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Yuletide Treasures
December 23, 2009, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Film, Photography

Photos by Vera Vodak



Favorite Films of the 00s
December 16, 2009, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Film

Here’s a list of my favorite films (thus far) from the past decade. I put this list together pretty quickly and I’m sure I left some out. Feel free to comment and let me know which ones you think should be added to the list.

2000:

American Psycho – Brilliant film about something unique, tortured and possibly real. The book is the next to read on my list. I’d suggest reading the book first if you haven’t seen this film…i’ve been told by many how great the book is.

Being John Malkovich – John Malkovich happens to be one of my favorite actors, so this film is perfect. It’s strange in all the right ways. I wish my life could be similar to the plot of this film. The first time I saw this I was jealous and in awe of the teeny tiny floor.

2001:

Amelie – Beautiful, quirky and cute. Need I say more? We all love Amelie. And Tautou is darling!

The Royal Tenenbaums – This film just had to make the list only because it’s tied for my favorite film of allll timee! This film (and most of the films on my list) isn’t for the conventional film lover. I tend to draw toward films with brilliant art direction. This film perhaps resembles that more than any other. Right? Beautiful colors, typography, costumes, Wes’ usual dry humor. It couldn’t be more perfect!

2002:

City of God – I finally saw this film at the beginning of the year after having 1,000,000 recommendations from friends and acquaintances. Turns out they were right. Is it wrong that I wanted to be a member of this community at the end. Holy moly those boys are so adorable!

2003:

Lost in Translation – Okay, so anything Bill Murray is automatically my favorite. One part Bill Murray with Two Parts Sofia Coppola equals the most amazingly amazing spectacle of films!

2004:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Another one of those “everybody thinks it’s brilliant” films by another of my favorite directors, Michel Gondry! I mostly love his films because his personality shines through. He’s a genious, and a silly man. His movies are geniousical!

The Life Aquatic – I still remember the huge grin on my face when I saw this film in theaters. Another visual spectacle from Wes. This is the most underrated of his films in my opinion, people often pass this one by? Why? Why people? Is it the nude lady?

Shaun of the Dead – I love everything about Shaun of the Dead. It’s probably the film I’ve watched the most times. If I let myself, I could type on and on about it. It definitely has a cult following by now, which is amazing! I’m usually a huge fan of British humor (or humour I suppose) and this doesn’t fail to make me smile every time. I even got a signed DVD by Edgar Wright himself once!

2005:

L’Enfant – Cutest of cute films about silly teens, crime and a baby. I don’t want to give too much away because not too many people have seen this film.

A History of Violence – I have a weird mannish love of David Cronenberg’s films. His characters (especially in this film) never fail to scare me and draw me in. Viggo Mortensen is also one of my favorite actors (top 5 for sure). He’s so great at getting into a character. SO GREAT.

The Squid and the Whale – Noah Baumbach does it again with this film! So real and really does a great job of drawing you into this flawed, awkward family.

V for Vendetta – This is definitely a guilty pleasure. I felt a little weird putting it on this list because it doesn’t really “go” with the other films. Oh well, I don’t care! I think it’s amazing! Rarely does a film suck me in so much that I literally get lost in it. Such a good message this film has.

2006:

The Fall – Like I’ve said. ART DIRECTION. This is the single most aesthetically beautiful film I have ever seen. A rare gem that no one has really seen. I always get super excited when I find someone else who has seen this film. It’s so beautiful. An adult fairy tale.

Lives of Others – I’m always a sucker for WWII films, but this one is the best. Seriously. So good. I think it won best foreign film. Maybe not. I don’t care. It’s too good. I’m putting it on my Netflix queue now.

The Fountain – Super strange film that not everyone likes. However, I do. I like super strange. I can’t even explain this film to you because it’s too weird.

Tell No One – French thriller! You don’t see those too often. This film is more than amazing. Twists and turns, mystery, surprise ending. Everything I could ask for.

The Science of Sleep – We’re all children at heart aren’t we? Michel Gondry is at least. Plus he cast one of my favorite people on the planet, Charlotte Gainsbourg. This film makes my imagination happy.

Little Children – A slightly awkward, yet definitely worth watching film. Kate Winslet is (hands down) my favorite actress, and she’s brilliant in this film. It got overlooked by a lot of people amidst awards season (although it got nominated).

Children of Men – Beautiful theme with beautiful people in an ugly world. Michael Caine is in it (yes!). He is my absolute number one favorite actor. I know, weird right? This film is beautifully tragic but worth your while.

