Friday, February 17, 2006

The Popcorn Bucket Vol. 1

I've been relentlessly lazy in regards updating this thing over the past few weeks, and for that, I am deeply sorry. In attempt to try to remedy my neglectful behavior, I've decided to start this semi-weekly column made up of scattered cinematic thoughts. And I won't let you down again...I promise.

- Went up to Boston on Sunday with friends Jess, Andrew and Max to attend the Boston Faith and Film Festival's "Images of Evil" series, which included the original Nosferatu, Rosemary's Baby and A Clockwork Orange. While not my favorite silent movie - that title belongs to The Passion of Joan of Arc, or Metropolis, depending on how I feel - F.W. Murnau's vampire classic looked gorgeous on the big screen and was a real treat to see. Rosemary's Baby I was seeing for the very first time ever, on any medium, and that was completely incredible. Mia Farrow's performance ranks among the very best by any actress, ever, and the story has a way of completely enveloping you in its paranoia and wooziness, and the horror of its inevitable ending. Just incredible. Discussions followed after both films which weren't particularly earthshaking, but alright. Unfortunatley, we opted to leave before the 9:00 showing of the Kubrick film to avoid being caught in a snowstorm on the way home. Better to be safe than sorry.

- The trailer for Werner Herzog's newest film, Rescue Dawn, is now online. From what they say, it's a dramatic re-telling of the events of his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly, a survival story about a pilot shot down during the Vietnam war. Christian Bale is starring as Dieter Dengler, alongside Steve Zahn and Jeremey Davies. The trailer seems to selling it as a pretty standard, albiet rather dirt-covered and beautiful looking war pic, but knowing our man Herzog, I'm sure were in for something really poetic and interesting.

- I've done a lot of DVD buying this week, probably more than I should...I discovered an out-of-print Criterion copy of Hitchcock's Notorious in Newbury Comics on the weekend and just had to get it, along with some nice cheap copies of The Fisher King and An American Werewolf in London. I also recently scored the special editions of The Fly, The Producers and Reservoir Dogs on the discount bin at Wal-Mart, as well as the new 2-disc Legacy edition of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart (or rather, a love/hate/hate/hate/hate relationship), as I despise everything that they stand for and hate going in there, as everyone who works and shops there looks like they just came out of a George A. Romero movie, but dammit, do they have cheap DVDs there. Sometimes they're just unavoidable.

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