  I know that the upsurge in Christian/Jew hatred and violence that was predicted to follow the release of Gibson's The Passion of the Christ didn't happen, but I think there's a much greater risk with this film.  Any thoughts on the matter?

Now I have to do some work ....   

Comments

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alinewrites
Jan. 26th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
The ending of HCL... Most stunning and shocking ending *ever*
Hugh Dillon (Joe) insisted that it should end this way and he had Callum Keith Rennie talk to the crew and the film maker who still pretended he'd shoot two different ending sbecause the producers were really scared that something that harsh would mean the end of the movie from a commercial POV. Finally they only shot this one and kept it.
Looks like playing it somewhat shocked Dillon; he went back to his van shaking and CKR spent a long time with him on the phone (he was shooting Due South at the moment) to soothe him down and make him feel better.

And yes, you catch a glimpse of it in Dargie's "blue eyes"

there are a lot of HCL -excellent- fics around. I'll try to rec some as soon as I can but if you want some links then you can go to crack_van:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=crack_van&keyword=Hard+Core+Logo+Fanfic+Recs&filter=all
aswanargent
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
HCL fic recs
Thanks, Aline! I'll be very interested to see which ones you recommend. No rush -- whenever you get around to it. :-)))
greedy_dancer
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
my opinion on the matter? it's a MOVIE, people. not even a subversive movie, but a big studio movie. not a political message. the crusades did happen, after all.

i don't know, maybe i'm just in that kind of mood, but i just don't understand why producers and directors should be careful to chose their subjects around what's going on nowadays. this annoys me just as much as people who cried "American imperialism omg!" when Aragorn gives his "I bid you stand, Men of the West!" speech.

/grumpy
aswanargent
Jan. 26th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
Normally I'd agree with you, but this just strikes me as asking for trouble. It's not like it's a documentary that's going to present both sides in a fair and balanced manner, oh no. This is the period of history that I was most interested in as a student, and I know enough to bet money that what's going to be portrayed on screen is likely to be very far from what the historical record shows.
greedy_dancer
Jan. 26th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
but, movies don't pretend they are objective reports of the facts, do they? i mean, you, I, the vast majority of people (each member of the audience with half a brain) understands that you can't take that as "what really happened" ... of course Orlando-Bloom-Emulating-Aragorn wasn't at the crusades, nobody really believes that, so why believe the rest?

every single movie could be considered as 'asking for trouble'. trouble with the cops, the mafia, the terrorists, the governement, the French, the Americans, the Jews, the Muslims, the Christians, Black-Americans, the heirs of such and such estate, the family of the person portrayed ...
greedy_dancer
Jan. 26th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
damn, sorry. i did it again. it's the hormones, i swear! *puppy eyes*
aswanargent
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Really, it's okay! I have a reasonably thick skin .... ;-)
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