It’s time for Library Loot. This is the first week of the year where I actually visited the library, and have positive things to report about last week’s loot. But first, a little more awards business. Heather from Movie Mobsters (another blog I’ve just become familiar with) was kind enough to nominate me for the Kreativ Blogging award (you can see my post about it here). Heather’s blog is another that makes me feel like I need to step up my game. And she does it all with two boys! I can barely take care of myself, and Heather seems to be able to manage to do it all. Thanks Heath (that’s what I’d like to call you now).
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance officially marks the last of Michael Haneke’s films that I haven’t seen (besides White Ribbon which finally comes to my area next week, and a three minute short he did for the completely impossible to find documentary Lumiere and Company). I didn’t so much enjoy Fragments. It was very disjointed, and I felt like the point of it all eluded me. Not completely, like Code Unknown, but I had a hard time seeing the point of it all. I probably won’t watch this again or recommend this.
Rebel Without a Cause was really great, but struck uncomfortably close to home with my own daddy issues. So that was a trip. I was pretty bummed to see how good of an actor James Dean was. Struck down in the prime of his life. Damn. The melodrama started getting a little old at the end, especially with the way his parents completely unrealistically dealt with Jim. But still, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.
The Magic Flute was more of a challenge to watch than I expected. I talked about act I last week. This week I finished act II. I love that opera, propaganda and all, but I’d rather go see it at an opera house. Considering it as an homage to theatre by Bergman, I can see the great respect he had and the point of it all, but this was mostly forgettable.
Lawrence of Arabia wins the prize of the week. Despite the four hour run time, I was enthralled for three and a half hours of it. From the second Peter O’toole stepped on screen, I was blown away by his skill. It wasn’t his fault that the epic peters out at the end. It’s my untested theory that there is no way for an epic to finish as strongly as it started. Still, this was freaking fantastic. I will probably watch this again on a long weekend where I have four free hours.
This weeks loot! There’s a couple second attempts here, stuff I didn’t manage to watch the first time I rented it. I’m excited.
PS – Can any programming wizards tell me what the hell I’m doing wrong in my code to make the pictures below line up like they’re drunk Russians? I swear I tell the images to be the same size and align themselves correctly, but they just won’t do it since the upgrade to WordPress 2.9.