Bookmarks for Early August

  • “The film we had imagined”, or: Anna and Jean-Luc Go To the Movies
    An exploration of the trope of fllmgoing within films, centering on the Passion de Jeanne d’Arc quotation in Vivre sa vie. “In this case, Nana’s response to Jeanne’s tears is, of course, tears of her own […] But this sequence also has other curious and sympathetic qualities. […] The off-centre, often literally decapitating framing that characterises passages of Dreyer’s film, is also paralleled by Godard’s. This suggests that we can read this sequence as both homage and an act of identification by the director. […] These are a series of connections and possibilities that deepen if one has an intimate knowledge of Godard’s cinema and Dreyer’s film. So the quotation of this particular mode of framing refers to other moments in Dreyer’s film and, specifically, the points it makes about Jeanne’s existential and spatial – she is separated, out of place, often framed alone – plight.”
  • Put Julia Roberts On Hold: Seven Big-Name Movies That Have Yet to Reach Theaters or DVD
    Plenty of films don’t ever see a theatrical release, but it’s rare in this day and age for something not even get released on home video in the U.S., especially if it stars Julia Roberts or Jim Carrey. With issues both economic and otherwise, there’s a growing collection of films gathering dust
  • The Nic Cage Factor
    Cage’s oddly unhinged energy and cadence made most of his early film appearances in the mid- to late ’80s unforgettable. But instead of sticking to modest or interesting projects, Cage, after winning his Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, embraced an action star future with Con Air, and since then his work has been patchy at best. Here are his 5 best reviewed films, 5 most underrated and 5 worst.
  • Arts and Leisure Preview – ‘Inception’ Criticism Raises Questions for Critics
    A.O. Scott takes a step back and looks at the frenzied reaction and re-reaction to Inception in the days before (!) its release. A bit of a commentary on the insane speed of reactionaryness in internet-culture criticism.
  • Top 10 Movies That Mess with Your Mind
    With Inception out there gnawing away at everyone’s conscious (and possibly subconscious), TIME magazine has put together a list of film that are sometimes tough to wrap your head around. From Last Year at Marienbad to pi, here are ten films that will mess with your head.
  • Interview: Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali |
    The Canadian director of “Splice” talks about the origin of his story, science, what scared him as a kid and his next project, the much anticipated adaptation of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer.”
  • Creepshow 2 is Better than the Original
    A simple case of wrong. But worth a look just to comment with the correct answer.


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  1. I'm still bitter that the wonderfully tense RIPLEY'S GAME never got a theatrical release in North American (and the film stars John Malkovich, Lena Heady, and Ray Winstone)

  2. actually, it probably starts with Barbet Schroeder's KISS OF DEATH that everything became that.

    Albeit, Cage has always had the 'weird' side of things, right back to Raising Arizona and Peggy Sue Got Married!

  3. I'm kind-of surprised by how seldom Wild at Heart is mentioned in discussions of Nicolas Cage and his "weird" qualities. I mean, that film is one hell of a convergence point for all things weird.

  4. Indeed. But Is it Cage at his maximum weirdness (See Zandalee or Vampire's Kiss?), or cage having to turn up to volume to 'defeat' all the Lynch regulars involved (Willem DaFoe, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Dean Stanton and David Patrick Kelley?). Either way, I totally agree with your implication that Wild At Heart is indeed FANTASTIC and WONDERFUL!

  5. Hmmm, postulation of Cage weirdness:

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Vampires Kiss

    Wild At Heart

    Wickerman (remake)

    Honeymoon in Vegas

    Raising Arizona


    Bad Lieutenant 2

    Kick Ass

    His Grindhouse trailer with Rob Zombie.

    BUT speaking of Wild at Heart as a high-watermark, one has to behold the craziness of

    Zandalee ("Zandalee gives Cage the mother of all dramatic entrances. Cage isn’t onscreen for one minute before he’s indulged in a crazy circular hair-flip, gyrated erratically, and licked whipped cream off a stripper’s breasts." — check this and these clips out:… courtesy of the Onion A/V Club and the verbose Nathan Rabin)


    while not nearly as batshit crazy-weird as most of the above, but still zany, the Testosterone trio: Kiss of Death / Con Air / Face-Off

  6. I'll likely be revisiting Wild at Heart soon – partly to again try convincing myself just how fantastic and wonderful it is! Rewatched Mulholland Drive a few nights ago. Damn I love that movie.

  7. I'm not a particularly big fan of Nic Cage (I generally avoid things he's in unless there's some other reason I want to see them), but I did really like Wild at Heart, and him in it, when I recently watched it for the first time. I guess in that one the crazy all just fit together right. I'm kind of thinking Bad Lieutenant might be the same way, but I haven't gotten to it yet.


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