It's October, and as you know, it is a time for scares, costumes, and all things creepy. I've decided to dedicate this blog to this, my favorite time of the year, but with a little twist. Instead of the classic scary movie blog, this blog will be about the strangest movies I've ever seen.
I have seen a ton of bizarre, strange, and unusual films in my lifetime, but I think I've finally found two films that really "take the cake." The Films are Gozu and Little Otik. When I ordered these movies and saw the images on the DVD cases for the first time, I was already preparing myself for a trippy experience. For example, take a look at the covers of these two films; one has a man crouched down in his underwear with a giant bull head for a mask, and the other has a lady holding a wooden baby doll-type thing that has clothes and a pacifier.
Like the Cinémathèque Française, where young French filmmakers like, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut received their early cinematic education, the Denver Public Library preserves and makes available a large collection of films from a variety of eras and cultures, as well a number of books and articles on film history and criticism. Channel the spirit of the nouvelle vague and let DPL turn your living room into a screening room. Vive la France!
Motivated by an intense love of all things cinematic, the core group of directors associated with the New Wave -- Godard, Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer -- transformed themselves from film lovers to film critics, and from film critics to film directors.
If you're missing the NBA season like I am and need a little something to get you through those tough days with no basketball to watch, check this out. I recently went through the DPL (Denver Public Library) and Inter-library loan catalog and found a few "must-see's" in the NBA world, film-wise. Also check out "My Opinion" on the bottom of the blog discussing my top 10 and favorite NBA players of all time.
If you remember the NBA in the 90's, then you will know that it was ruled by one man: Michael Jordan. The documentary, Michael Jordan In the Max, features the superstar Michael Jordan, showing highlights, interviews, commentaries, and did I mention highlights?! If you love Jordan, the Chicago bulls, the NBA, and basketball in general, this is a must see. Also, you can really see the style of his game, talent, and drive, and get up close and personal to really study whether he may be the best to have ever played the game of basketball.
Having recently watched the "Grandmaster" in theaters, it really got my juices flowing for the martial arts genre. Here are a few must see from recent years.
The Bruce Lee Ultimate Trilogy has 3 of Bruce Lee's films "Big Boss," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death." What can I say that hasn't already been said about Bruce. All I can say is, must see!
IP Man: The legendary grand master of Wing Chun and master to Bruce Lee, comes a very good movie about some misfortunes in IP Man's life and how one man stood up against a nation. Based on a true story.
If you're looking for those hidden gems from around the world, I've found a few that might just be what you been looking for. Creatively filmed, very unique stories, Brilliant actors, suspense, humor and films that have won awards in other countries. Check out the trailers at the bottom of the page.
Bronson: A very creatively, brilliant way to film one of the most violent, famous prisoner in Britain. Combines art, Humor, action and a very unique way of getting famous.
Departures: One man's misfortune leads to an unexpected taboo career in Japan. The music composed for this film is amazing, the story itself is very inspiring and uplifting. A must see.
There's no better way to ease into the new school year than with a pop quiz. For every tagline below, guess the corresponding movie title. No pencil or paper needed for this challenge but please, do keep your eyes on your own screen.
To get started, click the link for the title and place a hold for those you haven't seen or wish to view again for extra credit. (The Library doesn't give extra credit but it sure sounds motivating.)
Hint: all movies feature middle school or high school angst without one John Hughes film in the mix.
Join us this week for the final installment of our Steampunk Film Series: Guy Ritchie's action-packed 2009 blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes.
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
This brash, steampunk-flavored adventure features a fresh take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, fight choreography based on a real Victorian system of martial arts, and strong performances between stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.
With, Serenity (2005) -- the third installment of DPL's Steampunk Film Series -- Joss Whedon takes us 500 years into the future where the overpopulation of Earth has scattered humans across the universe. The crew of the spaceship Serenity must evade the totalitarian government and the assassin dispatched to hunt them down.
Whether you are a longtime fan of Joss Whedon, or are new to his work, Serenity is an action-packed film with elements from the Western, Science Fiction and Steampunk genres. It is also one of the few movies that I can think of that was developed after the TV show it was based on, Firefly, was canceled.
With The Prestige (2006) -- the second installment of DPL's Steampunk Film Series -- Christopher Nolan paints a vibrant portrait of magic and science in the Victorian era that brims with historical detail while remaining thoroughly modern in its tone and themes. It's a complex and visually striking film that begs to be viewed on the big screen.
Adapted from Christopher Priest's 1995 novel of the same name, The Prestige features the kind of multi-layered, time-shifting narrative that has become a Nolan signature. At its heart is the epic rivalry between two stage magicians, Borden (Christian Bale) and Angier (Hugh Jackman), that subtly echoes the real life power struggle between scientific wizards Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. In the figure of Tesla -- played by an otherworldly David Bowie -- the fragile boundaries between science and magic collapse.
The warning "Never work with children or animals," is attributed to W.C. Fields, who was known to lace Baby LeRoy's bottle with gin to get him to stop crying on the set. Below are some films that feature animal actors who upstage their two-legged co-stars.
Although he never protested that he was young and he needed the money, one of the earliest animal stars, Rin Tin Tin, started out his acting career playing wolves. His movies eventually became so popular that he is credited with saving Warner Brothers, and he eventually earned his own paw print on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.