Today’s film rec, Tuesday, August 7th, 2012:
RESCUE DAWN (2006). Written and directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, and Jeremy Davies.
Laos-set, true-life, POW film following a German-born, US Navy pilot named Dieter Dengler. With a classic, Herzog focus on Nature, environment, and man’s place in all of it. A truly captivating study of both isolated, human madness and the power of human perseverance and hope. Steve Zahn is heartbreaking and endearing. Jeremy Davies is manic and magnetic. It also contains Christian Bale’s single most intense moment on screen…gleefully eating a bowl of actual maggots while giving a monologue. It’s his most charismatic, appealing, vulnerable, and dynamic performance
Verdict? Highly recommended.
Suggested pairings: THE DEER HUNTER (1978; d. Michael Cimino; s. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep), THE FIGHTER (2010; d. David O. Russell; s. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo), EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987; d. Steven Spielberg, s. Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Joe Pantoliano, Ben Stiller)
Today’s film recommendation: THE AMERICAN (2010). Directed by Anton Corbijn. Written by Rowan Joffe. Starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.
Suggested pairings: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999; d. A. Minghella; s. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow), THE MAN FROM NOWHERE aka AJEOSSI (d. 2010; d. Lee Jeong-Beom; s. Won Bin), and LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL (1994; d. Luc Besson; s. Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman)
Projects are a-brewing which keep me from expanding 2geeks1film. I’ll try to make updates more consistently. :)
The Dude made out of a VHS coy of The Big Lebowski (by Unknown).
Drive by Jim Rugg. Done in pen on notebook pad. AwesoOome (in a sing songy voice).
Newest trailer for Rian Johnson’s LOOPER.
Yes, please. Yes, all of that please. I would like all of that in front of my face right now, please.
No more trailers for me.
I am incapable of making any more sentences that accurately express how crazyfreakinmonsteridculously excited for this movie I am.
OH HE IS SO OFF THE CHAIN.
I. Can’t. Wait. For. December. Or whenever this thing slaps onto our screens with a glorious James Brown yawp.
Apparently Django is off the chain. So far—apart from the terrible play on words—I agree. Quite “off the chain.”