2007:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Wow, another beautifully tragic film. This one was shot in a way I’ve never seen before…from someone’s eyes. The beauty of this work is outstanding. The acting is brilliant and it’s a true story which makes it more interesting.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – This film had been sitting in my Netflix queue for a long time until finally I was told to watch it for one of my classes this semester. I remember it getting nominated a while back and wanting to see it. It’s definitely not one to miss. Just a warning, the topic of this film is abortion. If you aren’t kind to abortion it may make you blush, or something.

There Will Be Blood – You all know the story here. Amazing score. Amazing acting. AMAZING cinematography.

The Assassination of Jesse James – Another randomly overlooked film. The score for this film is my all time favorite. I listen to it weekly. The cinematography is also beautiful. It has an extremely impressive cast. Why wouldn’t you see it?

Death at a Funeral – A freaking hilarious British comedy with some of my favorite brit. actors. So funny I may watch it now…

Eastern Promises – I got to see Viggo Mortensen present this film (sorry for the name drop) which made this extra amazing. This movie has THE best fight scene of all time. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about.

Cassandra’s Dream – Woody Allen has a special place in my heart. Although I love his comedies, his dramas are always amazing too. Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor are brilliant. Really interesting plot and a lovely ending.

2008:

Man on Wire – Such a beautiful documentary about such a beautiful, kind hearted, amazing man. It made me smile from ear to ear. Why don’t I own this one yet?

Happy-Go-Lucky – For the first time, I found myself identified on film. I can relate to Sally Hawkins’ character more than any other. She’s so happy, all the time! That’s meee!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody Woody Wooooody. To me, this was his best in recent years. Brilliant acting, worthy of the awards. He’s an amazing comedic writer and director. It’s so impressive how great at dramas he is. Or in this case, dramedy.

In Bruges – Interestingly enough this film is kind of similar to Cassandra’s Dream. Colin Farrell plays an oddly comparable role. Oh well, they’re both brilliant in their own way. I can’t really even recommend one over the other.

2009:

An Education – One of my favorite films I’ve seen in a long time. So beautiful, the costumes are amazing. I wish I were her, until she goes to school. Tea, art, records and Paris make for the perfect life! I can’t wait to get a copy!

Moon – Beautiful and slightly visually similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my favorite films ever. Really interesting plot line with a definite twist in the middle.

Fantastic Mr Fox – Have you seen it yet? You should! I knew it would be great, but I didn’t know exactly how great it would be. So hilarious, so beautiful. Wes’ dry humor really translates to animation so well. Plus stop-motion is my favorite!

That’s it! Let me know which films I forgot and which one’s you like! Did one of the movies I like suck? Let me know!



A Single Man
November 26, 2009, 9:40 pm
Filed under: Film

Hey! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around lately. Last weekend I went and visited family in Kansas City and today I was occupied with cooking lots and lots of delicious food. Brad and I made Faux-Meatballs with cranberry sauce, Cranberry Apple Stuffing, Carmelized Corn with Mint, Candied Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Cranberry Cornbread. Best Thanksgiving EVER!

Before all of the food was cooked, Brad and I saw The Road. I had just read the book and was super excited about seeing it. Not the best holiday movie, because it’s so depressing. But nonetheless, amazing. I’m a Viggo lover and thought the film stuck to the book well. Anywho, Is anyone else SUPER excited about the film above? Directed by TOM FORD!!! What? Tom Ford?



An Education
October 11, 2009, 11:39 pm
Filed under: Film

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I went to a screening of An Education at the Chicago Film Festival earlier tonight. Usually I don’t blog right away about a film I just saw, usually the films I blog about are older anyway. But tonight is an exception! This movie was fantastic in every way. My absolute favorite part was the costume design, wow. Also, the title sequence was absolutely lovely! It should be opening in the next couple of weeks for my US friends. Check out the opening dates here. There was copious amounts of Frenchness in this film that I immediately rushed home to listen to my Maurice Chevalier and Yves Montand.



3 Movies To See
October 8, 2009, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Film

Trailers for 3 films that are coming out in the near future. I’m excited!

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New York, I Love You
August 9, 2009, 9:56 am
Filed under: Film

The Trailer for New York, I Love You has finally been released. It comes from the makers of Paris Je T’aime and consists of a series of short stories directed some of the world’s greatest directors.

Does it look as good as Paris Je T’aime to you? I wonder what city will be next?



COLD SOULS
July 30, 2009, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Film

This movie looks great. I first heard about it when a friend of a boyfriend of a friend (who worked on the trailer) told me about it. It looks so unique and fantastic. Plus Paul Giamatti rules! Go to the Cold Souls site to see when it’s playing near you!