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the secret of kells

On a whim, we rented the most enchanting little film I’ve seen in a long while – The Secret of Kells – a beautiful story shrouded in Celtic symbolism & myth that revolves around the making of the most magnificent illuminated manuscript in history, The Book of Kells. The film was nominated for an Academy Award last year, and I’d come across rave reviews, but promptly forgot about it.

The animation was simple, but STUNNING with a distinct retro-flavor and you can definitely see/feel the influence of Miyazaki. The story and characters resonated like a gong in my mind long after the last frame (oh, my heart.) Such a beautiful message about the importance of art, the magic of nature and the power of myth. See it!

Posted at 9pm on 10/16/10 | 13 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, film, trailers | read on


the kids grow up

This trailer totally choked me up…


(via the playlist)

Posted at 1pm on 4/26/10 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, film, trailers | read on


les aventures extrodinaire d’adele blanc-sec

I don’t understand a word of it, but Luc Besson’s next film looks cute, like Amelie meets Indiana Jones. I’m such a sucker for archeology. (Found at Marraine’s place.)

Adèle Blanc-Sec – Le film-annonce. @ Yahoo! Video
Posted at 10am on 4/21/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on


the great white northern lights

This beautifully shot doc just premiered at SXSW. S’gonna be gooood. (That Jack sure wears a kilt well.) The Playlist raves…

Raw, rough-hewn and yet roaring with an electric vitality Emmet Malloy’s “The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights” is the blueprint for music docs that all filmmakers should strive for: ones that are loose, feel like they have a sense of danger to them and crackle with life. Without spoiling too much, the concluding, wordless scene is flooring. On the 10th anniversary of the band’s existence — still to this date their last show ever played so far — Jack White takes to a piano, exhausted, to play “White Moon.” It’s not for anyone other than Jack himself and Meg who quietly saddles up next to him on the piano bench. As White moans through the devastating catharsis of the song, Meg begins to gently weep as Malloy’s team silently captures the moment. It’s utterly breathtaking and quivers with emotion and magical, unspoken depth. Did the band break up in that moment? (That’s the rumor, they haven’t played since). It is a goodbye or happy tiresome tears for 10 years on the road or just of the moment? We may never know and it’s as beautiful a scene as anything burned onto celluloid we’ve seen this year.

Posted at 10am on 3/22/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: documentaries, film, music, trailers | read on


whip it

Two choice tracks off the Whip It soundtrack, which R.O.C.K.S. It’s good to be excited about a movie again. There was a dearth of good movies this summer.

“Pot Kettle Black” by Tilly & The Wall (who gave one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.)

“Boys Wanna Be Her” – don’t watch (just listen) if you don’t want to see Peaches doing her thing and some hand banging bloody heads…

Posted at 8pm on 9/29/09 | 4 comments | Filed Under: female voices, music, trailers | read on


food, inc.

Viva la food revolution!

With a constituency limited to anyone who eats, “Food, Inc.” is a civilized horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry. Yes, it has a deceptively cheery palette, but helmer Robert Kenner’s doc — which does for the supermarket what “Jaws” did for the beach — marches straight into the dark side of cutthroat agri-business, corporatized meat and the greedy manipulation of both genetics and the law. Doc biz may be in the doldrums, but “Food, Inc.” is so aesthetically polished and politically urgent, theatrical play seems a no-brainer, though it won’t do much for popcorn sales.


Disturbing as it is, “Food, Inc.” doesn’t present some doomsday scenario. People can make a difference, it says: After all, look what happened to Big Tobacco.


Posted at 2pm on 6/6/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: documentaries, environment, trailers | read on


the road

This is going to be devastating.

(Viggo is perfect casting.)

Posted at 8pm on 6/2/09 | 6 comments | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on


district 9

I hate horror films, but I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi alien movie, especially one produced by Peter Jackson! The premise sounds fascinating – “District 9 depicts a fictional world where extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa.” I like the raw, pseudo-documentary feel of the trailer. The best sci-fi films are the gritty ones that are not too slick with just enough special effects to make it real. (Though, the film’s website is definitely slick.) I’m excited to see it, even though I kinda giggled when the alien started clickity-clacking away. A part of me is also worried these aliens will be mistreated and I’ll leave feeling horrible about the human race. Remember how you felt after E.T.?

Posted at 11pm on 5/6/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on


the countess

I adore July Delpy. If Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were coupled into one film it would be my number one movie of all time, ever. I’m also a big fan of her directorial debut, 2 Days in Paris, which tackled two of my favorite topics, Americans in Paris and the realities of love. (Not only did Julie star in 2 Days in Paris, but she wrote it, produced it, composed the music, and took all the photographs included in the film!)

Julie’s latest film, The Countess, is loosely based on the life of Elizabeth_Báthory, a Hungarian countess who reputedly killed young virgins, drained them, and then drank and bathed in their blood. Báthory’s legend makes her history’s most notorious female serial killer. In fact, it’s rumored that Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was actually based on Báthory.

The trailer for The Countess makes me think that Julie chose to focus less on Báthory’s “vampirism” and more on what might drive a woman to become so obsessed with youth and beauty that she becomes a deranged murderer — basically, a *mediation on aging* Delpy style!

Posted at 2pm on 4/20/09 | 6 comments | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on


rent these now

Air Guitar Nation and King of Kong are two fascinating slices of life. If you haven’t already seen these documentaries, you must rent now. You will laugh. You will love. (P.S. These make great date movies.)

Posted at 6pm on 3/1/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on

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