Celluloid Diaries: Currently reading / watching / listening to...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Currently reading / watching / listening to...

St. Moritz in Switzerland

Reading:

Black Hole by Charles Burns. A hugely enjoyable graphic novel about a sexually transmitted plague infecting teenagers in suburban Seattle. Kids get sick, mutate and run away from home. Black Hole had me thinking long after I finished it.

Love Saves The Day by Gwen Cooper. Well, it's a cute book... What else can you expect from a novel that is mainly told from the point of view of a cat? If you're not utterly obsessed with cats, this may be too simple and sentimental though.


Watching:

Hitchcock (2012). Anthony Hopkins imitates well Hitchcock's manerisms and speaking patterns, but it's still Hopkins we're watching instead of the master of suspense. The story (how the making of Psycho influenced his marriage) is interesting, but a bit too simple. Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh has the best performance of the film.

The Last Stand (2013). The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. The Last Stand is pretty forgetteable. I can't believe this is from the same director who made A Bittersweet Life.

Seven Psychopaths (2012). A group of friends becomes entangled in the criminal underworld of Los Angeles after one of them kidnaps a gangster's beloved Shiz Tzu. Funny, but too long. I preffered Martin McDonagh previous film In Bruges.

Sideways (2004). The magic word that made me watch this movie is... wine tasting. Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country. Charming.

Grave Encounters 2 (2012). Does fast-forwarding two-thirds of a movie count as watching it?

Mama (2013). I was looking forward to this horror movie, but Mama turned out to be a bit silly and illogical.

Tabu (2012). I liked this Portuguese movie because of it's setting (Lisbon and Africa) and originality in style (much of the film reminds us of the cinema from almost a century ago). Sometimes Tabu has too much dialogue and telling and sometimes too many silences. But that just adds to the charm and originality.

The Impossible. Liked this one. The first half really had my heart beat faster and while the second half was a bit slower and sentimental, I never stopped feeling pity for that poor family that got caught in the tsunami.


Listening to:

Ballroom Stories by Waldeck and Takefumi Haketa's creepy soundtrack for Kairo.


What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?

11 comments:

  1. "Does fast-forwarding two-thirds of a movie count as watching it?" Haha! I've heard nothing but bad things about Grave Encounters 2, and I have no intention of watching it! It sucks that it's so bad, since the first movie was pretty well-received!

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  2. I have to admit, I wanted to see Mama but maybe I'm glad I didn't.

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  3. reading blogs. watching cnn. listening to The Perry Band

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  4. Mama looked strange. Glad I didnt see it!

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  5. I never thought I'd miss Hollywood, but I do miss the movies.

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  6. Black Hole reminded me of a minor David Cronenberg film. I loved it for the art alone. It helped me learn a new word. I wanted to find out if there was a word for vagina imagery, like the female equivalent of phallic. It turns out there is and the word is Yonic. Black Hole is full of yonic imagery.

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  7. Here again from the weekend showcase and loving the mishmash of genres you've listed. Personally I didn't get sideways- and that MY demographics. ; ) BB2U

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  8. So cool! i am impressed :D

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  9. Those all look fun! I'm a big movie buff.

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